Instant reaction: Seahawks defeat Denver, Russell Wilson

September 12th, 2022 | Written by Rob Staton

Earlier today, I read an article discussing the size of Mike McDaniels, well, ‘man bits’.

Then, as it happens, I read a second article. This one had a very similar theme discussing the very same part of Brian Daboll’s anatomy.

In both cases the coaches were praised for an aggressive fourth down call — inspiring big wins and creating buy-in with their new teams.

I think what we’ve just witnessed is the reverse of that.

Nathaniel Hackett had plenty of time, three timeouts and needed five yards. Instead of trusting the quarterback his team had just paid a kings ransom for (picks and salary) — he decided it was better to trust his kicker to tie the NFL record for a field goal with an improbable 64-yard attempt.

It’s frankly one of the strangest and most baffling decisions I think I’ve ever written about. What on earth was he thinking?

The Seahawks start 1-0 as a consequence and have a lot to feel good about. The team played with its hair on fire. They made up for a lack of talent in key areas with a fearsome tenacity.

Whether it was Al Woods holding the interior, Uchenna Nwosu stepping up to the plate, Quandre Diggs making a crucial tackle on the one-yard line or Michael Jackson hitting and recovering fumbles with joyous abandon — the defense came ready for action.

They were brilliant in the red zone, denying the Broncos four times.

It’ll barely be remembered that the Seahawks didn’t score a point in the second half. Or that their win was heavily inspired by those two Denver fumbles on the goal line or the gobsmacking decision of Hackett. Or that Denver gifted Seattle 106 penalty yards.

Geno Smith did just enough. The defense set a tone. Pete Carroll got the win he almost certainly craved as much as any over the last few years.

I’m not sure this will be a repeatable formula. Especially with the offense grinding to a halt in the second half, the running game failing to spark and the generous Broncos feeling especially charitable.

But the new era starts with a win. And frankly, as much as the 2023 draft is integral to the future of this team, I’ll be hoping for another next week.

And I did predict the Seahawks would win this one…

256 Responses to “Instant reaction: Seahawks defeat Denver, Russell Wilson”

  1. Matt says:

    Couldn’t have gone better. Denver looks like a middling team with no discipline and poor coaching. Seattle is gonna win 4-6 games. Prime opportunity to get 4 high picks next year.

    • Malc from PO says:

      Spot on. Seahawks and Broncos could end up with very similar records, in the 6 win range. Sweet draftin’

  2. Big Mike says:

    You did indeed predict it. Congrats!
    And yes, a win over the 9ers is always a good thing.

  3. Nicholas Marinovich says:

    We could lose every remaining game for the rest of the year, but this win just feels damn good. Russ gave us a SB win and was great, no hate on him whatsoever. But I have to admit it was good to see him look like he swallowed a turd at the end of this game.

  4. STTBM says:

    I am absurdly pleased, yet horrified. Hackett coached worse than Carrol. Who’d a thunkitt?!

    But this is not sustainable.

    Geno cannot pass from the pocket if there is pressure: when he needs to step up, he leans back into a sack.

    And the D really doesn’t know how to play the run from a 3-4.

    And Carrol is still well past his prime. Can’t wait till he’s fired

    But damn, it was fun to see them pull out a win vs. Russ!

  5. KD says:

    All the Seahawks have to do is finish the year 1-16 and the Broncos go 0-17. It’s all coming together now! Trust the plan, it’s already working.

    Kidding aside, how wild would it be if the Denver selection ends up being a higher pick than the Hawks natural selection?

  6. Dave1401 says:

    That is Ferrari level incompetence on the part of the Broncos, oh my word.

    I know we bash this guy a lot, but Cody Barton was fun to watch tonight. He was hitting hard, making good form tackles, made a great play on the screen when he got injured.

    Also Josh Jones > Jamal

  7. STTBM says:

    Rob, good call on the win. I didn’t see this ridiculous game coming….

    Man, that was the most fun 17 points scored close win since Knox was coach…

  8. Peter says:

    Excellent call Rob.

    Very inspired play design/scripting to start the game.

    Blythe better than I hoped for.

    Will be very interesting how the next game goes knowing how much effort went into this one.

    Thought the defense had some moments. But when teams can break the bend….this defense is still a big work in progress.

    • Marcus says:

      Agreed. The defense was a mixed bag. A mix of solid and sometimes soft coverage with inconsistent pressure. Glad to see Nwosu have an impact in his first game. Disappointed that Taylor laid an egg. Never noticed number 53 (not sure if that’s good or bad).

  9. Trevor says:

    Great call on this one Rob and if played out almost as you predicted. Fired up team played one that looked a little lost and unprepared at times frankly.

    I was with you on the call and had a nice little Hawks underdog ML payday so all in all a fun night.

    Highlight for me was the play of the OL as well. Cross had a couple of struggles but all and all they looked solid against what I think will be a decent pass rush group in Denver. Thought Lucas and Bylthe were particularly good at first glance.

    That was a very young Hawks team out there tonight and it showed. There will be lots of growing pains that’s for sure but I for one am glad to see the young guys playing.

  10. bk matty says:

    Great Win! Now go and get 3 more this year and lose the other 14 competitively and ill be ecstatic.

    As for the RW return. Man, it tells you he is not well liked in the clubhouse. There was no pre game celebration or even basic acknowledgement of his success in Seattle and he was booed from the minute he walked out in pregame warm ups till the end. I have to say, that was not too classy for the results he gave Seattle. I would have expected a nice video montage to begin the warmups and a standing O. Then you boo all you want. The fact that he got nothing shows he left on bad terms.

    PC and he didnt even speak pregame.

    • God of Thunder says:

      I saw the obligatory hug in a scrum of reporters after the game (between Carroll and Wilson). Couldn’t really tell if it was perfunctory or hearty. Wilson seemed happy for Geno Smith.

  11. SoCal12 says:

    Happy with a win, but I’m most happy about how the young guys and rookies looked.

    Abe Lucas, Charles Cross, Tariq Woolen, Mike Jackson and everyone who contributed.

    It wasnt perfect, but they showed that there’s at least a core we can build around and that’s all I want from this season.

    • bk matty says:

      Cross was amazing. If Geno stepped up in the pocket netheir of his 2 bad plays happen. Lucas had a average rookie hold but looked beast all night. Who si Mike Jackson?!?! Wollen got crushed but a nice rookie learning moment. Im happy he got taken to the cleaners, CBs need that early. Grow from it! WHere was Moya?

      • bk matty says:

        Mafe that is? was he injured?

        Also, how bout JA, done. Hes cooked. Please just move on immediately…

      • Rob Staton says:

        I wouldn’t say ‘amazing’

        Cross did fine all considered (first start etc) — but he also gave up a couple of sacks (Geno could’ve helped him out but still…)

        Amazing would’ve been an unlikely shut-out

        • AlaskaHawk says:

          Cross spent a lot of time holding his opponent as he pushed past him. He needs to punch and push that guy away, make him work for a path. Push him farther up field so Geno has room to step up.

        • Blitzy the Clown says:

          Fine is a good descriptor.

          What I saw from Cross is fundamental lack of strength – he can’t keep a bigger, stronger rusher off of him – and a lack of conditioning; he looked pretty gassed in the 4th, when Chubb really started to get the better of him.

          Fortunately, both of these are correctable.

          But overall, no penalties, decent protection (could’ve been better with some chemistry with Geno) and decent run blocking.

          A solid start for Cross.

    • Seattle Person says:

      I thought Woolen looked really good. The first PI was weird to me. I don’t really blame that on Woolen. The coverage was great though. He pushed his man towards the sideline and the ball was under thrown The WR drew the flag. It happens. You take that type of coverage every time. The next time Sutton tried to do that, Woolen turned his head around and gave Sutton no chance to draw the flag.

