That’s how long I lasted. Then I figured — balls to it, I’m writing the review now.
As appealing as the fourth quarter was, I’d had enough. Half an eye was probably too much as I began to type.
That was absolutely dreadful.
Forget that it’s pre-season week two for a moment. Even forget this is a rebuilding team playing on a short week.
The Seahawks were totally unprepared to play this game today against a comparably retooling opponent. They couldn’t function. Everything was bad.
It was a repeat of last week, only minus the eventual settling down and gradual improvement.
If nothing else, Chicago looked organised and functioning (until a couple of their own special teams snafu’s late on).
The Seahawks were atrocious.
The special teams in particular highlighted that. It was a horror show last week and it was worse tonight.
You had the Justin Coleman cock-up, costing 20-yards of field position because he couldn’t stand in the right spot under no pressure. Jason Myers missed another field goal. Cade Johnson muffed a punt leading to a Chicago touchdown. There were big kick returns for the Bears.
What exactly have they been doing in camp on special teams?
There were a ton of penalties and mental mistakes. Charles Cross — so impressive last week — looked absolutely terrified tonight. He had four false starts and a holding penalty. He was hardly alone though. Gabe Jackson basically turned the ball over by giving away a ‘hands to the face’ flag on a fourth down conversion. Seattle then punted on 4th and 12.
The Seahawks finished with 13 penalties compared to Chicago’s three.
The offense didn’t function aside from a couple of nice runs. I suppose it’s a positive that the runs happened, given how important it’ll be in 2022. But this was beyond ugly. It was unwatchable.
Geno Smith was hardly the singular problem but neither does he inspire anything. The ESPN broadcast worked especially hard to promote his claim to start but this is what games will be like when they don’t dominate with the run. He is severely limited and will never elevate the offense. On the days when things are not rolling, he is not going to carry you through.
A quarterback, even a point guard, has to be able to get things going. They have to provide a bit of inspiration. Not just struggle along when things go south.
Everyone loves to mention the Jacksonville game last season but nobody mentions the awful New Orleans performance. That’s what is coming.
The muffed punt to end the first half, followed by the boos from the sparse crowd, summed it up. Yet they started the second half with a penalty, a three-and-out and then gave up an easy touchdown drive to Nathan Peterman.
That’s about as bad a performance as was physically possible tonight. It’s hard to think of anyone who improved their stock. Abraham Lucas maybe?
Look — we all know what this season is. And I maintain I’m comfortable enduring this season to max out draft position and hopefully get a quality, young quarterback in the 2023 draft.
That doesn’t mean this team and staff are shielded from criticism though. This was a disgraceful showing.
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