The Seahawks players will take the weekend off after beating Green Bay Thursday night and then having their “Tell the Truth Monday” review of the film on Friday.
The coaches, though, won’t get much of a break as they begin preparations for a game next Sunday at San Diego, one in which the Seahawks will enter with some questions about the depth in their secondary.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said cornerback Jeremy Lane will be “down for a while”” after re-injuring his groin in the third quarter against the Packers. He did not give a more specific timeline, but a while certainly sounds like he’s missing a few games. “We’ll see what we have to do to get him right but he injured his groin again unfortunately,” Carroll said.
Carroll also said Tharold Simon had his surgery to repair some minor cartilage damage in his knee and will be out likely four weeks or so.
“Everything went great and he is moving around well already and we are hoping we get a really speedy recovery,” Carroll said. “Hoping he will be able to get back very soon, that’s meaning like four weeks or something like that.”
So that means the Seahawks will be shopping for a cornerback or two over the next few days.
“There’s some stuff we’ll be working on here,” Carroll said.
Carroll again praised the play of cornerback Marcus Burley, who stepped in when Lane went down and ended up playing 25 snaps as the Seahawks were almost exclusively in a nickel defense.
“He did well,” Carroll said. “He did a good job. He had a really good challenge route down the field and did a nice job the one time (Randall) Cobb got up on him and knocked the ball away — it was a beautiful play. He’s looked really solid in practice and we really liked the kid coming in and he did a fantastic job of being ready to play in that game down the stretch and so we are really pleased. He will play for Jeremy at this time — we have no other alternatives that we think of at this point. But we are real happy with what he did.”
A few other quick notes:
— Carroll responded “sure” when asked if Earl Thomas remains as the team’s No. 1 punt returner. But he repeated what he has said often that there will be others who will return both kicks and punts. He said again that Thomas should have fair caught the punt on which he fumbled because there was too much traffic in the area. Carroll reiterated that all positions are always evaluated but that for now Thomas remains the punt returner.
— Carroll said it was too early to say definitively if any of the players who were inactive due to injuries — such as Christine Michael and Kevin Norwood — will be ready for the Chargers.
— Carroll talked at length about the Green Bay game and how it developed that the Packers never threw at Richard Sherman. He said it has always been a philosophy of his to leave corners on either the right or the left and allow them to just play. He said they’ll continue to monitor it if teams continue not to throw at Sherman and whether there would be a need for any adjusting. “It was a real concerted effort (to throw away from Sherman) and we’ll see how that goes as we take on our next opponents,” Carroll said. Carroll said it “may come up during the season” to move cornerbacks around but in general they feel the corners play better stationed to one side or the other. “There’s no issue we have at this point and no reason to do anything differently than what we do but there may come a time.”
— Interesting read on the Green Bay side of that here, as Mike McCarthy said today the Packers did not make a decision to throw away from Sherman but that they wanted to keep their receivers on the same side instead of moving around to make it easier to run the no-huddle.
— Carroll said he was “really proud” of how Byron Maxwell played and noted that the completions he gave up where on the kind of routes that would beat any cornerback. “He really stood up to the test and that’s a really good statement,” Carroll said.
— Carroll said Bruce Irvin played only defensive end because they wanted to allow him to concentrate on just one position in his first week back but that he will begin playing more linebacker now that he’s healthy. Also, playing almost solely nickel mitigated how much need there was for linebackers.
— Carroll said Justin Britt graded out well, as did the entire offensive line.
— Carroll said Lemuel Jeanpierre went on IR after having issues with stingers in his neck/shoulder area.
— Carroll hinted at what seems obvious — they won’t be keeping eight receivers for real long (probably as long as it takes to get another cornerback). Asked about having eight WRs on the roster, he said we’ll “have to see how that works out.”
— Kam Chancellor and Bobby Wagner played well, Carroll said. But he noted Chancellor missed a couple of tackles trying to go for knockout hits instead of just wrapping up, maybe due to eagerness over having not played much in the pre-season, something he said Chancellor will fix.
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