Well, a win is a win. But I don’t think Coach Mora was real happy with his team’s performance tonight.
The first-team defense looked like it was playing on skates, missing a lot of tackles at the line of scrimmage and just playing on its heels for most of the first half.
Kyle Orton (Yes, Kyle Orton), who threw three picks and looked awful against San Francisco last week, threw for 207 yards and a score against the Seahawks in the first half.
As lethargic as the first unit looked in the first half, the second unit defense played with more intensity in the second half, twice shutting down Denver’s first-unit offense and forcing a fumble that eventually turned into a Brandon Coutu 22-yard field goal.
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“Our second unit came in and did a heck of a job,” Mora said. “We just have to be more focused, we just have to play with more enthusiasm, more energy, we have to tackle better, we have to bring our feet when we tackle.”
Offensively, Seattle’s first and line drive of the first half were solid, with both ending in touchdowns. In between, however, were some pretty rough spots. Sean Locklear struggled a bit filling in for Walter Jones, giving up two sacks, although I thought one of them was more a coverage sack than anything else. Overall, Hasselbeck was sacked three times, and also sacked for the first time since the Thanksgiving Day game when the Dallas Cowboys knocked him around like a piñata.
The Seahawks again struggled running the ball today, finishing with 72 yard on 23 carries for a 3.1 per carry average. Against San Diego the Seahawks finished with 92 yards on 33 carries for a 2.8 per carry average.
“I’m confident we’ll be able to run the football, but it’s a process,” Mora said. “This is all new for our guys, we have some new runners, new blockers, new scheme. But, I think it is something that will come.”
Nick Reed again played strong, finishing with 1.5 sacks, a tipped punt and a forced fumble. Will Herring had a solid game at linebacker, finishing with four tackles. And cornerback Kelly Jennings was solid today, forcing a fumble, breaking up a pass and finishing with three tackles.
Overall, I think the running game and the poor tackling are the main issues right now. The pass blocking is fixable, but they’ve got to be able to run the ball consistently, and the Seahawks aren’t doing that right now.
Also, after all the years with an undersized line Seattle might be too stout up front. The defensive line seems slower across the board and is not flowing to the ball well. You see the team rotating Baraka Atkins in with the first unit, and I think part of that was to try and get more speed on the field.
That’s all for now.