The only joy for Seahawks fans is knowing that preseason games barely make sense


Take a deep breath, Seahawks fans, and remember Carlos Dunlap wore shorts and a bob, Bobby Wagner wore a black beanie, and Jamal Adams wore sneakers.

Chris Carson, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett were also onlookers, along with most of the frontline offensive. More importantly, Russell Wilson never left the sideline either, unless you counted the draw. Wilson often stalked the sideline with starter intensity, but it was only a mental challenge. He might as well have been wearing a leisure suit, had Pete Carroll’s commitment to keeping his main meal ticket safe.

Like it or not, it’s the NFL’s modus operandi these days. The vast majority of teams have decided that it is better to trip and trip in preseason games rather than risk injuring frontline players, or presenting prime-time lineups and games. predilection to opponents.

That’s why the Seahawks’ lopsided exhibition’s second straight loss, 30-3 to the Denver Broncos on Saturday night, must be taken with industrial-grade grains of salt. This is not to excuse the bad play, only to put it in a perspective that excludes outright panic and / or despair.

Oh, that was appalling, an eye-hiding performance from the Seahawks that would have had fans peering into their eyes.

If everything wasn’t so insignificant, or at least insignificant, overall.

Preseason games inherently have little predictive value, and you can multiply that by multitudes this year, as the Seahawks have for the most part decided to join the trend of refusing the services of the vast majority of starters. At least until Week 3 of the preseason, when Carroll has indicated that most starters will get a taste of the action of the game before the first game.

“This format for us was different from what we’ve ever done before,” Carroll said. “We did something different and it wasn’t a lot of fun and fun, the way we play. But the third week is a big deal for us. And we’ll come back to a lot of other guys who haven’t played in the first two games to get them ready for the first game of the regular season. That’s the plan from the start.

Saturday’s result may not have been aesthetically pleasing for the 68,027 people in attendance, the first live crowd for a Seahawks game at Lumen Field since it was still called CenturyLink Field on December 29, 2019, a most memorable match for Jacob Hollister being stuck on the 1-yard line in an excruciating loss against the 49ers.

Or anyone else who has seen it through any TV or streaming device.

But the biggest complaint shouldn’t be the 0-2 record, or the fact that the Seahawks lost those two games by a combined score of 50-10, but rather the two times the dreaded Cart had to be driven on. the ground for transporting Seahawks with knee injuries. Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven was injured in the opening kickoff – a knee down in the end zone by the returner – and wide receiver John Ursua was injured in the second quarter. A downcast Carroll called both injuries “serious” after the game.

That said, Carroll wasn’t and shouldn’t be happy with much of what he saw, especially in the first half. And it’s a very fair question whether the reserves’ poor play portends a problem of depth for the Seahawks, who have very little margin for error in what should be an uphill battle for supremacy in their division.

“Well two weeks in a row playing football where the lessons are tough and obvious,” Carroll said. “We need to take away the things that we can grow and learn from. We would love to have fun winning football games and all that, but that’s not what’s happening right now.

It was a long list of the kinds of mistakes that lead Carroll to beat, especially three turnovers from quarterback starter Alex McGough (one fumble and two interceptions). They gave a massive 35-yard passing game from Teddy Bridgewater to Jerry Jeudy on the fourth and five that set up Denver’s first TD; they were called to crippling sentences. And did I mention the injuries?

If you’re looking for some good news to take away from this game, you have to start with running back DeeJay Dallas, who is clearly Seattle’s MVP of the preseason. After a solid game in Las Vegas, Dallas was a special teams demon on Saturday, with two dynamic kickoff returns and one blocked punt.

Rasheem Green had a sack and a forced fumble. Linebacker Jordyn Brooks showed off some tackling prowess on a night when the Seahawks’ tackles were often below par. Ursua had three catches before the injury. Nick Bellore made five tackles to linebacker, a position he hasn’t played in some time. And punter Michael Dickson was his usual booming self.

But most importantly, with a preseason game to play, the Seahawks must, both by necessity and by design, remain a mystery shrouded in riddle as they head into the season opener against Indianapolis, in three weeks of Sunday.

New coordinator Shane Waldron’s long-awaited revamped offense has barely been presented. And without Wilson at the helm, whatever clues that emerge are largely irrelevant anyway.

We won’t know how the O-line will freeze, or if the secondary will hold up when other teams throw their “A” team as well.

The looming uncertainty of “holding back” left tackle Duane Brown, and whether he will be back to play in Game 1, will become increasingly important as the season approaches. I think it’s fair to say that what we’ve seen in two games has only reinforced the absolutely vital importance for the Seahawks to find a way to get Brown back into the fold.

Now this is something tangible and meaningful to be concerned about. Saturday’s horrific final score could be disheartening, if not downright embarrassing. But I’m going to keep the deep concern for the games that matter and the players that will dictate the success or failure of this season for the Seahawks.


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