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Seahawks beat Vikings 30-20
What a crazy game we witnessed Sunday Afternoon. Seahawks win 24-23 after a 13 point 4th quarter deficit. Below are a few of the photos I took at the game.
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Before the season started, I would have been more than happy with a 2-2 record. Of course, I would have assumed the Seattle Seahawks beat the Cardinals and the Rams. Instead, Seattle lost those both of those games, but they did defeat the Cowboys and the Packers, at home.
No matter how you slice it, the Seahawks have a record of .500, and last place in the NFC West.
Who would have thought the division, who had a 7-9 Seahawks team win it two years before, would become the best division in football.
So much has been made of the performance of Russell Wilsonthis week. Yes, he is the starting quarterback, there is a certain amount of pressure that comes with the position.
Personally, I think the 12th man has been a little hard on the young man. I am not going to waste everyone’s time by stating the reasons why I believe that in this piece, but if you haven’t seen my opinion, or would like a refresher, click the link to the “Player Spotlight” piece I wrote on Wilson this week.
With all that said, or not said, I do want to see some improvement from him during the next four games.
Pete Carroll is a very tough man to get a good read on.
Far too often, Russell Wilson is missing wide open receivers. As most of you probably know, I was a proponent of letting him sit on the bench, behind Matt Flynn, for a year so that he could learn the pro game.
If he doesn’t start making more correct reads, I think that is exactly where he will end up.
Pete Carroll is a very tough man to get a good read on. On a personal level, I like the guy, but I would never play poker with him.
Honestly, I think Pete is putting himself in position to switch quarterbacks at any time.
It will be interesting to see if Wilson will be able to move the offense well enough to remain the teams starter, or if Pete will decide that it is time to try to “Win with Flynn”.
Seahawks All Access
Some people feel lucky to be drafted once, Golden Tate has been drafted three times. Twice in baseball (2007 by the Arizona Diamondbacks and in 2010 by the San Francisco Giants), and of course, he was selected 60th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 NFL draft.
While attending Notre Dame, Golden Tate had a very good college football career. In 2009, Tate was selected to be a unanimous All-American and won the Biletnikoff Award.
The list of winners is pretty impressive and includes names like; Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson.
During the 18 years the Biletnikoff Award has been handed out, only 4 players who earned it were drafted lower then Tate.
In College, Golden Tateused his superior athleticism to make plays. He never worried about mundane things such as route running or film study. In the NFL it doesn’t matter how athletic or how fast you are, everyone is fast and athletic. More. . .
Seahawks quarterback player grades
Russell Wilson #3
This week I had so much to say about Russell Wilson’s performance that I wrote an entire piece on it. You can read why I gave him the grade I did here.
the grade: A+
Matt Flynn #15
If you look at the stats, Matt Flynn’s day looked terrible, stats can be very misleading. To be honest, while I was watching the game, I didn’t realize how well Matt Flynn played. It wasn’t until I broke down the game that I was able to grasp it.
Matt does not get the credit he deserves for his mobility. Its tough to be recognized when you are on the same team with guys like Tarvaris Jackson, Josh Portis and Russell Wilson. (All known for their ability to run.) Watching practice I noticed Flynn has quicker feet than Tarvaris. He may not take off and run like the other three quarterbacks do, but he is able to slide around the pocket or scramble to turn a negative play into a positive. I would like to see him look more down field a little longer before he tucks the ball when he’s forced up in the pocket.
All week I have heard people questioning Matt Flynn’s ability to throw the deep ball. Don’t confuse the ability to recognize what a defense is giving you and taking advantage of it with a deficiency. Against the Titans the short passing game was left open and he used precision passing to pick them apart. Denver played a tighter defense, allowing Flynn to open it up a bit and show off his arm. He delivered a dead strike, 49 yards in the air, to Terrell Owens who flat out dropped the would-be touchdown. Flynn should have had another touchdown later in the half when he hit Golden Tate in the end zone, but the combination of a great defense play by the cornerback and an inability to come down in bounds by Golden took those 6 points off the board.
There were a couple deep throws that Matt Flynn let sail on him. These could be a product of the thin air in Denver or not having enough time with his receivers, maybe a little bit of both. His timing with Terrell Owens was terrible at best. I’m not sure Flynn and Owens were in the same playbook, let alone on the same page. I would like to see Matt try to force the ball into coverage a little less often. Sometimes punting is the best game plan.
the grade: b+
Josh Portis #2
Josh Portis saw his first action of the preseason in Denver. Late in the game Josh showed his ability to scramble for a first down with under two minutes left in the game. Portis needs to recognize his situation and avoid running out of bounds while the team is trying to run out the clock. Quarterbacks can avoid being hit by sliding feet first.
the grade: C-
Seahawks pass catchin’ player grades
Charly Martin #14
Charly Martin really impressed me against the Titans. Every opportunity Charly was given he made the most of. If Martin had a chance to go for YAC (yards after catch) yards he went for them without hesitation. He showed decent rout running ability and never gave up on plays until the whistle blew. The most impressive play was on Russell Wilson quarterback keeper late in the 4th quarter. Charly locked on the his man and blocked him for over ten yards down the field. That action allowed Russell to get by and score the touchdown that sealed the Seahawks victory.
