Special performance

One of the most impressive areas from Saturday’s preseason game against the Packers didn’t happen on offense or defense.

It was all about the special teams.

Coaches have been raving about the play of the six special teams units, with Pete Carroll calling the third phase of the game “dominating” on Saturday.

“We made huge strides from Game 1 to Game 2,” special teams coordinator Brian Schneider said. “It was a really complete game for us.”

How complete? The special teams set up a score, had a takeaway, forced the opponents to start inside the 10 three times, won the field position battle and didn’t record a penalty, along with having “stellar effort and execution across the board,” according to Schneider.

“That shows the heights that we’re capable of taking it,” Carroll said.

One area didn’t come out rosy, though. Even though the special teams units accomplished 11 of Schneider’s 12 goals for each game — narrowly losing the average start position after a kickoff — the Seahawks wound up with a 27-24 defeat, which would make a magnificent special teams performance moot in the regular season.

“Normally that’s an automatic win when you do all those things right,” Schneider said. “You’d like to think the result would’ve been different if it wasn’t a preseason game.”


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