      The 2nd PI was a dumb mistake. He should’ve held the WR. He panicked. Overall, l loved his game! He had a total Kam play. He put a WR on his ass and made a tackle. Showed a lot for a raw/new CB. Really exciting.

      • MarkSouza says:

        I’m with you, Seattle. That first PI was not PI. Woolen was stride for stride with Sutton, practically inside his jersey, but he didn’t grab or hold, he just didn’t give the reciever any room – which is not a penalty, just almost perfect deefense. The reciever was frustrated and pitched a fit and got his flag despite the fact that there was no foul or reason for a penalty.

  12. Russ says:

    As Robbie said, it’s a good season if we win 3 games: Broncos and 9ers twice.

    1 down, 2 to go.

  13. Trevor says:

    Imagine being a Broncos fan right now. Going to be a long week for that team and it’s rookie coach.

    • Roy Batty says:

      Hackett is being eviscerated, right now, on all sites Denver related.

      In lieu of Russ being picked puff on the last play of the game, you couldn’t script a better ending for a Seahawk fan. Russ’s new head coach took the ball away from him.

      In the fourth quarter.

      On the final drive.

      In the final minute.

      In his revenge game.


      • Matthew says:

        It’s perfection really. I still can’t believe it. It starts the relationship off on such a bad foot, and I’m so pleased with it. If Wilson came up short I that moment, so what, it’s Week 1, it’s the opposing teams biggest game…but this? Man…it will linger…

        • Matt says:

          You’re actively rooting for RW to fail? I will never understand this mentality.

          • Hawkdawg says:

            This season, yes. Because that would have a direct, positive effect on the Hawks.

            • Matt says:

              Seems to me you should be rooting for the Broncos to lose; rather than RW to fail.

              I’m actually amazed how jaded some of you are. It’s incredible. It’s like a personal sleight y’all have. Can’t say it’s healthy, but you guys do you, I guess.

              • MountainHawker says:

                Why’s should we care what Wilson does? He’s not a Seahawk anymore. Broncos/him failing benefits us. Therefore…root for him to fail. We don’t owe him anything

              • God of Thunder says:

                “It is not enough that I succeed, others must also fail.”

                I think this is from the GREAT Clive James. If it isn’t it should be.

              • Trevor says:

                If you are a Wilson fan you cheer for him and hope the Broncos win.

                If you are a Hawks fan you hope he sucks and the Broncos don’t win a game because their 1st and 2nd round picks are ours. The worse they do the better it is for us.

                How is that in any ways jaded? After this year frankly I could care less how Russ plays except if it is against the Hawks.

                Liked him as a Hawks and respect him as a player but he is gone and I am a Hawks fan not a Wilson fan. Felt the same when Sherm and others left.

          • Chris says:

            I’m actively rooting for the Broncos to fail this year to improve the draft picks, and so by extension rooting for Wilson to fail. (If he has games like last night with a ton of yards, and the team still loses, more power to him)

            After that, best of luck to him as long as he’s not playing the Seahawks.

      • JimQ says:

        I think Hackett chose his kicker to sink or swim on the last play of the game – because he didn’t want Russ to try to win it all and FAIL –and thus be blamed for the loss–. Some pretty twisted logic there. No faith at all in a supposed highly paid “franchise QB” is a very poor look for a new NFL coach. I don’t think RW was very happy about not being allowed to finish and potentially win (in his mind at least) the game at the end. The Broncos season will be interesting if the coach and RW don’t agree on stuff like this, maybe there will be some trouble in paradise and likely some “buyer’s remorse”?

    • Denver Hawker says:

      They’ve spent the entire offseason having a laugh at Hawks fans for sounding like bitter exes.

      I think tonight was sobering for Denver. Russ looked exactly the same in my eyes as he has the last couple seasons. Hackett has not changed him. It wasn’t talked about, but I saw a couple perfectly executed audibles- he reads the defense really well, but still takes too long to run the play and throw the ball. Takes the offense out of rhythm. Watching Geno deliver on time and get the ball out quickly was refreshing. They will no doubt point to Hackett’s horrid game management providing a shield to Russ’ criticism, but the savvy analysts in Denver will definitely have some doubts about the trade and contract they just gave out now.

      • Roy Batty says:

        Wasn’t it refreshing to see Geno get to the line, on almost every play, with 12 seconds or more left?

        Russ was Russ. 4-5 seconds left by the time he starts his cadence.

        • Tyler says:

          So refreshing! That was, for me, one of the most frustrating parts about watching the Seahawks for the last ten or so years. I always used to blame the coaches, but maybe this was largely on Russ (?).

  14. Todd M says:

    That was the most chicken shit play call I’ve ever seen. There were other horrible playcalls on that last drive. Denver has no faith in RW; they took a 64 yard field goal when RW was averaging 8 yards per attempt and only needed 5. Wow.

  15. Hoggs41 says:

    For me the best thing here was the Broncos getting the loss. We know we wont win many games this year but want the Broncos to lose as many as possible.

    Side note: shocker Adams was hurt again. Adams and Diggs need to use the juggs machine.

  16. sgtPeppy says:

    Happy with the win! But I’ll be damned if the 49ers don’t run from 250 yards next week 🤣. Go hawks!

  17. Pran says:

    It felt like their running and screen game is enough to win the game. Rookie coach blew the game trying to accommodate Russ’s cooking and stupid time management.

  18. Denver Hawker says:

    Week 1 NFL right there- mostly garbage performances across the league, but great to see inspired football by Seattle.

    Denver outgained the Hawks 433 to 253 yards, controlled time of possession, and looked like a clear better team. I can’t say the decision making will improve, but they have a long flight home, and I’m sure Denver will clean this up as the season goes on. They have good players- Surtain kept a tight lock on DK, Chubb took a little time to find his feet and wore down the O-line, Hackett will eventually pull Gordon and let Williams be the bell cow. It was nice to see Jeudy show his potential as well. I’m sure Russ is happy to have this game over with and get on with the season. Denver media will roast Hackett tomorrow more than anyone.

    • Peter says:

      Having lived in the area I can already hear the radio talking heads fuming tomorrow.

    • Simon McInnes says:

      Whilst I agree with your point in general, on the yardage difference, when Denver give up so much yardage in defensive penalties, that has to be factored in (some 70ish yards not there for us to gain).
      But whilst I was very pleasantly surprised by Geno in the first half, the second half line of 6/10 for 31 yards is fairly disastrous for a close game – the defence take all the credit for saving the game

  19. Frontrower says:

    Geno won me over with that big scramble for a first down.
    Crowd was awesome and the Geno chants were awesome too

  20. STTBM says:

    How about Woolen, Michael Jackson, Cody Barton, Josh Jacobs…those guys did great.

    Jamal Adams got hurt, and no one but Pete Carrol cares.

    I almost feel sorry for Adams. Then I remember his coffee cup…

  21. KennyBadger says:

    Great prediction on a wonky game Rob. This was a fun game for Seahawks fans and I give Geno credit for a nice first half. Week 1 in the NFL certainly was bizarre.

  22. SEAhemoth82 says:

    Let’s give credit where credit is due and that is to Austin Blythe. He was making the line calls and protections. He was where he needed to be throughout the game. Max Unger is one of my favorite Seahawks of all time and this was the closest player to that standard. He was the Man in the Arena tonight.

  23. 12th chuck says:

    I didnt like how the game ended. I am glad seahawks got a win, but not until the last 30 seconds of the game. That falls right into Pete Carrols mentality. no way the way this game played out is sustainable for a good season. Nice to see the rookies had a nice game all around

  24. CWagner says:

    I was excited to see some of these rookies step it up. They’re a bit raw obviously but I love the hunger. Charles’s Cross held up real impressively until he started losing steam near the end. I really hope Walker can get better soon because Penny was meh.

