Seahawks Instant Reaction: 710 ESPN Seattle on 17-15 loss to WFT
The Seahawks fell to 3-8 on the season with a 17-15 loss to the Washington Football Team on Monday night as the problems continued to mount for coach Pete Carroll’s team.
As we do after each Seahawks game, we have collected the instant reactions of the voices of 710 ESPN Seattle. See what they have to say below, and tune in Tuesday for full Seahawks coverage starting with The Mike Salk Show at 6 a.m. and The Pete Carroll Show at 9:30.
I honestly don’t know what I just saw. It was truly unrecognizable (well, other than the final drive), at least offensively. The defense was fine. It did a pretty good job despite being on the field all night. But that was not an NFL offense, let alone one featuring an elite franchise quarterback and some of the best weapons in the league. That… was putrid.
We’ve seen the Seahawks get dominated by a defensive line that suffocates them with pressure – losses to the Rams and Packers stand out. We’ve seen them hurt themselves with self-inflicted wounds, penalties and substitution miscues. But we’ve never seen them look so totally lost, so completely without answers.
This loss was different because so much of it fell on the coaching staff that couldn’t design an offense capable of getting the ball to its playmakers and a quarterback that couldn’t choose the open receiver and often missed high and wide when he did.
It was foundation-shaking to see Russell Wilson laid low like this. And while his finger injury and new offensive scheme are clearly part of the problem, they don’t quite explain everything. I don’t think anyone knows for sure what we are watching and why it’s turned so far south, but it doesn’t look like the show we’ve watched for a decade, and now it’s near impossible to imagine all of the major characters returning for another sequel.
Wash, rinse, repeat. That’s what this season has been, week after week. Absolutely nothing has changed.
The offense is an absolute disaster! I honestly don’t even know what to say anymore about what is happening with this offense except that I don’t care what Russell Wilson says about how good he feels – that finger is a problem. While the Seahawks made it interesting at the very end of the game, this offense is broken. Injuries to Russell and Chris Carson certainly play a part, but they were struggling before those two were hurt. Amazing that they went from setting a franchise record in points scored last season to now looking like a group of guys playing together for the very first time.
The defense, while having some nice moments within the game, can’t get itself off of the field. As much as the lack of an offense is contributing to their problems, the defense is doing very little to help themselves when it comes to the disparity in time of possession. They gave up an opening drive to the Cardinals last week that lasted 9:27, so the fatigue excuse doesn’t fly there. The second drive of the game for Washington tonight lasted 9:25. Again, fatigue is most likely an issue later in the game, but these are happening long before that is a valid excuse.
Bottom line is that this is just not a good team. The rest of this season is an audition for for everyone involved!
The Groz – Host emeritus, 710 ESPN Seattle
Just a frustrating night in D.C. as the hopes for the playoffs came to an end for the Seahawks.
Before the final drive, the Hawks had just five first downs and less then 200 yards in total offense. They can’t run the ball without Chris Carson and for some reason Shane Waldron’s offensive playbook is dealing DK Metcalf out. No excuse for not getting him the ball.
Russell Wilson looked terrible until that final drive but this was a game against a 4-6 team with a backup QB that made mistakes to keep you in the game. The last scoring drive was fun for sure, but like everything else this season, it came up short.
For the first time in over a decade the Seahawks are playing out the string for two months. There were obviously some major mistakes made in putting this team and coaching staff together. It’s going to be interesting to see how the franchise reacts to this but it certainly feels like its time to tear it down and try something new. Just not sure what that is.
The late touchdown makes the result look close but make no mistake, the offense is irrevocably broken. A stretch of five straight three-and-outs, which spanned most of the second half, crippled any chance of making it a game, let alone winning when the defense held its own for most of that stretch.
No first-half targets for DK Metcalf is baffling, especially against a WFT squad that entered the game 30th in passing yards allowed at 270 yards per game. It also seems so difficult every time out for the offense to merely pick up 10 yards, which is another head-scratcher when you have two potent receivers, a good receiving tight end in Gerald Everett, and a capable running back in Alex Collins. Running the ball set up the first touchdown drive, yet Seahawks running backs finished with just 10 total handoffs to running backs. Sure, there wasn’t much room, but does 10 total carries allow enough of a sample size, or enough balance to soften up that defense?
It felt exactly like last week, and the week before that when the time of possession skewed so heavily in favor of the opponent that by the time the fourth quarter was winding down the defense had nothing left because of how long it was on the field. Last week it was a season-low 19:38 in time of possession, until that was promptly beaten this week with a new low of 18:20. Perhaps then it isn’t so surprising DK Metcalf was barely targeted – the Seahawks offense was never on the field! WFT ran 79 plays compared to 45 for the Seahawks, while Seattle only had 10 first downs (five of them on the final drive) compared to 27 for the Football Team.
There could be a lot of factors at play but something is clearly not right with Russell Wilson. Another couple of overthrows tonight along with simply not seeing receivers who were open. It’s so rare and out of character, but there appears to be a tentativeness and unease for Wilson in the pocket that we just have never seen before. The offense will clearly only go as Russell Wilson goes, and right now everything is stuck.
Change the record.
What can anyone say right now? A single rushing first down and getting beat (again) 2:1 in possession simply won’t do it in any NFL game, much less with banged up RBs and hoping the backups on your offensive line will provide enough to give Russell the time he needed to piece together a win on his 33rd birthday. But that wasn’t Russell Wilson. At least not the one I remember.
This Seahawks offense was already sputtering like an 80s Nissan pickup in the middle of winter but this is officially a different dimension of the “uncharted territory” in the Pete Carroll era.
Give the Seahawks’ defense credit. It delivered chance after chance and made big plays when needed to keep the score to within one possession, but spirit can only last so long before the gas runs out. Jamal’s first half interception followed by an immediate deep ball to Lockett was beautiful, but it all ended with an Alex Collins fumble on the very next play and the offense never really recovered. Punt, punt, punt, punt and another punt followed. Fast-forward to the exciting 2-minute drill with a failed conversion and that’s all we got. Game over.
It feels like a lifetime ago that we were praising Shane Waldron and the Seahawks’ first six quarters of the season, but we all know this isn’t sustainable and something’s gotta give. Change the record. Get a new dance partner. Buy a new truck. Something.