Here are few tidbits from Pete Carroll’s press conference this afternoon.
Carroll said Dexter Davis (hamstring) is the only player that will not practice today. Offensive tackle Sean Locklear (knee) and Marcus Trufant (ankle) are expected to practice today.
Carroll reiterated that RB Marshawn Lynch will play a lot this week, but refused to name his as the starting running back heading into Sunday’s game.
“We’ll figure that out later in the week,” Carroll said.
Lynch said he spent some time with Justin Forsett going over the offense to make sure he’s up to speed for this week.
Asked about facing a formidable run defense like Chicago in his first game as a Seahawk, Lynch didn’t flinch in his response: “Line ‘em up. They get prepared to play on Sunday just like me. And I’m pretty sure they’ve got the same kind of feeling with us coming to town. I’ve got much respect for those guys. But they’ve got to earn a paycheck, too.”
Lynch said during the same break he went to go see his little brother play in Sacramento over the weekend. Lynch’s brother Davonte Lynch, a senior at Sheldon High, ran for 260 yards last week. And Lynch grudgingly admitted that his brother is better than he was at this point of his career.
“I got a price on my head right now,” Lynch said. “Because every week he calls me and says, ‘Well, I did this. What you going to do?’”
Deon Butler will start at flanker with Deion Branch gone. Carroll said the addition of Brandon Stokley opened up the possibility for the team to move Branch.
“New England came after him aggressively,” Carroll said. “We didn’t have any intention of trading him at the time.”
Carroll said that Ben Obomanu should also benefit from more playing time with Branch gone. Carroll said that Butler and Obomanu will share time at flanker. Tate is playing split end behind Mike Williams right now, and Obomanu is playing flanker, but can also move out and play split end.
Rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung will face a stiff test on Sunday, likely lining up against defensive end Julius Peppers. Carroll said one of the reasons he decided to play Okung against St. Louis was as a prep for Chicago this week.
“This is a classic opportunity for a young guy trying to break in and get started on his career to go against one of the best guys in the world,” Carroll. “Really in our minds back at St. Louis we wanted to make sure that he got to play and get some game time to at least get on the field before this challenge comes about.” As far as the offensive line goes, Carroll said Ben Hamilton remains the starter at left guard, but they are trying to work Chester Pitts back in there as well.
“Chester’s been a legitimate starter in the league in year’s past,” Carroll said. “When he’s playing up to his ability then we’ll have to figure out what we do about that. But he’s the starter right now.”
Carroll went on to say that today is a big day for Pitts at practice because the 1s will go against each other, so it should be a good evaluation time for them.
Locklear will play right tackle, and Tyler Polumbus will be the swing tackle backing up both tackle spots Mike Gibson will back up Stacy Andrews at right guard and Hamilton also serves as the backup center.