Cyber surfing: Sunday

Good day. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 28:

The Seahawks lost to the Broncos 23-20 in Denver on Saturday night – on a last-second, 51-yard field goal. So that is the topic of today’s offerings.

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times says of the nail-biter finish did not – could not – overshadow the handwringing over the No. 1 offense’s inability to protect QB Tarvaris Jackson. Offers O’Neil: “It’s only August? No. It’s already Aug. 28, and Seattle is running out of time to find any semblance of rhythm before it begins playing for real in San Francisco on Sept. 11. Seattle gave up three sacks in the first half, gained only two first downs in the first two quarters and never got inside the Denver 30 until the end of the third quarter after Denver had removed its starting defense.”

Also at the Times, Jerry Brewer examines the changed man that is Aaron Curry. Say Brewer: “You’d expect Curry to be on edge as he approaches a make-or-break year with the Seahawks. But he’s not. For a player who often wears his emotions on his shoulder pads, Curry is practically serene right now. It’s the religion. It would be irresponsible to write about Curry and ignore it, even if the topic might be polarizing. He was baptized in March, after attending a pro athletes’ Christian retreat with his wife, Jamila. His Twitter feed is a constant stream of Bible scripture and praise. He is like a 6-foot-2, 255-pound evangelist, talking with the passion of a man who has discovered a universal elixir.”

Eric Williams at the New Tribune points out that while the No. 1 offense finally scored, it’s those protection issues – and inability to run the ball – that cloud the closeness of the outcome. Says Williams: “Seattle’s young offensive line failed to contain the speed and athleticism of a Denver defensive front led by Pro Bowl player Elvis Dumervil and this year’s No 2 overall draft pick, linebacker Von Miller. Both players repeatedly crashed the edges and beat Seattle’s green offensive tackles, Tyler Polumbus and James Carpenter, to quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, as Denver (2-1) finished with five sacks against Seattle’s starters. Equally frustrating for the Seahawks (1-2) was their inability to run the ball.”

Also from Williams, a notebook from the game that leads with Sidney Rice’s limited impact on the offense to this point. Said Rice: “I’m just continuing doing what I do. I’m not saying so much that I’m doing things right, but there’s still a lot of things that I can work on myself, and as receivers to get better as a team. But there’s also stuff as an offense that we need to get done.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we make it a chorus of three on the concerns about those protection problems. No, make that at least four, because those were the first words out of coach Pete Carroll’s mouth after the game: “We saw some stuff in this game that was real obvious. Our inability to protect the quarterback was so clear in the first half that it disrupted everything. We have a real clear area we have to work hard at. They ran right through us.”

We’ve also got a game-at-a-glance review, and Tony Ventrella’s video recap.

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has three things revisited from the game. No. 1 on his list? That elusive first touchdown for the No. 1 offense. Says Sando: “The Seahawks left most of their starting offense in the game until quarterback Tarvaris Jackson connected with backup tight end Dominique Byrd for the No. 1 unit’s first touchdown of the preseason. There was 14:16 left in the fourth quarter at that point, later in the game than a starting offense would generally play even in a third preseason game. Jackson frequently faced pressure, a common theme for him to this point. He was effective on a couple bootleg throws, but he took five sacks and averaged only 4.2 yards per attempt. Offensive rhythm remained elusive. The Seahawks emptied their backfield on a couple third-down plays. They could not beat the pressure with quick completions in those situations. The team will need better pass protection to develop timing.”

At PI.com, Christian Caple has his post-game thoughts from the couch. Offers Caple: “Imagine a time and place, if possible, where Tarvaris Jackson leads a Seahawks offense with some rhythm to it. Where instead of collapsing pockets and large defenders planting him into the turf, there is instead time for Jackson to throw, and open receivers to throw to. Where James Carpenter blocks Von Miller. Well, you had to wait until late in the third quarter/early in the fourth for such a sequence on Saturday, but after getting beat up all game (again), Jackson did manage to lead a drive that ended in the first touchdown of the preseason for the Seahawks’ first-team offense.”


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