To say I'm soaked is an understatement. That was a soggy practice. Here are some of my notes:
- Bummer for Isaiah Stanback: he was carted off the field early in practice. He limped heavily and required the help of a few guys to help him off the cart. I didn't see what happened; he was part of the the WR drills on the far side of the field. EDIT: Turns out he tore his achilles (thx Vasilii).
- Whitehurst and Losman took all the snaps in scrimmages. I only saw Hasselbeck participate in drills (in which most of his passes looked fairly flat - coulda been the rain).
- I'll be honest: Losman looked awful. On one play he did the Seneca Wallace infinite drop back and was saved by a coaches whistle. In a game, he'd have been brutally strip-sacked (he was mid pass) that would have been an easy defensive TD.
- He later botched a snap and immediately turned away to walk toward the huddle spot.
- He quickly resorted to check downs on a lot of his snaps. Either that or throwing into coverage a frightening amount of times. I'd really rather have Teel or someone ... not named Losman.
- Whitehurst had a few VERY nice plays. He's developing a nice rapport with Housh and Tate. I saw him target Carlson once. It appears he doesn't have the rapport with Carlson like Hasselbeck does.
- Tate excecuted a perfect curl, and Whitehurst timed his pass perfectly. He hit Tate just as he curled. It made me smile. They're becoming best friends.
- On another play, Tate streaked from the right side of the field to the left and Whitehurst perfectly timed a deep pass that hit Tate in stride and he walked into the end zone. Definitely elicited cheers from the soaked crowd.
- Whitehurst is indeed mobile. He seems to roll out with ease, and is able to tuck and run and not embarrass himself.
- Carroll really does love throwing the football. He played QB on a quite a few of the DB coverage drills.
- A great catch was made in double coverage, and the guy behind me yelled: "GREAT CATCH, TATE!" It was definitely Housh. It made me smile. In a different way.
- Tate will be a big part of the offense. He motions a lot, was targeted a lot, and catches the ball nearly every time.
- The offense had a tough time running up the gut. Most successful run plays were around the edges.
- Owen Schmitt stood out to me. On one play, he identified and hit the hole with Forsett in tow. He put a great block on a linebacker and Force ran for another 6-7 yards.
- On another play with Force in tow, Schmitt led around right end, put a VICIOUS block on a linebacker that allowed Force to run around him and along the sideline for a good 15 yards.
- Interestingly, I saw little of Okung or Thomas. The offense was moving from left to right, so Okung was on the far side of the offensive line. I saw little QB pressure from that side. Thomas I didn't see much of. Interestingly, there wasn't any picks during any of the scrimmages.
- Lastly, there's definitely more emotion in these practices. In fact, a little scrum broke out between the offense and defense. I like seeing this because that means they're really out there competing (and I don't mean it in the fluffy, Pete Carroll win forever way).
My brain is a sponge (as are my clothes right now) and that's about as much as I could squeeze out. Time to wring my clothes out.