Seattle Seahawks Report Card: Week 15

After a dominating road win over a pretty good Chicago Bears team, its tough to complain about the performance by the Seahawks. But when I looked at the game film this morning, I was surprised at the mistake made, especially in the first half. Even the 31-0 second half was far from perfect. The Seahawks were lucky that they were playing Caleb Hanie, and not a competent QB, or this game could have turned out really differently.

Tarvaris Jackson: B

Jackson final stat line was decent: 19/31 227 yards, 1 TD. What’s missing in that line is the difference between the first half and the second. At halftime, his QB rating was in the 50′s. Jackson’s performance had a lot to do with why the Seahawks were down at halftime. Jackson was also a big piece of the reason why the Seahawks were up by a lot at the end of the game.

Marshawn Lynch: B - 

It was really tough going for Lynch for most of the game. Lynch finished with just 42 yards on 20 carries. While the line struggled to open lanes for Lynch for most of the night, there were also plays in which there were running lanes and Lynch was tentative and didn’t get through the holes while they were there.

Offensive Line: B

This is tough unit to grade. Sure, they gave up 2 sacks, but both of those were really caused by Jackson holding on to the ball too long. The running game struggled, but part of that was because Lynch was really slow to the line at times. The Bears also have one of the best front 7s in the NFL.

Run Defense: B-

I wouldn’t say that the Seahawks run defense got “gashed,” but they did give up 132 yards and a 4.3 yard average. That just isn’t what we’ve come to expect from the Seahawks defense.

Pass Defense: A

Caleb Hanie had only 111 yards passing on passes caught by players on his team. There was also 79 yards in the other direction on passes caught be Seahawk defenders. The Seahawks also had 4 sacks and were pressuring Hanie all game.

Special Teams: A

It doesn’t really matter that the Seahawks special team didn’t make any big plays in this game. The very dangerous Bears returners didn’t get a chance to make any big plays, and that is more than enough to get an A grade here. Other teams had failed to do that, and gotten burned. Luckily, the Seahawks didn’t make that mistake.

Coaching: A-

The coaches almost get a A just for being smart enough to kick the ball away from the Chicago returners. I also have to get them a ton of credit for the halftime adjustments made that allowed the Seahawks to outscore the Bears 31-0 after halftime. My only complaint is that the initial offensive gameplan was clearly flawed. The Seahawks can’t keep waiting till halftime to figure out how to beat teams.

Topics: Caleb Hanie, Marshawn Lynch, Tarvaris Jackson

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  • glor

    I’ve been listening to Sports Radio and the like today, and OMG = did any of you realize that evidently the media is drinking Harbaugh’s coolaid and evidently I must have had blinders on during that game last night, because Alex Smith is now a pro bowl QB.

    I can’t wait for Saturday, we are going to crush the 9rs and expose Smith.

  • glor

    Oh, Nice recap of the game grade :)

  • glor

    I’ve been listening to Sports Radio and the like today, and OMG = did any of you realize that evidently the media is drinking Harbaugh’s coolaid and evidently I must have had blinders on during that game last night, because Alex Smith is now a pro bowl QB.

    I can’t wait for Saturday, we are going to crush the 9rs and expose Smith.

  • glor

    Oh, Nice recap of the game grade :)

  • bomnom

    So Browner has been getting better and better, I know he is still slow but do you think next year he only makes number three on the depth chart? And honestly I know the flaws of Tarvaris, but I just don’t see a QB in the off season that can be our next franchise QB, only RG3 and we’re not going to be able to draft him. I really think Tarvaris is a QB that can take us into the playoffs next year, I think we should wait to draft a QB until the later rounds. I really hope we draft offensive linemen and get some depth at the position, Carpenter really didn’t show me a whole lot of improvement this season and Moffit was taking steroids. Plus if we waited to draft a QB and took an offensive linemen in the first round maybe Tarvaris would have all day to hold the ball like some other QB’s I see around the league (although I know those quarterbacks wouldn’t hold onto the ball if they knew they couldn’t like Tavaris does). Also when Hanie kept escaping it really made me think, wow our linebackers are slow. I’d like us to make offensive line, linebacker, and a DE our first priorities in the draft. What do you think? I mean doesn’t it just seem there are no viable options at QB out there except for an average QB that we could trade for like Cassel, or a huge gamble in the draft?

  • bomnom

    Plus being a Seahawks fan I think we all appreciate the necessity of an offensive line. The Broncos are going into the playoffs with Tim Tebow, I think we should fill are other holes and not take a chance. I would only be happy with a QB in the first round if it was RG3.

  • Pedrohawk

    So Browner has been getting better and better, I know he is still slow but do you think next year he only makes number three on the depth chart? And honestly I know the flaws of Tarvaris, but I just don’t see a QB in the off season that can be our next franchise QB, only RG3 and we’re not going to be able to draft him. I really think Tarvaris is a QB that can take us into the playoffs next year, I think we should wait to draft a QB until the later rounds. I really hope we draft offensive linemen and get some depth at the position, Carpenter really didn’t show me a whole lot of improvement this season and Moffit was taking steroids. Plus if we waited to draft a QB and took an offensive linemen in the first round maybe Tarvaris would have all day to hold the ball like some other QB’s I see around the league (although I know those quarterbacks wouldn’t hold onto the ball if they knew they couldn’t like Tavaris does). Also when Hanie kept escaping it really made me think, wow our linebackers are slow. I’d like us to make offensive line, linebacker, and a DE our first priorities in the draft. What do you think? I mean doesn’t it just seem there are no viable options at QB out there except for an average QB that we could trade for like Cassel, or a huge gamble in the draft?

  • Pedrohawk

    Plus being a Seahawks fan I think we all appreciate the necessity of an offensive line. The Broncos are going into the playoffs with Tim Tebow, I think we should fill are other holes and not take a chance. I would only be happy with a QB in the first round if it was RG3.

  • Keith_12thMR

    @glor Smith isn’t a pro bowler. If anyone says so they should be removed from being allowed to provide sports commentary. He’s a game manager and nothing more. He is Trent Dilfer in Baltimore. They win because their defensive front 7 is outstanding and because they get a lot of turnovers. Smith’s job is to avoid losing games, and nothing else.

  • Keith_12thMR

    @bomnom Jackson has done enough to get the Seahawks to the playoffs. The problem was the o-line and running game early in the season. Can he win a superbowl? probably not. But he can get us close. At this point, I say get the other pieces in place, and don’t force the issue when it come the the QB position.

  • Keith_12thMR

    @bomnom I think you’re right on. I’d say that’s pretty solid analysis to be honest.

  • Keith_12thMR

    @glor Smith isn’t a pro bowler. If anyone says so they should be removed from being allowed to provide sports commentary. He’s a game manager and nothing more. He is Trent Dilfer in Baltimore. They win because their defensive front 7 is outstanding and because they get a lot of turnovers. Smith’s job is to avoid losing games, and nothing else.

  • Keith_12thMR

    @bomnom Jackson has done enough to get the Seahawks to the playoffs. The problem was the o-line and running game early in the season. Can he win a superbowl? probably not. But he can get us close. At this point, I say get the other pieces in place, and don’t force the issue when it come the the QB position.

  • Keith_12thMR

    @bomnom I think you’re right on. I’d say that’s pretty solid analysis to be honest.

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