Crushed Optimists

We are twin brothers who grew up in Central Washington. This blog is devoted to the life of Seattle sports fans, as well as various other topics that we will espouse for your enjoyment. We could be called another OFFICIAL SEATTLE SEAHAWKS site, but we'll take our uneducated crack at the Mariners, Sonics, and Huskies as well. A Seattle Sports Blog? Must be the land... of crushed optimism!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Seahawks 1st Half Thoughts

Many of the starters played the first half of tonight's game against Kansas City. Not a very impressive half, with some plusses and minuses.

Plusses:

- Marcus Tubbs... the man was a beast on the inside. He looks like a huge impact player. If so, our defense is going to be tough to deal with.
- Darrell Jackson... he looks like a number one receiver, especially going up against Patrick Surtain, an impressive corner. His routes were crisp and he held on to the damn ball.
- Secondary... after getting creamed in the first drive, they responded with Andre Dyson's interception of Trent Green on the second drive and then were never threatened by Jonathan Quinn, Medicine Woman. Side note: KC fans need to be pray over the health of Trent Green, because they are toast if he goes down.
- DJ Hackett... spectacular diving reception on a third down, looks like a keeper.
- 3rd Down Percentages... we played the West Coast offense well on third down, and on the flip side our defense didn't give up a conversion, unlike last year.

Minuses:

- Linebackers... Lofa Tatupu, Jaime Sharper, and Tracy White were, to put it mildly, abysmal. All missed holes, all missed tackles, all didn't make plays, enough to let Larry Johnson run for 170 first half yards. I'm hoping Lofa is a lot better than that, and Tracy White wasn't great anywhere (gave up TD to Tony Gonzalez too).
- KC first drive... surgical precision. We looked lost.
- Hasselbeck... while the stats look good, Hasselbeck misfired on several balls that could have led to additional points.
- Running Game... 9 carries, 7 yards. Do I need to explain more? Shaun had nowhere to go. Also, missed yet ANOTHER third and one. Please, can we actually pick those up this year?
- Walter Jones... got pushed around all half, major culprit in the running game.
- Penalties... too many again for a Mike Holmgren coached team.

posted by Gavin @ 7:09 PM  3 comments

3 Comments:

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Tash said...

You have a great article about the AFC east. One point I think you missed though was that Ty Law hardly played last season and whoever was replacing him always(with the MNF game Vs the Chiefs being an exception) seem to do a good enough job of shutting down the opposing receivers. Ty Law will probably go to the Jets and have a pro bowl season sort of like Drew Bledsoe. But it won’t hurt the Patriots because they adjust so well to whatever situation that comes up. That’s how they win

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Tash said...

Great site!

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger Gavin said...

I think one of the reasons that whoever could step in for the Pats last year did well (Troy Brown, Earthwind Moreland) was due to the quality of the linebacking corps and the coaching of Romeo Crennel. They will probably be able to plug someone in, but I think there has to be some question regarding the position.

 

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