The View From Section 333

Are the Seahawks Still a Controversy?

I was looking specifically for a few key performances in our game against the Panthers-

  • Better pocket presence by Russell Wilson
  • Increase in passing offense
  • Tighter pass coverage by our corners
  • Fewer penalties by our O-line

I did note that Wilson seemed more inclined to use his pocket. I still saw his feet moving furiously a few times, when his urge to scramble kicked in. I was thrilled to see him overcome that urge and stay in the pocket for the throw. This is a significant improvement over the Rams game and it had a positive impact on our passing offense. It also confirms what coaches have said all along… Russell Wilson learns quickly. I hope to see this continue to improve in coming games.

The Rams game must have had an impact on our secondary as I saw them playing very tight indeed. I really appreciate the extra effort by the entire defense. They are playing lights out and it’s not just one or two guys. They truly are the electric eleven!

The offensive line continues to kill us with their antics. Granted, the foul they called on Okung was nonsense, but Breno deserved the sit down that Pete gave him. While they’re doing an excellent job protecting Wilson, the false starts and personal fouls are just not acceptable. And if Breno can’t exert some self-control, I’m more than happy to see Omiyale get some time on the line.

I’m still looking for more improvement in our throwing game. While Wilson is clearly comfortable throwing to Miller, Rice and Golden, it will be nice to see him expand his game to include more throws to Braylon Edwards and Doug Baldwin.

Finally, I just want to note that I’m not on board with some of the shows on Sports radio in the Seattle area this week. I actually turned one off out of frustration yesterday which I rarely do. The shows are premised on the concept that while Wilson is doing better, we ought to start Flynn because:

  1. We haven’t really seen what he’s got
  2. Maybe we could run him in a Wildcat or package him like the jets do Tebow
  3. We have the 31st worst passing game in the NFL
  4. Wilson isn’t picking things up fast enough
  5. We should try him and see what we’ve got

All of which is ridiculous. We have seen what Flynn has and it’s good. But the coaches determined that Wilson won the starting job, that he’s our best talent. Let it go. We’d be idiots to bring Flynn in on a wildcat. That’s a specific skill set that he doesn’t have. Also, we’re not the Jets and what the Jets are doing with Tebow and Sanchez is idiotic. Yes, we do have the 31st worst passing offense, and a heck of a running game and an improving QB and a winning record. Let it go. Wilson is improving. You don’t pull him to see what the guy on the bench has. You’ve got someone that’s gotten the bulk of the 1st string snaps who’s getting a rhythm with his offense. You don’t disrupt that just for giggles. And if you did, how long do you leave Flynn in “just to see” And how does Wilson get better sitting on the bench?

I realize that morning shows have to create controversy in order to get callers on the line, but I for one think they are creating controversy when there is none.

And I’m really looking forward to seeing how our team plans for the Pats.

Go Hawks!

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