The Seattle Seahawks had their nine-game preseason win streak snapped by a 21-16 loss to the Denver Broncos. It’s just preseason so who cares, right? Certainly Pete Carroll does a bit. You don’t go undefeated in back-to-back preseasons if you don’t care.
The important thing is to learn from it and find some good parts and bad parts to analyze at practice. It was good to see Russell Wilson‘s accuracy and mobility are still sharp, but it’s bad to see that he needed the mobility.
Denver’s pass rush is healthy and strengthened by the additions of DeMarcus Ware and TJ Ward. Seattle’s offensive line is not healthy, and the new members did not contribute big Thursday night.
Russell Okung is recovering from foot surgery. Max Unger was a healthy scratch. James Carpenter has a minor calf injury. Breno Giacomini is with the New York Jets, so JR Sweezy was the only Super Bowl starter present. He only played the first quarter.
That left second-year guard Alvin Bailey, rookie Justin Britt, newly signed veteran Wade Smith and Lemiuel Jeanpierre to fill in. Jeanpierre has the most experience in Seattle of the bunch.
Britt was solid in one-on-one blocking, but he looked inexperienced facing stunts and blitzes. Ward got him turned around on one sack of Wilson. He’ll do better with more playing time.
Ware sacked Wilson while lined up against Bailey, who didn’t get beat. The entire pocket collapsed, and Ware tackled Wilson when he stepped up.
Seattle gained only 59 yards on 21 rushes by non-quarterbacks. Both Wilson and Terrelle Pryor made the most of busted plays.
Okung is expected back in time for Week 1. Carpenter and Unger should play next week again the San Diego Chargers. Seattle needs to start getting their offensive line chemistry brewing. Not only do their best linemen need to be on the field, but they need to mesh as a unit.