August 28th, 2014- After being so efficient in last weeks blowout win against the Chicago Bears in which the starters played the whole entire first half and one possession in the third quarter, the Seattle Seahawks hopes to give their backups significant playing time as they face the Oakland Raiders tonight in the bay. Coach Pete Carroll did say earlier this week that the starters will get some reps in this game, but my guess is it’s probably going to be very limited and expect the play calling to be extra conservative by Darrell Bevell in order to keep everyone as healthy as possible going into the season opener against the Green Bay Packers one week from today. As much as the Seahawks coaching staff want to say that this is a final tryout for players wanting to make the team we can pretty pencil in most of the pieces on this team. As disappointing as the groin injury suffered by special teams captain and back up linebacker Heath Farwell, it probably opened up another roster spot for Benson Mayowa and or Terrelle Pryor. Both can help themselves with great appearances tonight. The final cuts are finalized by sunday, august 31st.
Some off the field news: The Seahawks and Pete Carroll were fined $300,000 by the league and the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) for violating no-contact rules during minicamp. The league was aware of an incident on June 18th when Richard Sherman and Phil Bates were involved in a fight. The scuffle occurred after a play in which got into Bates thought Sherman was being too aggressive. When the league was aware of the altercation and asked the Seahawks for the video of the whole entire practice. After reviewing the tape the league decided that there was too much contact during the play which ultimately led to the fight between the two players. This wasn’t the first time that the Seahawks has violated the no-contact rule, they were warned last year. In addition to the fine the Seahawks will also loose 2 days of mini camp and only allowed to have a 2.5 hour practice on the final day of mini camp, the latter more crucial than the fine itself. This team more than any other team in the league prides itself on preparation, loosing 2 days is a major setup for the 2015 season. Pete commented this week and said he was extremely disappointed as they tried to appeal the ruling and was denied. “I don’t want be doing things wrong. I want to do things right and I’d like to show exactly how to do it. We’re trying to do things the best you can possibly do it. Unfortunately, this decision makes it look otherwise.” Even with the fine and loss of practices I get the feeling that deep down Pete did get his message across to all his guys, always compete.