Originally created 12/16/06

Seahawks still in control of West

Mike Holmgren addressed his players in a darkened room Friday morning, the result of a wind and rain storm that knocked out power to much of the Seattle region.

The setting matched the Seahawks' mood.

What was expected to be a celebration of a third consecutive NFC West crown on Thursday night turned into an examination of just what was wrong with the reigning NFC champs after a shocking 24-14 loss to San Francisco.

"It's been a little bit of the same old, same old the last few weeks," the coach said at team headquarters, which was running on generators. "We've been a pretty inconsistent football team where one phase of the football team might play well, but the complementary parts of the team didn't, and that could change on a weekly basis it seems."

Despite the two consecutive losses, the Seahawks (8-6) still control their fate in the NFC West. A win over San Diego on Christmas Eve or at Tampa Bay on New Year's Eve will give the Seahawks the division crown and a home game in the first-round of the playoffs.

COURTS: Quincy Carter was arrested on marijuana possession charges at the home of a woman who told police the former Cow-boys quarterback had become disruptive.

Carter, who played college football at Georgia, was booked in lieu of $500 bond and remained in the city jail Friday afternoon, police spokesman David Tull said.

Carter was released by Dallas in 2004 amid media reports he failed a drug test. He was placed in the NFL's substance-abuse program and later placed in rehab while with the New York Jets.

Tull said a woman called police about 5:30 a.m. and said Carter had been "throwing things around." Police arrested Carter after finding him in possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, Tull said.

CHIEFS: A memorial service for Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt is set for Tuesday at Community of Christ Auditorium in Kansas City.

Hunt died Wednesday at a Dallas hospital following a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. He was 74.

JAGUARS: Running back Mau-rice Drew returned to practice after missing two days because of a calf injury.

Drew ran for 166 yards and had 303 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars' 44-17 win over Indianapolis on Sunday.

BEARS: Defensive tackle Tank Johnson will sit out Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, one day after he was charged with possessing firearms without proper identification.

CARDINALS: Olympic and world sprint champion Justin Gatlin worked out for Arizona, his second tryout for an NFL team.

Gatlin, who faces an eight-year ban from track and field following a positive drug test, worked out for Cardinals officials Tuesday, team spokesman Mark Dalton said.


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