This one hurt. I wasn't terribly happy with several calls in the game, but there weren't nearly enough questionable ones to explain away ten accepted penalties -- the Seahawks simply regressed in that department.
Despite that problem, the team played well enough to win on both offense and special teams (Washington's return TD was fantastic to watch, and how good was Russell Wilson and his receivers?), but were let down once again on defense. The number of big runs they're giving up in the middle of the line is a major concern. I'd have to watch the All-22 film to confirm this, but it looked to me like Bobby Wagner is charging forward too soon and getting lost in the wash instead of hanging back and filling whichever hole the ballcarrier ends up choosing once he gets to the line.
I'm also thinking about writing a letter to the Vatican nominating Leroy Hill as the patron saint of blown coverages. Vent your frustrations in the comment thread below.
Is it just me or does it seem to you all that Seattle needs to unleash Wilson on the road. Miami came out with a plan. Stifle the run as Seattle still doesn't trust their rookie on the road. It worked. What did we have? Our first 3 possessions without a first down? Lynch was stuffed.
@lordoflys They didn't convert a first down until their fifth drive of the game, actually. I would have liked to see them tire those defensive tackles out by running Turbin and Washington off tackle and around end, then give them a faceful of Lynch while they're gasping for air.
The way the Seahawks are built right now, the pass plays are more effective because of the threat Lynch poses in the running game, but if you don't run they stop worrying about it. That doesn't mean they can't or shouldn't give Wilson more throws when the run isn't working, because he's starting to play more and more like a QB who can shoulder more of the offensive workload. It also doesn't mean that they should keep running it up the gut when they're getting stuffed every time (although they've been able to close games in the past by running up the middle in the 4th quarter even when they haven't had much success there the rest of the game, so it isn't like it was a completely insane thing to try).
Ouch! It also looks like the 49ers are going to beat the Saints. That should settle the division. The Niners won't loose three more games than the Seahawks. The contest is now for the wildcard spot. In some ways, the Niners have helped that by keeping the Saints from gaining. A Seattle win and a Niner loss this week would have been very cool, but that didn't happen.
And for the 23rd first round draft pick of the 2013 Draft goes to ......the Seattle Seahawks. Blown coverages, blown leads, high penalty rate, wide open secondary, etc. Besides all of this, I'm still a die hard Seahawks fan, I'll grin and bear the losses as they pile up for the rest of the season. And as far as our rookie quarterback being the QB of the future...Can't wait for that future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Staff playcalling sucked. Miami stuffed the run all day, but Bevis kept giving it to Lynch on first down even into the second half, usually with a one yard gain. It was as if we were short a down all day, especially with penalties thrown in. Wilson played well, but he can't overcome that. The best OC's and playcallers are constantly adjusting, while Bevis appears to come up with a game plan and just die with it. This has cost us other games, too.
I am very disgusted about this loss. Seahawks had the ball at the 2 minute warning, just outside field goal range, and seemed to play to not lose, instead of to win. The defense looked weak and confused. I counted at least four blown coverages, and several outside runs that should have been contained, and missed by both Red and Bobby W. Penalties did nothing to settle my nerves, and Lynch was never allowed any space by the O-line. This was a must win game against an average Miami team, that the Seahawks defense made look really Good. I am so disgusted that i cant even think, let alone cuss.