Wilson completed over 70% of his passes to nine different receivers and scored two touchdowns. Lynch rushed for over 100 yards and a TD. Calvin Johnson was held to just three receptions. Had it not been for an incredible performance by Titus Young (raise your hand if you thought he was capable of 9 catches for 100 yards and two TDs), this would have been a win for the Seahawks.
I'd much rather this one had ended differently (man, if only Wilson and Rice could have connected on that long pass behind the safeties) but overall this was an improvement from last week's loss to the 49ers. Do your worst in the comments below.
Our supposedly elite defense has let us down again. 3 games in a row. Not good, we put up enough points against the Lions to beat them. Our D let us down. We need to generate some real pressure on the QB so those 2nd, 3rd and 4th options are no longer options.
We die by the checkdowns.
Who really gives a shit what it's called really, check down or not, the "Short pass" has kept the last 7 opponents alive with first downs redundantly over and over again. As a fan by now, we should all have a sense of urgency bein 4 and 4. I don't know about any of you but winning a meaningless 16th game to screw ourselves out of a 12th round pick versus a 16th, is not good enough. The priority should always be Playoffs and fan opinions on blogs shouldn't be corrected by armchair analysts. GO HAWKS. Oh and I like believing the last eligible receiver or "4th option" is a "check down". Our D has been plagued by them in the second half of every game!
@12stndinbama To put the "check down" thing to rest, the Seahawks Defense in their post game interviews all said that the check down passes is what killed them. Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times also referred to the check downs as the back breaker of the defense.
same old story with the seahawks. They will find away to lose the game...Your gonna hear that it was an improvement, we were so close, its a tough lose etc.... but there never gonna perform when it counts. How do you expect to be Super Bowl contender when you can't win on the road for squat. I believe carroll doesn't have what it takes to be a NFL coach just my opinion
In the second half, Stafford figured out the same thing Rogers and Bradford did: you beat Seattle with short slants and outs. These are designed plays, not "check downs". Matthew pins this on Trufant, but it's also Seattle's linebackers, who are fast and good against the run, but are frequently lost against quick breaking receivers. If Wagner and company learn to start punishing those smaller receivers it would help. All Hawk lb's do now in coverage is catch up and wrap. They need a film session, including film of the old 49er and Chicago schemes.
@MikeRoddy I don't think using Trufant as the nickel back is the only reason the defense is having trouble, it's just the one that stood out the most to me yesterday. When you're covering a lot of receivers and/or your linebackers are having trouble defending the pass, you strengthen your coverage by going to a nickel package. Trufant's play is making that a lateral move at best.
Ok so now that my blood pressure is back down to normal, my anger has subsided to shear disappointment of a Loss, I can hopefully make valid points.... We didn't have any dropped passes! Sure there were close calls but not like last week. Our running game was GREAT today but a solid running game means more first downs and red zone touchdowns "Clearly lacking both!" Damnit, let Wilson run more with the ball! If you watched the game last week against the 49ers, you wouldn't have seen much difference in offense plays than this week. Once again however, Russell made it too damn easy for the defense to read his snap count. Is the huddle so fucking necessary that he can't catch the defense off guard? Really? Two weeks in a row now, the pitch to Lynch with Robinson blocking was successful! But they used it once each game in the first half! What are you going to the single back run out of the shotgun for then? This has led to 3 and outs to all subsequent series. Lastly this is for the competition. I sure hope to god this competition bullshit is over. Sure it WAS necessary but now we need CONTINUITY. We don't have our receivers for the future. Victor Cruz, Dez Bryant, and AJ Green are receivers for the future. So it only makes sense that if we have devoted our last two year first round draft choices to Okung and Irvin, then regardless if a stellar free agent receiver has a "Report" with our quarterback, we need to invest in our gameplay while we can! Who's to say Bowe couldn't be on the same page after the bye? If we were 6 and 5, we have a chance at tying first in our division with a sleeper receiver that teams haven't been able to prepare for. Don't think that Seattle will be ok with your 50% win percentage by the end of next year Pete, cause I'm sure not!
*Sigh* Once again the Hawks have a game that comes down to the final minute and is decided by 7 points or less. I really thought there was some good improvement in the offense, especially the passing game. Sure it can be better, but I am happy to see any kind of improvement at all. Rice was a lot more involved today, as well as Miller, so it is nice to see our highest paid receivers catching the ball more!
As much as it pains me to say this, I think our defense is really where we were hurting. The Lions should have NEVER been able to score a TD on that final drive. In addition, as Bama mentioned below, the check down passes are killing us. It was very painful in the New England game too. Gus Bradley needs to figure out real quick how to fix this.
For the most part, I am not totally disappointed in how we played. Sure I am very upset that we lost, but I think I see some hope in our offense. I would love to see us make a move for Dwayne Bowe, but given how tight JS and PC are with the company purse strings I don't think that's gonna happen. Having another big body receiver as talented as Bowe is would create some serious cover problems for opposing defenses.
@marshall21 It's looking to me like a big part of the problem here is Trufant's coverage as the nickel back. Here's hoping that Thurmond gets a shot to unseat #23 once he's finally activated off PUP.
@Matthew Heuett Well Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times just posted an article blaming the loss on our defense. I cannot agree more! Gus Bradley really needs to address the middle of the field as this seems to be our achilles heel. It is what killed us against the Niners run game, and it is what killed us in the Lions pass game today. Where are our linebackers going? When watching the game on live TV its hard to see exactly whats happening as we only get to see what the camera man decides to zoom in on so we cannot always see what defensive package we are using. Either way, the Lions should have never been able to burn the last 5 minutes off the clock and march all the way down the field for a TD.
*On a side note* I thought a "diatribe" was just a long winded rant! I didn't realize it was negative or scathing!
@marshall21 Yeah, it's hard to get much of a feel for what's happening down the field in broadcast coverage. I want to spend some time later this week looking at what's happening in the short zones (especially on that final drive) once NFL Rewind makes the coaches' film for the game ready.
The confusion is understandable, since you mostly see the word used when someone calls a long but relatively tame rant they've written a diatribe as a kind of self-deprecating joke.
The spin move is embarrassing to watch a Defensive guard attempt so STOP! Matthew Stafford?!? Are you kidding me? This game only proves that if you don't take away the check down, we're gonna continue giving them the first down! Lastly, GODDAMNIT Carroll can't you get a wide receiver competition goin?!?!? I know of at least three dudes right now that would play their heart out for another chance!!! Oh and don't let them watch "The Brady 6" before the next draft. I live in Alabama and I can't stand how rediculous the SEC is on Defense and if we pass up the chance to draft a linebacker from the Alabama coached players, I'll wear an embarrassing Giacomini jersey next year. Get the lead and keep it guys, C'MON Man!