Seahawks Insider

Answers to your questions, vol. 79

Post by News Tribune Staff on Dec. 25, 2006 at 3:54 pm with No Comments »
December 25, 2006 3:54 pm

Let me ask a question first: Which injured player do the Seahawks miss most right now? Darrell Jackson and Marcus Tubbs might be frontrunners, but Mike Green is looking pretty valuable right now. He was one of the better defensive backs at training camp, an experienced safety who had a feel for the position and liked to hit. A foot injury ended his season before he ever played in a regular-season game for Seattle. Put him in coverage yesterday with 29 seconds left and we might be talking about a memorable Seahawks victory. …


texashawkfan: I did have four drops for Deion Branch. That doubled his season total by my accounting. …


Put Seneca Wallace in the game? They have done so twice in the last two games, albeit at receiver, not running back. The first time, Matt Hasselbeck tossed a pick at the goal line against the 49ers. The second time, Hasselbeck found Bobby Engram for a 20-yard gain. …


Speaking of Engram, he was playing in the “E” and “Eagle” personnel groupings. I counted 27 plays with those personnel groupings. “E” is two-back, three-receiver. “Eagle” is four receivers. Seattle actually used its regular offense (2RB,2WR,2TE) more in this game — 36 snaps by my count — than in any game this season. That’s more in total numbers and more in terms of percentage of plays. And yet Alexander’s 33-yard scoring run came from “Zebra” (1RB,3WR,1TE) on a third-and-8 play. Which brings me to another thing:


One reader emailed me complainingn about Holmgren being too conservative on the late drive when he called three runs in a row, including a third-and-5 run that gained only three yards. I wondered what the guy would have thought had Holmgren called pass plays there, only to have Hasselbeck go into New York Giants mode (late picks while protecting a lead). Then people would wonder why Holmgren didn’t stick with a ground game that had been working all afternoon. Alexander gained 3 yards on the third-and-5 play, but his 33-yard run came on third-and-8. Was that call too conservative? My point is that a coach can’t win when a decision doesn’t work. I think passing in that situation would have been fine, too. But we should note that Alexander picked up 11 yards on a third-and-5 run earlier in the game Sunday. …


pabuwal: Deion Branch is the “one of the single worst acquisitions made in recent Seahawks history”? After how many games? I had Branch for four drops this season before Sunday, and one of those was borderline. The guy has been a productive player over time. My guess would be that Sunday will be the exception, not the rule, for him. …


Hasselbeck’s season has been a weird one. He throws three TD passes with a 133-plus rating and the team loses in Arizona. He tosses three first-half picks against the Packers, and Seattle wins the game. He gets sacked six times, throws two picks and his receivers drop four balls yesterday, only to have Seattle leading the game against the NFL’s best team with 30 seconds on the clock. Strange.

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