Gregg Bell on what he saw, heard and thought of Seahawks' loss at Jacksonville
This has been a really bad debut year for Malik McDowell.
The Seahawks’ top draft choice from the spring was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct at the door of an Atlanta night club, according to a report Sunday from TMZ.
A Seahawks spokesman at Sunday’s 30-24 loss at Jacksonville had no comment on the report. Coach Pete Carroll said nothing about it. It sounded as if the team didn’t immediately know much more than what TMZ reported — or at least nothing it wanted to share.
The defensive lineman from Michigan State has not practiced, let alone played, for Seattle since his ATV accident in Michigan in July. He got serious head injuries from that, including a concussion. The Seahawks don’t know when or if he will be able to play.
McDowell’s latest incident came while his team was here in Florida to play the Jaguars Sunday; he hasn’t been part of daily team functions this season. TMZ’s report says McDowell, who turned 21 in June, was arrested early Sunday in Atlanta “after a cop says she saw him getting into a verbal altercation outside the front doors of a club called St. Lounge.”
TMZ cited an incident report that stated McDowell was shouting at the head of security for the club about $600 he believed St. Lounge owed him. After eventually being allowed in the club he was kicked out while still shouting about the $600, the report states.
“The cop says she was told McDowell poured out a couple bottles of liquor inside and got booted,” TMZ’s report says.
McDowell then went on a profanity-filled tirade against two officers. The arresting officer reported she felt she almost had to use pepper spray and a stun gun to subdue McDowell, but ultimately did not. He was booked for disorderly conduct and released on $325 bail, the report states.
MORE SECOND-HALF BELIEF
Once again, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks showed grit and belief that the quarterback said may be the most he’s seen on any team.
It was 27-10 Jacksonville with 10 minutes left Sunday when Seattle’s typical second-half rally began.
Wilson escaped a sack by ducking his head, stood up and fired a strike to streaking Paul Richardson deep down the middle. Richardson juked the last Jaguar between him and the goal line, safety Tashaun Gipson, to finish a 61-yard touchdown pass, and Seattle was within 27-17 with 9:48 remaining.
Wilson set an NFL record with his 16th touchdown pass in the fourth quarter this season, then added a 17th to get Seattle within 30-24 inside the final 4 minutes.
“I think there’s a lot of things to it. Sense of urgency. I think there’s a determination. I think there’s a competitor’s side,” Wilson said of his and his team’s fourth-quarter brilliance. “This is the reality of the situation. This is the truth. We’re down. Let’s find a way to keep coming back.
“Next thing you know, we’re in the game. They’re terrified for a second there. We just got to be a little more precise there at the end.”
Wilson also threw the three interceptions, two he just chucked up deep into the secondary of the NFL’s top-ranked pass defense and top scoring defense.
Wilson’s second interception came early in the third quarter while trying to reach Jimmy Graham near midfield. That and the frustrated Graham’s extra push of A.J. Bouye after the Jaguars cornerback’s interception set up the game’s first touchdown.
Bortles threw 18 yards to Dede Westbrook behind Terence Garvin, on one of his first plays replacing injured Bobby Wagner. The Jaguars led 10-0.
Seattle answered with 10 points in a minute. Doug Baldwin’s first catch, for 43 yards tumbling near the left sideline, set up Blair Walsh’s 28-yard field goal. On the ensuing kickoff Garvin forced a fumble that rookie safety Tedric Thompson recovered at the Jacksonville 25. Two plays later, Wilson’s pass to Baldwin for 26 yards tied the game.
Then on the next scrimmage play, Bortles again had tons of time on a play-action pass. Bortles threw a dart to streaking rookie Keelan Cole, who ran behind Wright. Rookie right cornerback Shaquill Griffin followed a route inside and Cole sprinted behind him. The 75-yard touchdown made it 17-10 Jacksonville.
The Seahawks then went three and out, allowing the game’s first sack on third down. Jon Ryan punted to former University of Washington wide receiver Jaydon Mickens. Mickens sprinted 72 yards past stumbling Justin Coleman, diving snapper Tyler Ott and Ryan to the 2-yard line. Leonard Fournette ran for the touchdown on the next play, then started a bowling celebration with teammates in the end zone. Seattle was suddenly gutter-balling a 24-10 game.
Jacksonville out-scored Seattle 21-10 in the third quarter. The Seahawks out-scored the Jaguars 14-6 in the fourth.
ANOTHER DREADFUL START
The Seahawks trailed 3-0 after yet another first half of mostly nothing on offense.
Yet they got into position to tie the game just before halftime because — of all things — effective runs by a running back. Mike Davis ran the first four plays of a drive late in the second quarter for 49 yards, to get Seattle from its own 21-yard line to the Jacksonville 30. Three of those runs for 44 yards were to the left side, behind tackle Duane Brown and guard Luke Joeckel, with one decisive kick-out block by Justin Britt on Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny. The Seahawks then mostly played for the tying field goal, letting the clock run down to 27 seconds then coming up short of the first down on Wilson scramble on third down and flip pass to J.D. McKissic.
Walsh jogged onto the field for a 38-yard field goal to tie the game. Lined up on the right hash mark, Walsh kicked the ball basically straight--and just wide right of the right upright. Seattle went to the half still down 3-0 instead of tied.
Walsh began his Seahawks debut season 12 for 13 on field goals. He was 7 for 13 since that point following that miss.
Asked if that’s concerning, Carroll said: “It’s not any longer. That’s already passed. We’ll go on to the next game. Here we go.”
LACY HEALTHY INACTIVE
Sunday was Eddie Lacy’s turn to be a healthy inactive on the Seahawks’ carousel of mothballed running backs.
Why? Money. The Seahawks saved $62,500 of the veteran’s weekly bonus cash for being active on game days. That’s how up against it the team is with the salary cap.
The team essentially entered the weekend with 50 available players on the 53-man active roster. Carroll has already said strong safety Kam Chancellor (neck) and right guard Oday Aboushi (shoulder) are out for the season. But the Seahawks have yet to put either on injured reserve because it would take money to sign a new player to fill their roster spot; IR players continue to get paid their base salaries and count fully against the cap.
And defensive end Dion Jordan missed his third consecutive game Sunday with a neck-stinger nerve issue.
Seattle is likely waiting for running back Chris Carson to be healthy enough to come off IR and replace either Chancellor or Aboushi on the roster at no extra cost against the cap. But Carroll said Friday Carson, the rookie lead back before his ankle injury and surgery in early October, had a setback in his recovery. Carson remains on IR indefinitely.
EXTRA POINTS: Wilson was 9 for 15 passing in the half for 36 yards and an interception on a post route to the end zone in the second quarter. Jaguars star cornerback Jalen Ramsey easily intercepted that when intended receiver Baldwin tripped over his own feet just before the ball arrived. … Davis left late in the third quarter with a rib injury. Carroll didn’t have any word on the severity. … Graham finished with zero catches on three targets, after nine touchdowns in his previous eight games. He looked disinterested on some passes, including one off his hands to begin the Seahawks’ final drive with his team down 30-24. … Baldwin said Jacksonville played more zone coverage than they expected.