My story today focuses on linebacker Lofa Tatupu and what his return to the field means for Seattle’s defense.
Tatupu said it was tough watching Seattle struggle through a 5-11 campaign last season, but he’s healthy and ready to play today.
Linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. said Tatupu is the straw the stirs the drink for Seattle’s defense.
“He’s good at figuring things out in terms of what the offense is trying to do to you. He’s great at body language, and reading the movement of fullbacks and linemen. He picks up every little thing, and I’m just trying to make sure he helps our younger players pick up those things as well.”
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com writes that the Seahawks need linebacker Aaron Curry to have more of an impact on the game defensively. Having Tatupu back on the field should help.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald offers three things the Seahawks need to improve on tonight against Minnesota.
Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune talks to Seahawks tight end John Carlson about Pete Carroll and his return to his hometown.
Star-Tribune columnist Sid Hartman says Carroll almost earned the head coaching job of the Vikings in 1992. Instead, Dennis Green got the gig. Carroll served as a defensive assistant coach in Minnesota under Bud Grant from 1985 to 1989.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports puts offensive tackle Mansfield Wrotto on his list of 10 players who need to step up this weekend.
Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network interviews San Diego restricted free agent Vincent Jackson. The play-making receiver says he wants to play this year, but is prepared to sit out this year. Jackson said he did not speak directly to Seattle.
NFL scout Dave Razzano joins ESPN 710 Seattle’s Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore to discuss the quarterback situation in the NFC West in this audio link. Razzano has worked for San Francisco, St. Louis and Arizona.
If you have some time on your hands you should read this well-written piece by ESPN’s Allison Glock on potential NFL draftee Tony Washington and his sad past.