Drew Brees and the Saints proved they know how to win big games on the road.
Here is some of what Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had to say when he met the media today:
Tomahawks preparing for playoff game Friday, a week after the deadly shooting at the school.
For all the sophisticated analysis about the Seahawks’ struggles, a portion of their problems is rather simple. They haven’t been loose. The Percy Harvin debacle weighed heavily on them. The scrutiny has bothered them. They weren’t used to the limelight being so harsh.
Seahawks rookie linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis played 33 percent of Seattle’s defensive plays against the Panthers, and showed the speed that had coaches and scouts raving about him during the combine and draft.
With Max Unger and Stephen Schilling out with injuries, the Seahawks practiced with one healthy center, Patrick Lewis. There were other injury updates, including Malcolm Smith, who appears unlikely to play on Sunday.
In case you missed the news via Twitter earlier, the Seahawks today got their practice squad back up to the maximum 10 players by signing receiver Chris Matthews and tight end Brett Brackett.
Seattle's injury report Thursday grew a bit with four new names added to the list --- center Stephen Schilling (knee), cornerback Tharold Simon (knee), cornerback Richard Sherman (back) and defensive lineman Michael Bennett (toe).
As Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson followed the World Series, he paid a little extra attention to a player who for at least a few weeks he once called a teammate --- eventual World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner.
Former Seahawk Walter Jones is in the NFL Hall of Fame and has had his number retired by the Seahawks.
Brock Coyle, who’s gone from undrafted free agent to the roster of the defending Super Bowl champions, is slated to get the start at middle linebacker on Sunday against the Raiders.
Here is some video of some of what Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and safety Kam Chancellor had to say to the media at the VMAC Thursday:
Bruce Irvin and Brock Coyle walked into the VMAC together at 6 a.m. Thursday
We’ll get the chat started at 8:30 a.m. before the Seahawks take on the Panthers.
“They seemed like, for a moment in time, they forgot about everything that happened and everything that was going on and were able to enjoy the moment and take pictures and smile and laugh and have a good time,’’ Richard Sherman said of Tuesday’s visit.
The Seattle-Oakland game may not be the most high-profile of the weekend. But it will feature maybe the best-known ref in the NFL --- Ed Hochuli --- who has been assigned to the game, according to FootballZebras.com.
We're back with another edition of Five Questions. Five Answers, this week focusing on Seattle's opponent Sunday, the Oakland Raiders.
A few Seahawks links to start your Thursday. ...
Official confirmation has come this morning that Phil Bates has signed with Cleveland's practice squad, ending his career with the Seahawks --- which dated, essentially, to when he signed with Seattle as a free agent in April, 2012. Bates had been waived and re-signed a few times since then, largely