Seattle Seahawks Midseason Report Card

We’re 8 games into the season, and it’s time to hand out some grades. With the team a disappointing 4-4, you can expect that we won’t be seeing a 4.0 GPA on this report card.

Russell Wilson: C+

I’m sure this low of a grade will ruffle some feathers, but in all honesty he doesn’t deserve better. He was too inaccurate at times, had way too many interceptions, way too many open receivers who didn’t get the ball, and way to many unnecessary QB scrambles that killed plays and drives to get a better grade here. He has shown tremendous improvement in recent games, but it hasn’t yet been enough to overcome his poor grades from earlier in the season and get him up to a better score here. If he keeps working hard, I don’t see any reason why he can’t pull his grade up by the end of the year.

Oct 7, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Panthers 16-12. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Marshawn Lynch: A

He is the league’s 2nd leading rusher, and has done so behind an inconsistent and, at times, poor offensive line. He also has to run against 8-9 man fronts, as teams have stacked the line to try and stop him. Lynch is averaging 2.6 yards per rush after contact, which is an absolutely amazing stat. Someone obviously deserves a gold star.

Offensive Line: C

The line is improved from last season, but that doesn’t mean it’s been good. Breno Giacomini has been downright awful, and so have been all the penalties. But it hasn’t been all bad. Max Unger is quietly having a steller year, and Russell Okung has been good besides the flags. Even James Carpenter has played well, though not as well against the Lions. At least JR Sweezy isn’t playing anymore. His performance was embarrassing. I’m suggesting tutoring here.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: C-

Sydney Rice and Zach Miller have been good. Doug Baldwin has been when healthy, but he’s almost never been healthy. The rest of this group deserves an F. I suggest they all drop the call (like they do the ball) and try again next semester.

Run Defense: B+

This was a solid A until the 2nd half of the 49ers game. Then they bombed an exam and let Frank Gore make them look silly. That can’t happen. It cost the Seahawks a win, and it cost this unit an A.

Pass Rush: B-

The stats look good; plenty of Sacks, plenty of disgruntled QBs, etc., but the consistency isn’t there. The Seahawks lost last week because they were completely unable to get any sort of pressure on the QB. Basically  there’s good marks here, but way too many missing assignments that haven’t been turned in.

Secondary: B+

This is the group that does well on all the daily assignments, but then inexplicably stumbles on the exams (3rd down). It’s frustrating because there more than enough talent in this group to be getting a very solid A. I suggest they study more. Those exams are important.

Special Teams: A-

This is another unit that should have an A, but doesn’t. Why not? Because Leon Washington repeatably thinks that running the ball out from 8 yards deep in the endzone only to be stopped at 14 is a good idea. Seriously, stop handing in doodles as answers on the short anser questions. I know you know better.

Coaching: C

Penalties, clock management issues, horrible game planning choices, and the inexplicable phenomenon of the team only playing well for 2 quarters out of the every game, have all helped get in the way of the good results on the field. These are a rowdy kids in the back of the room that take away from the learning of the other students. It’s time to get your act together and do what needs to be done to let everyone succeed.

 

Luckily, these are only midterm grades. There’s plenty of time left in the term for everyone to put the work on and get their grades up. If you need extra credit, then you better make it to the playoffs.

Topics: Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks

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  • Hawk_Eye

    Keith, overall I agree with you except with some minor changes:

    1. I think Russell Wilson’s grade should be a B. Go back and look at his interceptions. At least half of them are not his fault. If his receivers would catch the ball, he would have a much better completion average. He is second behind RGIII in rookie quarterback ratings. Plus in the first couple of games, they were only asking him to complete most of his passes on third downs. That would be difficult for any quarterback.

    2. The offensive line should be given a higher B grade also. Look at the last 2 games against San Francisco and Detroit. They more than held up their own against those stout defensive lines and pass rushers. Plus Marshawn Lynch is 2nd in rushing in the NFL.

    3. Too high a grade for pass rush. Should be a C. We don’t generate enough pressure, especially on 3rd downs. I would like to see them blitz more on 3rd downs.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      1. His grade is fitting. He’s been a “C” QB. there are no “for a rookie” corrections in these grades. It reflects his play, not his potential.

      2. Lynch has a lot of those yards because of his own ability to shake shake off contact and get positive yards. He’s got getting big holes, and it hit at or behind the line on over 50% of his runs. That’s not good. With any other runner (except AP) the rushing offense would not be considered a strength.

      3. This might be true. Outside of Lions game on the other hand, it hasn’t been a problem. Before that game, opponents were successful on only 38% of 3rd downs, and there has been good pressure at times in every game. They haven’t been good enough, but they haven’t been terrible. They’ve also managed to get pressure without having to blitz to do so, which is a very good thing.

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