Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 21:
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times examines the taking-what’s-there approach of the Seahawks’ offense. Offers O’Neil: “After two games, (Tarvaris) Jackson hasn’t made any game-changing throws, but he hasn’t committed any backbreaking errors, either. He has completed 62.1 percent of his passes. And after looking at the videotape from Sunday’s 24-0 loss, (Pete) Carroll didn’t see options that Jackson simply failed to identify. ‘He hasn’t had that many opportunities where we said, ‘He should have done this, he should have done that,’ ’ Carroll said.”
Eric Williams of the News Tribune also looks at the offense and suggests that the Arizona Cardinals, this week’s opponent in the home opener, could help remedy the situation. Says Williams: “So what’s the problem? Receiver Ben Obomanu says it’s his team’s inability to get into a rhythm because of a failure to convert on third down and keep drives going. Seattle is 27th in the league in third-down conversions at 24 percent. Slow starts have also been an issue. Seattle has yet to score in the first half, getting outscored 33-0 in the first half of its two games, at San Francisco and at Pittsburgh.”
We seem to have a trend here, as John Boyle of the Everett Herald also writes about the offense. Says Boyle: “The Seattle Seahawks offense, which has been almost entirely overhauled since head coach Pete Carroll took over in January of 2009, was clearly going to be a work in progress this season. But what has become apparent over the past two weekends is that progress is happening even slower than expected. ‘Yes, I thought we would be able to move a lot faster,’ Carroll conceded. ’… We know that they’re going in the right direction. We know that they’re going to be good. They’re going to be really good. It’s just a matter of time.’ ”
Christian Caple at PI.com focuses on – you guessed it – the offense. Says Caple: “Jackson was 20-for-29 against the Steelers for 159 yards and an 82.4 passer rating. He had better pass protection than in the season opener against San Francisco, though still had trouble completing any passes of much length. Doesn’t sound like Carroll thinks that’s on Jackson, though. Not entirely, at least. ‘He hasn’t had that many opportunities where we say, ‘He should have done this’ or, ‘He should have done that.’ He’s pretty much taken what’s there and there hasn’t been a lot of situations where he’s turned down a big throw,’ Carroll said. ‘We’ve gone up top a couple of times and we didn’t get there or the coverage took it away or whatever. He’s done a good job of not forcing the football in those situations. He’s making good decisions in that regard and that’s why we have a real good thought about him and us moving forward. He’s very good about the football.’ ”
Brian Billick at FoxSports.com examines something that was very apparent on Sunday: West Coast teams traveling to the East Coast find little success. Says Billick: “I have said multiple times before that winning an NFL game on the road may be the toughest thing to do in all of team sports, and that is only amplified when you travel from coast to coast. On Sunday, we saw four teams from the West Coast make the cross-country trek to face opponents in the Eastern time zone, and all four of them lost.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got behind-the-scenes coverage from Sunday’s game against the Steelers that you just can’t get anywhere else in Ben Malcolmson’s “From the Sidelines” feature and Rod Mar’s photo blog.
Also, this is “Back to 12” week because of the home opener, so Tony Ventrella checks in with the original No. 12 in this video report. Also, part II, we take a look at Paul McQuistan, who will start at left guard on Sunday; have the daily report from Hawkville; and provide an “Up Next” rundown on the Cardinals.