It’s pretty clear Russell Wilson isn’t close to 100%.
Yet the Seahawks had little choice but to take a chance on him still being able to deliver.
There’s no way, with Wilson saying he’s ready to roll, you could look him in the eye and say ‘no dice — we’re going with Geno Smith’.
I’m not convinced the offense would’ve functioned any better regardless. That’s more a review of Smith, though. Clearly Wilson shouldn’t be starting but when you’re desperate, you have little choice but to roll the dice.
The result was a first shut-out in a decade and another horrendous Seahawks gameday experience.
The overall feeling is one of utter resignation. How has it come to this?
The franchise is stagnant, stale and going nowhere fast. Games are to be endured, not enjoyed. There’s just no buzz, no energy. No hope.
They’re drifting into an off-season of uncertainty when anything and everything feels possible.
Seattle’s defense deserves credit for keeping the team in it for three quarters. Even when Aaron Rodgers found the holes (and he had far too much success with screen passes — again), they typically made a play to prevent damage on the scoreboard.
Then at the end Carlos Dunlap gave away 15 yards for throwing a shoe and Bobby Wagner rode A.J. Dillon into the endzone. They’d reached the breaking point.
It never truly felt like there was ever any danger of the Seahawks winning, thanks to the ineptitude of the offense. The end score — 17-0 — actually feels like a fair reflection.
Even the most optimistic fan knew this was a game where you needed to cook up some gains. Wilson, despite what he was saying about being better than ever, wasn’t going to be with that taped-up finger. His accuracy was all over the place. Every throw felt like an adventure.
And let’s be right here — that shouldn’t surprise anyone. If you’re here to hammer Wilson after this performance, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
You needed the easy screen plays Green Bay feasted on. Yet, alas, Pete Carroll was left admitting this week the Seahawks aren’t any good at those — in the understatement of the decade.
Perhaps then a collection of plays to feed your two star receivers? Or some creative runs? Maybe use your second round pick instead of Penny Hart?
There was nothing. Little imagination, no inspiration.
They just seemed to be hoping Wilson could provide some magic — as he threw high and wide and battled with the finger. He was off all day.
They needed to be more calculated than that.
You can just imagine Pete Carroll’s speech after. ‘We didn’t get the third down conversions to get to our plays’.
Well, yeah. But you’re playing a quarterback with a taped up finger because the alternative is Geno Smith. This was always going to be a day when you had to manufacture movement. And the Seahawks were left wanting.
Strangely the Packers and Aaron Rodgers looked as discombobulated as Seattle did. They also played a very similar game — stalling on offense, strong on defense. They just had more yards.
It created a deathly boring contest until Green Bay’s exclamation point at the end.
Not helping matters were the refs — who made a number of head-scratching calls (to put it mildly).
As scruffy as it all was — and despite most of those bad calls going against the Seahawks — there’s no case to be made for Seattle deserving to win this game.
By the end even the defense looked like they were a bit cold and wanted to go home.
The Seahawks couldn’t even muster a point.
The Packers had twice as much yardage and time of possession.
It all leaves the Seahawks at 3-6 and anyone hoping for a late rally is going to need to dig deep into the bag of optimism. Wilson simply doesn’t appear healthy enough to drive Seattle on. And while the defense is playing much better (and yes, that includes a good game by Jamal Adams today) — the offense remains a million miles away from being able to play complementary football.
When you’re desperate you’ve got to come out swinging. Seattle feels reserved, conservative and playing a brand of football worthy of a season with lives to spare.
The Seahawks are out of lives.
This horrible season — which has been an absolute chore to watch — needs to end as soon as possible and the forthcoming big changes should be embraced now.
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