the grade: B+
Deon Butler #11
Honestly, I am surprised we are still talking about this kid after his brutal injury a couple years back. He continues to impress. Deon Butler was running very good routes against the Titans and was able to get some separation. He also showed a willingness to get in and throw some blocks in the running game.
the grade: B
Braylon Edwards #17
Braylon Edwards made an outstanding play on a ball while it was in the air. Russell Wilson threw the pass up and gave Braylon a chance to go get it. Braylon delivered by stoping just short of the pass, out jumping the cornerback to go up and get it, while scoring a touchdown in the process. Plays like that are the ones I expect to see from him, spectacular receptions. Later in the game Edwards made a nice cut inside after catching the ball and gained about 5 extra yards in the process.
Braylon Edwards needs to play smarter. The block in the back penalty that he picked up was pure stupidity. Russell Wilson had already given up on the play and was running out of bounds after a nice pickup so, there was no need to even attempt to block at that point. That is the kind of play I would expect to see from a rookie not an 8 year NFL veteran.
the grade B-
Lavasier Tuinei #19
The rookie undrafted free agent out of Oregon had a very solid game as far as blocking from the receiver position goes. Lavasier Tuinei never caught a pass during the game, but his blocking was solid enough to earn him a good grade.
the grade: B-
Ben Obomanu #87
Ben Obomanu had a better than average game blocking.
Ben missed a block that led to a tackle for a loss. He flinched at the line of scrimmage on one play but, luckily for the Seahawks the false start was never called. I also need to see him start creating more separation at this point in his career.
the grade: C+
Jermaine Kearse #8
Jermaine Kearse really does a nice job fighting to get open once the quarterback starts to scramble. He recognizes the field gets cut in half and tries to become an outlet if he is on that side of the field, or hurries to break towards that side. Kearse showed great awareness by a young receiver.
the grade: C+
Golden Tate #81 and Kris Durham #16 both received C’s
Zach Miller #86
Despite having a couple of missed blocks during the game Zach Miller did a nice job blocking in general throughout his time in the game. Unfortunately, his time was cut short when he took a shot over the middle and was concussed. Zach was able to hang on to the pass after the big hit.
the grade: b+
Anthony Mccoy #85
Anthony has to clean up the dropped passes because he is driving me nuts. McCoy had a better than average day blocking. He was doing a nice job fighting to get open while running routes. Against the Titans he had a chance for a first down and had difficulty hanging on to a pass that hit him in the hands.
the grade: C+
Sean McGrath #45
Personally, I would keep this kid over Anthony McCoy. I believe Sean McGrath has a much higher ceiling. He made some very good plays in the blocker game and a couple really nice reception. Unfortunately, he also made the mental mistakes that I expect a rookie to make and blew a couple plays.
the grade: C+
Cameron Morrah #88
Am I the only one who is tired of waiting for this kid to develop? With 4 years experience, we shouldn’t have to wait any longer. On Saturday I watched him run the wrong route. At that point, I felt the Morrah experiment was over. Commissioner help us if he ends up with a final roster spot on this years team.
the grade: F
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Seahawks Player Grades
Last week B-
Ben recovered the first fumble while covering the kick off and was smart just to stay down and not risk fumbling the ball himself trying to get up. He made another big play covering kicks when he flew down the field and made a tackle short of the 20 yard line. Obomanu fought back to the quarterback to make a catch for a first down.
That first down catch for 10 yards was his only reception of the game.
2) Sidney Rice (B-)
Last week he led the team with a B+
Sidney had a nice block for Zach Miller after Miller caught the ball. On a third down play he made a nice diving catch but unfortunately he was just short of the marker.
He only had 14 yards receiving for the game.
3) Doug Baldwin (C+)
Last week B
Doug had a 50 yard reception in the game.
Unfortunately that was his only reception and he would leave the game later with an injury.
4) Golden Tate (C-)
Last week he was not graded
Tate made an excellent catch on the sidelines.
Golden fumbled the ball but was lucky it went out of bounds because there were no Seahawks around to recover it if it had stayed in. He was called for illegal motion because he didn’t get set before the snap.
Last week B-
I just can’t spin anything good here.
He was targeted on a hitch and waited for the ball to come to him instead of fighting back towards it. Because he did this the defender was able to get around him and break up the pass. In an altercation he was the last player to shove the opposition and got himself a personal foul. The call was pretty weak but he should have kept his cool.
Zach had a nice backside cut block and a few other nice blocks in the running game. He pushed the pile at the end of runs to help the running back gain every yard they could. Miller did a nice job sitting down in the soft spot in the zone.
He missed a cut block.
2) Anthony McCoy (D+)
Anthony pulled out this superman Esq block where he flew through the air. It wasn’t the most successful block I have ever seen but it was effective enough and showed effort. He had a couple more nice run blocks.
For the most part he struggled trying to block people. He missed cut blocks, couldn’t hold blocks or just went after the wrong guy to block completely.