The Seattle Seahawks completed the first half of the "meaningful" preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers 13: 3. Here's a breakdown of the starter's offensive games and what we can learn from Saturday night.
DRIVE # 1
Seattle's first offensive game that comes closest to a real football game over the next three weeks: 5 yards led by Chris Carson.
That's about as expected from a first piece. The offensive line did a good job of defending the chargers, and Carson needed only three stretcher again to show he was ready for a big year. He finished the night with an average of 7.7 meters per stretcher.
The second game was a zone that left Russell Wilson running a few yards to the left.
The next game was Carson's five-yard race between the duels until he rebounded outside Germain Ifedi.
In the fourth game TE Jacob Hollister hit a nice throw from Russ on the left side. He basically secured the hook for a foot and a half until the ground let him drop the ball. Hollister was a camp favorite when they bought him from the New England Patriots, but lately it has been remarkably quiet. Obviously not as he had hoped.
The fifth piece was a Carson 1
Rashaad Penny had to face the field in this starter game and took a carry and a screen pass for a total of 5 yards.
On the third descent, a wide-open Malik Turner was overthrown by Wilson. It was definitely a crashed ball, but it did not look like Turner was going full swing as he accelerated noticeably after finding the ball.
Run / Pass Ratio: 5-2. Russell Wilson 1-3.
What we have learned: Um, they still like to run? The line of attack will definitely not be the weakest link in this team. Chris Carson can, as far as I'm interested, spend two weeks on vacation.
Let's add that to the mix as well – with the eyeball test, Russell seems to need something to warm up from time to time. In particular, crashes. Hollister's ball was catchable but definitely ahead. Turners was also beyond him. Apart from that, Wilson did not even target his primary receivers while driving.
DRIVE # 2
Rashaad Penny goes 5 yards into the middle. For a brief, incredibly sweet moment, I thought that running backs are really interchangeable.
Tyler Locket followed with an end for the 1st Down.
The third game blocked Wilson's low pass for a really nice jump from the corner, which Lockett obviously did not expect. Russell is now 1-4 at this time.
On the second descent, Penny ran for 7 yards between battles to the right. Feel-good fairies danced on my chest as I thought all my optimism would be felt for me when Rashaad ran after real linemen for the first time that preseason.
Russ crawled the next game for 11 yards and a 1 to the left down. He is now in 2-2 in the starting phase.
The next one is a bit confusing. The official Box Score lists this as a -7 yard pass, but JD McKissic was completely destroyed in a fly sweep. It looked like Will Dissly should have shown the lineman a shoulder in front of him, but he ignored him on the way to the pie with a corner to his left.
Russ then threw Tyler Lockett the right hash for a 20-yard gain. The ball came incredibly fast from Wilson's hand after a five-step drop and he hit Lockett perfectly.
Seattle followed with a game action left to Tyler Lockett – once again. This was the nuts and bolts of Seattle's best game last year. They sent the entire line to the left, while Russell was alone in space on the right side … and Lockett was apparently uncovered. Russ is now 3-6 on actual passes and Lockett won 50 yards on his two receptions.
That's football! Here comes the pace! Here comes the game action! We have an O-Line that gives things over and lets things run! We have two running backs with running skills!
Next Game – Rashaad Penny 3-yard run.
Next Game – Rashaad Penny 2-yard loss.
I'm confused. In both plays, Penny seemed unbelievably Trent Richardson-like when he found the path of greatest resistance and resolutely took. To be honest, Isaac Rochell was down in negative defensive play when Will Dissly missed another missed blocking job.
The next game – Rashaad Penny's pass on the right side embarrassed three players and brought 8 yards.
Still confused. Does he just want to be a recipient?
More important is where the piece ended. Seattle was in a 4th and 1st on the three-yard line from LA.
PETE CARROLL CAN ONCE AGAIN RECEIVE NO GAME WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN RECALLED IN A SITUATION TO EXPECT HEAVY IN THE FOURTH AND A RED ZONE. This is an issue that I hope to visit throughout the season when we look at coaching decisions. Granted, you want to fix these situations, but it looks like a bit of loitering around, tricking players on the field and petting Pete angrily on the bubble gum while he looks like he just realized he was the one who should make a decision.  At this point we can call it a preseason for the coaches. If it happens in the regular season, we can make a bigger deal.
In the meantime, Penny comes out of the timeout by securing the touchdown for a good second attempt to the left through Duane Brown. Not like, behind or off the shoulder of Duane Brown. He actually tried to run through 320 lb Duane Brown. Fortunately for Penny, Brown took two defenders for a separate TD, so it worked well.
Run / Pass Ratio: 8-4. Russell Wilson 4-7 through the first two rides.
What we've learned: Tyler Lockett can accompany Carson everywhere for the next two weeks, hopefully in a warm place with no stairs. He is ready. Russ warms up well.
Will Dissly … I really hope, really, Dissly is not shy now because of persistent effects in his knee, but he has not blocked some key games well. If he looks at the repetitions, he might well miss his job. Alternatively, the coverage is not well adjusted and at least both options can be corrected. But Dissly still has no reception, and if he has trouble blocking, this TE group could be a big problem.
This coverage ends here because Seattle drew different starters at this time, but Penny continued to refuse even though it ended The night has an average of more yards per carry than Travis Homer or Xavier Turner. If I look at a list tonight of how (spoiler) CJ Prosise ran, Penny is the third or fourth most trusted person in the room and not half of a strong double winner combination.
Wilson was not fired during the game, and Geno Smith picked up the only sack of the night in the second half. The negative games for Penny and McKissic both seemed to be the fault of the TE, most likely Dissly, and not the offensive line. Wilson had both a bag and time in his field time. Most notably, Germain Ifedi has committed no
Drive / Game / Russell error. Very solid performance of this group, although it should be noted that the chargers did not play their starters.
The non-lockett receivers did nothing in the first two drives and were literally not focused on them. The only exception was Malik Turner after some creative bag maneuvers by Wilson, which Turner had not expected. It's not necessarily a problem when Run-Run-Lockett works on the far left, but at some point, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer probably wants something else to click.