Defenseless in Seattle

Danny ThompsonContributor IAugust 22, 2010

SEATTLE - AUGUST 21:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers makes a catch during the preseason game against Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on August 21, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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After two preaseason games, the Seattle Seahawks have one win and one loss following their 27-24 defeat to the Greenbay Packers. And it is already becoming apparent that the Seahawks' defense is terrible.

Saturday's preseason game started the same way the first one did, with the Seahawks going three and out and the opponent, this time the Packers, marching down the field for a touchdown.

On the Seahawks' first possession, wide receiver Dieon Branch dropped a third-down pass from quarterback Matt Hasselback that would have resulted in a first down.

During the following series, the 2010 defensive nightmare continued to develop. On the Packers' first offensive play, quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected on a 56-yard play-action pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings that set up a one-yard Packers' touchdown.

Spare me the "it's only preseason reference." After the first four series of the Seahawks' 2010 campaign, the offense had yet to score a touchdown and the starting defense had yet to prevent one.

That changed after Matt Hasselback connected with Neon Deion Branch for an 11-yard touchdown pass set up by a 54-yard kickoff return by cornerback Josh Wilson. Ahh, finally, I was able to put a smile on that face.

The following possession, the Seahawks' defense showed there is still no pass rush in Seattle as Aaron Rodgers marched the Packers down the field on an 11-play, 64-yard drive, capped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jamarcus Finley (to say Finley was wide open would be complimenting the Seahawks' secondary).

Rodgers then exited the game along with the rest of the Packers' starters, finishing the game 8-11 for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Excuse me while I clean my dinner up off the floor.

On the following possession, the Seahawks, showing flashes of what could be a really good offensive team, matched the Packers with a 60-plus yard drive of their own, capped off by an 11-yard touchdown run by running back Leion Washington who showed no effects from a broken leg that cost him most of last season.

On the next series, the Seahawks' first-team defense held the Packers' second-team offense to a field goal. I know it wasn't Aaron Rodgers and the boys, but hey, it's progress.

At this point, garbage time started. When the game returned from the commercial timeout it went from a pro game to something slightly better than the 2008 Washington Huskies football program. Hey, it's the second half a NFL preseason football game, what did you expect, the Superbowl?

Based on my observations, the second preseason game has revealed the following:

  1. Mike Williams will be a major factor and he quite possibly might end the season having more of an impact than rookie Golden Tate.
  2. Matt Hasselback is playing his last season in Seattle regardless of stats, so Hawks fans give him the respect he deserves. He will be productive and we will need him to be to get something in exchange for his upcoming departure.
  3. The Achilles' heal for the Seahawks will be a defense that can't get off the field. This will result in a worn out and infective defense, making the offense incapable of gaining rhythm and sustaining drives.
  4. Charlie Whitehurst is the real deal and Pete Carrol is one heck of a talent evaluator but today, Matt Hasselback is the better quarterback. That is fact not fiction.

So carry this through the week Hawk fans: The Seahawks are a very average football team, but there are signs that the future is going to be bright.

Don't let my pessimism fool you, I'm giddy like a kid on Christmas Eve to see what will become of the Hawks in the coming years. But today, the Seahawks' 27-24 loss to the Packers has shown we are indeed defenseless in Seattle.