    • Seattle Person says:

      Penny looked pretty good. He didn’t have that many chances. He also had a long run called back. The speed and explosive runs are still there.

      • MarkSouza says:

        I didn’t like what I saw from Penny. It looks like he regressed. I think Adrian Peterson’s influence on Pennyy was to impress on him not to dance and jive behind the line, but instead to pick his hole or crack, be decisive, hit it hard, then juke to make people miss once he’s beyond the line. He looks like he’s back to his indecisive, dancing behinf the line old self.

  25. HOUSE says:

    Prognosis on Adams could be bad. Looks like a quad injury. He’s gotta be gone after this season right?

    • Tim says:

      Quad Injury: Quite likely a torn quadriceps muscle.

      Severe Strain: Four to 8 Weeks Injury per the internet — though through very recent personal experience I warn that it’s possible to reinjure if you’re feeling good and take things too fast.

      E.g. Recently I just turned a quad strain from a 1 week injury to a 3 week injury — just out running with the dog. Sigh.

      • Tim says:

        Oh.. just saw the comment about ligaments. I take back what I said.

        • HOUSE says:

          I’ve had a similar injury before as well and came back too fast. Not too sure what structural to his knee is damaged.

          I swear Jamal Adams is liking stubbing your stubbed toe over and over. I wish the dude well, but he can’t be on this team after this season.

        • Simon McInnes says:

          How big is your dog ?!!?

    • Ashish says:

      Atleast someone will get sense and cut the losses. Other players will get chance to show their skills.

  26. 12th chuck says:

    looks like adams injury is at least 8-10 weeks

  27. Forrest says:

    We’re catching the 49ers now off a loss to Chicago, with a banged up Kittle and Kinlaw, without their starting RB and with a QB controversy brewing. I’ll take it. After that, we get the Falcons flying out here across the country and the Lions. We could be 3-1 after the next three. Neither the Saints nor the Cardinals looked amazing this week and they follow in games 5 and 6. Are we making the playoffs, no. But, it might remain interesting for a few weeks. That’s all I could have asked for this year.

  28. Rg858 says:

    Can we officially say the Jamal Adams trade was the worst trade in Seahawks history and what a waste of money and picks for a player that has brick hands is not very good

    • Big Mike says:

      I’ve been saying that for a year and a half now. I’d also call top 5 worst in NFL history.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      It wasn’t just the trade. It was signing to him to a long term contract after the trade that made it a One, Two Knockout punches to the Seahawks defensive gut.

  29. Mike says:

    Jamal Adams the gift that keeps on giving.

  30. Marcus says:

    Is it just me, or is Aikman a much more enjoyable listen (i.e. tolerable) when Wilson is on the other sideline?

  31. Glor says:

    Not repeatable, but damn fun! It was hilarious hearing the crowd chanting geno geno. Too many injuries, Adam’s probably out yet again. But we can track the rest of the season and I’ll still be happy

  32. Justaguy says:

    It all started with a concussion from a Russ pass that bonked him in the noggin. Get well never Adams

  33. Seahawk_Dan says:

    Adams gonna be out majority of the season. What a waste of a roster spot and picks.

  34. samprassultanofswat says:

    Seahawks win! Seahawks win! The Seahawks!

    I take back EVERYTHING I said about Geno Smith.

    This has to be GREAT satisfaction to the Players that can from Denver in the Russell Wilson trade. Noah Fant, Shelby Harris, and Drew Locke.

  35. Romeo A57 says:

    Rob, good call on predicting a Seahawks win. With Seattle’s Offence, Defense and Special Teams all looking like trash in the preseason, I didn’t see this victory coming.

    I don’t’ think that they can count on getting outgained by 180 yards and receiving multiple goal line turnovers every week and expect to win many games.

  36. samprassultanofswat says:

    Can’t believe that Hackett went for a 64 yard field to win the game.

    Come the 2023 NFL draft each Bronco lose helps to create better draft position in the first 2nd rounds. So their is an added bonus for the Broncos to lose.

  37. samprassultanofswat says:

    The Bronco have games against the LA Rams, San Francisco, Arizona, Titans, Ravens, plus two against the Chargers, Raiders and Chiefs. Have fun Russell.

    • Mick says:

      I hope they win them all, this was their only game that really mattered to me.

    • GoHawksDani says:

      They’ll lose against KC for sure both times. I think they’ll likely lose against LAC too. Raiders not sure. Maybe 1-1 maybe win both. Let’s say against their div they’ll win 2 and lose 4.
      Between Rams, SF, Cards I think they’ll win 1 and lose 2.. Not sure about Titans, Ravens. Maybe 1-1.
      Against Colts, Jags, Jets, Panthers, Texans, I think they’ll win 4 and maybe lose 1.
      So they might finish 8-9. That’s probably between #10-16
      Maybe they’ll do worse or better. I gave them a bit of a “maybe this was just week 1 struggles”. If they’ll play like this or some injuries hit, they can easily finish 5-12 and with a top5 pick even. But I doubt it.
      Maybe they’ll get themselves together and finish 10-7 and end up with #15-21 pick. But I doubt it. My guess is, we’ll get an early teens pick from them, or if we’re lucky even a better one

  38. samprassultanofswat says:

    Teams that didn’t play their starters in the preseason struggled especially on offense.

    Aaron Rodgers seven points. Really. Sean McVay and his LA rams only scored 10 points. They were not the only teams that held back their starters. As Vince Lombardi would say “What the hell is going on out their.”

    I know it is only one game. But I don’t care. We beat Russell Wilson and his Denver Broncos.

  39. Rob Staton says:

    If you’re thinking of slagging Russell Wilson off after this game, don’t bloody bother

    • Mick says:

      I think that’s class from him. I get why they booed but I wouldn’t have.

      • Peter says:

        I don’t get why they booed.

        Griffey, big Walt, tez, largent, Payton, Kemp, ichiro, king felix, not a one of them brought me as much joy as winning the superbowl.

        Maybe it was the LOB. Maybe it was Lynch. Maybe it was all of them together.

        Maybe #3 is done and dusted. Maybe Seattle got out just in time. Maybe Pete had the game of his life.

        Booing a guy who did more for Seattle the city and Seattle the sports city than any of the others is completely touched in the brain.

        • Marcus says:

          It’s sports. Also, it wasn’t about what he did yesteryear, it was about what he was doing in the here & now. Wilson was there to make the Hawks lose. Boo away if that’s what feels right.

        • Starhawk29 says:

          As someone who was there, I saw it differently. We are the 12th man on the field, and Russ is the ultimate competitor. We fans left it all out on the field, made him feel uncomfortable, and Russ had to battle the noise and jeering all game. While I’m sure Russ would rather we all be quiet and bow to him when he’s on the field, I’m sure he expected nothing less. Now that it’s over, I’ll go back to rooting for him, but for last night he was the enemy.

          • Mick says:

            This is why I said I understand the fans who did it. I’m sure Russ won’t admit it but I’m also sure it got to him a lot. So much time in Seattle and to be “welcomed” like that.

        • samprassultanofswat says:

          Russell Wilson is still a class act. But Wilson is wearing the uniform of our opponent. Why would you want to cheer for your opponent?

        • Joshua Smith says:

          Kemp was booed heavily… I didnt join in but it’s not the first time a beloved athlete was booed in their “return” game

      • Glor says:

        I saw some signs essentially saying he was the next A-Rod, so I get it. I didn’t boo and thought it was weird, but I get why people are pissed. He forced his way out, he wasn’t driven out.

      • mtpgod says:

        I get why they booed, after this year I’ll start rooting for Russ again and wish him the best. Whether or not anyone agrees with the boos, everyone has to admit that the energy during that game was epic, I was not looking forward to the game all week, but it was so electric inside the stadium that it immediately got me super hyped watching the game. It’ll be a game that won’t soon be forgotten, great scheduling by the NFL too.

