Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 13.
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times says both quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson looked strong in the team’s preseason opener Saturday night vs. Tennessee Titans, and that their performances opened up the QB debate, “Flynn completed 11 of his 13 passes and guided Seattle on its most impressive drive of the game. The drive not only consumed nine minutes of the first quarter, but also came against the Titans’ starters. But Flynn netted only 71 yards passing, and he also was picked off. Wilson’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards was Seattle’s longest play of the game, and he was Seattle’s leading rusher with 59 yards. But Wilson also was playing against the lesser tiers of the Titans’ defense, and he was intercepted in the end zone by Titans linebacker Zac Diles. This game was like catnip for the quarterback debate.”
O’Neil also has his ‘Three things we learned’ and ‘Three things we’re still trying to figure out’ after Saturday’s preseason opener.
Steve Kelley at the Seattle Times breaks down Flynn and Wilson’s performacnes from Saturday, and states that the Seahawks need to give Flynn as many reps as possible, “He [Flynn] doesn’t have the blazing fastball that Brett Favre had. Flynn’s game is cat and mouse, the quarterback against the cornerback. He is a thinking man’s quarterback. Favre was a knockout punch. Flynn is more counterpuncher. It’s an important distinction, because to be the kind of quarterback the Seahawks need him to be, Flynn needs more work with the regulars than the team has been willing to give him. He needs more time, a lot more time, to learn the quirks and quicks of his receivers. Flynn has to excel at the more refined parts of his craft. He has to know his receivers, as well as he knows his family members. He has to understand their routes and the way they run their routes as well as they do.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with left tackle Russell Okung, who started Saturday night’s preseason game against the Titans and seems to be recovered from last year’s pectoral injury that sidelined last season after making 12 starts, ” ‘I’ve really rebounded from the injury last year, and I’m really glad to be back out there,’ Okung said about his play against Tennessee. ‘But as an offensive line we just had one thing in mind, and that was to come out here and start the season off right. … We went out there, we wanted to run the ball and we did a fair job. But we’ve got a lot of stuff to work on.’ “
Williams also recaps Saturday night’s contest.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune comments on the effectiveness of the ‘Hawks defense and run game, and says that quarterbacks Flynn and Wilson gave head coach Pete Carroll a lot of information to study after Saturday’s game, “Flynn finished the first half having completed 11 of 13 for 71 yards. And one of his incompletions was a drop by tight end Anthony McCoy. The most important number, though, was the 10-0 score the Seahawks had on the board when Flynn was still operating with the first team. While the competition at quarterback will continue, the efforts of the first-unit defense and running game make the outcome less worrisome.”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald provides some light-hearted over-analysis after the Seahawks preseason victory Saturday night.
Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com comments on the strong start Saturday night for the Seahawks’ much-hyped starting secondary, “It was a good start for a secondary that has received plenty of attention following a season of breakout performances. [Earl] Thomas was a Pro Bowl starter, while [Brandon] Browner and strong safety Kam Chancellor made the NFC squad as injury replacements. [Richard] Sherman had a strong rookie season that included four interceptions in 10 starts. ‘There has been a lot of talk about how good we are, and how we might be overconfident,’ Thomas said. ‘We did great tonight, and I am very proud about the work we have been putting in.’ “
Henderson also gives his take on the play of wide receiver Braylon Edwards, noting that his performance Saturday night likely helped his case toward earning his place among the crowded Seahawks receiving corps, “Based on last season, you might have forgotten that Braylon Edwards was once a No. 3 overall pick, a bona fide No. 1 receiver and a Pro Bowl selection. One play he made in the Seahawks’ preseason opener against Tennessee served as a reminder. In the third quarter, Russell Wilson lobbed up a deep pass down the left sideline for Edwards, who was running stride-for-stride with the defensive back. The 6-foot-3 receiver timed his jump perfectly, wrestled the ball away as he was falling to the ground and secured it while rolling over in the end zone. ‘That’s just what Braylon’s been doing in practice,’ coach Pete Carroll said, ‘and so that was cool that he carried that over.’ Said Edwards: ‘I knew it was going to come to me. It was just a matter of me working my technique.’ “
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Saturday’s preseason opener.
The staff at SportsPressNW.com offers a look back at some highlights from the Seahawks 27-17 victory over the Titans.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has a detailed look at Seahawks training camp in his ‘Camp Confidential‘. Sando looks at three hot issues surrounding ‘Hawks camp, discusses reasons for optimism and pessimism heading into 2012, and offers several observations from camp and the Seahawks preseason opener vs. Tennessee.
Sando also revisits his ‘Three things‘ after the Seahawks preseason opener, including a look at the quarterbacks – Flynn and Wilson, three rookie draft choices – Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, and Robert Turbin, and a look at the Seahawks mix at wide receiver.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press recaps Saturday’s preseason opener, including a look at the play of Titans QBs former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, and former University of Washington standout Jake Locker.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth recaps Saturday’s preseason opener, “The primary focus leading up to the game was the quarterbacks, and they did not disappoint. Matt Flynn, who was signed in free agency, got the start and completed 11 of 13 passes for 71 yards in the first half. Wilson took over in the second half, completing 12 of 16 passes for 124 yards. Each also threw an interception. ‘I thought that the quarterbacks did a really nice job; nothing but good stuff came out of this game for them,’ Carroll said. ‘They were poised. They handled the offense well. They did the things like we had seen in practice.’ “
Farnsworth also highlights the play of rookie defensive end Greg Scruggs during Saturday’s game against the Titans, “On the first snap of the final quarter, with the Titans facing a second-and-10 from their own 13-yard line, Scruggs and defensive end Pierre Allen got to QB Rusty Smith for a 5-yard sack. On a third-and-19 play, which followed a false start by Titans tackle Byron Stingily, Scruggs and rookie tackle Jaye Howard dropped running back Jamie Harper for a 3-yard loss. With the Titans pinned at their own 1, Will Batson had to punt with his heels just inside the back edge of the end zone and got off a 29-yarder that wobbled out of bounds at the 30. It set up a 40-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka that put the Seahawks back on top – for good – with 11 minutes remaining. ‘I was just trying to go out there and do what I was supposed to do – trying to make plays, make my family proud, make my teammates proud, make my coaches proud,’ Scruggs said.”
Tony Ventrella recaps the Seahawks 27-17 victory over the Titans in this video.