That may be the No. 1 question about Sunday’s contest in Houston, whether the Seahawks can do something to make sure J.J. Watt doesn’t take the game over.
I wrote a little about Watt for the paper today and the challenge he presents.
Offensive line coach Tom Cable said, though, the Seahawks sort of have to forget about the name of Watt and just focus on themselves.
“You’ve got to do things right, regardless of who he is,” Cable said. “Our whole thing is doing things right, whether we are playing him or anybody else.. He’s really not our concern. Our concern is doing it right.”
And as I also wrote in our notebook for today’s paper, Seattle’s offensive line is a little up in the air for Sunday.
That could mean the Hawks might have to turn to rookies Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey. Cable says each impressed on Sunday.
“(There was) some really cool stuff (from them),” he said. “I’m really excited about their future, our future. I thought both ot those kids went in there and knocked people off the ball, protected really well. They got comfortable really quick, which was a huge moment of growth that they are okay and can handle it in a regular NFL game, so very pleased with what we saw.”
Cable said the performances of the two wasn’t really a surprise.
“I think we saw it in camp,” Cable said. “But you just don’t know until they really have to go do it. It’s just like anything — you are probably a little reserved that way until they prove it, and they certainly have proved it.”
Cable said the two getting game experience before they might be pressed into more serious duty is “like gold. Now you feel like you are not just starting over if you have to do it. They have been there and done it.”
Cable also said he thought Paul McQuistan performed better in his first full game at left tackle in place of Russell Okung, in part due to having a week of preparation at that spot. “The week really helped him, and more the pass sets,” Cable said. “Not so much the run game, but just the pass set — what it’s like to be out there, where your help comes from, all those kinds of things.”
As for the Texans, Cable said the Seahawks will have to play as if the Texans will bring pressure “100 percent of the time. If they do it, that’s their call. But you are just ready for it every single play.”
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Seahawks.com profiles Michael Bennett;
— The San Jose Mercury News rates the Seahawks No. 1 in the NFL;
— NFL.com has the details that Antoine Winfield might return for the “right situation” which could be the Vikings and might mean he’d play a game this year at CenturyLink Field after all;
— NFL.com has Russell Wilson No. 8 in its QB ratings this week;
— ESPN ranks Wilson fourth on its MVP watch list;
— If you want to see more of Watt, here you go;
— The Lions claimed former Seahawk D’Anthony Smith yesterday;
— The SportsChatPlace says take Houston and the three points;
— KIRO-TV passes along the video of the 1976 Seahawks;
— Interesting stuff here from Grantland.com on Jake Locker.
And here are a bunch of links on the Texans helpfully compiled by the Houston PR department:
Whitney Mercilus fined $15,000 for hit on Joe Flacco (Ultimate Texans)
Sam Montgomery on move from OLB to DE (D. Dougherty)
Urgency emphasized by Texans on Wednesday (D. Dougherty)
Matt Schaub focused on being “better” for Texans (D. Dougherty)
Duane Brown not used to being injured (D. Zangaro)
Mercilus Fined $15,000 for Flacco hit (Associated Press)
Schaub needs to correct his ‘mistakes’ (D. Zangaro)
Is Matt Schaub a ‘system quarterback?’ (CSN Houston Staff)
Brown, Johnson look like game-times (D. Zangaro)
Whitney Mercilus fined $15K (T. Ganguli)
Texans OC: Schaub learning from mistakes (T. Ganguli)
QB Watch: Texans’ Matt Schaub (T. Ganguli)
Seahawks-Texans Preview (J. Bartl)