One thing I’ve learned during my first year of managing a Seahawks website is that you tend to say the same damn names over and over again. Today is not a day unlike every other.
During his press conference on Friday, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll gave some very important updates regarding the health of some key players for their opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Here they are.
Pete Carroll said he expects Jimmy Graham to play Sunday. Christine Michael will start at RB. Thomas Rawls will come off the bench.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) September 9, 2016
Seahawks' J'Marcus Webb said he expects to be the starter at right guard Sunday, taking Germain Ifedi's place with the first team.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) September 9, 2016
Carroll says Webb has looked good at guard and he's ready to play there if needed.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 9, 2016
Carroll hopeful Vannett may be ready next week— DAVIS HSU (@DavisHsuSeattle) September 9, 2016
Carroll says Tony McDaniel is in better shape now than they have ever seen him— DAVIS HSU (@DavisHsuSeattle) September 9, 2016
Is that the whole story though?
The Seahawks need to replace injured right guard Germain Ifedi and it seems uncertain whether or not they’ll simply plug in J’Marcus Webb or start Joey Hunt at center and move Justin Britt to right guard. Britt started all 16 games at left guard last season and few of them were ideal. Webb, however, may be worse.
Meanwhile, it’s not entirely clear on whether or not Christine Michael has earned a job as starter or if Thomas Rawls simply isn’t ready to be the lead back. I believe there was at least one occasion last season where a player (Derrick Coleman) was a starter and then quickly pulled after it was apparent that he wasn’t doing well. Michael could get the first series and then Rawls could get the next seven. After all, what advantage does it give to Seattle to tell the Dolphins and everyone else what their plan is?
Pete Carroll does not care about your fantasy team.
Finally, tight end Jimmy Graham wasn’t even listed on the injury report on Friday. He appears to be 100% and ready to go but that doesn’t mean that he won’t sit out half of the snaps on offense as he gets his first game action in about 10 months. He should be out there when the situation calls for it, but not as many plays as you’d have expected from him pre-injury. (Just a guess, on my part.)
So what have we learned?
We still don’t know what the offensive line looks like, what the split at running back looks like, or how much Graham will play or what kind of impact he’ll have. Sorry.