First off, Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said the team got through its first exhibition game without any major injuries, although he’ll know more after the team gets back to home and they get a chance to see if anything crops up tomorrow.
“Anything that happened was very minor,” Mora said. “We came out of it pretty good.”
Even though the starters weren’t out there, you could tell Mora wanted to win the game, pumping his fist and congratulating the defense after they kept the Chargers out of the end zone on the final drive of the night.
“I was really pleased with the way those young guys at the end of the game fought,” Mora said. “And I was happy with our fitness level; I think that showed up a little bit for us tonight.”
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Mora again emphasized the importance of being in those late-game situations because of the learning that takes place there.
Mora said he was impressed with the way rookie quarterback Mike Teel played. Teel finished 7-of-15 for 75 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Mike Hass. He also seemed to play with poise and not get ruffled out on the field.
On the play of defensive end Nick Reed, who had a sack and an interception, Mora had this to say.
“We watched him in the Pac-10 for years. He’s a playmaker. It was good to see him show up. I had a feeling he would show up and make some plays.”
Listen to Mora talk about the game here.
I didn’t get too much from the locker room because I had to scramble to make deadline tonight, but I did get a chance to talk to Lofa Tatupu and Aaron Curry.
Tatupu said the he thought the defense played OK, but could have player better, especially against the pass.
“We would have liked to keep them out of the end zone the two times they got in,” Tatupu said. “They made some nice plays though. And production-wize I’m definitely not happy with the yards we gave up passing. And that goes on everybody, as far as coverage, the defensive line and linebackers.”
The Chargers finished with 384 yards passing, including four plays of 20 or more yards, as Seattle again struggled to keep receivers in front of them.
However, the defense did finish with four sacks and three turnovers, which led to 10 points.
Curry said things were happening fast for him out there, and that he needs to work on being patient out on the field.
“I just went out there today and played fast,” Curry said. “I got all of my thinking done before the ball was snapped. When the ball was snapped I just wanted to play fast and go hit someone.”
Here’s some quick thoughts on the game.
* Second year player Brandon Coutu handled all of the kicking duties tonight, making two efforts from 38-yards. Coutu placed his kickoffs on average at about the four yard line, with his last kick reaching the 1-yard line. Coutu worked with legendary NFL kicker Morten Anderson during the offseason on improving distance on his kicks, but that hasn’t translated to the field yet. Jon Ryan had the special teams play of the night, booting a 77-yard punt late in the game to turn field position. *Seattle’s new zone blocking scheme has yet to get on track. The Seahawks finished with 92 yards on 33 carries for an average of 2.8 yards per carry.
*The offensive line didn’t give up a sack. Rookie Max Unger played both guard and center and seemed comfortable at both spots, as he attempts to earn a starting job on the line.
* The pass defense is still in a work in progress. The Seahawks finished last in the league in pass defense last season, and gave up a league-leading 59 plays of 20-yards or more. That disturbing trend continued on Saturday, with the Seahawks giving up four plays of 20-yards or more through the air. Cornerback Kevin Hobbs was twice victimized, and Kelly Jennings also was beat deep, although he did manage an interception.
* I thought Baraka Atkins had a good game rushing the passer. He had the strip that Derek Walker recovered, but Atkins also was in there a couple other times. Atkins finished two tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass deflection. Michael Bennett, Cory Redding and Reed also had sacks on the day.
* No one really stood out in the competition for the last couple spots at receiver. Ben Obomanu made a couple plays, but also couldn’t come up with a catch that ultimately ended up in an intereception. Mike Hass made a nice play on the touchdown catch over the middle and looks like he could evolve into a nice, slot receiver.
Courtney Taylor made a couple catches on the scoring drive that Seneca Wallace led. Logan Payne forced a pass interference penalty and made a couple good tackles on special teams. Jordan Kent had one catch for eight yards, and made a good tackle on punt coverage. I don’t think anyone separated themselves tonight. That’s all for now.