The Rams are no longer a circled win. That's good news for the level of competition in the NFC West, but it isn't much comfort right now, especially when the game ends on a perfectly thrown ball by Wilson to a receiver who slips and falls before it arrives.
Brandon Gibson played better than advertised, and Sam Bradford showed great accuracy in the face of the Seahawks' pass rush, but for the most part St. Louis' offense was held in check. On the other side of the ball, the Rams' defensive line was every bit as disruptive as we feared whenever Wilson dropped back to throw, but Lynch and Turbin were able to pick up the slack in the second half and move the chains.
The difference in this game was special teams, where the strong, accurate leg of Greg Zuerlein helped the Rams to some points in yardages that would've had every other team in the league sending in the punt unit. It's also hard to overestimate the importance of the TD throw by punter Johnny Hecker; had they kicked a field goal there instead the Seahawks would have only been down by two, allowing them to hand the ball off to Lynch on that last play to give Hauschka a shorter distance for a game-winning field goal try.
Either way, it's a tough loss in a winnable game for Seattle. Feel free to get all the swearing out of your system in the comments below.
I'm going to rewatch the game soon but I'd like to hear Matt's opinion on the game. Who's to blame!? Lol, I know it can't be that easy of a question to answer. Personally I leave the blame at the foot of the coaches.
@KyleHobbs I'm working my way back through the game, but I don't know that there's going to be an easy answer. Chances are there's more than one problem at work here, and with the parity we have at the pro level these days it doesn't take much going wrong to foul everything up.
All I have to say about our passing game and the Flynn/Wilson decision is this: Flynn has almost more passing yards and has more passing TD's in 1 start at Green Bay compared to Wilson for his first 4 games here in Seattle. We simply have to consider making the change. Flynn was brought here and paid to be a starter, not a backup to an undersized 3rd round draft pick. If PC wants to continue with his rhetoric that he is the one who has been "keeping a lid" on our offense, then he needs to be a big boy and make some changes cause his shits not working! I am not bashing Wilson by any means, I think he has the potential to be a great QB, but I do think he needs time to develop under someone with at least some experience in the NFL. I am calling for Flynn, and judging by some of the player interviews in the locker room after the game, I think his receivers are ready for a change too. (Ahem.... Sidney Rice)
The O-Line was executing the running game at a very high level, but the pass-pro was not very good. RW was under siege virtually every time he tried to throw the ball. He is pretty quick to scramble, especially to the right, but that may be how he makes up for his size. It also allows him by buy time and avoid the pass rush that was consistently putting pressure on him.
A special note to Mr. Cable; work on the pass protection.
@LouisLouis I dunno, I agree that he generally isn't having a TON of time in the pocket but most nfl QBs recognize that you basically have 2.5 seconds to make your reads and release. Anything after that is because of superb protection... I'd say he usually has that time. It's when he rolls out prematurely that bugs me. Are the receivers not getting separation or is Wilson playing poorly. Game film will tell us. For me the jury is still out on egos to blame. The qb, the receivers, or the coaches (ie the scheme isn't good enough to get the receivers open). Either way I think the line is playing well enough. They're not elite in pass protection like they are in run blocking but I have a problem believing their the main issue w our pass game.
First.... When your averaging over 5 yards a carry (was it 6?!) there is no need to play cute and throw. Run left, run right, up the middle and then you fucking repeat that! Lynch was dragging guys 2-4 yards after contact, Turbin showed some downhill speed and the run blocking was generally fantastic. Second... Those picks were mostly bad luck. Baldwin handed off, Wilson's hand was hit on the throw (that guy who got the pick was just standing there), and then our receiver fell down. That's just one of those days. Third... I'm not ready to jump off the Wilson bandwagon. Anyone who thought this was gonna be a slam dunk hasn't watched enough football. The growing pains happen, in this case they could me minimized by our coaches utilizing our ground game but alas they, like me, thought this game would be a good time to try and air it out a bit. Wilson's opening drive was 5/5 for 55... What happened to that? I think once the coaches realized the receivers were being covered they should have just pounded that ball over and over and over.
