I know it’s only the preseason, but real football fans get excited for any chance to see their team. I can’t believe we’re only about a month away from the real games!
Praise the football gods!
Tomorrow the Seattle Seahawks play the Tennessee Titans, and there are some real reasons to get excited about the first chance to see the 2012-13 incarnation of this Seahawk team.
There are still plenty of question marks, so let’s see what will get ‘Hawk fans ready for some football.
1. Is QB Matt Flynn the real deal?
Quarterback Matt Flynn is getting the start for the Seahawks, and if he plays up to his potential, ‘Hawk fans should be in for a real treat this season. Kevin Kolb disappointed in his first preseason game with the Arizona Cardinals this year, and although fans of that team should really temper their criticism this early in the campaign, there is no doubt that first impressions are often lasting.
Kolb was shaky last year, and fans need reassurance that they have the right guy at the helm. Will Flynn be able to connect early and often? Will he look the part of a starting calibre NFL Quarterback?
The message boards will light up if Flynn looks good, and will REALLY light up if he looks bad. This will be interesting to see, as the Seahawks are arguably a legitimate QB away from contending for the playoffs this season.
2. Can the Offensive Line pass protect?
We know the O-line can definitely carve holes in the run game, as they showed last year, but can they give Flynn, Russell Wilson, and Tarvaris Jackson time to throw the ball?
That remains to be seen.
The line has shown potential, but if they can give the QBs time to throw the ball, especially the number one unit, it will go a long way to easing fans’ anxiety over a unit that has led to many question over the last few years.
Have no fear. RG John Moffitt will be back in time for Week 1.
Carroll on Moffitt “Not really injury. More situation over time. Showed up this week. 2-3 week turnaround. Lutui will start at RG” #Seahawks
— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) August 10, 2012
3. Will T.O. look interested?
It sounds like Head Coach Pete Carroll won’t be playing newly acquired hall of fame Wideout Terrell Owens at all in the game, but hey, you never know.
If he doesn’t take a snap, will he be giving feedback to the other Receivers?
How about the Quarterbacks? Especially Flynn.
Hopefully he looks engaged and ready to dole out some wisdom. In a sub-question, how will the rest of the WR core look?
The ball is in their court, and this is a chance to shine.
4. How will Bruce Irvin look?
Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers was a player who last year was inserted into the lineup as a situational pass rusher, and that will probably be similar to Bruce Irvin‘s role with the Seahawks this season.
Will he be able to match the success of Aldon from last year (the Niners’ rusher had the 49ers rookie record of 14 sacks last year)?
By all accounts, Irvin has looked fast and strong in camp, so it will be interesting to see his development.
Carroll on Flynn “Transition for Matt has gone beautifully. We’ve had a good week of practice. He’s very much in command.” #Seahawks
— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) August 10, 2012
High praise from Coach Carroll today.
5. The Russell Wilson factor
Russell Wilson looks to get more snaps against the Titans than incumbent QB Tarvaris Jackson, because Coach Carroll knows what he has in Jackson.
Can Wilson push Flynn to start? Not likely in my opinion, but 2nd string might be his position to lose.
With the success of rookie Quarterbacks these days, you never really know, and Wilson could be a factor.