Found September 10, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Tough way to start

After a very promising preseason campaign, one in which the Seattle Seahawks saw plenty of upswing from their 2012 draft class, week one came, and all that pride seemed to be thrown out the window.

There were moments of greatness flashed during the loss at Arizona, but I think the play calling by Pete Carroll has to be questioned the most. Especially when we had 8 chances in the red zone to win the game, yet failed to do so.

This was a game that should have been a cake walk for the Seahawks. But once again, the dropped passes bug seems to be biting the Hawks.

With that, I give you my top 10!

10: Russell Wilson gets 1st start

If only Pete Carroll could have watched how Mike Shannahan sent out RGIII for his first set of downs, I think Russell Wilson could have had a more productive game.

Where was the tempo? Where was the flow?

The play calling was predictable, and even without a rookie QB, this will end up disastrous in your chances of winning ball games.

Wilson did have some hustle that I was impressed with though, namely, getting up field to throw a block, or busting by a blocker to leap on the fumble.

I don’t see Matt Flynn doing either of those things.

9: Will he or won’t he?

The Seahawks super star running back Marshawn Lynch was kept on the questionable list until moments before kickoff Sunday.

I know this is more of a nuisance for fantasy owners than anybody else, as I was forced to start Robert Turbin in one of my leagues thinking Lynch would not go.

Oh well, such is fantasy football.

But back to the real game. Lynch ended up being solid in week one, not great, not bad. My question still is why didn’t he get a chance to win the game for us in the 4th though?

Marshawn Lynch Flex Moments in time...The Seattle Seahawks week that was

Why wasn’t Marshawn Lych given the ball when the game was on the line?

8: Final cuts

In a surprise move last Friday, Pete Carroll opted to go with Ben Obomanu, leaving no place on the roster for Deion Butler.

Butler had the better final preseason game, which one would think was the deciding factor in the cuts, but I guess Pete saw something he liked more out of Obomanu.

7: 3 rookie starters for week one

With the above mentioned Russell Wilson starting at QB, the Seahawks also started MLB Bobby Wagner, and RG J.R. Sweezy.

And it showed at times on Sunday too.

6: Trickery

Though it wasn’t planned in any way, shape, or form, the catch by Sidney Rice during the opening drive was amazing to say the least.

Wilson was trying for Lynch on a short slant play, over shot him, the ball went off of his hand, but a diving Rice was there to catch it and be the hero.

Now only if he could’ve caught one in the endzone at the end of the game he truly would be a hero.

5: Carptenter on his way back

James Carpenter finally made it onto the practice field last Monday. A sign that he will be hopefully joining the Hawks on game day real soon.

He did miss Sunday’s game though.

4: TE cut

TE Kellen Winslow had a good stay in Seattle, but it was just a little on the short side.

The Hawks cut him shortly after the 53 man cuts were finalized, claiming his contract was too high for their liking.

This leaves concussion machine, and hunting enthusiast, Zach Miller as the go to guy for the Hawks at the TE position this year.

I still don’t see the logic in this move.

Russell Wilson vs. Cardinals Moments in time...The Seattle Seahawks week that was

Russell Wilson showed his mobility Sunday, but just couldn’t get the win

3: Now introducing your 2012 practice squad captains

Okay, I know there’s no such thing as practice squad captains, but if there were, these two guys would be them.

Josh Portis and Ricardo Lockette.

Both were released last Friday, but managed to get to keep their apartments in Seattle as they were added to the practice squad.

2: For the birds

The battle of the NFC West birds went to the Arizona Cardinals this time around.

Just like last time around too.

Hopefully we can get this fixed before we face a real opponent in the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday.

1: Suspect play calling

When given the opportunity to score late in the game to win the game, Pete Carroll has always been a magician. Even if the plays have been a little on the dirty side (think back to Reggie Bush being pushed into the endzone).

With 8 plays, and 4 time outs to get it done in the red zone with under two minutes to go, you would think we would be celebrating right now.

But out of those 8 plays, only one time did Carroll call for a play to Marshawn Lynch.

Get the ball to your best player when the game is on the line.

This goes for every sport, not just football.

Kevin Kolb did that when he entered the game. He found Larry Fitzgerald. He found Early Doucet. He found the endzone.

Horrible play calling when the game was on the line.

Pete Carroll is supposed to be better than this. That is why he is here, and Jim Mora is in Los Angeles right now.

Next up for the Hawks is a tough Dallas Cowboy team, coming off a win against the New York Giants.

Stay proud 12th man, it’s only one game.


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