    • drrew76 says:

      He’s legitimately one of the best guys to ever play professional sports in this town, and I don’t mean on the field.

      I realize the personality isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, even teammates, but he repeatedly went out of his way, without cameras, without social media posts, without press releases, to bring a little joy to children suffering from any number of horrible illnesses.

      That’s a special person, and this area is much better off with having Russ be one of it’s residents over the past decade.

    • Denver Hawker says:

      This right here looks like a rare artifact of a truly authentic Russ. No PR mode for the brand, no locker room bro talk for the boyz, just showing who he is as a deeply caring person. Shame this side isn’t valued as much.

      • Jabroni-DC says:

        Russ is an incredible human being.

        For the the long suffering Hawks fans he was the promised QB messiah. No doubt about it & well worth the wait.

    • Trevor says:

      Russ’s weekly visits to the Childerns hospital and the consistency with which he did it over years and years with little press or public fanfare is one of the kindest, most compsssionate things I have seen anyone do much less a pro athlete. I can only imagine the lives that he has touched in a positive way by doing so. For that he will always have my respect and admiration.

      Not going to lie the PR stuff, social media and corny crap got on my nerves the last couple of years but underneath it all there is clearly a decent and caring human being. As a Hawks fan I will always be grateful for the dedication, consistency, toughness and passion he brought not only to the games but the practice field day after day, week after week. He was truly a guy who never took a day off and that is incredibly rare in todays society.

      • Hawkcrazy says:

        Well said Trevor. I agree with everything you said. I would have cheered Russ when he was going onto the field then booed and made as much noise as I could when he played. I will cheer him when he gets in the ring of honor and hall of fame. Have huge respect for Russ as a person and he is an incredible athelete.

      • Hebegbs says:

        Agreed Trevor. Very well stated! I feel the same about Russ

    • GoHawksDani says:

      It’s a disgrace they booed him. I though I’ll feel ashamed because of Geno, or the team. But nope, fans were the worst part of the night.

      Russ is cringe af. And he’s not that special anymore as a QB (still great and top10 QB, but not in the conversation for top3-5 for me). BUT, he’s a good person in his core (not his OTT religiousness, that’s not my cup of tea). He always helped the community, and was a decent human being in SEA. He delivered the SB and many wins. It’s a shame they booed. Yell, be loud, try to distract him, but respect him for what he is and was to this city.

  40. Palatypus says:

    On October 25, 1998, Jason Elam kicked a 63-yard field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars, tying Tom Dempsey’s 28-year-old record for the longest field goal in NFL history – at sea level. During a pre-season game in 2005, Elam kicked a 70-yarder against the Giants, again at sea level. They attempted that one for two reasons. First, the game (and the record) did not count. Two, in the warm summer air a kicker with 65-yard range will often make 70-yard field goals while practicing in Denver’s mile-high air.

    This is an illusion and it is heavily detailed in the book by Timothy Gay PhD “The Physics of Football.”

  41. Jordan says:

    Russ needed to pack an “in case we lose outfit” .

    This should free Pete to go to his bread and butter in the draft next year in the first round : off ball lber and rb. A Sewell/Bijan Robibson combo.

  42. KSB says:

    As mentioned. If we only win a few gamed this year. I’m glad this was one of them.

    Who really expected Adam to stay healthy all season. LoL

    Like what I saw from some of our draft picks out there.

    Glad to see the Hawks come out right away and play a good 1st half.

  43. AlaskaHawk says:

    Great game. Would love to see Geno Smith go 13 for 13 in every game this season. The defense is😀 off to a great start. Love woolen.

  44. Jabroni-DC says:

    Action Green for the win! Let’s Ride!

    Couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. The drama is over & we won’t see Russ again for 4 years. Denver will have to deal with the ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda’ losers lament. Maybe their coach thought they were playing at mile high & a 64 yard kick was no biggie. This win might end up being the highlight of the season.

    The 49ers without Kittle are like the Seahawks without Lynch. He’s the heartbeat of that offense. Funny that we have our 2 most hated division rivals, both current & historical, in back to back weeks.

    • Malc from PO says:

      I would like to weigh in with a hot take that Russ won’t be the Broncos starting QB in 4 years anyway.

  45. steele says:

    Week one is always full of wild upsets, nonsensical games and madness not generally indicative of the rest of the season. This win, however, was something else. Familiarity made this one a one-off with high energy on both sides.

    I had a feeling that this result was possible, but the Seahawks played with ferocity and far exceeded my low expectations. If they keep playing like this, they are not going to be a bottom three team. Geno played far better than I expected. The defense was frankly magnificent. Those goal line stands,to be remembered.

    On the other side, the Broncos and Russ underperformed, a combination of nerves, playing in the worst possible place for this game, and frankly not a great team, albeit with some great components. Russ’ weaknesses were all exposed. This had to be Pete’s happiest moment in years.

    The 64 yd FG attempt will go down in history as one of the stupidest coaching decisions in history. Although the way things were going, Seahawks might have forced a turnover anyway, it was that kind of night.

    Enjoy this one, everyone!

  46. Olyhawksfan says:

    I just cannot believe the football hit Jamal Adams in the face AGAIN.

    • Marcus says:

      He has a nose for the ball.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Ball in the face
      Talked trash to an opponent (after they made a big play)
      Got injured blitzing

      The quintessential Jamal Adams performance

      • Roy Batty says:

        A couple of pursuit lines that he took were just awful.

        He was going full speed North/South and completely blew containment by not moving laterally.

        Guy keeps looking for the big Sportscenter Top 10 play, instead of doing his job.

      • cha says:

        Don’t forget the fashion show.

      • paul says:

        Rob, I sent this post in a text to my friend during the first half – almost verbatim. The Adams trade was a reach. IMHO, most of our poor roster decisions in recent years have been due to trying to make Russ happy.

        The dye was cast after that SB debacle. We should have blown it up waaay sooner – the joy is in the ascension and the players lost the thread. But Seattle is such a provincial town, we couldn’t bear to part with the players who brought us our first championship.

        I don’t what the rules are on that Adams contract but they ought to look to negotiate an injury settlement and put this cursed deal in the rear view mirror.

      • mtpgod says:

        Even though it was a terrible trade and the contract was even worse, I’d still have love for Adams bc he gives 100 percent effort, BUT, the getting in the opponents face, especially after they made a big play, is absolutely ridiculous and makes him so unlikable and makes the team look stupid bc he’s representing the Hawks. It reminds me of Cam Newton celebrating with his end zone superman thing when his team was down 20 points in the 4th quarter, Wtf Adams, get in someone’s face when you make a play behind the line of scrimmage or after a sack.

  47. UkAlex6674 says:

    This will be Denvers worst game of the season by far so let’s pump the brakes on thinking they will give us a top-10 pick this year.

    • GoHawksDani says:

      Yeah, but they’ll play with better or even much-much better teams. They might only played at 60%, but KC or LAC are at least twice as good as the Hawks

    • Peter says:

      Certainly not playing your starters in preseason and especially with new coach/qb looks like a pretty bad in hindsight.

      Great win for Seattle to get Geno some juice.

      Rob was right the defense was getting after it. Unfortunate to see that many of tge problems remained from last year. Facemask pass break ups. Anemic pass rush. A ton of yards given up. Got to have some better ideas then hoping for fumbles on the goal line.

  48. Rokas says:


    how did Taylor and Mafe looked like? From the highlights it does not look they affected the game.

    • Marcus says:

      Taylor looked like poo.

      • Hawkdawg says:

        From my vantage point at the game, it looked like many of the plays they got outside on us early on featured him losing contain and crashing inside….

