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  1. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Lol Eric. Shaft? Really?

  2. Rob Rang brings up some good points about our running game benefitting from Wilson’s mobility keeping defenses honest. Our run game didn’t come to life until about the middle of the season last year. Most of us didn’t even consider that RW starting has contributed to the success of our run game, which is our bread and butter. As RW matures, he will scramble at more opportune moments and improve at reading defenses, stepping up in the pocket and hitting his 2nd or 3rd options consistently. Like Rob Rang and EW mentioned, Flynn may be the better pure passer at the moment, but RW may be the better QB for this offense, and may become the better passer in the near future.
    RW now has 5 NFL starts to Flynn’s 2, so he does have twice as much game experience. That said, if Wilson regresses and starts costing us games, I have no qualms with PC going with Flynn.

  3. sluggo42 says:

    I think the next subtle thing that RW will begin to utilize is the old “pump fake”. This is another tool when used with looking off”, that can contribute to getting players open…

  4. chuck_easton says:

    Two very tough and very loseable games coming up Sunday and next Thursday. I’d be happy with a split and the team being 4-3 after next Thursday. I wouldn’t be suprised if the team is 3-4.

    We will see what Wilson truly has to offer with these two games. Sunday we are going to have to score well over 20 points to win, and next Thursday the team faces the toughest 3-4 defense in the NFL. SF will blitz and pressure Wilson in the extreme to try and rattle him into making rookie mistakes.

    Not asking Wilson to suddenly become Joe Montana, but he can’t start looking like Mirer, Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, Vince Young, or Brady Quinn either.

    This is the reality of playing a rookie. You hope for the good, but you also accept there is going to be some bad.

    I hope that Sunday was another step in the right direction for Wilson, but he has two very difficult tests coming. Not going to get too high after last week and put the team back in the 10-6 range yet, but I’m more confident that 8-8 or possibly 9-7 are more achievable.

  5. I dont care what the record is as long as Seattle ends up in the playoffs. Im more interested in HOW they get there than the record: I want to see Wilson throwing for 2 TD’s a game and Rice with 100 yards a game by the 12th game of the season, I want to see far less penalties, and I want the line to pass block for real. I want to see Wilson fitting the ball into windows and using the middle of the field. I want to see crossing patterns with Tate and Baldwin shredding the zone…

    If those things come together by the final month of the season, I will be thrilled. If they are still looking like they do now on offense, I will be screaming for a new HC and OC. And perhaps a new Line Coach too.

    I really like Carrol, but I hate the mistakes, sloppy play, and boring Ground Chuck offense. Its torture to watch such a great D hampered by such conservative playcalling. I hope it all works out just as Carrol plans and he opens it up later in the season…

  6. sluggo42 says:

    Agreed true dat,

    No matter who would be at the helm, playing two too five teams back to back, with a short week of prep for the stronger of the two will be the stiffest test of the year. We will se how the “team” stacks up against the best, because it will take a strong team effort to hang. I’m guessing that we will hang physically with either team, but a few critical plays either way will ultimately decide them. Typically the more experienced teams seem to win these games, and the young get lessons. But with time, the students become the teachers, and they are the ones who succeed.

    My hope is that our swarming “d” can overpower the pats physically, and get to Brady before he has the opportunity to inflict any damage. Hopefully we snuff their newfound rushing attack right at the get go, and force them into a one dimensional offense, but, it’s going to be a tester for sure.

    Will billick school Carroll? That’s another wildcard in play, especially after Fisher proved that to be a viable angle…

    This game is much more than just one or two positions…

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Wilson has a long way to go before he’s able to start throwing receivers open, let alone look safeties off. Right now, he struggling a bit to just hit open receivers on time, but he’s learning.

    I disagree with Rang regarding Wilson keeping defenses honest with his ability to run. So long as he fails to climb the pocket and actually keep plays alive before he decides to run, defenses will have no problem stacking the box. That makes it much harder to run effectively.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    The playcalling is the least of this offense’s issues. A rookie QB, and one that’s struggling, restricts offensive installations and any given weeks gameplan. Even Andrew Luck at this point restricts what the Colts can do offensively. Let’s give Bevell some slack here and understand what a difficult balancing act he’s charged with each week.

