The focus in the Seahawks’ locker room postgame tonight here in Oakland was on how sharp Russell Wilson and the starting offense was in zooming to a touchdown on an 80-yard drive behind three completions by Wilson in as many throws.
It wasn’t on the mess that followed in the 41-31 loss to the Raiders, in which Seattle’s first- and second-team defense allowed 35 points and 262 yards in the first half.
“We are ready,” coach Pete Carroll said.
He noted how great Wilson looks right now. The third-year starter went 33 for 42 (78.6 completion percentage) in the preseason. The first-team offense scored on 11 of last 12 drives of the preseason, with the one empty trip ending with a long field goal try by Steven Hauschka last week that banged off the upright against Chicago.
“We are advanced. We’ve moved ahead. We are better than we were in the past” on offense, Carroll said.
Russell Okung says he “felt strong” playing the entire first half, his most work since toe surgery in the offseason. He was gassed after one drive last week vs CHI.
“As ready as I’ll ever be,” he said when I asked him how ready he was for Green Bay.
Bobby Wagner noted how the defense still isn’t whole, with DT Tony McDaniel (sore knee) out tonight. He said the defense — LBs in particular — were guilt of overruning early in the game and the Raiders’ runners effectively used cut-back runs to counter that.
Terrelle Pryor was 11 for 17 for 134 yards and a 33-yard touchdown pass to Phil Bates. That pass came out the end of a sterling, 2-minute drive Pryor led, moving the team from the Seattle 13 in 1:37. Rookie Paul Richardson made a remarkable, toes-on-the-sideline catch to extend the drive. Then Pryor drew the safety to the left with his eyes, then threw to the back, right corner of the end zone to a wide-open Bates.
It was the best play of his best drive as a Seahawk — which only covers these four exhibition games.
“I knew the coverage they were going to be in,” Pryor said. “I said to Phil, ‘If they are in that coverage just keep running, I will hold the inside safety and you will score a touchdown.'”
“It’s good to get a score,” Pryor said. “It’s good to lead the team and get some points. There were a couple of throws I missed and there are some communications things we need to clean up with the receivers. The offensive line played phenomenally. They kept me clean.”
How does he feel he did in the preseason in his effort to convince Carroll to keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster for the start of the regular season, something he has done just one time in four previous years leading the Seahawks?
“I don’t even know. I was pretty (ticked) about last week. Having that stupid interception.
“It’s not really my decision to really say what I played like. It’s up to the coaches.”
The injuries Carroll mentioned after the game:
–A hip flexor for rookie DE Cassius Marsh.
–Rookie LB Pierre-Louis, who can’t stay healthy this summer, has a strained hamstring.
–DT D’Anthony Smith has a biceps injury.