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Morning links: Hawks’ offense needs a jumpstart

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 17, 2013 at 7:55 am with 22 Comments »
August 17, 2013 7:55 am
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson escapes the grasp of San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget in the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson escapes the grasp of San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget in the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

In my story today, one of the things Seahawks head coach is looking for his team on Saturday is for the first-unit offense to put some points on the board. Led by Russell Wilson, Seattle’s offense failed to cross midfield against San Diego last week.

That performance is in stark contract to how Wilson performed during exhibition play last season.

Wilson completed 63.5 percent of his passes (40-for-56) for 536 yards last exhibition season, averaging 8.5 yards per pass attempt. He threw for five touchdowns and one interception, rushed 10 times for 150 yards and a touchdown, and finished with a 110.3 passer rating.

Most important, Wilson put points on the board on 13 out of 21 drives during exhibition play, including eight touchdowns.

“We didn’t get off to a good start,” Carroll said about the San Diego game. “We had a couple of penalties and we just didn’t hit it right. It’s a very, very good defense (for the Broncos). They gave us a hard time last year, so we’ll see if we can get moving on them. We’d like to get them out there and get a little feel for staying on the field.”

Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated writes that undrafted rookie free agent Alvin Bailey is looking to earn a starting role for the Seahawks after being passed over in this year’s drat.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times offers a to-do list for the Seahawks as they take on the Broncos tonight.

Check out a video preview of the contest here.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill can’t wait to hear the roar of the 12th Man.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle offers six players to watch tonight – DT Jesse Williams, DB Byron Maxwell, WR Stephen Williams, WR Bryan Walters, DE Benson Mayowa and RB Spencer Ware.

Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle says that Michael Robinson is embracing the competition at quarterback.

Mike Klis of The Denver Post talks with Rockies longtime scouting director Bill Schmidt, who said that Russell Wilson made a wise decision choosing football over baseball. Wilson struck out 118 times in 315 at-bats in a total of 93 games with short-season Single-A Tri-City and low-level, full-season Single-A Asheville. “His work ethic was second to none to try to get better,” Schmidt said. “But because he had never played summer baseball, he was so far behind in at-bats. I think he got humbled a little bit and realized how tough it was.”

Adam Rink of the NFL Network gets a first look at “Madden NFL 25”, which is set to be released Aug. 27. Marshawn Lynch has the second-highest RB rating behind Adrian Peterson at 96. And Russell Wilson is rated at 89.

Arizona head coach Bruce Arians doesn’t see the 49ers and the Seahawks running away with the NFC West. “I don’t see the dominance that everybody else talks about,” Arians told the club’s website. “One of those teams may be. It still has to be played on Sunday.” Also, Merrill Hodge and Herm Edwards both pick the Seahawks to win the NF West in the video at the link above.

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  1. sluggo42 says:

    Wow, so much to read, thanks for the great start to seahawk Saturday Eric…

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It sounds like Bill Schmidt of the Rockies having some sour grapes over losing Wilson.

  3. hawkmanj says:

    Agree w/sluggo42’s sentiments. Nice work Eric. Much appreciated.

    Love the woulda, shoulda, coulda’s and sour grapes on #3. As a longimes hawk fan myself, it almost feels surreal hitting on a QB in a draft finally.

    RW’s as hyped up a QB as I’ve seen around here and all indications are pointing at him being something special. It’s a good time to be a Hawk fan. Number 12 deserves it. Also, I like the RW barks out, “Go Hawks” at the end of each interview…..and I don’t know why?!

    Long time fan of the blog. Enjoy reading Eric’s work and all the comments from the peanut gallery. Remember, don’t feed the rest of the NFL’s jealous trolls….and enjoy the ride!! Go Hawks….!

  4. raymaines says:

    John Clayton was on the radio yesterday and said most teams didn’t have enough good linemen to start let alone good depth, and he didn’t think either Michael Bowie or Alvin Bailey would make it past wavers to be on the Seattle practise squad. Essentially, it’s either the final 53 or we lose them.

    For about 2+ minutes starting at the 5:30 mark.

  5. tchristensen says:

    Especially Bailey with all the press he keeps generating.

  6. I agree Bailey looks special. Lets hope he sticks.

    As for the offense needing a jump start? At this point the offense is all about the O line. The rest of the offense will be able to excel based on what the O line can do.