Yeah I'm with you guys!!! We dont have time to keep letting Wilson "see what will happen". You can tell there is a lack of trust between Wilson and the receivers. Mostly because he doesnt have enough experience throwing to them by focusing on the run gane so much. They need to figure each other out and find a way to win. We need to get a face for this franchse and rock out!! I hate that for the last three/four years we've been in "rebuilding mode". I'm all the way in DC but for those of you in town I say get the crown going for Flynn next home game (and I too really like Wilson but he doesnt seem to be getting it done). Our division is much too competitive now for any BS!
2 impressive wins against the Cowboys and Green Bay. The ironic part is that it would have been better for Seattle to have lost those and won against Arizona and St. Louis to make up their 2-2 record. This game made me sick to my stomach. I understand the Rams are improved but honestly...Seattle is light years better than them defensively as well as have a superior offensive line and running game. If they had any semblance of a pro level passing game, the game wouldn't have been competitive. Something has got to give. They can't solely rely on this defense and running game to win every week. I don't know what is wrong..whether it's Wilson, the receivers, the pass blocking, play calling or a combo of all. They need to get it figured out.
I am here in Charlotte and was all ready to buy tickets when Seattle comes here this weekend. I no longer have the urge to lay out the money to watch this offense flounder for another 4 quarters. I'll sit in my house and save the time and money.
I was fired up that Wilson won the starting job in the preseason and totally expected to see a good bit of what we saw out to this offense in the preseason. Was probably foolish on my part. As much as it pains me because I love the guy...I think they may have the wrong guy under center. It's hard for me to imagine Matt Flynn doing worse.
I did see that 2 of Wilson's 3 picks were the fault of the receivers. I will give him credit for that. I was still seeing a lot of Wilson scrambling around. As the anouncers had put it, he was looking for a throwing lane. What that translates to is that he why trying to find a gap so he could see. I am leaning towards the belief that he is too short and cannot see well enough to make good decisions/throws. The announces kept saying "rookie mistake". Well Wilson does not have time for rookie mistakes when he has Flynn waiting for him to screw up. At this point I think PC can say Wilson is injured or something for a week so we can see what Flynn can do. I hate for us to be in this situation AGAIN wondering which QB would be best for us to use, but I am now officially leaning toward Flynn. If he can't get it done after 1 or 2 weeks then we can switch back. I understand it is disruptive, but not getting touchdowns is much worse.
The offense needs a change. We should see what we have in Flynn. Wilson is a great guy, a hell of a fighter, but he isn't getting it done.
I want to stab the person who put the word "trickeration" in that announcer's vocabulary. Like with a knife covered in bullet ants. The ants would be carrying tiny buckets filled with acid and ebola. Given enough time, I'm pretty sure I could work some fire into the equation as well.
Time for Flynn. This will show if Wilson needs to grow up a bit, or we need to draft recievers. Our passing game is horrible.
@Wrestle90 I'll have to wait until the coaching film gets released to be sure, but it looked to me like the problem was more with the receivers downfield not getting separation. I'd like to see them work Braylon Edwards into the receiver rotation more often as well.
@Matthew Heuett @Wrestle90 I hope you're right about the receivers being the issue but a few plays I saw that they showed down field, I was able to see separation by one..sometimes 2 guys. Evan Moore specifically was a match up mismatch for them. Even with tight coverage you've got to get him involved. Same with Sidney Rice. If he is singled, get the ball to him. Enough with this scrambling to the perimeter every other play and taking sacks. I would rather him throw a legitimate pick by giving his receivers a chance to make a play. Frustrating!
Also, Darrell Bevell outsmarted himself with that pass attempt on 3rd and 2 near the Rams' goal line. St. Louis had done nothing on that drive to show they could stop Lynch short of the marker, so there was no need to get cute about things with a change-up pass when they were in spitting distance of a TD.
@Matthew Heuett I can't agree more! I was baffled that they were not running it on that play. We showed no consitency in our passing game whatsoever, why would we try a pass on 3rd done when in the red zone? Just stupid play calling.