Behind Enemy Lines with Doug Farrar

Ed Thompson asked's Editor-in-Chief, Doug Farrar some questions about the current state of the Seahawks as part of our pre-game analysis for this weekend's game. Get his insider perspective in the first of our two-part series with Doug.

Ed Thompson,  Are there any players that Colts fans are used to seeing in the Seahawks starting lineup who won't be on the field on Sunday because of free agency losses?

Doug Farrar,  The primary marquee player lost to Seattle in free agency was elite guard Steve Hutchinson, a player the Seahawks transition-tagged as opposed to franchising. The strategy backfired when the Vikings gave Hutchinson a "poison-pill" offer sheet, in which Seattle would have to guarantee that he would be their highest-paid offensive lineman for the 2006 season at the time the sheet was signed, or the entire 7-year, $49 million offer sheet would be guaranteed. Since tackle Walter Jones was already receiving a higher annual salary, Jones' subsequent (and magnanimous) gesture to restructure his own contract was for naught. Joe Jurevicius, who was an enormous balm to the offense when wideouts Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram were injured, signed a deal with the Browns. Safety Marquand Manuel, who excelled in spot duty after Ken Hamlin was hurt in an off-field incident last October, signed with the Packers.

ET: How about due to injuries?

DF:  The Seahawks welcomed defensive linemen Grant Wistrom (shoulder), Joe Tafoya (shoulder) and Rocky Bernard (knee) back to practice on Wednesday. All three players are expected to be ready to play by the start of the regular season. None will likely see action in the RCA Dome. DT Russell Davis suffered a heel injury and will miss the rest of the preseason. Receivers Darrell Jackson (knee) and D.J. Hackett (hamstring), as well as guard Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack (hamstring, Hutchinson's expected replacement) are recovering from various injuries, but will not play in this game. MLB Lofa Tatupu is questionable with a groin pull. DT Marcus Tubbs is recovering from an Achilles' procedure.

ET:  Are there any standouts from the draft class so far that Colts fans are likely to notice?

DF:  First-round pick Kelly Jennings, a cornerback from Miami, is a smallish but super-quick defender who you'll likely see quite a bit of. He spent much of the Dallas loss in great position to make plays, but getting turned around a bit. Over time, this Mighty Mite will get with the program, and he could be special. Second-round pick Darryl Tapp, a situational pass-rushing end, will endeavor to harass Manning and Sorgi. Seventh-round punter Ryan Plackemeier booted five balls for a 46.6-yard average, including three inside the opposing 20-yard line, in his first pro outing. The job is his to lose.

ET: Who are the top two or three undrafted free agents that could make the team and are likely to make some plays against the Colts?

DF:  DT Alex Guerrero, a Boise State grad who was cut by the Chiefs in late July, has impressed with his intensity (and impressed this observer with his supernatural footwork in drills). With Davis, Tubbs and Bernard out against Indy, Guerrero will get every chance to shine. He probably doesn't stand a chance of cracking Seattle's talented DT rotation, but he's not going away without a fight. 

Boston College center Pat Ross will see quite a few reps as Robbie Tobeck recovers from an elbow injury. Tobeck wasn't going to see a great deal of action anyway, and Ross is an intriguing prospect. He was rated by's Rob Rang as the best center not drafted.

ET: Former Colts running back Ran Carthon is trying to make the Seahawks roster. How's he been doing?

DF:  Carthon hasn't really done anything spectacular per se.  And even if he did, Seattle's halfback rotation will be impossible to crack this year. You have versatile and valuable backup Maurice Morris behind obvious incumbent (and NFL MVP) Shaun Alexander, and it's quite possible that the Seahawks will convert Leonard Weaver, a current pro fullback and former college tight end, to halfback. Weaver isn't a blocker by any stretch of the imagination, but he's incredibly elusive, considering the fact that he's moving a 250-pound frame around. If Weaver proves able to return kicks as well, veteran utilityman Josh Scobey could be the odd
man out.

On Friday, Doug will answer more questions about the Seahawks for Colts fans. Be sure to check back for the rest of this feature!

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