    Based on what we saw last year, the offense can start out slow and that’s just fine. We should expect the O line to start slow and become more synchronous and methodically devastating with each game. Most important, no more injuries. If this group stays together, Cable will have them steamrolling teams within a month or two. It doesn’t all happen by opening day.

  7. DreadHawks says:

    Got to say this year has a special feel to it. Not too worried about our injuries as I believe this team is built to overcome these things as they are sure to happen. Looks like we are getting alot of them out of the way early. If we happen top avoid the injury bug I don’t see how we cant regain the West Crown and more. This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a deep and VERY talented football team. How many teams are licking their chops at our soon to be cuts??? Go Hawks!

  8. Dukeshire says:

    If Wilson and the offense (starters) struggle tonight, we may then say they need a “jumpstart”. But I read next to nothing into that first preseason game. Should be some extended play tonight so we’ll get a better sense of where they are, IMO.

  9. Agree, Duke. we’ve all seen a lot of very sloppy crappy 1st preseason games in the past, with some of those sloppy teams going on to super bowls. Its just practice.

  10. my current (wildass) guess on rookies who make this team: 4
    plus 7 or 8 who might be able to stick on practice squad.

    2. Michael – makes 53
    3. Hill – makes 53, starts.
    4. Harper – waive/PS
    5. Williams – makes 53
    5. Simon – PUP? IR? PS?
    5. Willson – makes 53
    6. Ware – waive/PS
    7. Seymour – cut
    7. Powell – waive/PS
    7. Smith – cut
    7. Bowie – waive/PS

    Bailey – waive/PS
    Mayowa – waive/PS (could stay on 53 if Clemons starts season on PUP?)
    Lotulelei – waive/PS

  11. tchristensen says:

    I’d think Harper, Ware, Bowie, Bailey and Lotulelei all make the team. And you’re forgetting about Stephen Williams.

  12. OregonHawk says:

    My personal opinion, No way Harper makes the team

  13. grizindabox24 says:

    tchristensen, Williams is not a rookie.

    Stevos, I think Bailey makes the 53 for sure.

  14. grizindabox24 says:

    I think it is a hard sell to think Harper makes the 53

  15. I think Stephen Williams likely makes the team in place of Harvin who won’t count against the 53. But he’s a 4-year veteran in the league.

    I think Bates would make the team before Harper does, and I don’t Bates is making the team.

    Williams (until Harvin returns)

  16. T Okung
    T/G McQuistan
    T Giacomini
    T (Person or Bowie)?

    C Unger
    C/G Johnpierre

    G Sweezy
    G Carpenter
    G Moffitt
    G (Bailey or Johnson)?

  17. sluggo42 says:

    2-QB, Wilson, Jackson
    5-RB, beast, turbo, cristin, MRob, Ware
    5-WR, rice, Tate, Baldwin, kearse, SWilliams,
    3-TE, Williams, mcGrath, miller
    10-OL, Okung, baily, carp, mcQ, lem, unger, moffit, sweeze, Breno, Bowie
    2-Kicker, Ryan, haushka
    1-LS, Gresham
    28. Offense

    4-S, earl, bam, maragos, Johnson
    6-CB Sherman, BB, Winfield, Thurmond, lane, maxwell
    6-LB, wags, KJ, Scofield, smith, farwell, Bradford
    9-dL, Bennett, Avril, mebane, Hill, Williams, red, Clem, mcDaniel, Howard

    25. Defense
    53. TOTAL

    That makes about 7 or 8 rookies making the team this year…

  18. sluggo. I like your picks. I’d be pleased if it works out that way.

    But you forgot LB Bruce Irvin, so one more player your roster gets cut. I’d guess McDaniel since he’s been injured so much.

  19. grizindabox24 says:

    I think Sluggo is picking his initial 53, Irvin does not count against it until after week 4

  20. tchristensen says:

    I think Sluggo’s roster is spot on.

  21. sluggo42 says:

    Ya, I don’t have Irvin or harvin in yet.
    Who leaves when Irvin returns could go a few ways, mcD, or perhaps Bradford maybe.
    I’m not positive about Guy or JJ, but I’ve been down on Guy since his training camp assaults on our own players…
    It could be Bowie too….

    Shot my own theory that no more than 4 rooks would make the team though…

  22. bbnate420 says:

    I like your 53 a lot too, Sluggo. I think they could potentially keep 6 WRs and 4 RBs, but I could easily see 5 and 5 as well. I think Guy is still in the picture at SS, though he certainly needs to play better in the games.

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