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- Dropped passes led to another stagnant day on offense. Today Sidney Rice and the rest of the receivers looked like Koran Robinson and the wide-outs from 2004. Dropped passes absolutely killed the Seahawks today and they knew it. After dropping his third easy first down catch of the day it was clear that Rice was psyching himself out. The drops seemed to be contagious as Zach Miller, Doug Baldwin, and Ben Obomanu all failed to catch passes that hit them in the hands. Dropped passes are usually thought of to be inexcusable for an NFL wide receiver and today the Seahawks receiving corp failed as a whole.
- Baffling moves at quarterback worked out in the end. Starting Charlie Whitehurst after his awful performance last week when Tarvaris Jackson was healthy enough to play did not make sense to me. I think Pete Carrol wanted to give Whitehurst a shot to prove everyone wrong, he got that chance and failed. I am glad that Whitehurst was pulled once it was clear that he was going to put up a performance similar to last week. However the Seahawks wasted a quarter and a half to answer a question that should have been addressed during the week. Tarvaris Jackson is the most effective quarterback on the team at running the offense and should start if he is healthy enough to play.
More post-game bullets after the jump.
- Lynch has a busy day dancing behind the line of scrimmage. I usually love the way Marshawn Lynch runs the football. There is nothing I like more about football than seeing a running back power through tackles. Marshawn Lynch is known for fighting for every yard and breaking tackles. Today Lynch danced behind blockers and lost yardage doing it. If the holes aren’t there you still have to plow forward and try to make a hole yourself. Lynch’s numbers reflected this type of running: 16 carries for 24 yards, a touchdown, and a fumble.
- Richard Sherman looks like a corner back of the future. Sherman did a great job today covering A.J. Green. The rookie out of Stanford played a very physical game with a lot of energy. He used all of his 6-3 height to completely out play Green on his third quarter interception. Sherman looked like the intended receiver on the play and he has experience in that position after playing wide-out his first three years at Stanford. If Sherman can improve along side Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas the Seahawks might actually have one of the more talented secondaries in the league in a few years.
- Special teams coverage continues to be a huge problem. Jon Ryan’s first punt of the day was a 62 yard beauty that was completely erased by 63 yard return by Adam Jones. Ryan actually had to save the touchdown after numerous missed tackles by the rest of the special teams unit. Brandon Tate also ran back another punt 56 yards for the touchdown later in the game. This has been a huge problem for the Hawks since week one against San Francisco and it is costing them games. They need to find a way to reliably contain return men and make easy tackles even if it means replacing special teams players who might have more value at their true positions.