Yeah, I don’t know why I stayed up to watch all of that game either.
The Seahawks just looked bad. The offense was terrible. The defense looked like they wouldn’t be able to stop anything after the Bears’ first drive. Luckily, some timely turnovers kept the Bears at bay for a while, but we couldn’t keep them off the board when it counted and came up a touchdown short for an 0-2 start to the season. Now that we almost certainly don’t have to worry about the playoffs, let’s talk about this one.
What I’m Geeked Out About After Two Games
Shaquill Griffin caught two picks on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter to help limit the Bears to only a 10-3 halftime lead. I was pretty worried about where our turnovers would be coming from heading into this season, but through two games we already have 5 picks! We had only 14 all of last year, for a frame of reference.
I’m also geeked out about Mychal Kendricks’ first game, where he had a sack, tackle for loss, pass deflection, and a hit on the quarterback, all in pretty limited duty for a guy with just one practice under his belt. Just imagine what he’d be able to do if he’s not suspended and can play with Wagner and Wright eventually!
Other Things That Caught My Eye (In A Good Way)
That was a pretty catch by Tyler Lockett for that touchdown in the 4th quarter to bring us back to within a single score and momentarily give us hope.
I thought Chris Carson looked good when he was out there – 6 runs for 24 yards – but like last week, his playing time was jerked around and we hardly saw him at all in the second half. Either his conditioning SUCKS and he keeps calling out of the game (which, in turn, led to the coaching staff to just sit him the entire second half as punishment), or the coaching staff is filled with morons who clearly can’t see that he’s the best running back on this team and deserves to get touches reflecting as such. Either way, it’s far from ideal.
The defense looked absolutely FRIGHTFUL early on in this game, but settled down nicely and deserved to win this game, since they only gave up 17 points on the road (that other TD was … more on that in another section). Considering how many starters were out – Wagner, Wright, Flowers – and how many other players were playing through injuries, it’s damn near a miracle we did as well as we did! I came away pleasantly surprised; let’s hope the offense can get its collective shit together sooner rather than later.
Shout out to Frank Clark, who got in on some of the action in the backfield, with a sack, 2 tackles for loss, and a QB hit.
Finally, that was a hefty 56-yard field goal by Janikowski before halftime to pull the game to within 7 points. That was a HUGE kick, ultimately overshadowed by the fact that the Seahawks lost; but it felt like all would’ve been lost if he’d missed that one.
Let’s Talk About Competitions
I don’t think we saw anything out of Shaquem Griffin on defense, as he looked to be relegated to special teams. Austin Calitro – carrying the mail for Wagner in the middle – looked pretty solid. He got pushed back a little bit – where Wagner would’ve stood up guys – but I didn’t see a whole lot of missed tackles or poor angles.
Akeem King gave up one of those 4th quarter touchdowns, but otherwise I thought he looked okay. He didn’t appear to be picked on an inordinate amount of times, but he really didn’t make any plays either.
Other Things That Caught My Eye (In A Bad Way)
Russell Wilson just had a garbage game. He looked like Tarvaris Jackson back there with the way he held onto the ball forever! Obviously, the Bears have a great pass rush, but it’s their interior guys who I thought did more damage than Khalil Mack or their rush ends. Wilson didn’t really have a chance to run around, because the front got such great push, and the ends just played contain with Wilson until the pocket shrunk and shrunk on him. At some point, you would’ve hoped the Seahawks’ offense would’ve adjusted and they would’ve incorporated more quick, short plays.
It did seem like either they were going for the long bomb on every drop back, or the receivers just couldn’t get open. Probably a healthy mix of both, but either way it was a disaster against that defense.
And that Pick Six? GOOD LORD, that was Kerry Collins-esque! Matt Schaub couldn’t have thrown a worse duck! WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU THINKING RUSSELL?!
Can someone explain that third quarter to me? The Seahawks had 2 drives – both 3 & Outs – and all six plays were attempted passes. You want to run the ball, Pete Carroll? You say you want to make the running game great again? Well, you have to actually RUN THE BALL YOU KNOW!
Just bland, pedestrian, predictable play-calling all the way around. Don’t even THINK about bringing in an innovative mind to run the offense! I want this shit to be as old school and boring as you can get!
It’s pretty easy to see why a lot of fans are fed up with this quarterback/coaching situation. The Seahawks better get a win in a hurry, or this thing could get ugly fast.