    • mtpgod says:

      Taylor’s gonna f around and lose his starting spot with another game like that. I don’t pay too much attention to x’s and o’s, but it was so blatant that Taylor was the cause of so many big Denver plays, it was bad.

  49. Tezza says:

    We will win 1 out of 10 next games so good to win against Russ as we will have not many to cheer about. We not going to play this much intensity most games and not have our oppostion fbe so under done.

  50. Dave1401 says:

    Taylor had a nightmare. Couldn’t set the edge, was responsible for multiple big runs. Didn’t make much noise as a pass rusher either

    • bmseattle says:

      He was held (no call) pretty badly a couple of times… but overall, he had a negative impact.
      It seems like he was really hyped up to make an impact as a pass rusher, so much that he neglected to
      properly play his position.

  51. L80 says:

    Nwosu was a man possessed. He was all over the field making plays and is a lot speedier than I thought.

    #30, he actually made me think LOB for a while with his attitude.

    It was a fun game to watch.

    • Dave1401 says:

      I was impressed too. He should have got a sack or 2 if not for some egregious holding (or more like jiu jistu) by Bolles. On more than one occasion I was shouting HOLDING! at my laptop

  52. Danzell says:

    Man this was a fun game! I don’t have any issues saying I truly enjoyed watching Russell lose this one when he has been so certain he wasn’t the issue/or at least part of the problem on offense all these years.

    Room for thought; A lot of the dysfunction which has plagued the Seahawks offences throughout the Russ-years looked to be present for the Broncos tonight. Look at the contrast at how the Seahawks were lining up in good time and looking well-organized all night on offense and the mess the Broncos were at the line-of-scrimmage getting plays off in the last seconds on the play clock or having delay of game constantly. I get the sense that Geno’s in-game leadership/coordination skills are much better compared to Russ. When the play is off however then Russ is of course a more skilled player (mostly due to Geno’s lack of pocket awareness), but it was fascinating seeing the strengths / weaknesses of both players’ respective games.

    Despite how the Broncos were running the ball tonight Russ easily could have had 4 INTs which I think could be a troublesome sign for the Broncos on days where the run game does not work quite as well. Normally he would really excel in games where the running game was working well.

    • Peter says:

      I think they had a great script for the first half.

      Wouldn’t say all night. That second half was troubling.

      Hard to traffic in coulda woulda’s…easy looking ints that weren’t there, sure.

      Like Rob said tge football gods were on Seattle’s side.

  53. Trevor says:

    Rob I have to give you credit. When you graded Abe Lucas as a 1st round talent during the last college season you were on an island all by yourself in that take amongst draft pundits. It appears that you were dead on the mark.

    It’s still really early and hate to over react but based on the pre-season and Week #1 the Hawks have found the long term answer at RT and potentially a future Pro Bowler.

  54. GoHawksDani says:

    Thought about writing something longer, but no need.
    This was a pretty good game with some nice moments and pains of a young team which has some holes in the roster.

    Geno is pretty decent, much better than preseason. Not the future, but I’m fine with him currently. Waldron called a good game. Nwosu played well, M.Jackson played well. OTs played well.

    Will need some upgrade on the DL. Hopefully some young corners can emerge and develop as the season progresses. Hopefully rungame will function better.

    But if the team can play like this though the season, they might not win many games, but fans won’t need to be ashamed of them

    • Elmer says:

      It seemed to me that Taylor got used and abused. We have to do better on the edge or teams will run to their right on us all day.

  55. HawkFanGA says:

    I thought that Clint Hurtt was a breath of fresh air despite the overall yardage discrepancy and the fact that Seattle struggled against the run. I feel that Hurtt deserves some credit for the way that defense really buckled down in the red zone.

  56. Cysco says:

    I’ve been as much a realist as anyone about this team all offseason. But, the moment Geno scrambled and found a wide open Dissley, I was off the couch with my hands up. I was as invested in that game as I was for some of the most important games of Seahawks past.

    That said, I’m still a realist and I don’t expect a whole lot going forward. The football gods wanted Seattle to win that game last night and everything that needed to happen for that outcome did happen. Tip of the cap to Pete for getting the team ready to play and to Geno for playing better than many thought he would.

    Oh, and I’ve got a feeling that we’ve seen the last of Jamal Adams in a Seahawks uniform.

    • Peter says:

      Pete did a very smart thing heading to this game. Getting Geno reps during preseason. While a ton of coaches treated opening week as the last preseason game he was all in on starting out the blocks early.

      Great play design in the first half.

      Will be very interesting what the next game looks like. If I’m Shanahan I’m getting out my most exotic run plays and taking the ball out of Lance’s hands.

      No comment on Adams.

  57. GoHawksDani says:

    We should cheer this success. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Manage your expectations!
    Denver had like 9 or 10-11 penalties, a lot in important situations too.
    They had 2 fumbles inside the 5
    They had a new HC and a new QB, without much preseason play, so they played all over the place.
    Their gameplan was horrible
    Their roster is only OK/good, not great
    They tried a 64 yard FG instead of going for it

    The Hawks played better than expected, but this doesn’t mean we’ll have 7-8-10 wins this season.
    This was a great game, where our guys played their hearts out. But our roster is still what it is, and the W is at least equally – if not more – is the result of Denver playing really bad than the Hawks playing good

  58. Big Mike says:

    Someone yesterday said the over/under on Adams playing before suffering an injury was 2 quarters and he said he’d take the under. How utterly prophetic though of course not exactly going out on a limb either. None the less, whomever you were, you should come in and take credit for your crystal ball gazing (and while you’re at it, gran a Lotto ticket too).

    A number of us have been saying worst trade in franchise history. I think it’s clear that we have sadly been proven correct and that there’s little chance that changes.

    Kudos to Nwosu, M. Jackson, Waldron for using TEs, Lucas, Barton for really fine games. Cross and Woolen are in the learning curve, but there’s definitely positive signs. Geno was absolutely lights out in the first half.
    Where were you Boye?
    Concerned Bryant never gets there.
    Taylor, thumbs down.

    A very fun win.

    • 12th chuck says:

      it is probably in top 5 worst trades in nfl history, top 3 maybe

    • Mick says:

      I don’t know if it’s not just me being a fan here, but I’ve seen the Broncos Oliners with their hands around Taylor’s neck a couple of times, so I don’t know if we can expect much from him under these conditions.

    • Peter says:

      Old Pete.

      Where was mafe?

      Where was Alton Robinson? Injured…

      That pass rush is still anemic.

      I know, I know Pete needed to win so he played his “safest,” players. Now that the big game is over it’s time to get right about the state of play with getting after the qb.

      • Starhawk29 says:

        Mafe was out there a lot to my eyes. Had a gorgeous rush that was a blatant holding call that went ignored. Otherwise looked good bending the edge but was quiet.

  59. Sea Mode says:

    Imagine if he actually said it…! 😂

  60. Sea Mode says:

    Well, I stand corrected. Was expecting a blowout. Feel like it wasn’t far off one either had they converted a few of their goal line opportunities and stopped gifting penalty yards.

    Anyways, fun for now but it doesn’t change much. Glad to see some of the young guys start taking their lumps.

  61. UkAlex6674 says:

    They didn’t make him fail to set the edge though on those chunk plays

  62. Sea Mode says:

    Well, I’ll admit I enjoyed reading these type of tweets when it wasn’t us for once…

    • Trevor says:

      I want the Broncos to finish as low as possible in the standings, making that 1st and 2nd even more valuable. So last night was a perfect loss to start the season. The rookie coach pissing off fans and his $250 millon QB week #1.

      It was a truly baffling decision though I have to admit. Almost thought I had fallen asleep and was dreaming when they said they were going to try a 64yd kick in the wet Seattle air vs letting Russ make one play.

