The usual suspects missed practice today. Linebacker Lofa Tatupu (knee), defensive end Chris Clemons (ankle), center Chris Spencer (shoulder), defensive tackle Junior Siavii (neck), linebacker Will Herring (hamstring) and cornerback Marcus Trufant (back) did not practice today
Siavii was out on the field, which is a good sign as he tries to come back from a neck stinger. Siavii is the only player at this point that likely will not play on Sunday.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said his unit went back to basics to focus on the fundamentals for tackling, breaking out the old football tapes on form tackling and using the tackle dummy to work on technique.
And it worked, as the Seahawks did a much better job of tackling against one of the better running team in Atlanta last week.
“We just went back to the basics and brought out the dummy bag and went back to that,” Bradley said. “And I think it paid off. They’re a good running team, and our goal is to do even better. But they had under 100 yards, and with a good rushing team like that, we just felt like we tackled better. Our explosive plays came down quite a bit. I think we had three total, and that’s where we’ve got to be. We’ve got to limit those explosive plays.”
Bradley said the emphasis on tackling will continue this week with Seattle facing another powerful runner in LeGarrette Blount.
“He’s a brute,” Bradley said. “I mean he’s playing really hard, breaking tackles. It’d be interesting to know his yards after contact, he’s that type of runner. Guys are hitting him at the line of scrimmage but he’s breaking tackles.
“He’s a jumper. You’ll see him in the middle of the field jump over DBs, and so very athletic for his size.”
Bradley said the defense also will have to be aware of the running ability of quarterback Josh Freeman, who has 330 yards on the ground this season.
“He makes a lot of things happen on the run,” Bradley said. “He’s got 60 carries as a quarterback, and that’s incredible. And they’ve got designed plays for him, counters as a quarterback.”