Keeping the Powder Dry (observations from Seahawks pre-season game one)

Matt Flynn throws against the Tennessee Titans.

Robert Turbin biceps they ain’t. Photo Credit: Joe Nicholson – US PRESSWIRE – Presswire

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I miss it terribly and I’m going to start writing again. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and writing something worth reading takes time. As I get older, free time becomes more and more scarce. But the wife is supportive, thus I will be making time for this.

So I guess what I’m saying is … I’m back!

It’s Sunday night, I’ve got to work tomorrow, and let’s be honest: it was a pre-season game. Bullets it is!

  • Earl Thomas, Sherman, Kam our secondary is awesome blah blah. I know, I know: tell you something you don’t know, fine fine. I’ll try. But seriously, they’re so good, it’s to the point I get bored reading (and writing) about them.
  • Both the offense and defense did nothing interesting in terms of play calling. Pete’s keeping his powder dry and won’t unleash the creative blitz and nickel packages we’ve seen in past seasons until the games really count. People are making Irvin’s quiet game mean something. It doesn’t. I mean hell, Clemons and Irvin never took a snap on the same play. With decisions like that, you’re surprised we didn’t get much pressure? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
  • (If we’re not getting pressure five games into the regular season, then we’re in trouble.)
  • Two words: Jason Jones. When the Brandon Browner courteously returned the ball to the Titans after rudely running it into their end zone, Chris Johnson had no chance on the ensuing 1st and 10 – Jones had already knifed into the backfield in the time Johnson blinked, let alone took the handoff. If we get this Jason Jones all season, how in the world will we be able to retain him after his 1-year contract expires?
  • Wow, was the second string offensive line was terrible. Once the first team offensive line had transitioned off the field, the offensive ineptitude reached early 2011 heights. Pockets collapsed (and drives ended) quickly, running lanes were few and far in between, and snaps were inconsistent (the fumbled snap to Flynn was very much the Center’s fault). Not only was Flynn throwing to guys not likely to make the squad, he was throwing behind a line of guys that are unlikely to ever take a starting snap outside of injury replacement. I figured Flynn would struggle and he did.
  • Robert Turbin has a deceptive quickness. In a few plays he made a decisive cut followed by a nice burst of speed for good chunks of positive yards.  A few runs he was stopped for no or little gain (none negative), but he also had runs of 9, 5, 10, and 5 yards. I expected a bit more hesitation in his cuts, but instead he’s taking Tom Cable’s advice to heart quickly. I’m impressed with him.
  • Brandon Browner once again proved he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time, like many of his other interceptions last season (intercepting tipped balls, etc). I don’t love Browner, but he’s growing on me.
  • Russell Wilson was exactly as I had expected: a dynamic, exciting, athletic, quick thinker. Some pointed out his willingness to roll out of the pocket; my question to those people: did you see how that offensive line performed? It was terrible. He made a few nice throws from the pocket – that’s what I was looking for. He was fun, but there’s no denying it: he needs time.
  • Every time I hear “Wilson needs a few more inches” I laugh. Everyone knows women like girth, not length. (Too far? Sorry, couldn’t help myself).
  • The starting offensive line looked downright dominant – it pass protected very well and run blocked ever better. Both Washington and Turbin ran very effectively and had clear lanes and good blocking to follow. If this is the year the offensive line stays healthy, this is the season we make it back to the playoffs. Mark it down.
  • The most disappointing play of the game was McCoy’s dropped pass on 3rd and 4. Flynn placed the ball perfectly, and just before the two defenders were able to make a play. Instead, McCoy’s relatively poor hands killed the drive. That was when Flynn needed to catch a break something fierce.
  • The best play of the game was NOT Wilson’s touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards. The ball was slightly under-thrown and Braylon bailed Russell out, being one of the better jump-ball receivers in the league. If that’s a starting cornerback worth his weight in salt, the ball is very likely defensed if not intercepted.
  • The best play of the game was definitely Wilson’s cross-body pass on 3rd and 6 two plays before the touchdown pass. He was flushed out of the pocket, rolled right, and found Charly Martin crossing from right to left (think about how you’d have to make that throw across the middle of the field). Not only that, he zipped it between two defenders. Easily the play of the game for me. If that play represents his future, Lombardi trophies will be a’hoisted.
  • Matt Flynn’s interception play started off almost as poorly as it ended. If it was a run play and he was supposed to hand off, that would have been impossible considering he held the ball to his right side and Turbin cut to the left … behind Flynn. If it was play action, it was very poorly executed, as it fooled not a soul.
  • Speaking of play fakes … how about that Russell Wilson guy on the naked bootleg ran in for a touchdown? My goodness. I haven’t laughed that hard in ages.
  • I liked Flynn’s game. With a few more weeks of reps and game situations, and with receivers and Lynch in the fold, he’ll move the sticks consistently. He needs to get those interceptions out of his system. If he can’t demonstrate the ability to protect the ball in pre-season, when teams play vanilla defense and don’t ‘game plan’, I’m not sure Carroll will make him the starter.
  • I feel like no Seahawks post is complete without the “TJack looked like TJack” line that’s been ever-so-popular. He didn’t play. He probably didn’t care. If never seen a lot of fire or passion from him. I hope I never see him take another snap for the Seahawks again. I like and respect the man, but he’s not the quarterback I want to ever see again.
  • It was a fun game to watch, but man am I not into the pre-season games. When Browner ran the pick in for a touchdown, I pumped my fist and said “yes!”. If it had been a regular season game, I’d likely have crapped my pants from screaming and celebrating so hard. I can’t wait for the regular season to start.
  • I liked Jeremy Lane’s pass interference play. He played the receiver well, stayed glued, and made a great play defensing the ball. He got a tad too much jersey, thus the flag. That can be corrected. I like this kid.
  • Toomer, Guy, Sweezy, Scruggs, Wiggs, Turbin, Hauschka … is this an NFL roster or a list of names from a Star Trek book? If the ESPY’s had a category for “professional sports team with the biggest collection of odd last names”, our Seahawks are taking home the award.

That’s about it for me. G’night folks!


About Nick

I'm a guy that loves the Seahawks far and away more than any other team in any other sport. I live in Seattle, I'm married to the perfect woman, I work in marketing and I'm nearly into my 30s. Scary. Find me on Twitter talking #seahawks @nandron.
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2 Responses to Keeping the Powder Dry (observations from Seahawks pre-season game one)

  1. dolence says:

    Great recap! Good to have you back!

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