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Final Grade - C
Where to begin?
Yes it's Week 1 and you have to anticipate there being a few issues, but what happened?
The offense looked dull and stale; meanwhile the defense couldn't get to the passer as both Skelton and Kolb looked like they had all day to throw the football. With all due respect to Skelton and Kolb, they aren't in the same echelon as some of the quarterbacks scheduled for later this season.
If the 'Hawks can't put pressure on them, imagine what Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers will do in just a few weeks?
Meanwhile the offense that all preseason looked loose never really showed up until it was too late. All day if it was first down, Lynch was getting the handoff. I can imagine that Pete wanted to keep things simple for Wilson, but with a buttoned-down approach coupled with the lack of protection along the line made watching this team painful for most of the day.
Still, at the end it came down to the fact that three different receivers couldn't make a catch.
Needless to say Pete Carroll has a lot of work to do this week...
Q4 - C-
The offense continued to open up, especially on the final drive in what seemed more like desperation than anything else. Still the defense couldn't stop Kolb when it mattered which could have avoided the heart breaking finish.
Q3 - B
The offense has opened up a bit, but whatever he told the defense at halftime has made all the difference.
Q2 - C
Carroll continues to go conservative and the team looks tight. Let's hope we see the team we all enjoyed watching during the preseason rather than what we've witnessed so far.
Q1 - C+
Pete Carroll looked to go a bit conservative with Russell Wilson in Q1, but the field goal call with Hauschka early on seemed ill-advised.