Seahawks rookie left tackle Charles Cross
Cross showed against the Bears exactly why the NFL needs preseason games, especially for rookies. Young guys need to make mistakes and learn from them and better to make those mistakes in games that don’t count in the real standings than in games that do. But Cross was embarrassingly bad. The worst part is he played into the fourth quarter and never got much better.
OK, I guess in Cross’ defense, he did have one great block against the Bears fantastic defensive end, Robert Quinn. That might give him some confidence against the elite edge rushers in the NFL but those edge rushers might not even try that hard against Cross if he continues to play as he did against the Bears because they know that Cross will simply move the Seattle offense backward all on his own.
Cross was called for five penalties – five! Four were false starts and the fifth was a hold. This is simply inexcusable. Maybe it was a bit of Cross being nervous but what happens when the real games begin?
There is little doubt that Cross has the raw physical ability to be a very good left tackle and he likely will be in his career. Maybe he needed a game like the one against the Bears to remind him he still has a long way to go to be great. But 12s have to hope that this was just a one-off terrible game for Cross and by Week 1 he will be fantastic.