Sloppy offense struggles to score in scrimmage

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comAugust 3, 2013 

Quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass as coach Pete Carroll, background, looks on during Friday’s scrimmage. Carroll said he was disappointed by the offense, including botched snaps from center Max Unger, shown blocking O’Brien Schofield (93), to Wilson.

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RENTON — The high-octane offense that helped the Seattle Seahawks average more than 30 points a contest during the second half of 2012 was not on display during an hour-long intrasquad scrimmage Friday, when the team’s starters coughed and sputtered most of the afternoon.

Under a steady drizzle, quarterback Russell Wilson and the rest of the offense struggled to move the ball against the Seahawks’ first-unit defense. The offense managed two scores on eight drives during the scrimmage — a 14-yard touchdown catch by tight end Luke Willson on a seam route and a 45-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka.

The usual suspects early in the season can be blamed for the offense’s struggles, including fumbled center-quarterback exchanges, pre-snap penalties and missed blocking assignments.

“I was a really disappointed,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We were real sloppy at the line of scrimmage today. We had a couple fumbled snaps, which we haven’t had at all, with Russell (Wilson) and Max (Unger), which are unusual.

“But we needed to get out here. It’s the first day we had any real weather at all, so that was good. And all the stuff is very easily correctable. But the good part is we had a lot of good work, a lot of reps.”

Even though the offense did not operate at a high level, Wilson said his unit set up a good foundation upon which it could build.

“It was a solid practice,” Wilson said. “It wasn’t our best one, but it was a good one. There are some things in there that we always want to improve on, and that’s the great part about practice.”

Receiver Stephen Williams was involved in a scary moment at the beginning of the scrimmage. With Williams going high in the air for a deep ball, safety Winston Guy hit him in the legs. Williams flipped to the ground, where he remained for several minutes before eventually getting up on his own.

Williams had some harsh words for Guy as he left the field and went into the training room.

“That was a terrible play that happened,” Carroll said. “That never should have happened. But fortunately he just wrenched his neck a little bit, so he’s going to be OK.”

Williams returned to the field and resumed participating in the scrimmage.

WR DOUCET AGREES TO TERMS WITH SEAHAWKS

The Seahawks agreed to terms with former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Early Doucet and waived/injured defensive end Kenneth Boatright.

Doucet was a third-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2008. He played in 54 games, including 14 starts, in five seasons with Arizona.

Last season, Doucet played in 12 games, with three starts, and had 28 receptions for 207 yards. He was released by Arizona in March.

Undrafted rookie free agent Greg Herd cleared waivers and reverted to Seattle’s injured reserve list.

HILL AVOIDS CHARGES IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE

As first reported by Pro Football Talk, former Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill will not face charges in Issaquah Municipal Court.

Hill was arrested by Issaquah police officers in January and charged with domestic violence offenses of unlawful imprisonment and third-degree assault. The incident was Hill’s fourth run-in with the law since 2009.

The King County prosecutor’s office declined to pursue domestic disturbance allegations levied against Hill in May, and the case reverted to Issaquah.

However, according to a statement from Hill’s attorney, prosecutors said medical records did not support the alleged victim’s claims. Further, the statement said, evidence provided by Hill was consistent with his claim that the alleged victim was upset because he intended to move away without her.

Hill, 30, also has been told that the he will not receive any discipline from the NFL on this issue.

EXTRA POINTS

After sitting out on Thursday, defensive lineman Jesse Williams returned to action. Offensive tackle Michael Bowie also suited up for the scrimmage but did not play. Others who did not play include LB Bobby Wagner (shoulder), DE Cliff Avril (hamstring), SS Kam Chancellor (ankle), TE Michael Palmer (groin), TE Darren Fells (hamstring), CB Jeremy Lane (foot), WR Doug Baldwin (rest), K Carson Wiggs (rest) DT Michael Brooks (unknown), CB Ron Parker (hamstring) and LB Kyle Knox (groin). … DE Chris Clemons (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot), RB Robert Turbin (foot), TE Zach Miller (foot), DE Greg Scruggs (knee) and WR Percy Harvin (hip) remain on the physically unable to perform list. LB Korey Toomer remains on the non-football injury list. … Former Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014, a year sooner than previously expected. Jones spent his final season with Seattle — 2009 — on the injured reserve list. The Hall of Fame has determined that Jones’ five-year waiting period for consideration began after the 2008 season. … The Seahawks will take Saturday off and return to practice Sunday.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams

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