Believe it or not the Seahawks have already completed 25% of their season. The first quarter is over, and they’re locked in a tie game at 2 wins and 2 losses. Certainly as a team they have fallen short of most expectations, not just because they’re only 2-2 (I think most of us would have gladly taken 3-1 if we were offered it before the season) but it’s the WAY they lost their first two games, and even the way they won Monday night against Detroit.
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That being said, here’s a stab at Seahawk midterm grades for each position group at the quarter poll, I’ll save the most obvious one for last…….
It’s unfortunate that the offensive line has been so bad (spoiler alert!!) because Wilson seems to have made some strides as a signal-caller this season. He still holds on to the ball too long at times, but overall seems much quicker getting rid of the ball when the opportunity is there. He’s also made it a point to try to step (or run) up into the pocket instead of bailing out at the first sign of pressure. If you were worried about the constant pounding (he’s taken 16 sacks already) taking it’s toll on his poise or causing him to get Jim Zorn Happy Feet…. don’t. His 24 yard TD to Doug Baldwin Monday was a thing of beautiful precision, and it shows that when given even a semi-clean pocket for 3 seconds or more he can do some serious damage. Without his ability to scramble and improvise on the run, this team could very well be 0-4 right now.
RUNNING BACKS: C
Sep 27, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) rushes against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Marshawn Lynch has been banged up, missing a full game for only the second time in his Seahawk career. Before that, he seemed a step slow and (gasp!) easier to tackle. Maybe it was the lack of trust (justified as it may be) in his offensive line, or maybe he was just knocking the rust off after another preseason of watching more than playing. Let’s hope it’s not the beginning of the end.
In his place, undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls had an impressive 104 yard performance vs. Chicago, but was a non factor in the Lions game. He shows promise, and best of all a willingness to succeed in pass protection and a knack for ball security. These are good things.
Fred Jackson got his best opportunity of the season against Detroit and looked good, but sprained an ankle and his status at this point is not known.
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