This feels a lot like last week.
A winnable game thrown away.
And now, the season ebbing away. Bit by bit.
Last week it was Geno Smith’s critical fumble to seal Pittsburgh’s win. Today, it was a whole multitude of things.
Al Woods’ ridiculous penalty on the field goal. Repeating the exact same blitz on 3rd and 10, inviting Alvin Kamara to run for a first down. Marquis Blair’s helmet-hit when Jameis Winston was already wrapped up.
All three of those errors were on the same, game-clinching drive.
There were more though. Most of them Geno Smith-inspired.
He took too many sacks. He was hesitant. He wasted timeouts trying to shift protection.
His performances scared the Seahawks into being so utterly conservative two weeks in a row — they pretty much beat themselves.
Apart from the mistakes above and a weak two-minute drive before half-time, the defense held their own. Yet the offense was miserable and along with Jason Myers’ kicking — Seattle were lucky to score the 10 points they did.
This tweet from Jim Nagy, posted during the second half, felt timely:
Even if you have an established franchise quarterback, you should always be developing a young guy at the position.
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) October 26, 2021
It’s just another thing to add to the list of complaints for this front office, led of course by Pete Carroll.
The thought of having to watch Geno Smith again next week — maybe even for two more weeks — fills me with dread. It’s as scary as any film you might watch over Hallowe’en.
Take away D.K. Metcalf’s improbable 84-yard touchdown catch-and-run and Seattle had 135 total yards on offense tonight.
This game felt like the 2008 loss to the Eagles. It was the dying embers of the Mike Holmgren era but there was still a tiny bit of hope they could get healthy when the game was played.
Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace threw a 90-yard touchdown to Koren Robinson. Everyone got excited. Then the offense didn’t score another point and lost, handsomely, 26-7.
They fell to 2-6.
The only difference tonight is this iteration of the Seahawks are only 2-5. Yet like 2008 they’re legitimately one of the worst teams in football without their star QB.
And like 2008, it feels like major change is overdue.
Another night to forget. Another loss at home (they’re now 0-3). Another season that’ll amount to nothing.
There was no tension in this game despite the close scoreline. There may well be some over the next few days as fans hope and pray that Pete Carroll and John Schneider don’t waste even more future resources before the trade deadline, chasing a playoff run.
Don’t bother fellas. You’ve done enough.
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