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Kearse looks good as kick returner; offense shows up

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 18, 2013 at 8:11 am with 22 Comments »
August 18, 2013 9:50 am

Another preseason game, another blowout victory for the Seattle Seahawks as they thumped the Denver Broncos 40-10 Saturday evening at CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks have now won seven straight exhibition games by an average margin of victory of 20.9 points a contest.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had plenty to be pleased about after the game.

“There were just so many plays, and so much activity,” Carroll said. “So many guys did things that were exiting for us – I mean I can’t even name them. But it was exciting for everybody to see 106 yards and 107 yards touchdown plays. That was really a thrill.

“So we had fun tonight, and played well, and got out of there without anybody banged up.”

Jermaine Kearse – ballin’

Receiver Jermaine Kearse said he hadn’t returned kicks since his days at Lakes High school. Even at the University of Washington, Kearse was relegated to being on the field as an up back.

“I actually asked Coach Nansen (UW special teams coach Johnny Nansen) a couple times, and he always told me I would be on the front line for life,” Kearse said, smiling. “It was an inside joke between us. So that’s always funny. I’m actually going to call him once I get out of here.”

Carroll said that Kearse got the nod over Jeremy Lane because he wanted to go with an offensive player first.

“I really wanted to put an offensive guy back there first, because they’re more used to getting hit, and we’re so concerned about the football,” Carroll said. “He kind of got the nod over Jeremy Lane. So he took advantage of it, I guess. He did about as well as you could do in cranking out your first opportunity. It was beautiful.”

Kearse took advantage of the opportunity, returning his first kick back 107 yards for a touchdown, showing perhaps more speed than some give him credit for.

“I felt like my speed’s been there,” he said. “A lot of people have been doubting my speed, but that’s okay. I know what type of speed I have. And it showed up, I guess.

“I didn’t realize how deep I was in the end zone,” said Kearse, when asked if he realized how deep he was when he came out of the end zone. “The ball was hanging in the air for a very long time”

Along with the kick return for the score, Kearse had an 11-yard touchdown reception, giving him three touchdowns in two preseason games. The UW product has been one of the best players on the field for the Seahawks.

“I just knew if I could sell the slant, and get him to bite on the slant, and come back out freely, I knew Russell would be able to get me the ball,” Kearse said. “He was playing off coverage. I wouldn’t say it would have been harder if he was playing press, but I knew he was off. So he gave me some room to work with, and I just tried to get open as fast I could for Russell.”

Offense gets into rhythm

After not getting into the end zone against San Diego last week, Seattle’s starting offense finally got on track.

Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to scores on four of his five drives in the first half, including two touchdowns. Wilson finished 8 of 12 for 127 yards, two touchdown passes and no interceptions. Wilson was sacked one, and finished with a 141.3 passer rating.

“It was good,” Carroll said. “The first drive we went down and scored. The next drive we got a field goal, and felt like we were doing things like we like to do it. Russ (Russell Wilson) missed a couple, but he threw a couple touchdown passes, too in the first half. So I think it all worked great.”

Carroll also credited the offensive line for the way the starting offense played in the first half.

“I thought that the first line did a nice job,” Carroll said. “They’re going to be a good, solid group. They really know what they’re doing, and I think we can really count on those guys, protection-wise, adjustment-wise and all of that. And we got to where we were moving the ball on the ground, too, which was nice.”

It’s all about the ball
The Seahawks continue to make plays on the ball, finishing with three fumble recoveries and an interception by DeShawn Shead.

Against San Diego, the Seahawks corralled two interceptions. Even more impressive, Seattle’s offense has not turned the ball over in two games.

“The most important factor that’s happening right now is were not giving the football up,” Carroll said. “And there’s nothing more important than that. And that’s two games with no turnovers, and that’s how we intend to play forever. And so when you do that, you win.”

Carroll also said his team is getting really solid play from special teams, which is helping Seattle control field position.

What’s up with those penalties?

While forcing turnovers has been a positive, costly turnovers penalties continue to be an issue for Seattle.

The Seahawks finished with 12 penalties for 107 yards. Last week against San Diego, the Seattle finished with eight penalties for 65 yards. Through two games, the Seahawks are second in the NFL with 20 penalties for 172 yards.

