Nerdman did a GREAT job of covering it... just adding my opinions to the things he brought up.
We CAN beat these guys.
If we can stop their running game, then I agree we could beat them. I want to see a jumbo package of Pickett, Jolly and Raji on some running downs.
Nick Perry had some good plays. Batted one up for an INT by Hayward.
Yeah Perry did a Jolly and got his hand up there... Jolly is a good influence for the team.
ALSO it was great to see Perry, Matthews and Neal at LB all at once... like I thought moving Neal to OLB is partly to free up one of the other two (Matthews in this game) and let him roam more often and do more stuff instead of forcing him to stick the scheme of OLB all the time.
Lacy got stuffed, but he had no room to run.
Lacy broke tackles just to get the ball back to the line and did a good job of it most of the time. Long story short, the OL needs balence and with Harrell at QB, the defense knew it wasn't balance and loaded up against the run. (Lacy didn't run it with Rodgers in, as Harris started)
Masthay looked good and had a GREAT open field tackle.
LOVED IT!!! ... hated that there was a long return... but LOVED the tackling for a kicker.
Hyde continues to show up around the ball, making plays.
I have said it before, but Hyde seems a lot like Woodson (just maybe not as fast)
Harrell was abysmal. He missed JJ down the sideline, looped it WAY up in the air, so high that it got caught in the wind and sailed out of bounds. Can you imagine what the wind will be like in December? Dude CANNOT THROW THE BALL THAT FAR. He has to rainbow it way up in the air.
There were a couple bad passes to JJ... but one deep pass was dead on the money for JJ... JJ had his man beat, but for what ever reason he slowed down.... if he kept steady speed that ball should of been his for a 20 yarder or more. And of course Harrell got the blame from the fans for it. But other than that...
Harrell played against the starting Seahawks defense and looked like a decent 3rd string QB... which isn't good when you're looking for a 2nd string QB.
Vince Young was playing sandlot football. sh!t would break down and he would just scramble and make things happen. Almost had one picked when he threw behind the dude, but did well overall.
Right on the money. Though it needs to be noted Young played against the Seahawks 2nd string, while Harrell played against the 1st string. And the fakes and misactiong were tricking the 2nd D... but didn't trick the 1st D. So a bit of an unlevel playing field when comparing the two but Young looked a lot better this week than others and looked better than Harrell going against 2nd string in others.
Alex Green took a pitchout to the left down the sideline. Got some speed and BAM! We need to get these guys the ball on screens.
Green had the speed but IMO it really was more of the blocking and set-up that made that play than the RB. Another speedy player (Harris, Cobb, etc) might of been able to do the same thing. Basically Green is great when you give him a lot of room to run (but isn't that true with most speed RBs?)
Finley dropped a TD from Harrell, but it was a poorly thrown ball. Had also another drop, iirc.
I don't blame Finley for that drop... I was a bit shock he was able to tip the pass semi towards himself just to give him a second shot at catching it. With out that tip to himself he probably wasn't going to catch the pass as it looked like it was a bullet going pass Finley... when he released it I thought he might of been targeting a WR in the back, but there was no one in the back when they showed the bigger angle.
Patrick Lewis sailed a shotgun snap past Vince Young to ruin a drive.
Was that Lewis? I thought it was Van Roten. Hard for me to keep up with the rotating OL... espcially since they didn't talk too much about them (which is a good thing).
Terrell Manning looked good. Got a real bullsh!t roughing the passer penalty. Nate Palmer got some pressure. Second team D got some pressure generally.
The refs called Manning on lifting the QB and then taking him to the ground (which is illegal to do both... it's one or the other)... but in reality Manning didn't lift him... the QB jumped trying to get the ball off in time as Manning nailed him taking him down....
Loyce Means had the worst game of his life. Between penalties to big plays given up, dude's packing his bags.
Usually when you hear worst game ever, they're overstating something... but really... that might of been Means worst game ever. He got a lot of penalties... what made it worse ever is he gave the Seahawks a LEGAL fail mary (where the one last year was illegal because the Shields push and DB had the ball).
Basically Means was in good coverage position, the ball came to his WR inside the 5, Means caught it while falling backwards... and the WR puts his hands out, and ball kind of slide out of Means hands and into the WR hands for a TD.
After seeing his reacting to that... I just had to feel bad for the kid...