Here are a few highlights (with some additional comments added for clarity and timeliness) of Tuesday’s chat on the Seahawks with reporter Bob Condotta.
Q: Do you see them bringing (fullback Michael Robinson) back or has that shipped sailed?
A: I don’t think it’s sailed, but I haven’t seen any evidence they are considering it. They seem really happy with Derrick Coleman. What could change things is if Spencer Ware’s ankle injury keeps him out for a significant period of time. Robinson appeared on KJR-AM Monday and didn’t indicate he had talked to the Seahawks since being released.
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Q: Do you think the Seahawks will look to re-sign Michael Bennett toward the end of the season or at all? Would we still have the (salary) cap (room) to re-sign the likes of Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas if they did?
A: I think they will definitely try to keep him. And they have cleared out a little more cap room. But you are right that if Bennett keeps playing the way he is they may have to pay him more than the $5 million he is getting this year. There will be some tough decisions to make after this season, and for just about every season in the foreseeable future.
Q: Have you looked at (Baltimore’s 30-9 win over Houston Sunday?) Any insight into how the Ravens shut them down so effectively?
A: There were a few things of note from that game: 1, Houston’s special teams have been a struggle for a while now and allowed a return for a TD; 2, Quarterback Matt Schaub seems to be pressing and threw a pick six; 3, Houston’s offense isn’t filled with a lot of big-play playmakers, and its best, receiver Andre Johnson, was banged up and sat out a lot of the second half. If you look at just yardage numbers on both offense and defense, Houston ranks pretty high. But the Texans haven’t been great on third down and have a minus-three turnover ratio as well as some shaky special teams (including field goal kicker Randy Bullock who is 4 of 8 on the year). Houston just hasn’t looked real sharp so far.
Q: Have the Hawks ever started 4-0?
A: No. They have been 3-0 five other times — 1986, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006 — and lost the fourth game each time.