The last thing to ever take from an NFL preseason game is the final score. While winning is a nice consolation, the real grit is sorting the cream of the crop from the expendable underachievers and fielding a roster that gives your team the best chance at competing with the best that the league has to offer.
Pete Carroll's first command in a game situation of the Seattle Seahawks played out about as well as he could have expected. Carroll should be proud of how his circus of offseason transactions translated to what could a fine looking roster with quality depth.
Here are just a few observations from the first game action of the year:
The defensive line is enormous. A huge departure from what the previous regime had built in years prior. This line, that includes three of four down linemen weighing over 300 lbs, should be rather good at clogging running lanes and forcing runners outside.
The pass rush remains a question mark. Chris Clemons played well at the end spot, as did a surprisingly swift Red Bryant on the other end. The emphasis on size up front should aid in freeing the linebackers to make plays free of advancing blockers.
The defense as a whole looked pretty good, though appeared to play rather conservatively when the first team was on the field, allowing Vince Young to pass for 78 yards on an opening drive score. The corners played 10 yards deep on most of the plays allowing Young to complete five of six attempts in his only game action of the night.
Although they did allow the touchdown run from the one-yard-line, the defense held their ground for two plays on short yardage, a weakness of the team last season.
Josh Wilson's interception showed why he should be playing opposite Marcus Trufant in a starting capacity. Playing press coverage on a comeback route that should favor the receiver, Wilson flashed his speed and hands to make the easy grab along the sideline. It was a curious why Kelly Jennings ran on with the first team defense, but Wilson should have the edge in that competition.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Seahawks displayed a variety of looks as well as showing off what figures to be a heated battle for roster spots at the wide receiver position. Charlie Whitehurst showed flashes, making many good passes while showing the intelligence to play the position.
The 51-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams was an audible called after identifying the blitz coming from an eight man rush by the Titans. In single coverage, where Williams had an obvious size advantage, a play that was simply designed to check down facing the blitz turned into a long touchdown.
The feel good story of Mike Williams' second chance to have an NFL career could become a reality. His size is something the team has lacked for years, and if he can stay in shape and continue his growth and command of the new offense, he could find himself in position to make the final 53-man roster. While the current depth chart doesn't reflect anything significant, he is currently listed as the number four wide receiver on the roster.
All in all, it was a decent outing for the team in their first game action since the season finale against this same Titans team last January. While a lot still remains to be seen during the remainder of the preseason, The Seahawks have a lot of talent to sort through and should be proud of the performance they put forth.
*Note: MLB Lofa Tatupu, LB Leroy Hill, DE Lawrence Jackson, OG Chester Pitts, CB Josh Pinkard, and LB Joe Pawelek all sat out this game for various reasons.
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