Now that we have seen the first preseason game under the new Pete Carroll regime, a 20-18 win vs the Tennessee Titans, let’s review some interesting developments.
1) Charlie Whitehurst is a great fit for the new system. While I know most of his work came against the backups, Whitehurst seemed to have a better command of the team. During Matt Hasselbeck’s quarter of action, he was 4 of 10 for 26 yards and the offense sputtered. Meanwhile, Whitehurst was 14 of 22 for 214 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Hasselbeck guided the offense to a field goal. Whitehurst was responsible for 17 points. If he continues his strong play, Whitehurst could push the veteran for the starting spot.
2) The pass rush is atrocious! Vince Young had a field day as he was not pressured and completed 5 of his 6 passes for 78 yards. His lone mistake was when Seahawk corner Josh Wilson made an impressive play thwarting a potential Titan scoring drive. In fact, until he scrambled, there wasn’t a single grass stain on his uniform. Unless Chris Clemons and company do a better job, even a defensive backfield made of All-Pros would eventually be picked apart.
3) The offensive line needs to gel, and soon. Hasselbeck was constantly under pressure and had to get rid of the ball before he was set. Also, the run game was ineffective due to the relentless Titan pressure. Unless this unit improves, it will be a long season for the offense.
While Seattle ended up victorious, I am not sure that Tennessee would not have won convincingly. Vince Young’s effectiveness and the fact that Chris Johnson only carried the ball five times (once for a touchdown) created problems for the Seahawks. Pete Carroll, congratulations on your first victory, but unless these changes are made, it may be one of only a handful for you in 2010.
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Written by Sergio Paredes
Sergio Paredes is a Sports Information Director for a K-12 school in Los Angeles, California. An avid football, basketball and baseball fan, he enjoys following the Texas Longhorns, Oregon State Beavers, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays.