Maelstrom787 wrote:The Good:
- The safety tandem of Diggs/Adams is finally cementing itself as one of the best in the league on field, and not just on paper. Diggs is a true ballhawk, notching his 5th interception of the year today. Adams is a freewheeling (record setting!) playmaker who can do it all - the posterchild of an extremely coveted archetype in today's NFL.
One play in particular stood out - The Adams dropped interception. Their timing and chemistry shows up. Adams gets in position to play the ball. I'll forgive the drop considering the health of his fingers. Diggs is in position a split second after the ball arrives to lay a hit on the receiver. That timing has been missing, and that sort of energy on the backend is what elevates a defense.
- Jordyn Brooks continues to show up in run support. He slices through traffic like he's a ball-carrier-seeking-missile and gets there quickly. He's a rare case where the college tape is translating directly to his play as a pro. He's a future cornerstone. KJ continues to play some of his best ever football in his 10th year, and Bobby is... well, Bobby. The linebacking core looks amazing.
- The defense is clearly playing with more energy. It feels different than it has the past few years, and I suspect that Adams and Dunlap are the catalysts. Two pros with star power and personality who are really bringing swagger to the D. The goal line stand on fourth down sticks out as the type of play where the new, next level defensive energy is on full display.
- The offensive woes continue. They're holding it together and doing just enough to keep the team victorious, but the rhythm is lacking and things are falling apart on third down. One is left to wonder whether they used up all their magic in the early part of the year.
- The offensive line had a poor day against the LA front. With Iupati and Shell not playing, the chemistry the starting line plays with takes a hit. They're more susceptible to cleverly-engineered pass rush from different spots and angles. One play stands out, a rush (sack) from LA #69. Pocic and Simmons (at LG) double team the interior rush and leave 69 free, and Simmons can't get back in time. That's a chemistry thing, and I hope Iupati is back soon. The line plays tighter football with him in.
- Carroll's challenge. I'm not sure what he was told regarding the fumble from above, but there was no angle which showed anything close to a clear Seattle recovery.. or any sort of Seattle recovery at all. Seemed like Goff got it right back. It was inconsequential, and I would've been fine with it in the first half due to the risk/reward involved and the general incompetence of officiating... but second half? I love Pete, but that could have come back to bite them.
Just quick impressions written on mobile. No research, just off the dome. Please point out anything I'm misremembering or any grammatical mistakes.
A very astute analysis. I agree with everything you said. Bonus points for writing all of that on your phone. Holy Hell that may just be the worst thing I ever do (posting on .NET using my phone...Talk about a bull in a china shop).
Bruce said it best in regards to Pete's challenge:Y’know, I was super annoyed at Pete wasting that challenge on the goal line fumble, but just took a different perspective. Tactically, awful. But as a coach, admirable. Taken a certain way, he was backing up his D guys, disrespected all year, during a legendary goal line stand.
It's so true. Tactically it really was terrible. It had 0.03% chance of being reversed. But being the leader? I get it. I think the players did too. Always ComPETE. We can laugh about it because it didn't cost us the game. Imagine if it had? <<<<shudder>>>>
I would add that I am very critical of Russell lately, and that's me, Mr. Russell Apologist. Fan Boy Extraordinaire. I always tend to gloss over the negatives because historically he's just soooo good. While I don't want to dwell on the less than desirables, especially with a great win, but his mannerisms, especially in the first half, really bothered me.
Dropping back and allowing the pressure to simply come to him without trying to escape. He does this body language thing in the pocket where he shrugs his shoulders anticipating contact even if it isn't there. I know we've all seen it. There was one play in particular where he ran up the middle when the pocket collapsed and he ended up making contact with a couple of our linemen and he immediately crumbled. No attempt to roll off the impact, just defeat.
Russell 2, 3 years ago turns that play into an ESPN highlight.
To his credit, he turned it around a bit in the second half. Started to get into a flow more, and started to look more like the Russell Wilson we all know and love. I know, we are spoiled. He's been so good for so long, but that's also why my expectations are so sky high. When he's "less" than I think he should be, it stands out to me like a sore Goff thumb.
Yes there is a real part of me that is butthurt over Russ never getting the MVP. Especially when he is completely capable of it nearly every year. The last two years he WAS the MVP...
For the first two months.
And here we are again, were he could have had it, but for whatever reason he let it slip away and we are looking yet again at the continued narrative likely that "Russell Wilson has yet to even garner ONE single vote for MVP".
But I digress. My point is that I look at Russ like a $500,000 exotic sports car I expect to run to perfection every time I get behind the wheel. So if there's a hiccup, a problem...I am upset. For the money, I expect nothing but high performance each and every time. Maybe that's just plain unrealistic, but it's how I feel.
In the end, I know I am being unreasonable. Even Brady and Rodgers have looked like hot garbage from time-to-time. Why should Wilson be immune to the same?
I just want this future Hall of Famer to deliver us back to the promised land, and I know he has it in him to do it in his career at least a couple more times.
I get it.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.