A recap of the day’s activities:
Stacy Andrews. The Seahawks knew the 6-foot-7, 340-pound Andrews could help them when he was obtained Sept. 5 in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. They just didn’t expect it to come so soon, and seem so permanent.
But after right guard Max Unger went down for the season with a toe injury in the season opener, Andrews stepped in for Sunday’s game against the Broncos in Denver and played well enough that there he’ll stay.
Asked during his weekly day-after Q&A session with the media if Andrews was now the starter, coach Pete Carroll said, “Yeah, he is. What Stacy brings is a big, big guy to pass protect. He didn’t give much ground in pass protection, which really helps the quarterback and gives him a good feel there.
“He’s going to get so much better. He’s just so new to us. He’s kind of winging it on some stuff at times; he’s doing the best he can. It’s all he can do right now. But he’s a very, very good body in there. He’s smart. He understands. He has great posture about his pass protection.”
But Andrews wasn’t only about pass protection against the Broncos. He also threw some big blocks to help the running game have its most productive outing of the just-getting-started Carroll era.
“When he comes off the ball at 340-whatever, he’s making some movement we haven’t seen,” Carroll said.
Punt returner. It’s now Golden Tate’s job, Carroll said, after the team’s second-round draft pick ripped off a 63-yarder against the Broncos and also added a 19-yard punt return.
Justin Forsett returns punts in the opener, when Tate was inactive, and Walter Thurmond muffed the first punt return in Denver to set up the Broncos’ first TD.
“We’re going to stay with him,” Carroll said of Tate. “He’s a great catcher back there.”
And the return part isn’t too shabby, either.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck also is anticipating Tate getting more snaps on offense after he turned in a 52-yard play on his only reception against the Broncos.
“It’s been my experience that when you show up in practice you get plays in games; when you show up in games you continue to get more plays in the games,” Hasselbeck said. “He didn’t have that many plays (Sunday). But even the short go-route that we threw to him on the left-hand side, that was just sort of a, ‘Hey, you know what; he just made a play (on the punt return) let’s see if he can make another one.’ That’s kind of what happens.
“Last week he had a few plays. He might have a few more this week.”
Earl Thomas. The second of the team’s two first-round draft choices is making plays, covering kicks as well as at free safety.
Thomas has 13 tackles, to share the team lead with middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, and his 11 solo stops lead the defense. On special teams, Thomas has two tackles to share the lead with Michael Robinson.
Linebacker Leroy Hill was wearing a boot on his right leg and foot to protect the calf he strained early in Sunday’s game.
“He’s pretty sore,” Carroll said. “So he’s going to be out a bit.”
Rookie left tackle Russell Okung is scheduled to move into the next phase of his recovery from a high ankle sprain that has sidelined the first-round draft choice for the past month.
“It’s an important week for him,” Carroll said. “If he handles it well this week, then next week he has a chance to start practicing with us and really get going.”
This phase of his rehab will involve on-land running. “I don’t know what that means, other than off-land running is done now,” Carroll said.
Until Okung is ready to play, Tyler Polumbus will continue to start at left tackle.
The players are off Tuesday, when the coaches will put together the game plan for a San Diego Chargers team that is coming off a 38-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chargers visit Qwest Field on Sunday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Probably row five.” – Hasselbeck, when asked where he should have thrown the pass that turned into his first interception against the Broncos