  63. Trevor says:

    Thought Nwosu and Jackson were the best players on the field last night for the Hawks. Jackson in particular looks like a relevation. Tight coverage and really physical coming up to support in the run game.

    • bk matty says:

      Word, he really came out of nowhere and is a prototypical Hawks CB. Aikman said Sherman was in camp this week talking/working with him too. I wouldn’t be surprised to see RS get into coaching.

      Woolen took some lumps on the other side and I’m 100% fine with it. MJ will take some lumps given weeks too, part of the process.

      Love that our DBs are Michael Jackson and Koby Bryant….

  64. Matt says:

    I’m not even a big RW fan but I’m reading some of the most asinine stuff on Twitter.

    “Russell is 4-14 when attempting 40 or more passes. He’s not Tom Brady who is 64-33 in such games.”

    You know…RW has a higher passer rating that Tom Brady is 40+ throw games. Think any of those yayhoos know that? The lengths this fanbase will go to in order to pretend the guy sucks is incredible to me.

    I get it. Not telling you folks you gotta root for the guy; but the vitriol is really a sight to behold.

    • Trevor says:

      He just signed a $250 mil deal and will be in the HOF one day. You are right all the trash talk is ridiculous and a bit laughable.

      I for one am glad we made the trade. Not because Russ is not a great QB but because we needed a roster overhaul and trading him allowed us to get the draft picks and cap space to potentially do it.

      • Matt says:

        I too am happy about the trade. It was necessary. I wish we would have supplemented that with a coaching change; but alas, at least a change was made.

      • Peter says:

        One of most salient posts ever.

        Now we wait and hope that draft season is great and Seattle keeps drafting in the right direction.

    • pdway says:

      Take this for FWIW, got a ride to an event last night – and it took forever b/c LA traffic – and the driver and I started talking football. Turns out that he was Russell’s personal asst for 3 1/2 years (and wasn’t bs’ing, he showed me a bunch of photos of them). Says that Russ and Ciara are flat out good people. Russell was always cool to him, treated him incredibly well, would pray w him before games, and still texts the guy (he’s down in LA now trying to make it in stand-up) to see how he’s doing.

      I won’t miss the off-season cat and mouse stuff re getting traded – – but will always wish the guy well. Gave us 10 great years, and kept a mediocre roster relevant for at least half of that time.

      • Matt says:

        That’s my only real issue with the RW stuff from yesterday. He’s a genuinely great person and a very good QB. Seahawk fans look ridiculous making the claim that he’s neither.

        Yes, he is goofy as shit.

        • bmseattle says:

          I think, if you are looking for rational, reasonable reactions from fans, you are going to continue to be disappointed.

          Regardless of the “truth” behind the scenes, many fans feel like Russ wanted to leave, and it makes sense that the “jilted fan” will come out in many, and they will react immaturely about it… especially at the beginning stages of the “divorce”.

          My guess is that most fans know what Wilson brought to Seattle, and will always be thankful for him.
          As time goes by, Russ will get the love he deserves from this fanbase.

          I totally get that you are irritated by it.
          But… does it *really* surprise you?
          Do you think other fanbases are more mature and would be handling it differently?

          • Matt says:

            Good post. Agree with most of it. Fan is short for fanatic which implies irrationality – so you’re right.

  65. Palatypus says:

    A lot of people saying, “where was Boye Mafe?” I didn’t see him until the fourth quarter and that might be the plan right now. On the downs that I did see him it looked like he was saying to himself, “don’t break contain…don’t break contain…don’t break contain…”

    • cha says:

      I don’t get it either. He had 19 snaps.

      What was most notable to me is Pete had him in the game for some critical plays. At least one of the 4th down attempts.

      • Peter says:

        Where was mafe as in Darrel taylor who I like quite a bit got 54 snaps and drew a goose egg on his stat line.

        To me it’s just little adjustments like that, that can produce better results. Mot to say Mafe would necessarily be better but when Taylor is obviously struggling or any player for that matter Pete isn’t as,quick as I would like to switch gears.

        Probably taylor cleans it up next game. Niners are going to run and run. If he struggles Sunday I’d like to see him spelled more often.

      • Denver Hawker says:

        Seemed like mostly 4-man rushes that didn’t get home. Looked like the sacks were from blitzes.

        Overall it looked like a fairly conservative defensive plan that forced Russ to make throws and the secondary mostly answered the call. Lots of check-down throws to Williams.

        It’s the old don’t get beat deep Pete.

        • BC_Hawk says:

          Yes; It seemed the OLBs were more concerned with containing the edge, and keeping Russ in the pocket or to his left where he is much less effective. Most of the pressure situations came on interior blitzes, while the OLBs held their ground. When the OLBs pinned their ears back more in the 3rd/4th, there was ALOT of uncalled holding by Denver’s Tackles. As said above, Mafe seemed more concerned with contain than getting to Russ.

          With Lance having the mobility and such, but not the track record, it will be interesting if CH goes back to this formula OR allows the OLBs to stunt inside and such this week.

  66. downtownjewelrybryan says:

    we shoulda put lock out there for victory formation

  67. no frickin clue says:

    Not gonna lie, when Pete used a timeout to ice the kicker, but called it so late that the guy had a chance to actually get off the kick that wouldn’t count…I was having flashbacks to the 2012 divisional playoff against the Falcons.

    Football gods smiled upon us this time.

    Offense was much better than I expected. If Adams is done for season, I guess Ryan Neal steps up in his place? Who would be Neal’s backup?

    • Big Mike says:

      Well I saw Josh Jones but not Neal so I wonder if he’s passed Ryan on the depth chart?

      • TomLPDX says:

        Could be he is just not fully healed from his injury. I did expect to see him when Peacock left the game but Jones came in instead. Either way it was an upgrade to the position.

  68. CJ says:

    Cornerback is still so unsettled. Michael Jackson seems to have LCB locked down but what are they going to do at RCB and NCB? I would be ok if they kept Woolen as a starter to take his lumps but I assume they will start Burns when he is healthy.

    What is going on with Sydney Jones? He barely played, I wonder if he still isn’t 100% or regressed. In my mind he had played well enough to start last year, must have been some concussion. He doesn’t seem to be pushing for more playing time.

    For Nickle I was also bummed to see them bench Bryant but I get the decision. Coleman just looks washed to my eye. Looked slow and hesitant. I hate to see him playing by default. I kind of wonder if cutting Ahmadi was a mistake, he couldn’t be any worse than what we saw last night. Maybe Woolen or Jones could play Nickle? Are they going to give Bryant more chances?

    I just can’t imagine what Mahomes or Herbert are going to look like against this group if they don’t get better quick.

  69. Denver Hawker says:

    I find myself the next day still in a daze over how Jamal Adams can still exist in the flesh.

    A man made of popsicle sticks who seems more focused on designer fashion, yet can loudly proclaim he’s the best at his position and unwavering belief in his teams playoff hopes.

    I’m inclined to just embrace him for what he is- get that man some crutches and pom poms and let him hold the 12 flag every game- we’re bound to get more victories from that effort than from him facemasking passes on the field.

    • Big Mike says:

      The word pompous was invented for a guy like him.
      I loved last night when he was all up in Javonte’s grill after pushing him out of bounds (NOT putting a big hit on him) following a 12 yard first down run by Williams. If that isn’t Jamal on the field in a nutshell I don’t know what is.

  70. 509 Cbris says:

    Young guys looked good as far as rookies go. The o line gave surprisingly good protection most of the time. I think by the end of the season the defense and o line will both look like pretty good units.

    For the love of God can we stop a screen pass please!!! It was bad last year and Denver exploited it all night again. SF next week will do the same. And I’m not imagining the Rams suddenly changing their style.

