Notes from the Nest: Seahawks choose not to tackle, lose in Week 5

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After a wild win in week four over Detroit, the Seahawks lost a wild one in week 5 at New Orleans.

With the offense blowing our minds right now and making us question our future in a good way, the defense is doing the exact opposite.

Can Seattle turn the season around? That remains to be seen. But here are a few thoughts from what we saw in Week 5’s 39-32 loss to the Saints.

Notes from the Nest: Seahawks takeaways from Week 5 loss

The Good

The Seattle Seahawks have one of the most dominant offenses in all of football. Yeah, you read that right, this offense is Super Bowl-good through five games.

Geno Smith is ranked #1 in multiple categories, and is 4th in QBR. He has been great at protecting the ball, being mobile, and being far more than just a point guard to Pete’s offense.

While his deep ball looks different than Russell Wilson’s moon balls, Geno and the Seahawks are dominating in big plays. So far on the year, Seattle leads the NFL in plays of 30+ yards.

  • He is about 2-3 more good weeks away before we can start to talk about this generation’s Rich Gannon or Kurt Warner being Geno Smith, and that is just incredible.
  • I have wondered for most of the offseason about if Lockett would be a good trade bait, given his age and the QB change. I’ve been flat out wrong through 5 games, as Tyler Lockett continues to be the most underrated wide receiver in the NFL. Dude does it all.

    Congrats to Kenneth Walker III on an incredible first touchdown run. Here’s to many more.

    The offensive line continues to be the most important development for this franchise, and it continues to deliver.

  • While Seattle gave up three sacks, two of those should be attributed to Geno Smith.
    If Abe Lucas and Charles Cross are as good as they look now, imagine how great they may be over the next decade.
  • Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant look like foundational pieces on the defense.

    They are freakishly athletic, and bring a physicality we haven’t seen since the LOB.

    Coby’s future looks like a nickel corner, but also a blitz specialist that the defense should use more often. His ability to force the ball on the ground brings back the Peanut Tillman fond memories.

    Tariq is in a different class right now. His physical domination has placed him as the clear favorite for DROY. He’s a solid corner that is still learning, and already has multiple INT’s, forced turnovers and recoveries, plus a touchdown.

    Seahawks can build around him, and that’s huge considering his draft position.