Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck had his back tighten up again, forcing him to leave this morning's practice less than halfway through. With Seneca Wallace also out with a sore groin, Charlie Frye took most of the reps, with Dalton Bell getting some work late in the practice.
Mike Holmgren once again was jumping on the offense, especially after rookie fullback Owen Schmitt had a false start penalty. Holmgren told the offense that plays like that were going to stop immediately. He still is upset about the number of mental mistakes that were made in Saturday's game.
Ray Willis had some good plays and some not-so-good plays at right tackle. I talked to Mike Solari about him after practice for a couple minutes, and he said they think he is a good player who has exceptional upper body strength. They like him for his versatility but think he is better suited as a tackle. On one sweep to the right, Leonard Weaver got swallowed by the defense, led by Marcus Trufant. But then on a sweep to the left, Weaver broke through for a big gain, and Mike DeBord was very complimentary of a block that Willis threw.
During special teams drills, I thought Tim Lindsey's snaps looked very suspect, and neither punter performed particularly well. You have to wonder if Reggie Hodges is not punting well because Ryan Plackemeier is back; whatever the reason, he had three very poor punts, one of which never got higher than about 50 feet and fluttered to the ground. He held his helmet in his hands after a couple of the worse punts.
Chris Spencer dressed but still did not practice. Neither did Will Herring, William Robinson, Sean Locklear, Samuel Gutekunst, Red Bryant, Deion Branch, Bobby Engram, Chris Cooper or Larry Tripplett.
Howard Green had one very nice play, breaking into the backfield and tackling Mo Morris with one arm. Ben Obomanu dropped a pass from Charlie Frye in 7-on-7 drills, and he seems to have disappeared to some degree.
After practice, Brian Russell and Olindo Mare were supposed to have a closest to the pin contest with tour pro Tim Simpson, who is competing in the Boeing Classic. Russell dropped out at the last minute and Jordan Babineaux replaced him -- much to the chagrin of Simpson, because Babs won.
Shooting from 70 yards away, Babineaux put a ball 4 feet 7 inches from the pin. Simpson was 5 feet away, and Mare was 6 feet 5 inches back.
Afterwards, Simpson got off a great line. "I have always been a Seahawks fan even though I am from Georgia, for whatever reason," Simpson said. "Maybe it's because we don't have a team in Atlanta." Not sure if that was a shot at Jim Mora or not. Simpson said the Georgia Bulldogs are his favorite team, and he was talking to rookie Brandon Coutu, who played for the Bulldogs last year.
Simpson then wondered how Babineaux would fare in a closest to the pin contest if $100,000 was on the line. "When the money is on the line, you know what they call me?" Babineaux asked. "Big Play Babs."
Big Play said he played golf in high school, didn't get a chance to play in college but picked up the sport again when he turned pro. He said it's his other passion -- besides poker.