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Observations from win over Oakland

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Sep. 3, 2011 at 9:13 am with 22 Comments »
September 3, 2011 9:13 am

Oakland is a team with problems. That made the Raiders perfect opponents for the Seahawks’ final preseason game. After three games in which they struggled in so many areas, the Seahawks will benefit from the reminder that there are some teams they can block, and defenses upon which they can move the ball. So, the biggest gain for the Seahawks Friday night may have been confidence.

That’s particularly true in a few areas.

1) Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson finally operated in a clean pocket and was able to move the team on two nice first-quarter drives. He tried forcing in a pass that was intercepted in the Red Zone, however. He acknowledged the mistake afterward. If it’s lesson-learned, well, that’s why they have the preseason. If he does the same thing against San Francisco and Pittsburgh, then it hints of deeper issues.

2) Young offensive linemen. James Carpenter and John Moffitt got a lot more reps together Friday and showed improvement. On the goal line, both fired out with much lower pad level than they’d shown recently, and that allowed them to be effective. Keeping them in on the field late in the game allowed them to shove around some of the Raiders’ backups, and that, too, can help restore confidence that may have eroded a bit in recent weeks. More than anything, they look like they’re playing into better condition.

3) Golden Tate. Last year’s second-rounder has been tarnished to the point that speculation rose that he’d be cut. Tate admitted he heard the talk. He came up with a big game as a receiver and returner, though, and showed the talent that has mostly been a tease thus far. They’re still trying to find the right buttons to push with Tate. Friday’s success will give Tate confidence in himself and the staff more trust in him.

4) Offense. This was the first game that looked as if it had been game-planned for an opponent. Because of the protection issues in previous weeks, the Hawks relied on quick slants and swing passes to backs early on. It allowed Jackson and the receivers to develop some rhythm they’d been missing.

–The severity of the knee injury to left guard Robert Gallery is not yet known, but his loss could be mitigated by the return of left tackle Russell Okung, which would allow Tyler Polumbus to drop inside to guard, as he did on occasion last season.

–Cornerback Brandon Browner continued to impress. We might have questioned the coverage skills of a 6-4 cornerback, but he’s obviously strong in press coverage, and shown he can still turn his hips and run with fast receivers.

–It was a good game for rookie receiver Kris Dunham, too, who showed he can get open, make the catch and take a hit. Another attribute we hadn’t been able to see much before Friday … he’s an effective blocker downfield.

–Leon Washington continues to come up with ways to show his value. Last season, he one time jumped in on kickoff coverage when a man went down. He knew the responsibilities because he attends all the special teams meetings — even for units he’s not on. Friday, his downfield hustle on a pass intended for Tate allowed him to be in position to catch a deflected ball and take off running for 32 yards. Pure hustle by Washington and once again terrific leadership by example.

–After the game, Okung didn’t want to talk about his ankle injury much, but he practically started giggling about the prospect of being back on the field for next week’s opener. He sounded as if he had no doubts he’d be available.

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  1. Ewalters7354 says:

    I think the sleeper who has been consistent and impressed with intensity and effort is Pep Levingtson.He has been good against the run and also brought good pressure to the passer.He is a hustle player with a great motor.I also love how he almost killed Kyle Billed(not spelled right)last nite.

    I hope Gus Bradley can send that type of pressure every game and stop rushing 3 and dropping 8.

  2. Ewalters7354 says:


  3. Dukeshire says:

    Thank’s for the breakdown Dave. Wasn’t able to watch the game so gives a little perspective.

    Gallery hurt again? Was hopinghe’d make it to at least the bye…

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Thanks for the breakdown Dave. Wasn’t able to watch the game so gives a little perspective.

    Gallery hurt again? Was hopinghe’d make it to at least the bye…

  5. SandpointHawk says:

    Duke be sure to go through the game live chat, I would have swore you were watching the game….

  6. Soggybuc says:

    I was really impressed with the interviews from Golden after the game. no arrogance and stating he still has work to do to get better.
    His admission that this was unlike college where he could just show up and out athlete everyone was nice to hear.

  7. Soggybuc says:

    Watching the USC game, Barkley is 24 of 28 200+ yards and 3 td’s, damn!

  8. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Tick tock…final cuts should be made and announced to he league. Looking forward to hearing about it any minute now…any…minute…

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Sandpoint – I made a comment when I hit the ground but hadn’t seen a thing.

  10. Soggybuc says:

    Some one posing as you Duke, then i saw a Duke Shite etc. sucked but thats the nature of the live chat. wish the venue could have a way to make registered users only.
    Our boy Brock ( and sometimes local idiot) is doing color for the USC/ mizzou game and he really is doing a pretty damn good job IMHO.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Soggy – Lol. That’s happened each of the past two seasons during the live chat. What are you going to do?

    Shouldn’t the cuts be announced already?

  12. Soggybuc says:

    LOL, i have been refreshing web sites for an hour now with increasing frequency, time to file an FOI complaint.

  13. chuck_easton says:

    Cuts had to be reported to the league at 3pm PDT. The players are being told. It could be hours before we know.

    Only leak is a tweet from OT Will Robinson who says he’s been waived.

  14. Sorry folks. They want to make sure all the players have been notified before they send us the info. I’ll have it up as soon as we get the press release.

  15. Soggybuc says:

    Whats funny is how the teams, us fans, and even the players themselves have had a pretty good idea of the rosters would look like for at least a week. there really are only about 3 question marks. Baldwin, Clayton and Vobora.

  16. Soggybuc says:

    Thats not good enough Eric! you should be down at the VMAC kicking in doors Chuck Norris style and demanding “release the info or it will be cut down time for you! “

  17. nidhighe says:

    Portis made the active roster, according to his agent on Twitter.


  18. chuck_easton says:

    Josh Portis’ agent has tweeted that Portis has made the team.

  19. Soggybuc says:

    Thats good news on Portis. i view him as an unpolished Tyrod Taylor

  20. Now he’ll make some money so he shouldn’t have to use any stolen credit cards.

  21. chuck_easton says:

    Browner has been told he will make the team. Lehrer has been told he will be waived.

  22. chuck_easton says:

    Sorry should have said Legree. Darn auto correct.

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