While there were obviously many negatives from the 31-14 loss on Sunday, coaches are choosing to accentuate another, not-as-glaring part of the game.
Led by the eternally optimistic Pete Carroll, the Seahawks coaching staff is making a big push to highlight the team’s strengths today, while also pointing out the weaknesses, so that it can continue to mature and grow for the next game and beyond. Here’s a look at the positives from Sunday’s loss:
- Offensive line: Excellent pass protection (allowed just one sack) and superb run-blocking (5.5 yards per rush)
- Third down conversions: 7-for-11 (64 percent)
- Ball-carriers taking care of the football: Second straight game without an offensive fumble
- Rushing defense: Allowed just 65 yards on 37 carries (1.7 yards per rush)
- Punting: 52.5-yard net punting average
- Deon Butler: 5 catches for 50 yards
- Justin Forsett: 8 carries for 44 yards
- Golden Tate: 1 catch for 52 yards and a 63-yard punt return
- Earl Thomas: 7 tackles and a strong all-around effort
- Brandon Mebane: 4 tackles, including 2 for loss
So it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Seahawks in their first loss of the season, and they’re hoping to take those and develop them further as the team marches forward.
“We have a ton of strengths,” Carroll told his team today. “We’ve got to get right.”
It is now all about getting “right” so that the Seahawks’ strengths can show themselves on the scoreboard, and not just in the stat sheet.