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Instant Reaction: 710 ESPN Seattle on Seahawks’ loss to Titans

Sep 24, 2017, 5:19 PM | Updated: 11:06 pm

Marcus Mariota and the Titans scored three touchdowns in the third quarter. (AP)...

Marcus Mariota and the Titans scored three touchdowns in the third quarter. (AP)

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As we do after each Seahawks game, we have compiled the instant reactions of 710 ESPN Seattle’s show hosts on Seattle’s 33-27 loss to the Titans. Here’s what they have to say:

Gee Scott

The Titans remind me of the 2012 Seahawks: new kids on the block. Great run game, good defense and they play with a lot of emotion. They just moved to the neighborhood and want to tell the top kid that they want some respect. Marcus Mariota wants everybody to know that he’s for real. The days of teams being afraid of the Seahawks are on hold at this time. Only three games have been played so the Seahawks still have time to get back on course. The defense didn’t have a good game, and the offense was slow to start, but it ended the game OK. Well, “OK” isn’t the answer the Seahawks need to meet the expectations that so many have for this team. When you’re the 2017 Seahawks, you don’t get many excuses. You just go out there and do it! It’s now time for the Seahawks to come home to find their identity against the Colts.

Bob Stelton of Bob, Groz and Tom

Roles were reversed this week in the sense that the defense was on the field for too long on a very hot and humid day in Tennessee. Only this time, the majority of the fault falls on their shoulders. Penalties were killers in allowing the Titans to sustain drives. The Titans had four first downs in the first half that came off of penalties. And for the second week in a row the Seahawks allowed a 100-yard rusher. Throw in some really poor tackling and you end up with a bad day, allowing 33 points and over 400 yards of offense. The offense wasn’t perfect but it was clearly the best it’s been this season. Russell Wilson, inaccurate to start, rebounded very well throwing for four touchdowns and almost 400 yards. The O-line also had itsbest game of the season – by far! Let’s hope the offense can build off of this and the defense can learn from the mistakes and throw this one away.

Mike Salk of Brock and Salk

When you have major letdowns in all three phases of the game, the finger pointing has to go to the top. And in this case that means Pete Carroll and his coaching staff. The Seahawks played a sloppy game from start to finish and their own mistakes were too numerous to overcome against a tough and physical opponent. Between preventable penalties, sloppy run defense, questionable play calling, poor tackling, bad clock management, and continued problems with substitution and timeout conservation, the Hawks did not give themselves enough of a chance to win. And when the problems are that numerous and varied, the coaches need to do better. A Sunday night home game against the Colts next week should – and better – help them get that straightened out.

Tom Wassell of Bob, Groz and Tom

One thing is clear: The Seahawks’ defense does not react well when they’re getting pushed around. Their most undisciplined play usually follows stretches in games where they’re being beaten soundly. Kam Chancellor talked about this exact issue after their playoff loss to the Falcons last season. Frustration is not their friend. After some more early struggles, Russell Wilson rallied to play well once the offense went up tempo, and Doug Baldwin was his usual productive self. Once again, we got one, maybe two nice drives that involved a running game, but not much more than that. Was the offensive line better? Yeah, but it’s still not pretty. Despite all this, I feel good about their chances this season. On the political front, Baldwin’s notion of ’empathy’ works a lot better for me than Richard Sherman’s opinion that if you do not condemn something, you are condoning it.

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