Seattle Seahawks: Winners and Losers at the Season's Quarter Mark
The 2010 NFC West division champion will most likely not make the playoffs this season. Nevertheless, the team seems to back on the right track after a win against Arizona and a close game against Atlanta.
The next six slides show who surprised and who did not.
Loser: Tarvaris Jackson, QB
Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has been a big liability for his team in the first quarter of the 2011 regular season.
The 28-year-old finds himself in the bottom half of the league in every major passing statistic. Jackson has thrown for a total 846 yards, including five touchdowns and four interceptions.
He completed 84 of his 135 passing attempts, which equals a completion percentage of 62.2. His quarterback rating of 80.0 ranks him 21st in the NFL, 17 spots behind his predecessor Matt Hasselbeck, who impresses with a rating of 104.7.
The six-year veteran has to step up his game if the Seahawks want to defend their NFC West title.
Loser: Offensive Line
Attributing Seattle’s poor offensive performance solely on the performance of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson would be unfair.
The Seahawks have the worst offense in the NFL, gathering only 254 yards per game. A big part of the blame has to go to the team’s offensive line.
Center Max Unger and his fellow linemates have already allowed 14 sacks for a loss of 100 yards. In addition, the numerous offside and holding calls make it even more difficult for the offense to get into some sort of rhythm.
The O-line also struggles creating holes for running back Marshawn Lynch. The team has the second-worst rushing offense in the whole league (67.5 yards per game).
Seattle’s offensive line has been unable to provide any protection for Jackson and close to zero forward push that would make Lynch’s job easier.
Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable has to come up with quick solutions because otherwise 2011 could turn into a debacle.
Loser: Pete Carroll, Head Coach
Does the sophomore slump also apply to head coaches? Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll appears to be caught in this phenomenon.
After leading the ‘Hawks to their first playoff appearance since 2007 in his first season on Seattle’s sideline, the former USC head coach may have already lost his mojo.
Carroll, who had an aura of invincibility around him in college with winning over 83 percent of his games and two national championships, seems to have found the challenge he was looking for when he took the job in January 2010.
Carroll is known to be a players’ coach and has 12 more games to prove that his coaching approach not only works with college kids.
Winner: Marcus Trufant, DB
In a secondary that gives up 236.5 yards per game, cornerback Marcus Trufant is a rare positive exception.
The 31-year-old Washington native has a team-high 20 tackles and three deflected passes.
He also recorded an interception in Week 3 that largely contributed to the Seahawks only victory thus far against division rivals Arizona Cardinals.
The seven-year veteran is, without a doubt, Seattle’s best cornerback, and impressed in the first four weeks of the 2011 season.
Winner: Chris Clemons, DE
Seattle’s defensive line has with Chris Clemons a dynamic player that puts pressure on opposing quarterbacks and also stops the opposing team’s running game.
The 30-year-old Clemons has collected two sacks and deflected two passes in the first four games of the new season.
Clemons is in his second year with the Seahawks and will try to duplicate his outstanding 2010 season.
Honorable Mention: Sidney Rice, WR
Wide receiver Sidney Rice missed the first two regular season games due to an injury, but since his return in Week 3 Rice has become Jackson's favorite target.
Rice caught eight passes for 109 yards in the Seahawks victory against the Cardinals and three passes for 79 yards including a touchdown in last Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
If he stays healthy and continues to put up numbers like that, he might be able to break 1,500 receiving yards.