By John Boyle
First thing’s first, not a lot of injury news to report. Pete Carroll said DE Michael Bennett didn’t play because his hamstring tightened up on him during pregame warm-ups. Carroll said it wasn’t an injury as much as just something with which they were being precautious. The only injury that came out of the game according to Carroll was a knee injury suffered by backup linebacker Horace Miller. Carroll said Miller “got a good twist on his knee” and will have an MRI.
—On Russell Wilson, who completed 11 of 13 passes for 121 yards, Carroll said, “He played really well. He threw the ball away and he missed one pass on the night, I think. He made really great decisions moving and getting out, and didn’t let them hit him… He was really dialed in. He played really good football.”
—Carroll also had praise for O’Brien Schofield, who had one sack, one tackle for loss and four quarterback hits: “He was all over the place. He’s competing his tail off to make this football team and make his mark here. It showed up last week and again this week. He’s doing it every day in practice, so I’m really fired up for him.
—WR Doug Baldwin knew he didn’t get a second foot down on the play that was initially ruled a touchdown catch and the correctly overruled. Baldwin didn’t get his second foot in because he was blasted in the back by safety Darrell Stucky, and the force of the hit drove him out of bounds before his left foot hit the ground. That didn’t stop Baldwin from trying to convince the referee to rule in his favor anyway.
“I knew I wasn’t in bounds,” Baldwin said. “I was hoping maybe I got an elbow in there or something, but I knew my foot didn’t come down. So when he came to the sideline I just wanted to give him a hard time. I asked him why he couldn’t just give it to me and he said because I’ve got to earn it. I said, ‘Earn it? I just got the (expletive) knocked out of me.’”
And if you were wondering, Baldwin said after the game he was fine despite the hard hit.
—One of the biggest plays of the game for the Seahawks got called back, with Tharold Simon being flagged for illegal contact—a point of emphasis for this season—negating what would have been a 105-yard interception return for a touchdown.
“To be honest I really didn’t feel anything,” Simon said of the contact. “I know for a fact I didn’t initiate. He had one hand on me, but I know they’re trying to emphasize those calls. It’s OK for me, right now.”
Right now being the key phrase there. Players are hopeful that officials are being overzealous now, but that calls will get a little less frequent after rules officials have had a chance to review the amount and type of calls being made in the preseason.
“It’s the preseason,” safety Earl Thomas said. “They always call it ticky-tacky during the preseason, then they kind of let up during the season. We know that.”
—Carroll was excited about the play of both Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, as well as the rushing game as a whole, which accounted for 243 yards, but he does want to see Michael, who has fumbled in each preseason game, take better care of the ball: “He allowed the defender to get under him where the ball is vulnerable and they knocked it out. He needs to fix that.”
—And finally, Tweet of the night goes to punter Jon Ryan, who on Friday was spectator Jon Ryan because his team didn’t punt (though he did hold on extra points and field goals).
Has anyone heard about that new NFL promotion where they pay u to watch football? It’s called being the Seahawks punter. #AtLeastIGetToHold
— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) August 16, 2014