Seahawks lose due to coaching errors
To borrow a phrase from another Seattle sports team let’s not, “put the cart before the horse”. I am in no way suggesting that Pete Carroll should be fired for losing the game against the Colts Sunday, but there were some obvious problems with the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff Sunday.
Coaching errors and deficiencies by both the offense and the defense can easily explain why this Seahawk team had more yards, plays, and time of possession that the Colts but still managed to lose.
Second Half Time Outs
How do you call your last time out with nearly 9 minutes left to go in the game? That last time out was called because the Seahawks couldn’t get the correct personnel on the field to cover a 2 point conversion attempt by the Colts.
It was a pretty obvious situation to go for two by the Colts. Being caught unprepared is fully to blame on Carroll’s coaching staff.
The other two time outs in the 2nd half weren’t used that wisely either. Russell Wilson called the first time out in the 2nd half when he didn’t like the look of the defense when he lined his offense up.
That’s not a huge waste but, you’d most likely rather not use time outs so early in the second half.
The other time out was used when Seattle lined up on defense with 12 guys. Again, this is not something that should happen to a team that is well coached. It’s simply inexcusable especially when they had already been flagged for the same thing earlier in the game.
Third Down on Defense
As much as Richard Sherman and the rest of the defense like to talk about how great they are, they were awful on 3rd down against the Colts.
Indy converted 7 of it’s 12 3rd down attempts. That’s a 58% efficiency rating for the Colts and that’s double what the Seahawks typically allow on 3rd down.
Seattle harassed Andrew Luck pretty consistently in the early parts of the game but then the pass rush went away and with it so did the Seahawks ability to get off the field on 3rd down.
A few blitzes were attempted in the 2nd half but still they were not reaching Luck with enough consistency to knock him out of his comfort zone.
More blitzes or more creativity with the pass rush would have seemed to have been a topic of discussion at halftime.
If it happened, it didn’t show on the field.
Another contributing factor was Colts WR Reggie Wayne. Wayne lined up all over the field. Eventually the Colts found out that nickel corner Walter Thurmond was not up to the task of covering Wayne.
Why Carroll and company didn’t pick up on this is beyond me.
In prior weeks Richard Sherman has shadowed the opposing teams’ best wide receiver at times. Just ask Anquan Boldin if he remembers.
This has been an effective tactic for Seattle. They just did not do it in Indianapolis though, and it cost them big time on 3rd down.
Third Down On Offense – We want 7, not 3.
You are not going to have much success on offense if you only convert two 3rd downs in a game. 2/12 on 3rd down is, well… awful and there is no other way to put it and it forced Seattle into too many field goal tries.
The Seahawks attempted 5 field goals in this game. 4 were good, 1 was blocked and returned for an Indy touchdown.
Two of the converted field goals were from inside or near the 20; another after getting the ball on a fumble at the Indy 30 yard line. It’s a huge letdown for your team (and a boost for your opponent) to settle for a field goal after getting the ball deep in your opponent’s territory.
It seems to me that this is too conservative. You have 3 drives that are right around the 20 yard line or closer and you never decide as a coach to go for it on 4th down on any of them. That’s not showing a lot of confidence in your offense.
If even one of these field goals is a touchdown instead, the game just got a whole lot closer than it already was.
As far as the blocked field goal goes, that one was on Steven Hauschka. That ball came off the ground very low. The defense didn’t have to reach above their own heads to block that kick.
I didn’t see a problem with the hold. It just looked like a low line drive coming out of there.
These are things I think this team can solve. It’s easy to say, “hey, it’s only 1 loss.” Unless of course you have more that follow but I still say there is no need to hit the panic button or pull the plug on anything.
Lynch looked great running the ball and it was nice to see Wilson assert himself on the ground for the first time this year for an entire game.
Seattle just needs to stay organized on the sideline and not waste time outs.
Some more aggressive play calls on offense on 3rd and 4th down on both sides of the ball and Seattle will be right back in the “W” column next week against the Titans.