Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 22:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle times examines “three things we learned” from Saturday night’s preseason home opener against the Vikings. Offers O’Neil, at No. 1: “Charlie Whitehurst is a more decisive quarterback this season. It’s true that he’s playing against second-unit defenses while Tarvaris Jackson faces the starters, but it’s equally clear that Whitehurst’s decision-making has been quicker in his second preseason as a Seahawk. He has completed more than 70 percent of his passes and currently ranks No. 11 in passer rating out of all NFL quarterbacks.”

Dave Boling at the News Tribune offers some sage advice: Remember, it was only a preseason game, and one that followed the lack of an offseason. Says Boling, in a needed voice of reason: “We should be reminded that these guys are in mid-May form right now. They haven’t learned each others’ names yet, let alone the full playbook. You can’t cook a stew in a microwave; it takes time to blend the ingredients. So assessments of the Seattle Seahawks after two exhibitions are verdicts with scant evidence. After a win and a loss, the first-team offense still hasn’t gotten the memo that the lockout has ended. However, if there was a league in which the second units competed, the Seahawks would be strong contenders.”

At SI.com, Chris Burke comes up with an obvious conclusion on the play of the Seahawks’ No. 1 line: “Facing an aggressive Minnesota front in a 20-7 loss Saturday night, the Seahawks’ line was manhandled. If not for Tarvaris Jackson’s ability to scramble and get out of trouble, he could have been sacked six or seven times in the two quarters he played — the Vikings’ one sack is about as misleading a stat as you’ll get.”

At NFL.com, Bucky Brooks arrived at the same conclusion: “The offensive line’s inability work in concert in pass protection remains a problem as well. The unit has been overwhelmed physically and tactically by opponents, and its inability to protect Tarvaris Jackson in the pocket has resulted in little production in the passing game. While Jackson can shoulder some of blame for a few errant tosses, he has been harassed and forced to flee the pocket, which has killed any and all rhythm.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at Josh Pinkard’s heads-up play that turned an apparent touchdown into a touchback, and how it was reminiscent of one he made as a junior in high school. Says coach Pete Carroll, who also coached Pinkard at USC: “Ever since Pink was a junior in high school, he’s knocked balls out like that. He did it in college all the way through. He’s an uncanny guy at getting the football out.”


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