The Seahawks celebrated.
And boy, did they celebrate.
The memes. The graphics. The GIF’s. The post-game interviews.
The former team mates gloating.
The smiles, the jubilation.
‘Nobody thought we could win this game!’
It all felt a bit much for 1/17th of the regular season.
I appreciate it was a big game with meaning. The NFL schedule-makers played a blinder. Russell Wilson’s return was always going to be billed as more than just a game.
I didn’t quite expect the Seahawks to treat it as such, though.
Not to the extent they did.
The push-back for my video in the week wasn’t particularly well received. I wanted to beat the Niners. They’re a fun team to beat.
The risk of an emotional let down was always high after a Monday night opener. Yet it felt the Seahawks, as I said, turned a victory lap into a victory mile.
My fear wasn’t a let-down performance, rather than a melt-down.
Or a beat-down.
And that’s what happened.
The 27-7 scoreline made this one look better than it was.
This was a thoroughly miserable experience.
The tackling was generally awful on defense again. There were blown coverages. A lot of the same defensive issues we’ve seen in previous years were present once more. There’s no obvious pass-rushing plan and players you want to see step up (Darrell Taylor) aren’t getting it done.
On offense, they’ve now not scored a single point in six quarters. That first-half flourish against Denver looks like a mirage. It appears to be the benefit of weeks of scripting and preparing — or Denver being rubbish. Maybe both.
The Seahawks came into the season with Pete Carroll declaring they were ‘going to run the heck out of the ball’. Two games in and they can’t run. Teams don’t respect the pass, they load up the box and attack. All very predictable.
Geno Smith can complete the odd pass but, remarkably, he is still Geno Smith. They also seemingly have no idea — short of a miraculous trick-play that was brought back due to a rookie error — how to game-plan D.K. Metcalf into relevance.
When they get into the red zone, they opt to run back-to-back ‘wildcat’ snaps and ask Deejay Dallas to throw the ball (with a predictable result).
I’ve said countless times this year. My expectations couldn’t be lower for the 2022 season. But can we please avoid nonsense like that trick play?
It was embarrassingly bad.
I’m ready for a basic brand of football. I can live with Pete-ball.
But let’s actually do it.
And as part of the bargain — the bargain that means low expectations — I want to avoid dumb decisions, missed tackles, ill-disciplined and ill-timed penalties, I want to see something that resembles ‘different’ on defense and signs of development.
I don’t want to see Nick Bosa unblocked over and over again (whose idea was that?).
I suppose you could cling to a silver-lining that it could’ve been worse. Certainly, there’s absolutely no justification that a blocked field goal could get the Seahawks back in this game. Yet San Francisco’s inability to finish things earlier kept things somewhat alive.
But there’s no hope — none — that when this team puts itself in a hole they’ll be able on offense to claw things back.
It’s also a legit concern that an offense looking this bad will develop anyone.
They finished with 210 total yards — 38 of which came in garbage time at the end. A further 56 yards came in garbage time at the end of the first half. Theoretically, they produced the grand total of 116 meaningful yards today.
Losing this game isn’t the problem. Losing this way kind of is.
“They wrote me off, I aint write back though”
“Nobody thought we could win this game”
The Seahawks might’ve won the only game they really care about in week one. This afternoon in California was a glimpse into the future. What we will need to endure for most of 2022.
I’m ready for it. Are others?
And if we’re going to do this, can we have honest and open conversations about it along the way? Because it’s not just about getting through one year. It’s about whether the people building this team, organising this team, putting this together are truly right for the task.
A performance like this, for me, makes it a conversation we should have as we go along.
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