    • Palatypus says:

      I was surprised to see Russ complete a screen pass, much less several.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      Yes, I’ve watched Wilson for 10 years and didn’t think he could complete a screen pass because of his size. He was successful in at least three of them last night. Good going ! (I’m not talking about a sideline bubble screen)

    • Starhawk29 says:

      It’s almost like the screen issue wasn’t the QB….shocker! Sorry for the snark, but this has been a bugaboo for me. The failure on screens, to my eyes, has almost always been a blocking and execution issue. It never had anything to do with the QB. We used to run screens with Marshawn. Wilson ran many screens in college. He can throw a screen pass, our line just couldn’t execute.

  71. cha says:

    1-that goes right up there with one of the loudest, most exciting games I’ve ever been privileged to attend. I’ll cherish that one for a long, long time.

    2-Geno Smith was fantastic in the first half. He surprisingly did what he absolutely needed to do: He occasionally shuffled forward to avoid pressure and keep the play alive and give his receivers time and he decisively bolted when he had the openings. PC said after the game ‘this is what we’ve been seeing from Geno all offseason.’ Unless I’m blind Pete, no, we have not. I went to 3 practices, the mock game and watched all 3 preseason games and never witnessed that kind of moxie from Geno.

    3a-That said, the offense in the second half was dreadful. 34 yards of offense, 37 if you don’t count the 3 kneel downs. The Seahawks may have spent their powder in the first half, and I fear that they may have done the “spend all offseason planning for this game” thing and rolled so much out not unlike the last two years that I alluded to in my Watch Points post, but only got to halftime with the effectiveness. Denver adjusted and Pete/Waldron did not.

    3b-The offense needed to drain the clock late and couldn’t. This badly needs work. They did a drill on this in the mock game – 4 minutes, a lead and need to just put the game away. They 3 and outed then. They had 6 minutes to kill and 3 and outed. At least they didn’t kill the clock with bad throws.

    4a-This is the exact same form as last year. Defense gives up a ton of yards, can’t muster a pass rush OR stop the run when needed, but providing their trademark stiffness in the red zone. The Broncos were rusty and uncoordinated there, which isn’t shocking given their new coach and offense. Not everyone in the future will be.

    4b-The $38m duo could have really turned the game with the interceptions. Both were poor decisions from Russ and they should have burned him. Adams’ time in Seattle should be done with one last explosive burst of Adams-ness.

    • Matt says:

      Great stuff Cha. My concern with Geno’s performance was that while the first half was great; it seemed like it was the script that did the hard work and he merely got the ball to wide open guys. Let me be clear – he deserves credit for that, absolutely. BUT, the 2nd half showed an incompetent QB when there was no script and things weren’t on a silver platter.

      That’s my concern. I think Geno can look great when the script is perfect, like it was last night and in the Jacksonville game last year. It’s when it is not that I fear this offense can’t function at anything more than a bottom 5 level. His final stat line really told the story for me – 82% for 7.0 YPA. That’s a pretty crazy YPA For such a high completion percentage. I’m not sure that’s a winning formula if your defense doesn’t create/luck into several critical turnovers.

      And candidly, this is why Geno hasn’t had a shot anywhere else. He’s like a major league hitter who can hit .400 on 88 MPh Fastballs but as soon as he sees more velocity and off speed; he’s done. Weird analogy but that was my thought last night.

      I’m thrilled about the result, but I think people are losing their minds a bit over the win. That was a middling Broncos team. They have no shot to make the playoffs, which is great for us.

    • Big Mike says:

      Good post as usual cha. REALLY glad you enjoyed yourself. Pretty good idea you weren’t alone in that regard.

      I know you said this “should” be the end for Adams in Seattle but I have a feeling you know better. Pete’s going to hang on til the bitter end in hopes that he somehow, some way can at least partially justify the price paid to acquire him. I base this opinion on Collier still being on the roster.

    • Peter says:

      Great stuff Cha.

      Low key worried about the first coach who decides to not bring it down to tge redzone on Seattle. Reid?

      Seattle’s redzone defense is so awesome it boggles the mind how bad the other 75 or so yards are.

      I will fully be chanting “ge-no, ge-no,” ( I kid, I won’t be doing that) if he can put together that kind of performance when behind. Or if the script gets stymied. Maybe all that was geno but I got real shades of holmgren dialing up a full half of on time plays.

      Feels like the entire pre-season was about getting that win.

  72. Aaron says:

    Did Colin Cowherd really tweet that we as Hawks fans should “stand in admiration and silence” when Russ is on the field?!?! Russ ain’t a head of state, he ain’t a monarch, he ain’t a divine figure, he ain’t even the best QB in his division. C’mon Colin!

  73. TomLPDX says:

    Just wanted to give a shout out to Austin Blythe. Played better than I thought he would and was solid. Same for Abe. Cross did ok, got beat a few times and lost his guy but all in all did ok.

    It was also nice to see that they actually used the TEs.

    I’m not going to give up on Bryant just yet either. I would prefer they continue to play our rookie DBs and let them learn on the job. What I saw from Coleman was a declining player and not really sure what to think of Sidney Jones. His first play in he just stood still and the receiver blew right by him and was wide open for the catch. What was that?!

    • mtpgod says:

      I thought he played really well too, but Blythe’s pff grade was the lowest on the entire team. I don’t live and die by pff ratings, but he must’ve gotten turnstiled a few times that I didn’t see.

    • Jordan says:

      – Nice!

      -Too bad. The guy is pretty passionate and cares about the game; it’s a shame his body is breaking down.

      • TomLPDX says:

        Yeah, at the end of the day it is to bad for Jamal. I was worried he’d reinjure his shoulder. He needs to start thinking about his post playing career.

        • AlaskaHawk says:

          Adams got his payday. He can go on to live a much richer life than 99% of us. Good for him. Time for him to move over to baseball. LOL

    • Peter says:

      Walker will be real nice to see on the field.

      Penny was fairly respectable. Nothing ground breaking and the whole offense slowed to a crawl. But something to build on.

      • Jordan says:

        Penny looked like his big explosive self. Bigger day if some of the offensive line penalties get cleaned up – and the holding call on Lucas was borderline at best.

        • Big Mike says:

          Agree Jordan. Penny impressed me with effort, cutbacks and no sign of injury

          • Peter says:

            Like the effort. Like the lack of injuries. Still going to stick with respectable as opposed to explosive. 60 yards is solid. 5 yards a carry for 20 carries would have been great and penny does even better when they give him the rock more.

            If he isn’t hurt much this year 60 yards a clip could comfortably give him his best year ever. Hope for more but if Penny gave you 60 a game and Walker gave you 40-50 with 17 games that would be a pretty strong outing for a change.

  74. Palatypus says:

    I know that Russell Wilson loves retro music and Marvin Gaye is his “boy”, but The Temptations called and they want their suit back.

  75. neil says:

    The defense played great at the goal line, but their were way too many missed and bounce off tackles between the 20’s. Jamal Adams, the most fragile player in the NFL.

  76. Henry Taylor says:

    I don’t want to take anything away from the team on what was a great game, but the Broncos really did a lot to give that game away. The constant penalties, the unbelievable decision to kick, and use all the time with 3 turnovers (knowing they would only have to defend a Geno drive had they made it with 60 seconds on the clock. And the fact that they kicked it after PC iced the kicker, cancelling out a huge wide left miss.

    I’ll also say, that the early signs of the Wilson Hackett partnership doesn’t look all that different to the Wilson we’ve seen the last few years. Obviously very early, but if he can’t get back to his best with the exact situation he wanted in Seattle, but couldn’t get, the team will be justified in their decision to move on when they did.

    Hopefully the Broncos continue in this form all season.

    Let’s ride.

