Seahawks MMQB: Cruising vs. The Chargers

Tarvaris Shines

It feels so good to be writing my first Monday Morning Quarterback of the season, or should I say Friday Morning Quarterback.

The Seahawks 1st-team played pretty stiff but from that point the team dominated the game. Winning easily 31-10 in a game where it seemed like the Seahawks had more fans in Qualcomm Stadium than the home team Chargers. Depth was evident in the Seahawks roster with the way that the longer the game went on the more they dominated.


Russell Wilson started the game with a 20 yard completion to Jermaine Kearse on his first pass.  Unfortunately he didn’t complete another pass until the last play of the 1st quarter.  Wilson did have a couple nice plays where he ran around a bit but all-in-all it was a forgettable day.

Brady Quinn worked with the 2nd team offense and had mixed results.

Quinn threw a pass behind Brett Swain that would have been a touchdown if it had been more accurate.  A couple plays later Brady hit a wide open Jermaine Kearse for a touchdown on 3rd and 7 inside the red zone.  On his final play of the game Quinn threw a ball out of bounds, on a well covered corner route in the end zone, when he had rookie Chris Harper open on a quick slant for a touchdown.

When Tarvaris Jackson he was perfect, at least he had a perfect quarterback rating, his only incompletion was on a pass that Cooper Heifet dropped. Jackson went 8 for 9 for 128 yards with touchdown passes to Stephen Williams and Derrick Coleman.

Wilson saw limited time on Thursday and completed two passes. (USA Today Sports)

Wilson saw limited time on Thursday and completed two passes. (USA Today Sports)

The touchdown pass from Jackson to Williams was the second time those two had hooked up for passes of more than 40 yards.

Darrell Bevell called a play action pass on 3rd and 3 that left Derrick Coleman wide open in the flat for Jackson’s second touchdown.

I would have to say that Christine Michael was every bit as good as advertised.  I was immediately impressed at the way he hits the line leaning forward almost ensuring he is going to pick up a little bit extra yardage every play.

It wasn’t long before he impressed me with with his quickness on a play where he spun and left a would be tackler tackling air while he picked up a first down. Late in the game he impressed me with his speed to get to the edge and make a big run.

Spencer Ware looked good blocking and averaged 4.6 yards per carry.  Could he become a poor man’s John L. Williams?  He scored the teams only Rushing touchdown.

Derrick Coleman looked very good at the full back position.

None of the receivers really stood out that much to me.

Stephen Williams had two big receptions but he also dropped a very catchable ball. Jermaine Kearse looked like he has improved during the offseason.

The first unit offense had Paul McQuistan at left guard and J.R. Sweezy at right.

It was a tough day for a couple Seahawks’ offensive lineman.  Tom Cable is going to give them an ear full.

Lemuel Jeanpierre had a snap infraction that the referee blamed on Rishaw Johnson.  Johnson was not in the game at the time but he made plenty of mistakes while he was in the game.

It wasn’t all bad though, rookie Alvin Bailey had a great block sealing the edge for a big run by Christine Michael.


The first defensive series of the game started at the Charger’s 15 yard line, thanks to a big hit by Mike Morgan on the kick returner.

The Seahawks were only using two down lineman who were bracketed by players in a two point stance.

Though the Seahawks defense bent a lot, aided by some very loose coverage by Allen Bradford and a play where KJ Wright lowered his head, letting Ryan Matthews jump over him to pick up a first down, they did not break and only gave up a field goal on the first series.

The rest of the game the Seahawks defense dominated by creating a lot of pressure on the quarterback.  Benson Mayowa led the team with 1.5 sack, combining for a sack with Heath Farwell.  

Malcolm Smith and Martin Parker each added a sack of their own.

Will Jaye Howard be an improved player in 2013? (US Presswire)

Will Jaye Howard be an improved player in 2013? (US Presswire)

Players like Jordan Hill and Jaye Howard may not have gotten to the quarterback but were spending a lot of time in the San Diego backfield during the game.

The Seahawks’ defense combined for 8 tackles for a loss with Benson Mayowa leading the way.  Mayowa also had a team high 3 quarterback hits which were half of the teams total.

You can’t win a roster spot during the first preseason game but I would have to say that Benson came about as close as you can.  I think we will see him earlier in the game next Saturday so that the team can evaluate him against better competition.

Byron Maxwell and Chris Maragos had interceptions on back to back drives for the games only two turnovers.  Unfortunately Byron sprained his ankle during the game.

The Seahawks didn’t give up any points after the first Chargers drive until the fourth quarter when Winston Guy got turned around in coverage and gave up a 34 yard pass to put the Chargers in the red zone.

Two plays later Guy failed to force a receiver inside to where he had help and then Jeremy Lane missed an arm tackle on a 21 yard touchdown pass.

That was the Chargers only touchdown of the game.

Special Teams

The coverage teams were outstanding.  The Chargers best starting field position was their own 22 yard line and 4 times they started inside their own 20.

Walter Thurmond and Will Blackmon had big punt returns in what could be a good little battle to replace Leon Washington as the teams punt returner.

All in all it was a pretty strong showing by most of the team.  They also added plenty of teachable moments that Pete Carroll and company will be able to use.

Go Seahawks!


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  • Brett Bivens

    It was brought to my attention that I wrote Cooper He”i”fet instead of Cooper He”l”fet. Not the first time I have done they, would they just cut the guy already? 😉 anyway my apologies.

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