“There’s just stuff, we’ve got to see where they all are,” Carroll said. “They’re scattered we didn’t have error repeaters tonight. We had a bunch of guys who contributed. We just have to get better there. It’s lousy to play football like that. I don’t like it at all.”

Wilson said on offense the Seahawks need to understand how penalties set the team back.

“The biggest thing I try to tell the offense is, ‘Hey, let’s stay on schedule.’” Wilson said. “If we can stay on schedule, we’ll be in great situations. We’ll be in third and shorts, which obviously we can handle with the running game and also the throwing game. And if we can do that, we’ll be in the red zone more. We’ll make some plays, the defense will get us the ball every once in a while, and we’ll have short fields.

“So we’ve got to take advantage of those opportunities. And when you do that, it makes it tough on the other team. It makes it tough on the other team to capitalize against us. I think the main point we get as an offense for this game is, ‘Hey, it shows if we stay on schedule we can do a lot of great things.’”

Injury update

Carroll said that Phil Bates turned his ankle in the second half, but should be fine.

With 9:13 remaining in the opening quarter, Denver defensive end Derek Wolfe went down hard on the turf after a legal cut block by tight end Luke Willson, followed by a drive block by fullback Michael Robinson.

Wolfe was taken off the field on a stretcher and loaded into the back of an ambulance.
According to the team, Wolfe suffered a cervical spine injury and had movement in all his extremities.

In an update, the Broncos said all tests on Wolfe were negative for fractures and he was going to travel back to Denver with the team.

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  1. WiscCory says:

    “While forcing turnovers has been a positive, costly turnovers continues to be an issue for Seattle.”

    I think you meant *costly turnovers*.

  2. WiscCory says:

    LOL *Costly penalties*

  3. Great preseason thumping. Great report.

    Kearse is a great, somewhat surprising, breakout player this summer. And with Stephen Williams also showing he’s come into his own after years of toiling away in Phoenix, our WR corps finally looks to be fleshed-out and deep.

    Tate was looking brilliant and ready for game one. (I knew if I doubted him a time or two this offseason he would once again prove his doubters wrong :)

    I want to see more of Will Blackmon, both as a KR and CB. He had great coverage in defeating a TD pass, and a PR or two. I want to see him returning kicks.

    Jordan Hill is looking like a starter for rushing downs at 3-tech.

    Why did Jesse Williams play so little? Knee issues lingering? Too little practice lately?

    The backup LBs made tons of plays. There are going to be several tough decisions on who to cut there.

    The starting O line is becoming a force. Makes everything else work. Carpenter had better get back in there soon or he’s going to end up on the sideline simply because Cable won’t want to disrupt what he’s got going.

  4. I ate a “costly turnover” this morning for my local bakery. Yum.

  5. I think the penalties at this point of preseason have become emblematic of Pete Carroll’s coaching system, as well as where the team is at this point in preseason

    At this point, lesser teams are still learning to execute and get their timing down and they not yet playing aggressively. This current Seahawks team – starters at least – have great continuity from last year and know their roles well. So, they are being coached to fire out aggressively and start making those turnover-causing plays on D and blocks that wear down the opponent’s D. That’s where I saw most of the mistakes and penalties coming from. Just playing very aggressively before being 100% in synch.

    I’d rather see these kind of aggressive mistakes at this point of the preseason. It shows we are way ahead of where lesser teams are at this point. Other teams are making mistakes too, but our team is making monster plays while making mistakes.

  6. Southendzone says:

    I know he’s pretty deep down the depth chart but Brett Swain always seems to be making plays when he’s on the field. Don’t know who’s spot he could take but I’m pulling for him to stick around.

  7. raymaines says:

    I was in the kitchen getting more vanilla wafers and warm milk when Derek Wolfe was hurt so I didn’t see the play. Did it look like any sort of a cheap shot or dirty play as some Denver fans have suggested?

    My goodness the ref’s were bad. I thought the lockout was settled last year.

  8. raymaines, I don’t think it was a cheap shot, but was unfortunate. MikeRob did not need to hit and finish the guy, Willson had already taken his knees out. But Robinson was already moving full speed into that block as the guy went down. Since he was falling, he got hit high.

