The Seahawks are searching to find their identity after getting gashed in Tennessee. Here's what the national media are saying about Seattle's loss.
The Seahawks are 1-2 through three games. They’re also incredibly difficult to figure out.
It seemed clear the team’s issues lied on the offensive side of the ball before Sunday. The offensive line was in shambles and Seattle had scored just one touchdown through its first nine quarters. But then, something flipped. In the second half Sunday, the defense was the weak link, while the offense found its rhythm.
The Seahawks gave up a staggering 33 points and 420 yards of total offense to Tennessee, sinking any chances of a second-half comeback. Columnist Matt Calkins says the defense didn’t play up to its lofty standards, but there’s still plenty of time to turn things around.
So, here they sit at 1-2 — looking for answers.
Brady Henderson of ESPN.com writes the Seahawks simply gave up too many big pays to the Titans:
“You don’t see teams doing to the Seahawks’ defense what the Titans did Sunday, and Seattle’s offense bears some of the blame for what happened. The Seahawks punted on their first six possessions before mounting an impressive touchdown drive heading into halftime. Even with Seattle’s defense playing stout through two quarters, the Titans held a time-of-possession advantage of 19:20 to 10:40 in the first half. So Seattle’s struggles on defense could have at least partly been a product of fatigue while playing in temperatures in the high 80s at kickoff.”
Michael Beller of Sports Illustrated says it’s too early to say the Seahawks are in trouble:
“..it’s far too early to say the Seahawks are in trouble after losing to the Titans on Sunday, 33–27, to fall to 1–2 on the year. They’ve been in this position before, and they’ve come out on the other end with division titles and trips to the playoffs. Still, it’s hard to shake the feeling that something is different this time around that might preclude the Seahawks from making their familiar run over the final two-thirds or three-fourths of the season.”
Jeffri Chadiha of NFL.com says there’s two ways to look at the Seahawks right now:
“There’s really two ways to look at Seattle right now. The first approach is to say the Seahawks’ 1-2 record is the result of two tough road losses against strong opponents — the first being a season-opening loss at Green Bay — and that they’ll get healthy in upcoming games against the Colts and Rams. The second evaluation has less to do with who the Seahawks have been playing and more to do with how they’ve been playing. This defeat at Tennessee reflected plenty of the same issues that have dogged this team through the first three weeks.”
Andy Benoit of Sports Illustrated argues that it’s time for the Seahawks to put Russell Wilson on the move:
There are certain things a 5′ 11″ man can’t see behind offensive linemen six inches taller than him, as well as the outstretched arms of similarly sized defenders. It’s evident with Wilson every week on film. And because he is such a tremendous athlete, Wilson never developed the subtle pocket movement that a slightly less short guy, like Drew Brees, relies on for changing his view of the field. Wilson has always been able to run away from people; his tendency is to break down and leave the pocket.
For some players, that tendency is problematic. But for Wilson, it works often. It means, however, that the Seahawks can’t build a full dropback passing system around Wilson—just like the Patriots can’t build an offense around Tom Brady’s legs. A smart offense highlights its top player’s strengths and hides his limitations. For Seattle, that means putting Wilson on the move.
Danny Kelly of The Ringer writes the Titans of the punishing offense Seattle used to:
“Over the course of four quarters, Tennessee won the battle in the trenches and wore down the Seahawks, showcasing a couple of hallmarks recent Seattle teams were known for: supreme confidence and a little bit of an attitude. When paired with its convincing performance against a tough Jaguars defense last week, this Titans squad looks like it can run all over just about anybody.”
Terry Blount of FanRagSports asks, ‘Who are these guys?’:
“On a hot and humid afternoon in Nashville, the defense was gassed in the second half before the Seattle offense kicked it up a notch.
Here’s another crazy stat you don’t see by the Seahawks: The defense did not have a sack and recorded only two quarterback hits. The Seahawks rarely put any pressure on Mariota, who completed 20 of 32 throws for 225 yards passing and two TDs.”
Watch: Bob Condotta and Matt Calkins break down the Seahawks’ loss