"It's the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day." It did feel like the same old story at times yesterday. Then just as boy remembers girl, the Seahawks shoot themselves in the foot by not being able to get the ball back and then having things like false start penalties when you're marching for the game-winning field goal.
"It's fourth and fifteen and you're looking at a full-court press." While I'm sure Pete knows he was coaching football yesterday, the 61-yard field goal makes you pause and wonder. Yes, it was 4th & 8 with 13 seconds left. But you had a timeout and wide receivers (particularly Baldwin) who had a knack for getting open yesterday. You have to give your kicker at least a semi-reasonable chance to kick a game winner.
"Interesting... almost as interesting as the photographs I saw today. I was young! I needed the work!" Well, watching that game in the 2nd half, you have to think the Hawks have stumbled upon something with the no-huddle offense. They were able to move the ball fairly easily. Jackson was making reads much more quickly. It was obvious Atlanta's defense was sucking wind. Of course, it's a double-edged sword since it runs the risk of putting your defense back out on the field more quickly if you're not able to put together long drives. I'd love to see them introduce the no-huddle on the first drive in New York this week to see if that can prevent the flat start we always see with these east coast games.
"Mrs. Nordberg, I think we can save your husband's arm. Where would you like it sent?" Interestingly, Atlanta's defenders started coming down with injuries when Seattle's no-huddle offense was breaking off chunks of yardage. While I applaud the NFL trying to put a stop to that, it's going to be all but impossible to enforce during a game, short of the atrocious acting job the Giants did a few weeks ago.
"Hey Look! It's Enrico Pallazzo!" Hey look, Tarvaris Jackson had 300+ yards and 3 TD's!! While nobody's going to mistake Jackson for world-renowned quarterbacks like Brees, Manning, or Brady, that was an impressive game from Jackson yesterday. Granted, it helped that his offensive line had a great game and gave him some time. But it's nice to see him get some confidence, and that may well help down the road.
"Nice beaver! Thank you. I just had it stuffed." When you first saw this movie, that immediately became one of the most potentially exciting lines. But, just like the Hawks in the 2nd half, the promise was never fulfilled. However, that was not because of the 12th Man. The crowd came to play, particularly in the 2nd half. That was good to see as in the previous week against Arizona, there was a subdued nature to the crowd.
Speaking of the 12th Man, while I don't have a problem per se with Jason Terry raising the flag yesterday, could we not get a hold of guys like Nate Robinson, Jon Brockman, or Brandon Roy? Like Terry, it's not like they're working right now. I'd rather have someone who maybe actually played here either in college or professionally. So, note to the Seahawks PR staff, there are still plenty of guys out there who have not raised the flag and will put the crowd into a frenzy leading up to kickoff. Along those lines, a memo to Pete Carroll. If you win the coin toss, there is zero reason to take the ball first. Your crowd is jacked up and loud and you're going to voluntarily go on offense first? Why take the air out of the crowd like that? Time for the conversation with Mitch Levy that he's had with your two predecessors.