With per lustrating observance, I come back on this not so dreary Wednesday to report that I am, at this moment, slightly mixed on our beloved Seattle Seahawks. Certainly glad we came out with the win of which many sports outlets were speculating as a true test; preseason or not. However I will not theorize much off one game, because doing so is rather foolhardy. But let me tell you what I did see, and less importantly, what I think on Friday’s game on Lambeau Field.
Aside from the two picks that highlighted Russell Wilson‘s stat sheet, his completion percentage still held at a solid 65 percent, going six-for-six on his first drive. Again not reading into things, preseason is certainly a funny couple of games where funny stuff happens. Also to keep in mind, Zach Miller, Sydney Rice and obviously the highly regarded Percy Harvin were not present at all this game. What alarmed me here is the offensive line. What transpired from last season to now is minuscule, with the exception of John Moffitt being traded off and the acquisitions of Jared Smith. Again, its one game, and a preseason one at that.
Secondly, this was pure farce and a little ha ha from coach Pete Carroll. Without a doubt, putting Golden Tate as punt returner was a straight taunt from the Seahawks’ sidelines. If it were not for the sundry amount of penalties wangled on the returns, Tate just might just have incurred even more wrath from the infamous cheese heads. Had it not been for a courageous punter, Tim Masthay, Tate’s first return very well could have been another seven point on the board for Seattle. The NFL may have given Green Bay a chance to garner some sweet revenge. But the ‘Hawks flexed the unyielding depth muscle, prevailing.
After the 75-player roster shake down, the Seahawks official boast a lofty 15 players for the defensive line, definitely the highest number in the NFC West. It certainly will be interesting to see how this will pan out — especiall with Cliff Avril‘s hamstring injury reported yesterday, Bruce Irvin with his four-game suspension. Rookie DT Jesse Williams placed on the injured reserve. DE Chris Clemons was left on the active roster as opposed to being placed on the PUP as many expected is definitely something to look forward to. Clemons is striving to return from his discomfiture placed upon him against on the disfigured FedEx field. These expositions leave some hope for undrafted, yet impassioned Benson Mayowa who just might be what it takes to seal off this very potent and extremely lethal defensive front.
With their final practice prior to the fourth-and-last preseason game hosted here at the CLink against former division rival Oakland Raiders, this is the last hurrah for those on the cusp of making a starting position, getting plopped on a backup roster slot or perhaps put into the practice squad. The regular season looms and beckons, anticipation throughout the states is self evident. Stay tuned.