Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll again praised the shape of running back Marshawn Lynch during an appearance this morning on the team’s flagship radio station, 710 ESPN Seattle.
Those comments echoed what he had said to the general media following Sunday’s practice, when he said Lynch was in “great shape.”
So yes, Carroll making it clear Lynch is getting ready to go.
Here are a few other notes from what Carroll said today:
— Asked about the right tackle spot, he said Justin Britt “has made a great first impression” and now they want to see him play consistently in games. “In the next three weeks, hoping by game one he feels pretty good about what he’s doing,” Carroll said. Eric Winston is also playing RT and Carroll said “that’s a good battle going on there.”
— Asked about Russell Wilson playing as much as he did the other night — it was the planned two series but turned into 19 plays when the second series went 14 plays — said quarterbacks “need to be banged around a little bit” since they are off-limits to contact throughout camp.
—Asked about the pass rush spots, he said Cliff Avril has had “a great camp” and that the battle now is on the other side with Benson Mayowa and O’Brien Schofield, with Bruce Irvin still sidelined. “Those guys are going after it,” he said of Mayowa and Schofield. He also said Cassius Marsh could factor into that, saying that Marsh could team with Michael Bennett as an inside rusher on passing downs but “might also be an outside rusher.”
— Asked what he told Tharold Simon about getting thrown out early in the third quarter, he said they had a talk Sunday and the main theme was “just what a terrible waste that was that he he misses his opportunity to compete and help his team. But what a great lesson that was for a young guy that you can’t last out” and hurt your team. He said the “big lesson” for the entire team this week is about “guys keeping their heads and not lashing out and hurting their football team.” He noted that Simon had a good practice Sunday and did not appear to be letting the incident linger.
— Asked about guys that caught his eye, he first mentioned Demitrius Bronson saying he “looked really good” running with the ball. He also cited WR Paul Richardson for his ability to make underneath catches and running tough with the ball; tight end Cooper Helfet, who Carroll said has “really latched on” to his chance to be the third tight end after Anthony McCoy went down; and linebacker Brock Coyle, who he said “did a great job.”