Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) under center during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks at Chargers: Post Game Notes

A nice win for the Seahawks tonight. The team’s depth was clearly on display at the team just dominated in the 2nd half. There are guys out there with Seattle’s 2nd and 3rd teams that are good enough to start for a lot of teams in this league.

Lets jump right to my notes:

Standout Performances

Alvin Bailey - There just aren’t any words to describe how impressive his performance was. He played 3 quarters at LT, and never gave up a single QB pressure. He also was completely dominant as a run blocker. I expected him to play well, but I never expected this. He wasn’t just good, he was scary good.

Michael Bowie – Bowie’s performance was overshadowed by Bailey’s, but the backup RT was solid all game other than a couple rough plays in his first series on the field.

Bensen Mayowa – He was the game’s best pass rusher, and looked very sharp against the 2nd and 3rd team O-line of the chargers.

Stephen Williams – The rotation at WR kept him off the field until the 2nd half, and then he was the home-run threat this team needs, catching 2 passes for 83 yards and TD and setting up another TD. After that the running game took over and the Seahawks stopped throwing the ball, otherwise Williams likely would have done even more.

O’Brian Schofield – Schofield started at SAM with Irvin sitting the game out, and looked like he belonged with the 1st team defense. He was great on the edge, especially in getting to the QB.

Christine Michael – The rookie RB wasn’t great early in the game, but got better as the game went on and was dominating by the time he was pulled out.

John Lotulelei – He was all over the field making plays or generally being disruptive. He ran right past the play a couple times, but that’ll some. His athleticism showed up in a big way.

Jaye Howard – He played at 3 positions along the D-line and looked solid at all 3. He’s much improved over last season. Playing for DC Dan Quinn is good for him.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few. There were plenty of great performances out there tonight.

Less Than Stellar Performances

The “Bubble” Wide Receivers – Other than Williams, none of the other guys trying to earn a roster spot bothered to show up.

Jesse Williams – The teams 5th round draft pick started at 3-tech DT, and struggled a bit. I’m not concerned, but he’ll need to do better if he’s going to retain that starting spot.

The TEs – There were a few plays made by the TEs, but overall the position group didn’t play well. The Seahawks definitely need Zach Miller to get healthy, or for Luke Willson to accelerate his development.

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  • Hawkman54

    Bailey was pretty good – the rest of the O-line ( especially the inside ) left allot to be desired , especially in the first Quarter against the Chargers starters. We will see if this is going to be an ongoing concern in the next game . This team will only be as good as the O-line allows it to be.

    • Hawkman54

      Also thought Jordan Hill looked pretty good.

  • bobk333

    Standout performances (in order):

    1. Tavaris Jackson – if he continues to play like that, he will be the best backup in the league and possible trade material to teams looking for starters.

    2. Bensen Mayowa – might be (probably) better than Bruce Irvin.

    3. Jordan Hill – I know the Hawks are looking for a big guy for starting 3-tech, but Hill is more effective than Williams. Jordan Hill will be a *huge* force on the defensive line and will surely lead the DL in tackles.

    4. Red Bryant – he’s back and better than ever

    5. Alvin Bailey – Mike Person will probably not make the team.

    6. Jaye Howard – Still a little confused on some plays, but he showed physical power and had a breakthrough game.

    7. Derrick Coleman – He does everything well, including blocking. Had 3 catches.

    8. Stephen Williams – Except that he reminds me a lot of Trayvon Edwards from last year. Reputation from Arizona: bad hands, catches too much with his body, big mouth, maturity problem (I don’t like the way he whined on and on after Winston Guy knocked him down), did well in one preseason but has done nothing in regular season, does not go across the middle (like Trayvon), does not play special teams well.

    9. Allen Bradford – With three big guys on the DL keeping blockers away, the middle linebacker (and to a lesser extent the SAM) in this defense is supposed to make a lot of tackles, but Bradford showed a good motor, speed to the ball and sure tackling. His arms, however, are too short.

    10. Ty Powell, who had 6 tackles at LEO (another player who could be better than Bruce Irvin) and Jermaine Kearse (3 catches against the first and second teams)

    Honorable mention – Christine Michael (who was able to break tackles against and run by only the scrubs who will not be in the league) and Michael Bowie

    Less than stellar:

    1. Mike Morgan – he looked lost out there

    2. Winston Guy – he can really hit, but he does not make plays

    3. Rishaw Johnson

    4. Michael Bennett – no tackles, no quarterback hurries, did not touch a running back, non-factor, not even close to making any plays, was expecting more. I expect a lot of improvement from him as the pre-season goes on,

    5. Mebane – was *surprisingly* bad, was pushed around the first couple of series. I assume he is still just getting warmed up for the season, because Mebane is usually an excellent player.

    • CuencaGuy

      Wow, what do you have against Stephen Williams? I heard nothing that Williams said about the Guy hit. I did see Carroll call it a “terrible play” that “never should have happened”. Williams has been a force in camp and in the game.

      Maturity problem? That’s Winston Guy. He’s had issues with that in the past and not only was totally reckless in his hit on a teammate (Williams) but also hit a player in a non-contact jersey during practice a couple of days later. I am with so many other fans in hoping the Hawks cut him.

  • Da Noos

    There were a few high points, but much of the game was sloppy. But I suppose that’s what preseason is about.

    I hope the defense got their late hits and personal fouls out of their system last night. In a real game, they would have cost plenty.

    • Hawkman54

      Some pretty terrible calls by the officials also, but I HOPE it is because it is their pre-season too.

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