A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for August 2, when the Seahawks held the eighth practice in their Training Camp presented by Bing:
WORD OF THE DAY: DEFENSE
The Seahawks defense that stunned the Denver Broncos’ top-ranked offense with a 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII looks to have picked up right where they left off.
To cap their eighth practice of camp, the Seahawks held a “Mock Game” in front of 2,555 fans on the shores of Lake Washington on a day that also saw the Navy’s Blue Angels show group soaring overhead.
The offense and defense played 12 total possessions against one another, with drives automatically starting at the 35-yard-line after kickoffs and punts automatically counting for 40 yards. There was no tackling to the ground, but players banged shoulder pads and wrapped up the ball carrier to “finish” the play.
Of the 12 possessions played over three 15-minute quarters, the offense turned in three field goals, one turnover, and was forced to punt eight times.
“The guys are very, very prideful about their work,” Carroll said of his team’s defense. “We’re working really hard and being disciplined about everything we’re doing. It’ll be great to see them tackling.
“They’re ready. They’re ready to go hit somebody.”
Quarterback Russell Wilson, who connected on nice plays with Percy Harvin, Zach Miller, and Phil Bates throughout the day, gave credit to the defense, but noted it was offensive miscues that led to stalled drives.
“To be honest with you I think that we just hurt ourselves offensively,” said Wilson. “I don’t think it was really defense stopping us. It was really more of the offense stopping ourselves today – a couple penalties, some holding penalties, some offsides penalties, some little stuff that you have to fix.”
In the end, the scrimmage provided what Carroll had hoped for – plenty of work with in-game situations in advance of their first preseason game against the Broncos.
“They’re looking forward to this game, I know, in that regard because they want to play some football finally,” Carroll said of their exhibition opener in Denver on Thursday, Aug. 7. “Again, they’re prideful. They care. It matters a lot to them that they don’t take any steps backwards at all and they’ve practiced like that the whole time.”
PLAYS OF THE DAY
Defense: Cornerback Terrance Parks’ interception of Wilson put an end to what had been a solid drive by the Seattle offense. Wilson marched his unit 76 yards down field to the defense’s 10-yard-line, when his ball intended for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse bounced off Kearse’s back and into the air, falling into the hands of a diving Parks. Wilson, who had stepped up in the pocket to make the throw, also dove and attempted to corral the deflection.
“He’s competing,” a reluctant Carroll said of his quarterback’s gamble. “We’ll talk about it later.”
Offense: Wilson connected with Harvin up the left sideline and the speedy wideout cut back toward the middle of the field for what would be a 40-yard catch and run.
Special Teams: Steven Hauschka scored the only points of the day, so he has to earn a mention here, right? His boots from 52, 32, and 35 yards out were true.
MICHAEL BOWIE WAIVED/INJURED
Offensive lineman Michael Bowie, the 6-foot-4, 332-pound 2013 seventh-round draft choice of Seattle, was waived/injured today, Carroll announced.
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Photo Gallery – 12s at Camp Practice 8
Bowie had been sidelined since the start of camp with what Carroll deemed a “significant” shoulder injury. He started eight games (seven at right tackle, one at right guard) for the Seahawks last season.
The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, but the team had made recent moves to bolster their depth at the position, selecting Justin Britt in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft and signing free agent offensive lineman Eric Winston last week.
With Bowie sidelined and Britt resting a sore shoulder during today’s scrimmage, it was the NFL Players Association president Winston who worked at right tackle with the No. 1 offense.
“He’s really done exactly what we would have hoped,” Carroll said of the 6-foot-7, 302-pound eighth-year pro Winston, who has played in 112 consecutive games. “Stabilize a little bit, a guy that’s played. Of course he’s really bright and he gets the game. He really helps us a lot and he jumped right in there. He did a good job.”
Rounding out the first-team offensive line with the right tackle Winston was left tackle Alvin Bailey – in place of Russell Okung (toe), left guard Caylin Hauptmann – in place of James Carpenter (calf strain), center Max Unger, and right guard J.R. Sweezy.
After spending Friday spectating from the practice field Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch donned pads and a helmet for today’s session. Lynch went through warm-ups and individual running back drills, but didn’t receive any work in the “Mock Game.”
“It’s good to have him back out here,” Carroll said of Lynch, who returned to team headquarters Thursday after missing the first seven days of camp. “It’s going to take a while to get him going. He’s missed a lot of time in the offseason and all that. We’re going to take our time getting him in shape and all, but it’s nice to have him back.”
The following players sat out Saturday’s “Mock Game”:
Justin Britt (shoulder)
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Photo Gallery – Training Camp Practice 8
James Carpenter (calf strain)
Bobby Wagner (hamstring strain)
Kam Chancellor (hip)
Malcolm Smith (ankle)
Russell Okung (toe)
Cassius Marsh (groin)
Kevin Norwood (foot)
Paul Richardson (shoulder)
Strong safety Dion Bailey suffered a sprained ankle breaking up a pass intended for wide receiver Doug Baldwin during today’s scrimmage. Carroll said on first indication X-rays were negative, but the club needed more time to evaluate the injury.
Carroll noted rookies Richardson and Marsh will return to work on Monday and the team is “a week away” from seeing the Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Smith back in action. Carroll also called Chancellor “on the verge” of coming back.
The injury to second-year defensive tackle Jesse Williams that landed him on injured reserve was to his “good knee,” Carroll said. A knee injury also sent Williams to IR during his rookie season.
UP NEXT: A DAY OFF
After five straight days on the field, the Seahawks receive Sunday off before beginning preparation for their first preseason game of the year against the Broncos in Denver – an early rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII.
The team will return to work on Monday, Aug. 4 with a “Competition Wednesday” practice at 11:00 a.m. That’ll be followed by a “Turnover Thursday” practice on Tuesday, Aug. 5 and a “No Repeat Friday” session on Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Confused yet? Don’t worry, the daily labels have applied to Carroll’s game-week schedule since he arrived as head coach of the ‘Hawks in 2010. When the club resumes a normal work week in the regular season (i.e. a game on Sunday), this whole thing will start to make a lot more sense.
Saturday in Hawkville: Seahawks defense on display during “Mock Game”.