    • Cysco says:

      I was struck with how familiar it felt watching the broncos offense. I guess Russ is Russ. The things we loved and hated about him as the Seahawks QB are the same things the Broncos will see. Some boneheaded throws, a feeling of disorganization due to running the play clock down. Some holding the ball for too long, followed by some brilliant streaks.

      I don’t think Denver is going to be bad, but based on last night, I don’t think Wilson elevates them to a playoff team.

  77. Palatypus says:

    If you want to ride, don’t ride the white pony.

    If you want to ride, ride the white horse.

  78. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Justin Coleman is still a decent tackler, but he’s just not athletic enough to be a slot defender. His coverage ability is nil.

  79. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Cody Barton was the best LB for Seattle last night.

    Jordyn Brooks looked a little lost. Not bad, just not sharp.

    Darrell Taylor had the worst game of his football life. Totally undisciplined. Never once established outside contain, and worse, got beat badly multiple times to his side. He looked like a raw rookie who missed all of OTCs, training camp and preseason. Like literally his first pro experience. It was an absolutely abysmal performance.

    Nwosu on the other hand, that was a nice first game for him. Looks like he’s picking up right where he left off with the Chargers.

  80. samprassultanofswat says:

    Too me what is kinda funny. Is that Russell Wilson said “WE” made the decision before the final drive. “WE” asked him how far was his range.

    Folks this is what happens when you let the inmates run the prison.

    • Peter says:

      What are you even talking about.

      Most qbs say we from varsity football til they day they retire as coaches. Everyone says we in sports unless they themselves make a bad call/ play.

  81. samprassultanofswat says:

    Shelby Harris is a CLASS ACT. I think I am happier for him than anyone.

  82. Denver Hawker says:

    Gotta say, I kinda like this team right now.

    No more distractions with Russ/Jamal out of the picture. Opportunity for new vets and young core guys to gel and form their own identity. Going to be a battle and plenty of L’s to muscle through, but seem like some good dudes who just want to get better at playing football.

    • Ashish says:

      Will this coach enough data and courage to let Adams go? Take the chill pill and look for the future.

      Mr Cha once Adams is fit can Hawks save any money by letting Adams go? I doubt any ome will give trade for him.

  83. Blitzy the Clown says:

    My laz-E-boy coach’s assessment of the OL vs Denver:

    1. Abe Lucas. That holding call was pretty ticky tacky. Yes, he had a handful of jersey (just like on every play) and to my eye he released it as Penny ran by, so I don’t think it impeded the defender. But I am biased. Otherwise, he was the most solid blocker of the group. Randy Gregory never really got close to Geno.

    2. Austin Blythe. Having watched the game twice I didn’t see any mistakes from Blythe. Didn’t see anything spectacular either, but that’s not really what we need from him. He was true blue and the only reason I give the nod to Lucas is because of how Abe negated Gregory.

    3. Charles Cross. I mentioned in a reply above that it looks like Cross lacks strength (mostly upper body) such that he can’t keep a bigger, stronger edge defender like Chubb off of him. Additionally, I think he lacks conditioning because his play declined noticeably in the 4th quarter. I’m not trying to knock the guy; he played every offensive snap in his first pro game. But when you compare him to Lucas on that basis, it’s clear Lucas is the stronger, better conditioned blocker. Nonetheless, it was a solid start for Cross.

    4. Gabe Jackson. Meh. That’s all I got for Jackson. He didn’t make any mistakes but he certainly didn’t wow in any way either.

    5. Phil Haynes. It wasn’t Phil’s best outing. He wasn’t exactly a liability, but he didn’t help the team with his penalties and a few missed assignments. I’m looking forward to Lewis’s return.

    • cha says:

      Blythe isn’t getting enough props for being THIRTY YARDS DOWNFIELD and pouncing on the Penny fumble.

      Don’t take it personal Blitzy I just chose your post to point that out.

      • Blitzy the Clown says:

        No not at all I’m glad you brought it up cha. That fumble recovery was definitely a “spectacular” play by C standards!

  84. Sea Mode says:

    Fair play.

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  85. Sea Mode says:

    Hmmm, interesting. Guess it helps to have coached a guy for so long.

    Brady Henderson

    Carroll said a focus of the defensive game plan was trying to rush Russell Wilson and get him moving in a certain direction. “When he moves to his left, it’s hard for him numbers-wise.” OLB Uchenna Nwosu said something similar postgame.

  86. cha says:

    Adam Schefter
    Addressing his decision to attempt a game-winning 64-yard FG last night, Broncos’ HC Nathaniel Hackett just told reporters, “Looking back at it, we definitely should’ve gone for it.”

  87. cha says:

    Seahawks have about $23.89m of cap still on Adams’ contract. What a waste.

    I’ve often pointed out what they could have done had they not traded for him.

    But a different tack.

    What if they swallowed their pride and admitted they blew it and traded him after the 2020 season?

    Maybe for a second in 2021 + a third in 2022.

    They could currently have

    Almost $9m in 2021 cap room
    $9.11m in 2022 cap room

    Creed Humprey or Josh Myers at C
    Channing Tindall or Leon Chenal at LB or Michael Clemons at LB

    • Gross MaToast says:

      Can Pete swallow his pride and do the right thing (set the peacock free?), or will he run him back out there in ‘23? If I were a gambling man, I’d bet we haven’t seen the last of him.

      • Big Mike says:

        100% agree Gross and said as much earlier in this thread. I believe Pete will run him back out in a desperate and likely futile attempt to prove it wasn’t an utter waste of resources trade. I base that on the how he’s handled LJ Collier who was obviously another near complete waste of resources (though not nearly as many resources as the peacock).

        Your post made me sad cha, but these are the ones that need to be made. Even admitting the mistake and cutting bait could’ve salvaged the situation at least to a somewhat more palatable level as you specifically pointed out.

        • Gross MaToast says:

          If you thought $17m a year was absurd for the coffee cup, how about $17m per quarter?

          Pete’s hiding a stubborn refusal to admit a bad deal behind the loyalty card. Does it ultimately matter for this regime? Probably not.

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  88. Shawn McElhinney says:

    Denver gifted Seattle 106 penalty yards but Seattle gave them 77 penalty yards back.

    And while Denver fumbled twice, Seattle fumbled once.

  89. Mac says:

    One persistent thing that bugs me on other forums are fans who believe that if we had traded Russell for draft pick for: Mahomes, Allen or kyler.
    That we would’ve been able to develop them as a replacement for Russ. I think the only qb we could’ve gotten that would be just as good, would’ve been Herbert and we’d of made him as boring as ‘CrystalBall’.

    On another note, the game yesterday was great. I didn’t like the booing but I loved seeing energy back in the Loo. When I was there for the saints v hawks last year it was nowhere near as loud.

  90. Ashish says:

    Pete really wanted this win

    • cha says:

      Is it just me or is Tyler Lockett’s body language interesting?

      • bmseattle says:

        He looks like a guy who’s heard it all before, and can’t be bothered to do more than the polite minimum to show he’s “bought in”.
        Probably, he isn’t thrilled with the “re-set”, either.
        He and Russ had a pretty good connection. Geno doesn’t seem to trust Tyler in the same way…yet.

      • Denver Hawker says:

        He seems like a chill guy most of the time anyhow- but def has the look of a dude tired of listening to Pete

  91. samprassultanofswat says:

    You got to love a player like Shelby Harris. Great person, good family man. He is part of the defensive line that forced two fumbles on the one yard line. You know he really wanted too win this game.

    There is no doubt the Seahawk players wanted this game more than any game on their schedule.

  92. Spenny Dunks says:

    Penny looked pretty good. A shame that big run got called back but it only really happened because of the hold on the outside. Would have liked to see him get even more carries to see if he could pop off a long one, especially when Geno couldn’t get much going in the second half.