There’s really nothing nice to say about this entire game. It was the first time the Hawks have been shutout since 2007, which happened to be in Pittsburg. I would have rather spent the day getting a pedicure with my grandma. Wait. That’s not bad enough… how about giving my grandma a pedicure? Ya. That about sums it up.
Offensive Line Grade: F
I refuse to give this line a passing grade until they can muster over 50 yards rushing in a game. The fact is that they have barely managed that number the past 2 games gaining only 53 yards as a team. Watching Marshawn Lynch hit the line of scrimmage reminded me of a line from a great comedian.
“I like tennis, but I will never be as good as the wall.” –Mitch Hedburg
Ya get it? Lynch is the ball? The line of scrimmage is the wall?
It’s not so funny now.
At times the pass protection wasn’t terrible, but it was still pretty bad. The fact is that it’s just a young line and will struggle this year. I imagine the coaching staff knew what they were getting into and would label this line a work-in-progress. Fans, on the other hand, are losing patience quickly. My opinion is that we are just going to have to wait to see as the dice are still up in the air for all the O-line guys but 1. This sure does blow if you have season tickets though, especially in the preseason. Anybody need a pair to Arizona?
So far, not so good. The first thing that jumped out at me was the qb rating: 82.4. That’s not as bad as it felt watching the game. And although Jackson had a good completion percentage, 68.9, he couldn’t seem to move his team down the field. My biggest concern with Jackson is an inability to make big plays. Against Pittsburg the Seahawks only had 1 passing play over 10 yards heading into the 4th qtr. Without the threat of a big play, the run game won’t get any better. Another thing I find puzzling about Jackson is the number of times, or lack thereof, he’s targeted Mike Williams thus far. Jackson has thrown to Williams 8 times. I would think that when you’re playing such a short game, Williams would be the perfect receiver. Although he lacks speed, his size and strength are well above average. Is he not open? Is anybody open? Jackson doesn’t seem to think so judging by the length of time he holds onto the ball. All in all, I would describe Jackson’s play as safe more than bad. He’s not throwing picks, but he’s not throwing anything else either. I don’t think his job is in jeopardy yet, but he needs to play his cards once in a while or he’s going to get blinded out of the starting position.
Last week, Brandon Browner’s p.i. call in the end zone against Braylon Edwards was so close, he might have got a no-call had he been a veteran. His p.i. call against Mike Wallace during the first series of the game was the worst example of defending the pass I have ever seen. Browner gave him an airport pat-down before the ball even appeared on the screen. Not a great way to start the game much less a season for Browner. A lot of people are high on this guy, and I am one of them, however, plays like this are the ones that will escort you back to the CFL before the end of the season.
I’m sure you are getting tired of hearing me light Curry up (I learned it from Joe), but he continues to let big plays slip through his fingers, literally. I couldn’t believe he dropped the interception thrown right to him. It went right through is hands. I couldn’t come up with a better metaphor for Curry’s career than this play. ‘nuff said
I would like to tip my hat to Earle Thomas who continues to excel in his development. His 4th and 1 stop on the goal line reminded me of Eugene Robinson’s game killing stop against Pittsburg some 15 years ago. This kid is a gamer and will make the Pro Bowl this year despite the team he’s on.
All in all this was not the performance anyone expected following such a good showing in week 1. The Steelers scored on 3 of their first 4 drives (Earle Thomas is the reason they weren’t 4 for 4). Seattle’s defense couldn’t get a 3 and out to save their life. They had 0 in the first half and 3 in the 2nd half. Before you get too excited 2 of those 3 were in the 4th quarter when the game was already over.
Sorry guys, but this team is bad. Like imploding bad. Like you could play the Benny Hill song while watching it bad. I still think there is a future hear, but it’s definitely not this year.
Overall Grade: F