John McGrath of The News Tribune offers his thoughts on the post-Matt Hasselbeck era and they’re not pretty.
McGrath laments an offense that has struggled to move the ball and find any kind of continuity with Tarvaris Jackson at the helm.
“For all their supposed familiarity with Bevell’s offensive system – and with each other – Jackson and Rice appeared to inhabit dissimilar wave lengths. The new quarterback didn’t throw to the $41 million receiver until 4:36 remained in the first quarter, when the ball was overthrown down the right sideline.
“A few minutes later, some apparent confusion on a downfield route preceded another overthrow to Rice, who finally caught two, short passes – late in the second quarter, against the Vikings’ No. 2 defensive unit.
“And though there was a jump-ball completion to a tall Seattle receiver enjoying a mismatch advantage, the pass was to the 6-5 Mike Williams.
“The struggle to establish a connection between Jackson and Rice was symptomatic of an offense racing against the clock to develop some continuity. Nine position changes would be a challenge during a normal offseason, much less an offseason truncated by a 136-day lockout.
“What does the offense need to work on before the 2011 schedule kicks off at San Francisco on Sept. 11? The better question is: What doesn’t it need to work on?”
Here’s my game story from Saturday, which includes the sad fact that Seattle’s first unit still has not scored with Jackson leading the offense so far this season.
Doug Pacey of The News Tribune writes that receiver Golden Tate held himself accountable for the two dropped passes he had in the first half.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com weighs in on Seattle’s performance against the Vikings, offering a Q & A style response to the evening. Worth a read.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Charlie Whitehurst is locked in a quarterback competition with himself.
ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his take on the game.
Although he’s no longer with the team, former Seahawks Lawyer Milloy offered his opinion on Seattle’s quarterback situation, saying Charlie Whitehurst should be the starter via twitter.
“Charlie Whitehurst should be our starting QB opening day. #ImJustSaying. What u think #12s #12thman #Seahawks #seattle”
Milloy then followed it up with this tweet:
“I promise I want TJack to do well… Charlie Played his butt off to allow the Hawks a shot at the playoffs. 2 good pre-games deserves a shot”
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post lists Lofa Tatupu and T.J. Houshmandzadeh among the top free agents still available.
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that two fans were shot outside Candlestick Park after the San Francisco 49ers-Oakland Raiders game.