Seattle Seahawks Daily Dose of Pain – Saturday, December 24

Pete Carroll
Coach Carroll, one of Seattle's advantage against the Lions..

Your daily dose of the most negative news in the Seattle Seahawks universe: injuries.

Looks like Seahawks fans got to open few presents early on Christmas Eve. On to the report!

Player: C. J. Prosise

It’s certainly no surprise that running back Prosise is still listed as out. Shoulder blades don’t magically heal in weeks, not even with the power of good wishes and Santa’s best eggnog. What is surprising is that the coaching staff holds out some hope he may be able to get back into the action during the postseason. And, even bigger surprises are in store – read on, Dasher and Dancer!

Jon Ryan

Seattle’s punter has two full practices under his belt, and is expected to punt (well hopefully, very few times) against the Cardinals. Looks like Mr. Wilson won’t be able to add punter to his resume after all.

Player: Michael Bennett

Another big present under Coach Carroll’s tree, defensive end Bennett is expected to play with his bookend Pro Bowler Cliff Avril. D.J. Humphries and John Wetzel – the answer to the trivia question, “Who are the two saddest offensive tackles in the NFL today?”


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Player: Brock Coyle

And one more present – look like linebacker Coyle will be playing in his first game in five weeks. Three straight days of full practice tends to build confidence, after all.

This is as good a spot as any for some background on my perspective. I’m not a superfan of the Seahawks. I like the Hawks, I respect them, I root for them in almost all of their games, but I’m a fairly detached from them emotionally. I’m happy to say that all the writers on our staff seem to have no problems whatsoever in writing their objective opinions about the team and players. No homers here. For me, it’s definitely objective.

So what’s my point? Simply this: I believe in the talent on this team and coaching staff. Yep, they’ve had some bad games – Russell Wilson would be the first, second and third person to admit to that. Richard Sherman has always been very adamant in expressing his thoughts and opinions – perhaps there were better venues for his expressions, but I think he was completely correct in his well-considered opinion. The thing is, as someone who appreciates this organization without the emotional ties of fandom, I truly believe the players are mentally strong enough to work through any adversity. The coaching staff is secure enough to manage any controversy. The organization as a whole is mature enough to overcome any friction. That’s called leadership, and that comes from Pete.

Seahawks fans, you get the best Christmas present every day Coach Carroll is on that sideline. Count your blessings, have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and… go Hawks!

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