Mike Williams simply chalks up all the scrutiny around two disappointing performances from Seattle’s No. 1 offense to fans having no football to analyze for months while the lockout dragged on.
“With this whole lockout and this drought from football and no one being able to watch the game I think now people can watch their teams and they’re a little more critical,” Seattle’s starting wide receiver said. “Everyone has their right to an opinion and we have to go out and perform and we understand we didn’t really perform as a first unit.”
Seattle’s offensive starters still have yet to score during the preseason and new quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has barely been given any time to throw by Seattle’s overhauled offensive line, but coach Pete Carroll wasn’t full of doom and gloom on Tuesday when the Seahawks returned to practice following last Saturday’s ugly 20-7 loss to Minnesota.
While Carroll was busy trying to find some good within an otherwise disappointing effort – especially on offense – he was also dealing with defensive injuries he’s hoping to have moved past by the start of the regular season.
All three of Seattle’s starting linebackers – Aaron Curry, Leroy Hill and David Hawthorne – missed practice on Tuesday with an assortment of sore knees. None are considered serious but Hawthorne is likely to sit out Seattle’s third preseason game on Saturday night in Denver. Hill and Curry will be evaluated throughout the week.
Carroll’s also wondering just when starting strong safety Kam Chancellor will be available again after sitting out Tuesday with a sore foot. Carroll said it’s a soft-tissue injury for Chancellor and it’ll also be decided later in the week if he’ll play in Denver.
Beyond its starters at linebacker, the Seahawks lack depth that has experience, especially with Will Herring leaving in the offseason for a chance to play in New Orleans. While it wasn’t a direct correlation because of the latest set of nicks, the Seahawks did sign former Rams linebacker David Vobora on Monday.
Vobora has played all three linebacker positions and played in similar defensive schemes both in college at Idaho and in the pros with the Rams.
“It’s a little different. There’s only so many ways to skin a cat in the league, per se. Once I get some of the terminology, it’s already starting to click for me, so I’ll spend some extra time with coach and a lot of extra time with our book, pick it up fast, Vobora said. “As a rival, I know a lot of these guys pretty well and I’m excited to be on their side now. Something I’ve got a lot of pride in is special teams, something they take pretty serious here, so I’m excited about that and this defense is a defense that flies around and plays aggressive so I’m excited for that.”
The good news came in the return of cornerback Walter Thurmond to practice after Thurmond had missed the previous three weeks with an ankle sprain. Thurmond is likely to see significant time this season, whether it’s as a starter or when an extra defensive back is needed on the field.
Carroll also said that injured left tackle Russell Okung’s left ankle is getting better but that it’ll be tough to get him back on the field before the season opener in San Francisco.
“He’s getting close. He’s doing more stuff, he’s doing stuff in individual, he’s bouncing around on it pretty good but we would not play him this week,” Carroll said. “He would have to make a pretty good turn for us to put him out there the following week on a short week. That’s possible though, that’s a possibility, but we’re shooting for the opener.”
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