Because they have been going so hard, and because they have a few days before the San Diego game, Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren canceled practice today -- which was supposed to be the last day of training camp anyway. Practice schedule goes back to its original deal tomorrow, with afternoon practices for about two hours. Since there will be no posts from Renton today, I thought I'd try to knock out some of the questions that have been piling up for a few days.
IDhawkman, Mare was punting the ball yesterday to get it to the rafters. He was coming close but not as high as Plack. I think Mare is far and away the better kickoff specialist. His kickoffs are higher and deeper, and he never really shanks one, where you occasionally see Coutu shank one. Having said that, I think this competition is very, very close. We've said this before, but I think it comes down to Ruskell looking out for the future of the organization and Holmgren looking out for his final season. There is a chance, I guess, that Coutu gets put on the practice squad, but team certainly saw him convert those five field goals against Chicago and must know he is close to being an NFL kicker.
Yeehawks, I think the back injuries are coincidence like the obliques all came in a group last year. One year that I was covering the NBA, plantar fascitis was the injury du jour. I'm sure some of it is two-a-days, and you'd think the injuries would recede once they go to a normal practice schedule.
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Rambler71, The Hawks have to cut down to 75 on Tuesday just like everybody else. It will be tough because that is an off day for them since they play Monday night. Media won't have access that day, so we'll just get a list from the team. We talked with Holmgren a little about this yesterday, but it seems a little ridiculous to go from 80 to 75, and then a few day later go from 75 to 53. Why not just go straight to 53, or keep all 80 around for another few days?
Hawkfromday1, Duckett gets his guaranteed money even if he gets cut.
Finster, Several people on the team have said to me that Forsett would make a better short-yardage back than Duckett. He is difficult to see and he hits the hole harder. Duckett is big but does not bang into the hole like some other backs. So that is not coming out of left field.
Covingtonhawk, Have not seen a Schmitt-Weaver backfield tandem yet. Usually it is Schmitt and Duckett, and occasionally Weaver Duckett. But I think they fancy Schmitt a much better run blocker than Weaver. I can't remember if it was Schmitt himself or a coach that called him this, but somebody told me that Schmitt is a "people mover." He gets defenders out of the way.
Ukhawk, I wrote about this a little yesterday, but Bruce DeHaven said he doesn't know when Tyler Schmitt will be back. He coaches who is out there. But he likes Schmitt and what he can do snapping. I don't think there is any question that as long as he remains healthy, he is the long snapper.
Sluggo42, Forsett has been running some with the first team, but they are doing so much mixing and matching right now, especially with Matt out and Walter and Willis sitting in the afternoons, that it is not always a perfect science to determine who is running with whom. They are essentially shuttling different players in and out on every play.
Mikew77, Plack is going to hold. He said he is not affected by the surgery.
Moeflo, have not heard anything regarding trading Forsett.