School may be starting up all over the place. But for the Seahawks, today is like a Friday, with the game against the Packers now just two days away.
Time, then, for our morning link at what’s out there about the Seahawks. …
1, We’ll start with another great piece by Jayson Jenks, this one on the value Pete Carroll places on grit.
2, Times columnist Larry Stone, meanwhile, writes about Richard Sherman, who hopes a few more balls come his way this season.
3, Here’s my notebook leading off with the return of Bryan Walters and the waiving of Phil Bates. As for why this happened in the way it did — Walters brought back two days after being released with Bates released two days after having made the team — one possibility is that the team was exploring trade options for Bates. Maybe there was a team that had expressed specific interest in Bates. Maybe, too, was the thought that it might be easier to get Bates through waivers and back on the practice squad now, when rosters are largely filled, than a few days. It may be worth a daily reminder that the practice squad makeup could change pretty much daily this time of year.
4, Also worth nothing in the notebook are the comments of special teams coach Brian Schneider about Earl Thomas. He will continue to return punts, but Walters will also have a role. Schneider talks in that story of the improvement in Thomas’ return skills through the preseason and there remains no hesitation to have him take those duties on. But Walters gives another, experienced option there. We’ll see against Green Bay how those opportunities begin go be divided.
5, Seahawks.com looks at the rest of the NFC West.
6, Russell Wilson’s former professor on what the Seahawks can teach us all.
7, FootballPerspective.com says this is the year Wilson may go from very good to great.
8, Matt Flynn says the Packers aren’t expecting any favorable calls when their receivers go against Seattle’s defensive backs.
9, The 49ers are No. 1 and the Seahawks No. 2 in Yahoo.com’s power rankings.
10, The Wall Street Journal with brief, and enlightening, overviews of all 32 teams.
And in one extra one — because today we will go to 11 — here’s lots of fun stuff from the crew at MMQB as they predict what will happen this season.