The Seahawks have what amounts to a Friday-like, walk-through practice late this morning in Renton for Thursday's NFL opener against Green Bay. After it, the Seahawks' communications staff has scheduled Marshawn Lynch to talk to the media for the first time since February's Super Bowl -- and about the second time since the media industry was created.
I was in the locker room on Sunday when a staffer informed Lynch of his appointment today, and the usually I-don't-talk running back was cool with it. I'll let you know how it goes.
Here's a video of the new Skittles commercial the candy company sent to me this morning. Apparently this is what "truly" motivates the running back to win another Super Bowl title:
--For today's News Tribune, I wrote about how Bryan Walters is a returner in more ways than one. Yes, we are spending an inordinate amount of time, keystrokes and ink on the seventh wide receiver on the roster, but the import here is how it could affect All-Pro safety Earl Thomas and his summer experiment of being the primary punt returner. It's a job Thomas hasn't had since 2009, when he returned seven punts in his final year at the University of Texas.
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--If Jeremy Lane's groin injury won't allow him to play Thursday, the Seahawks have options at nickel back. They could put cornerback DeShawn Shead, who can also play safety, inside on Green Bay slot receiver Randall Cobb on third downs. Or they could move Shead outside at corner and perhaps move corner Byron Maxwell inside when they go to five defensive backs.
But this isn't the same Packers offense that came into Seattle two seasons ago. Green Bay now has a rugged, versatile runner in Eddie Lacy, who rushed for almost 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns last season as a rookie. Carroll was going on yesterday about how the Packers go to Lacy on any down, running or receiving, so that may keep the Seahawks from being in as many nickel defenses as they were the last time they played the Packers.
--Good story here by Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times on coach Pete Carroll seeking out a psychologist and researcher to define a key characteristic for players who succeed in Carroll's Seahawks program: grit.
--Here's a story about the discussion we had on here a couple days ago, that Green Bay may go with smaller, faster linebackers to try to stop the run and thus the Seahawks Thursday.
--Add this columnist from the Baltimore Sun to those who believe the Seahawks are going to become the first team since the 2003-04 Patriots to repeat as Super Bowl champions: "Seattle is still loaded."
--Early forecast for Thursday's kickoff at 5:30 p.m. at CenturyLink Field: Still summer in Seattle. Sunny, 75 degrees, zero percent chance of rain.