It's like he's scared to play them, as if he doesn't have enough confidence in his team, and he's going away from what has made this team a great finisher.
I've been frustrated over this, as have others, and some of the local pundits have noticed it also. The ones that frustrated me most were LJ Collier, Ugo Amadi, and John Ursua. These are physically talented players, yet Pete played everybody and anybody except rookies.
I didn't understand why he was forcing TT and Lano, along with other random DBs, out on to the field all of the time, when he had some fast rookies that NEEDED reps!
As horrible as our pass rush was, WHY did Ziggy Ansah soak up all the reps while LJ sat on the sidelines? Collier is nver going to improve on the bench. Pete used to follow his philosophy that he brought from USC, not so much anymore. Now he's following the Jim Harbaugh policy of run your most experienced players in to the ground, so that when they get injured, you have no one to back them up.
I heard Dave Wyman talking about this very thing, and Danny O'Neill hits the nail on the head with his article.
O’Neil: Seahawks finishing kick is gone, and their young players are why
The Seahawks, who used to be known for their finishing kick, have become a team that tends to flail down the stretch. Instead of streaking through December, the Seahawks seem more likely to sputter.
But there’s something more going on here, too, which I think relates to the team’s willingness to play rookies, especially on defense. It used to be the Seahawks believed in getting young players on the field whether it was high draft picks like Earl Thomas and Bobby Wagner starting from Week 1 of their rookie season to having both K.J. Wright and Richard Sherman in the lineup by the midway point of their rookie seasons.
Those players made strides over the course of the season and by the time they reached December, they weren’t playing like rookies any more.
https://sports.mynorthwest.com/813529/o ... kick-gone/