Seahawks training camp notes, quotes

So much for that terrific camp QB Trent Dilfer was enjoying. After reporting in tip-top shape, Dilfer suddenly experienced back spasms. As a result, he hasn't been practicing lately.<p>

--QB coach Jim Zorn wouldn't let Matt Hasselbeck out of meetings to watch younger brother Tim play a Monday night exhibition game for the Redskins. As a result, Hasselbeck was forced to watch his brother on tape.

"It's weird because I'm like a parent when I watch him play," Hasselbeck said. I'm so nervous." Tim Hasselbeck led a game-winning drive.

"The biggest thrill I have is watching my brothers play," said Matt, who has two brothers. "It was a lot of fun."

--Zorn accused Hasselbeck of not going full speed in one recent drill. But Hasselbeck offered another theory.

"Hey, I just look slower because Trent (Dilfer) and Brock (Huard) aren't out here," Hasselbeck told his position coach.

Dilfer and Huard are leadfoots compared to fellow QBs Seneca Wallace and the recently signed Bryson Spinner.

--Former Seahawks QB Dave Krieg was thrilled to learn of his impending induction into the team's Ring of Honor. A ceremony is set for Sept. 26.

Krieg, 45, will become the eighth member of the Ring. The others are Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Dave Brown, Pete Gross, Curt Warner, Jacob Green and Kenny Easley.

"I think I represent those types of guys that were free agents or whatever," said Krieg, who made the team in 1980 as an undrafted free agent from now-defunct Milton College. "I know there are some really great names up there, but most of them were pretty high draft choices."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "That's a lot of salary-cap room laying on the ground." -- LB Chad Brown after his violent collision with All-Pro LG Steve Hutchinson. Both players were OK, but not after putting a scare into the Seahawk faithful.


BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Itula Mili vs. Jerramy Stevens, tight end. This one will go down to the wire. In the end, there will essentially be two winners; the Seahawks plan to utilize both tight ends liberally this season. Mili is the better receiver. Stevens is the better blocker, and lately he has closed the gap in the receiving department. Backup TE Ryan Hannam isn't in the picture yet as he is still recovering from knee troubles, but coaches optimistically view him as a blend of Mili and Stevens.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Ken Lucas vs. Bobby Taylor, right cornerback. This hasn't been much of a race so far because Taylor has been resting a sore knee while Lucas has enjoyed the best camp of any Seahawk. The race should tighten now that the preseason is under way. ... Alex Bannister vs. numerous candidates for the No. 4 receiving spot. Jerheme Urban is probably the leading candidate. ... Orlando Huff vs. Solomon Bates vs. Niko Koutouvides for the starting middle linebacking job. Each has had his moments so far. Huff and Koutouvides have been more impressive of late, but there is little to choose from at this point. ... Seneca Wallace vs. Brock Huard for the No. 3 quarterbacking job. Huard, with a guaranteed contract and more experience, pretty much had the job until a back injury derailed his camp. Wallace was outstanding during the first two weeks of camp, surging into the lead for the No. 3 spot while Huard was unable to practice.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: QB Seneca Wallace. His command of the offense is 100 times better than it was a year ago. Offensive coordinator Gil Haskell no longer cringes every time someone suggests throwing Wallace into a preseason game. In fact, coaches are anxious to see whether Wallace's strong camp will translate to live action. Wallace's arm strength also appears vastly improved this year. On the down side, he's still 5-feet-11.

ROOKIE REPORT: DT Marcus Tubbs finally signed a contract and reported to training camp after missing the first week of practices. Coaches were easing him into workouts and Tubbs was not expected to play until an Aug. 21 game vs. Denver. ... SS Michael Boulware is still working with the No. 2 defense, behind SS Terreal Bierria. Boulware's head is spinning as he absorbs the defensive scheme while adjusting from college OLB to NFL defensive back. ... OL Sean Locklear has been the most impressive rookie in camp, bar none. Coaches would not be skittish about putting Locklear on the field should circumstances arise. ... MLB Niko Koutouvides made some plays in the second week of camp, but he still faces an uphill fight to win the starting job. ... P Donnie Jones isn't making much progress is his attempt to unseat veteran Tom Rouen. Consistency is the main difference between the two.

INJURY REPORT: RT Chris Terry (shoulder), QB Trent Dilfer (back), QB Brock Huard (back), DE Grant Wistrom (foot), CB Jernaro Gilford (knee), TE Ryan Hannam (knee), CB Kris Richard (ankle), DE Anton Palepoi (hamstring), WR Taco Wallace (abdominal), DB Arnold Parker (shoulder), LG Steve Hutchinson (calf) and RB Clarence Farmer (knee) have been resting injuries of late. The injuries to Huard and Richard are the only ones that appear significant at this point, though Dilfer's situation should be monitored closely.

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