Highlights of Tuesday’s live Seahawks chat with reporter Bob Condotta. Some questions and answers edited for this version:
Question: If you had to put percentages on it, what is the likelihood that Walter Thurmond re-signs with the Hawks next season? Brandon Browner?
Condotta: Browner, none. Thurmond is a hard one to read. The knee jerk reaction is that the odds would be less now given his suspension. On the other hand, the market for him might be a lot smaller now and maybe Seattle would be more willing to give him a shot under these circumstances than other teams that don’t know him as well.
Q: When will cornerback Tharold Simon be eligible to practice? Or has that already happened?
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Condotta: He’s been eligible to practice for a while (he’s been on the Physically Unable to Perform list all season). But once he does, he can only practice for three weeks until the team has to decide to put him on the active roster or IR. They said they hoped he would begin practice this week, which would then start that clock.
Q: Are these hits to an area of strength (Seattle’s secondary) a potential bigger deal than the O-line issues that the team has dealt with all year?
Condotta: It could be a little trickier because of the upcoming opponent, a New Orleans team that is second in the NFL in passing, and that you don’t have as many cornerbacks to begin with. But again, they were already without Browner, who was out with a groin injury. It’s really just Thurmond that’s a new hit.
Q: Do you see Seattle implementing any scheme changes based on the depth/talent losses at DB? It seems that their scheme is so reliant upon press man and now that might not be the best approach considering the second and third best guys are out.
Condotta: I think you can still let Richard Sherman press and then not as much on the other side. I don’t think it has to drastically alter things. But in general, you would think they might have to be a little less aggressive.
Q: Look into your crystal ball. Does Christine Michael replace Robert Turbin as the No. 2 tailback next year? It feels like he’s gaining more confidence (both his own, and from the coaches) as the season progresses.
Condotta: Not until he gets the pass protection down. That’s really the big issue with him right now. That’s an easy thing for fans to overlook, but you’d probably be amazed how important that is to coaches.