Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Tuesday, Sept. 14 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
The Pete Carroll Show Returns To 710 ESPN Seattle
The beginning of the regular season means we can finally spend all day on Sunday watching football again. It means we get to play fantasy football and check in on all our players. And it means that The Pete Carroll Show will be on 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday mornings.
Every Monday throughout the 2021 Seahawks season, Carroll will join 710 ESPN Seattle's Mike Salk for an exclusive discussion. There was plenty to talk about this Monday after the Seahawks' resounding win over the Colts.
In the 25-minute interview, Carroll and Salk discussed how the defensive line stepped up, Shane Waldron's first game as offensive coordinator and Dee Eskridge's debut. They also talked about how good the tight ends were, Russell Wilson's connections with Tyler Lockett and more.
You can listen to the full episode here and read some of the highlights below:
On the defensive line's play, and how certain individual players stepped up:
"I thought Darrell had a very good first game, Darrell Taylor. … Benson Mayowa played really well in his role. Carlos (Dunlap) really forced the issue. Alton Robinson did some nice stuff late in the game. He didn't get as much play time as I wish he could have got.
"Rasheem Green really was on fire, which he's been like the entire camp. We moved his position and changed him and he's totally taken to it. He gets a lot more edge play and he just looks like a terror. I'm just so excited to see it. We forget how young he is. He's still just a young kid and he's growing at it and man is he coming to life.
"... He's really bright, he's really tough, he's got great length and he's explosively strong. I just think we've found a better spot for him to show his stuff. You notice the guys we're playing on the edge, those guys they have a factor in the (pass) rush and a factor in the run and they do some pass (coverage) too. He's just cut it loose so well all camp that it showed up in the game. That was a clear example of a guy who brought his practice work and all that to gameday and we're really excited for him."
On something Shane Waldron improved for the offense in his debut:
"Our ability to sight and pick up the blitz. Why this is (a credit to) Shane Waldron is because he's open-minded enough to do things that we've done in the past. Russell (Wilson) has been able to strike you dead in blitz situations for years and another coach might have said, 'Well, that's not the way that I do it.' (Waldron's) ability to draw from all of the good things -- we scored a lot of points last year and we've done a lot of great things here. It wasn't that we had to start all over again. He was willing to learn and grow and incorporate."
On Dee Eskridge's debut (two rushes for 22 yards, one catch for six yards):
"He's really explosive. He's not just fast and explosive -- he knows how to use it. You'll see him as he gets openings, man he knows how to hit it. He's got a good feel for blocks and setting things up and all that. He's going to make some really big plays this year … He's a good route runner, he's got fantastic catching range and really strong hands. He's really good with the ball out and away from him on deep stuff … We want to make sure that he comes along with confidence and he'll grow fast if we do that."
Peter King: Russell Wilson Showed 'Why He's Great' In Week 1
Russell Wilson reminded the world what he's capable of in the Seahawks' win over the Colts on Sunday. The eight-time Pro Bowler went 18 of 23 for 254 yards and four touchdowns, including two bombs to Tyler Lockett. It was his 11th career game with four touchdowns and no interceptions, the most ever by a player in their first 10 seasons.
On Monday, Wilson's great game was recognized. NBC Sports' Peter King named Wilson as one of his offensive players of the week in his “Football Morning in America” column. Here's what King wrote about Wilson:
"Starting his 10th season piloting the Seahawks after being drafted 75th overall in 2012 (and behind a punter), Wilson showed throughout the 28-16 road win over the Colts why he's great, again. I doubt he's thrown five better balls in his life than the 69-yard arcing rainbow perfectly placed in stride to Tyler Lockett late in the first half, the touchdown that turned out to be the winning score. Throwing from his 23-, Wilson threw the ball skyward, and it came down exactly 50 yards later, nestling perfectly in the sprinting Lockett's hands. He had another (and tougher) TD toss from 23 yards to Lockett in the first quarter, a ball the terminally underrated Lockett caught like Willie Mays in 1954 in the World Series. Wilson finished 18 of 23 for 254 yards, four TDs and no picks. Do not take his greatness for granted, folks."
Seahawks Ready For 'Neighborhood Takeover' On Tuesday
We're now just five days away from the Seahawks' home opener, meaning "Welcome Home 12s" week is in full swing.
The Seahawks are heading into the community for a special event on Tuesday. Tonight, Blitz and Seahawks personality Gee Scott will make special appearances at restaurants around Lumen Field to pass out Seahawks schedule posters and "Welcome Home 12s" rally cards. The Seahawks community team will also deliver special employee-packed care packages to the Allen Family Center as part of the Neighborhood Takeover.
So, if you're interested in a Seahawks-themed dinner, head down to the Lumen Field area tonight and pick your favorite spot to eat. You might just run into some special guests.
Social Post Of The Day
Ciara attended the Met Gala in New York City on Monday night, and she did so while wearing a Russell Wilson-themed action green dress and Wilson's Super Bowl XLVIII ring:
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle with six takeaways from Pete Carroll’s Monday press conference.
Also at Seahawks.com, Boyle has injury updates on Rashaad Penny, Ethan Pocic and others.
The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta and Adam Jude answered four questions in their weekly Four Downs column.
John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle believes the Seahawks looked like Super Bowl contenders in Week 1.
Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated handed out grades for five Seahawks players in his report card.