  9. bird_spit says:

    I think fans need to notch down on the expectations. If these games are winnable, the games will be won by a good ST showing, stifling defense and take aways, and field goals by our offense. Seahawks need to have Brady’s head on a stick when they arrive to play the 49ers, and I think they do that by owning time of possession and a great run game.

    I love the smash mouth game that carrols team is implementing. Brady’s team is all about finesse so smash mouth has a chance of working. 49ers game will be much more interesting, since both defenses are pretty solid.

    My opinion, hawks win on Sunday, and expect a boring offense to win it.

  10. rramstad says:

    The one good thing about the 49ers on a short week is that it’s a team we are very, very, very familiar with. It would be obnoxious to get someone like Houston on a short week, a team that you play once every eight years. (Example: if the two games were swapped, and we had 49ers on Sunday and Patriots on Thursday, that would be worse, too.)

  11. gonefishin69690 says:

    Agree Chuck. 8-8, 9-7, very possible.In any case, playoffs or not, I find myself looking forward to Seahawks games more this year than I have in a long time. They are definitely a fun and exciting team to watch this year, and with all the young players we have, I see alot of promise with this team over the next several years. GO HAWKS

  12. Dukeshire–I respectfully disagree with your statement that the playcalling is the least of our offensive problems.

    For one, the Hawks are playing not to lose of offense–yet we’ve lost two of three games, winning one on Special Teams (Dallas) and one on a bad call. We’ve really only won one game outright, and that game our offense nearly gave away in the second half (Carolina). Playing not to lose is not the same as playing to win.

    When you are too conservative, there is no hope of an outcome of a TD. For much of the games, this has been the offense Wilson has been given to run. Its not on Wilson that the gameplan he is given is doomed to fail.

    If Andy Dalton and Ponder can run a more aggressive offense as rookies to decent success, WIlson sure as hell can. That is, he can if he’s actually ready to start. Especially considering we have Lynch, Rice, and Miller.

    This is hands-down the most conservative and idiotic offense I have ever seen run in the NFL. And I think Wilson is ready for more than this. With this offense, even if Wilson were PERFECT, we still wouldnt be scoring enough points to win by anything more than one score, and thats pathetic. You cant run an offense so predictable that it must be executed nearly perfectly to put up more than 13 points. That just will not work very well.

    And really, if Wilson is so bad that we have to run the most predictable offense of all time, then he shouldnt be the starter. And I think he should be the starter.

    Im not saying WIlson is ready to go into a game with 100 passing plays and 30 audibles and make reads on every play, audibling twice before the snap, but this is getting ridiculous.

    We have many problems on offense–not least of which is Wilsons rookie-ness, but the playcalling is holding us back far more than some of the other problems–like poor pass pro (which is improving), Tate’s lack of route-running skill, Baldwins struggles, etc.

    Tate needs at least 5-7 targets a game; when he does, at least one of those plays ends up a game-changer. Same with Rice. Yet thier ultra-conservative play ensures neither will have those opportunities. To say nothing of Miller or Baldwin or McCoy. The way they have it now, its like they expect each to get 2-3 targets a game, and make 2 plays, one of which needs to be a game-changer. The odds are just totally against that happening. If the touches are so few, game-changing plays simply arent gonna happen.

  13. They appear to be game-planning to be 4-4 after the first eight games, and for a 7-9 to 9-7 record. Well, 9-7 may not be even enough for a Wild Card this year, so what is the point in that?!

    We are running a gameplan that will end up 7-9, hoping to swing a couple games our way with an especially good day on ST (Dallas) and end up 9-7.

    With a D this good, thats just plain sad. Its the wrong tactic.

    God I hope Carrol loosens the leash more every week. Then perhaps we’ll see offensive improvement.

  14. The saddest thing is, with T-Jack we’d likely be 4-1. Not that Im not glad he’s gone, but it is hard to wait for the training wheels to come off the offense. Its been four years of little or no offense, Im ready to see us move the ball and score TD’s.

  15. sluggo42 says:

    Just a big game, big game! Xcited!

  16. Well, I for one, don’t believe we have the offense to win either of our next two games…. NE will score, despite our excellant defense… and they’ll use the clock. The only way it will be even close is the fact we’ve got the 12th man… On the road, I can’t see us in the SF game… The SF defense is also really solid…

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