    Cut blocking is a nasty business. They’re legal blocks and they win games, but they do cause more injuries, IMO.

  9. montanamike2 says:

    Last night the lads and i went to the hangout bar and drank until 3 am!
    I could get used to all the blowouts these days. Manning looked pissed and ineffective. How many fans were at that pre season game?
    No injuries to us makes me happy and i don’t see how we could possibly cut Kearse now. I thought Mcgrath looked pretty good too.

  10. montanamike2 says:

    NFL network pulled their crap again but luckily it was on a local channel too, i’m assuming because of the Broncos.

  11. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    stevos, from what i saw it looked like he was on his knees goin g gto try and lunge for the hole and the running backs legs. looked like robinson was trying to stop that but not lay the wood to him. unfortunately it look like the way he came in he caught him with a knee to the head.

  12. hawkfaninok – yeah I agree with that. MikeRob was on his assignment to clear that gap and just doing his job. If the DE hadn’t been falling from the cut block, MikeRob would have hit him square. Just unfortunate.

  13. oh yeah, also worth mentioning… I was really excited to add Antoine Winfield in the offseason to play nickel CB. But after watching him try to cover Wes Welker, and then watching Walter Thurmond III sub in at nickel CB, we might have two nickel CBs who could start. That’s going to be a great competition.

  14. montanamike2 says:

    Chancellor is showing up big time too, after his payday he looks even hungrier and meaner.

  15. SaigonSun says:

    Good and clean game on our part. The Donkeys got frustrated early and they tried some rough stuff, which the rookie refs nipped in the bud. Wolff’s injury was after unfortunate but clean hit. Wes Walker was the only trick Denver had and some running game that caught us by surprise.
    The biggest problem we will have is who to cut… From the last night’s game, it is getting obvious PC is starting to “hide” players: Mayowa , Lotulelei, Harper and Ashford played very little. I don’t think this will work; “the cat is out of the bag”, so to speak.
    I think they should let their players with some health issues get those issues fixed ( Carp, Bennett’s rotator cuff surgery , Simon etc)
    The obvious player to be cut is Quinn. Sorry, that man just don’t have it.

  16. Ha! Ive been supporting Kearse since day one; and now I get to crow about it a bit. All you doubters–and you know who you are–can get ready to eat a big fat helping of crow each week this year!

    Same with Tate. He’s looking like the stud I knew he could be.

    I was disappointed in the O-line’s run blocking, and severely pissed at the D-line and Backers, they got pushed around and were giving up 3-4 yards on every run play–and to Denver! That’s hopefully a preseason thing, and not a sign of things to come.

    Also, third downs are still a bugaboo for us. Penalties were awful–Pete Carrols Achilles heal still… Bleah!

    Still, its preseason. No panic.

  17. Benson Mayowa is making this team. Kyle Knox finally got some time, had a GREAT sack! Showed some serious speed.

    Will Blackmon belongs in this league. I cant see him making the team here but damn, this guy looks like a player. I hope if we cut him he gets on somewhere like Jax, Jets, or Raiders and gets to play. He’s pretty good.

    Lotu looked good again, as does Bradford. I still think Arceto Clark and Perez Ashford can play. These kids look like pros. Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan disappeared.

    Brooks the DT is looking good too. The others, not so much. Schofield looks like a keeper.

    Shead showed great speed and anticipation/baiting on that pick…great play! WT3 played much better this week, and even Winston Guy made some plays.

    I really like Derek Coleman and Spencer Ware. Don’t see these guys making it through waivers. Stephen Williams needs to make this team, even if he sucks at Special Teams…

  18. Jeremy Lane was very uneven. He looked totally confused covering Welker on the TD, and in that small a space, you cant give Welker an inch or its a TD. He’s just that quick. You have to put hands on him and press him….terrible call on D, to put Lane on him and have him play off so far. Plus, as I said, Lane got confused on his assignment…

  19. Ok my view in the stands saw WT3 leaving his jock on the ground a few times. Against the 1’s Winfield, Thurmond, and Sherman got picked on by Manning. Granted it wasn’t awful but definitely not the best outing by these guys.

  20. PEARLJAM23 says:


    Winfield was covering Welker on the TD…

    Go Hawks!!

  21. sluggo42 says:

    Only 53 can stay slave…

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