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!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Washington 20, Seattle 17 (OT)

Well, if last week was super sweet, this week was super horrible.

A week to wonder why you are a Seahawks fan.

Before you read this, read this piece by Steve Kelley because, shocker, I actually agree with him. Holmgren suddenly turned conservative with 45 seconds left. Instead of taking a chance and picking up 5-10 extra yards, he ran Alexander 2 times up the middle, leaving Josh Brown with the exact same field goal try that he had ALREADY MISSED in the game.

Well, let's tear apart this crapfest. Read on if you must. I wouldn't.

Matt Hasselbeck - 26/38, 242 yds, 1 TD
Well, whenever Hasselbeck was on the field he was just fine, especially in the 2nd half. Unfortunately he was never on the field, and the Redskins predictably controlled the game and the scoreboard. I did also see that Hasselbeck still doesn't look accurate throwing the deep ball, missing Jackson long on several occasions, but the crossing routes have never looked as sweet. I don't have anything else to say, because he really wasn't a huge factor in this game.
Grade: B

Running Back:
Shaun Alexander - 20 att, 98 yds, 1 TD
If we would have won this game, it would have been because of Shaun. For the third game in a row. Call me just about convinced. Shaun was being swarmed early in this game, gaining nothing. However, he took over the 2nd half, helping the Seahawks score 2 touchdowns. He was running well straight up the gut again, doing stuff that I have never seen him do during his time here. Shoot, maybe we should just give him 1 year contracts every year, because if this is the result, I'm more then satisfied.
Grade: A-

Wide Receivers:
Engram - 9 rec, 106 yds; DJack - 7 rec, 55 yds; Stevens - 3 rec, 31 yds, 1 drop
Another excellent job by this bunch. The slippery fingers seem to be a problem of the past, as all the receivers are getting open and making some tough catches. Even Stevens, who had a key drop, also had a key 3rd down conversion where he caught the ball with 4 Redskins surrounding him. Again, though, the offense wasn't out there that much, so I don't have much to say.
Grade: B+

Offensive Line:
Um..... ok? They only allowed 1 sack, even with Washington blitzing like there was no tomorrow. They picked up their game in the 2nd half, allowing Alexander to find some holes and Hasselbeck to lead the Hawks downfield. They have nothing to be ashamed about. I didn't even see Chris Gray get a holding call on him, though I might have missed it. Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson were their usual dominating selves.
Grade: B+

I'm doing the defense all at once because I can't separate the three sections with this kind of effort. You want it down to a sentence? They couldn't stop a feather on 3rd down. Look at this list from Sports & B's. I'll only show the 3rd and long failures.

3-9-WAS30 (14:12) (Shotgun) M.Brunell pass to J.Thrash to WAS 44 for 14 yards (A.Dyson)
3-13-WAS17 (5:11) (Shotgun) M.Brunell pass to J.Thrash to WAS 33 for 16 yards (M.Boulware)3-13-WAS30 (3:39) (Shotgun) M.Brunell pass to S.Moss to WAS 45 for 15 yards (A.Dyson)

3-10-SEA23 (5:39) (Shotgun) M.Brunell pass to R.Royal to SEA 13 for 10 yards (B.Fisher, K.Bentley)
3-7-SEA10 (4:33) M.Brunell pass to S.Moss to SEA 2 for 8 yards (A.Dyson)

3-10-SEA33 (7:31) (Shotgun) M.Brunell pass incomplete to D.Patten. PENALTY on SEA-M.Boulware, Defensive Pass Interference, 29 yards, enforced at SEA 33 - No Play.
3-9-WAS30 (3:23) (Shotgun) M.Brunell pass to C.Portis to WAS 42 for 12 yards (D.Lewis)

3-10-WAS23 (14:12) (Shotgun) M.Brunell pass to S.Moss to WAS 36 for 13 yards (M.Trufant)3-9-WAS37 (12:47) (Shotgun) M.Brunell up the middle to SEA 45 for 18 yards (K.Hamlin)
3-10-SEA45 (11:15) (Shotgun) M.Brunell pass to S.Moss to SEA 15 for 30 yards (K.Herndon)

That's terrible. Especially the overtime drive, which should have been over no less then 3 times. What happened on those plays? In my opinion..... bad blitz schemes.

I love the blitz, but when your blitzes are continually being picked up without any pressure being put on the quarterback, you are doing your secondary a HUGE disservice. Brunell was just sitting back there and being able to wing it accurately to several targets, including Santana Moss. This defense looked terrific on 1st down and 2nd down, but there were obvious huge breakdowns on 3rd down continuously during this game. Just pathetic to watch.
Grade: D

Special Teams:
Leo Araguz looked alright, but the obvious story is Josh Brown, he who now claims that the last second miss was the best ball he had ever struck. Um, Josh? Your best ball didn't go through the uprights. That's a problem. Believe me, I am plenty mad at Holmgren for turning conservative, like he is wont to do. But, wow, make the fricking field goal and we win, Josh.
Grade: F--

This game makes me ill to think about. Here, though are my conclusions.

The Good:
-- Great job by Alexander getting involved
-- Good management by Hasselbeck
-- Really, good job on offense overall against a VERY good defense. This bodes well for the future, because if they can look that good against Washington, they can look good against anyone.

The Bad:
-- Horrible blitz schemes
-- Some bad tacking
-- 3rd down. 3rd down.
-- Consistency in the kicking game

Out of the bad list, I see obvious improvement that can be had in the kicking game and in tackling. I expect that because I like Josh Brown and I feel that our tackling has been better in the previous three games up to this point. However, the blitz schemes are up to Ray Rhodes, who has yet to prove that he is a defensive genius as many have stated.

Next week will be huge. At St. Louis. Coming off this loss. Playing for 1st place in the NFC West. Another house of horrors. Can we do it? Stay tuned.

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