No Game Balls Today!
Seven, count ‘em seven plays inside the red zone in the final minute for the Seahawks. That is what went wrong. Correction; that is what went wrong in a nutshell.
My unfortunate job is to crack open that nutshell, and breakdown the hurt and disappointment inside.
Why not get started!
The entire offense really struggled to get going during the first half, and rookie Russell Wilson finished the two quarters with six completions for 59 yards and an interception.
He pulled it together in the second half, completing twelve more passes and finished 18/34 for 153 yards. He also threw his first career touchdown, a ten yard toss to Sidney Rice.
Wilson was sacked three times and hit countless more.
Which brings me to the negative side of the offense today, the offensive line.
Anytime your anchor and best part has three false starts and gets away with at least two more, it’s a bad day. That’s just what happened today for Russell Okung.
Despite Sam Acho barely showing up on the stat sheet, he gave Okung headaches today. Oh, and to rub salt in the offensive line wounds, he left with an apparent knee injury late in the game.
Breno Giacomini was quite honestly one of the better offensive lineman today, as well as all of last year. He just needs to get down on the personal fouls.
He got penalized again today for it.
15 yards are valuable, Breno!
Defensive Lack of Pressure
While we are on the penalty trend, I’m going to take a moment to point out that this offseason, cutting down on penalties from Richard Sherman and Brandon Brownerwas a huge project for the coaching staff. It still is a huge project.
Be patient, and at the end of the day, it is worth a few penalties to have two of the best corners in the game across from each other on your team.
What’s it called when a defender hits the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw the ball downfield?
— Danny O’Neil (@dannyoneil) September 9, 2012
Well, Danny, that is called a sack.
But as a man that covers the Seattle Seahawks, it’s easy to see how you forgot. Up until late in the third quarter, the Seattle pass rush was nonexistent again.
When it got going though, it was Chris Clemons creating the havoc once again.
Jason Jones did Jason Jones things, including making the interior offensive line of Arizona hate him.
Bruce Irvin’s speed is going to be the perfect complement to the trio of pass rushers Seattle has collected.
Well, I can’t complain really. 2 words. Leon. Special.
The longest return Patrick Peterson had was 22 yards.
The punt team did an excellent job of getting down field; Jon Ryan got all his punts off cleanly.
The only (literal) miss of the day for the Seahawks Special Teams was when Steven Hauschka missed on a 50-yard field goal attempt on the opening drive. But that kick was tipped at the line by Calais Campbell.
Thank you Special Teams for being a bright spot, I suppose.
The Seahawks return to Seattle for the home opener next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.