A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the Seattle Seahawks training camp:
The Seahawks had a walk-through practice Wednesday morning before heading to Denver for their first preseason game Thursday night, a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos. It’s probably a game that means more to Denver than it does to the Seahawks, considering the Broncos lost the Super Bowl 43-8. “They will be a fired-up team and a very difficult situation to play in,’’ Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “They are going to make it difficult on us.”
The Seahawks, however, have won nine consecutive preseason games. “We play ‘em to win ‘em," Carroll said. “We don’t play it if we don’t care about winning. But we’re still going play everybody and see what happens.”
Carroll said the starters won’t play much because this game is all about the young guys trying to earn a roster spot. “It’s the time of year for opportunity,’’ Carroll said. “These guys have dreamed their whole life of being in the NFL and to have a chance to play, and here it is. We kind of dedicate this first game to those young guys, as we’ve always done. I hope they can come through and make some things happen.”
One player worth watching closely is middle linebacker Brock Coyle, an undrafted rookie from Montana who has been one of the biggest surprises in training camp. Coyle will start Thursday because Bobby Wagner has a hamstring injury, but Coyle (6-1, 245) was going to play a lot anyway. The coaches have been impressed with Coyle’s leadership skills, his overall knowledge and his ability to make the correct defensive calls. But it will come down to his tackling ability on the field.
Carroll said the team has a specific game plan going in, but it isn’t like a regular-season game plan. “We really game plan to put our guys in position to show us what they can do,’’ he said. “It’s not about the opponent to any extent like it is in the regular season. What’s most important right now is to figure our guys out.”
Extra-point attempts in the first two preseason games will come from the 15-yard line instead of the 2-yard line. So instead of a 20-yard kick, the PAT will be 33 yards. It’s an NFL experiment to try to make the point-after kick more difficult. Kickers made 99.6 percent of PATs last season. “I think it’s going to be a factor,” Carroll said. “It’s certainly in the minds of the kickers. It’s going to be a big deal when someone misses one and it makes the difference in the game.”