Lewis said “I take full responsibility’’ and added that he had apologized to his teammates. “I’ll go back to work,’’ he said. “I might snap 100 wet balls (Monday).’’
The permanent change at center from Drew Nowak to Patrick Lewis before the Arizona game on Nov. 15 had been widely cited as a key to the Seahawks’ offensive resurgence.
On Sunday, though, Lewis had no choice but to face a much harsher spotlight after a 23-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams in which his inconsistent snaps typified a day of frustration for the Seahawks offense.
Lewis had two particularly bad snaps that helped derail drives. On one, in the first quarter, he snapped the ball as if quarterback Russell Wilson was under center rather than in shotgun, resulting in a six-yard loss.
In the fourth quarter, a dribbled snap resulted in a 15-yard loss that led to a Seattle punt.
Afterward, Lewis offered no excuses, saying the rain wasn’t a factor.
“I mean, it was wet, but it doesn’t really matter,’’ he said. “I’ve played in rainy conditions here before, and it was never a problem.’’
Lewis said “I take full responsibility’’ and added that he had apologized to his teammates.
“I’ll go back to work,’’ he said. “I might snap 100 wet balls (Monday).’’
Coach Pete Carroll said on the second bad snap Lewis “lost the ball as he was throwing it back.’’ He said he thought Lewis might have been confused and thought Wilson was under center on the first one.
Lewis said that wasn’t the case, adding, “It was just a mistake on my part. … I put us in some bad situations, and I accept it, and I’m going to run with it and get better next game.’’
Wilson said he told Lewis after the game that, “We all make one or two funky plays every once in a while. That’s just what it was. He’s been so consistent.’’
Williams relishes NFL debut
Though most of the Seahawks wanted to forget Sunday’s game as quickly as possible, it always will stand out to Kasen Williams, the former Skyline High and Washington Huskies star who made his NFL debut after being signed to the 53-man roster Saturday.
Williams, who went undrafted out of UW and then spent the season on the practice squad until Saturday, said being signed “felt like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders.’’
Williams did not have a pass thrown his way, but he did play periodically, especially in the final three quarters.
“I felt comfortable,’’ he said. “I felt like I was at home. I never felt comfortable being on the practice squad just because it was a place where I didn’t feel like I belonged. But because I was there I decided to take advantage of it. Being able to get on the field was huge.’’
Williams’ biggest contribution came on a block he threw on St. Louis’ Trumaine Johnson that helped spring Doug Baldwin for the team’s longest gain of the day, a 28-yarder that set up a touchdown in the third quarter.
“Anything that I can do to help,’’ he said. “Doug is my brother, and I’m trying to get him open as often as possible.So if there’s an opportunity for me to make a play for him I’m going to do that and I felt like I did that in that moment.’’
Seahawks impressed with Gurley, to a point
Todd Gurley, the Rams’ rookie running back, rushed for 85 yards against the Seahawks — the most by an opposing running back since Green Bay’s James Starks ran for 95 in the second game of the season.
But the Seahawks downplayed the difficulty of facing Gurley.
“He’s just like the rest of them,” said linebacker K.J. Wright, echoing comments made by other Seahawks defenders.
Gurley had only 18 yards at halftime — he also had only four carries — but he picked at the Seahawks defense in the fourth quarter, allowing the Rams to bleed out the clock.
Gurley joined Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Jerome Bettis as the only rookie running backs in Rams history to rush for more than 1,000 yards.
“We knew what they were going to run,” defensive end Cliff Avril said. “Maybe not being in your gap or just little small stuff that can be corrected, but it wasn’t like they came in and wowed us with different plays or anything like that.”
Carroll mum on Lynch return
NFL.com reported Sunday that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch “is expected’’ to return to the team in the middle of next week with the chance that he could play in the regular-season finale at Arizona.
Asked about that report after the game, Carroll said there was no definitive word on when Lynch would be back and that “we’ll see in the next couple days what that means.’’
Lynch had abdomen surgery Nov. 25.
Though the hard-hitting game seemed to feature an abnormal amount of injuries, Carroll said the only one that that was significant was a concussion suffered by tight end Luke Willson in the second quarter.
“I don’t know how serious it is,’’ Carroll said. “He couldn’t come back.’’
Receiver Tyler Lockett was examined for a concussion but returned, and defensive lineman Cassius Marsh (ankle) and tight end Cooper Helfet (thigh) went out briefly. But Carroll indicated the injuries weren’t serious.