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.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com 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.