Geno Smith had something to prove: Seaside Joe 1371
Just want to comment on the 4th down conversion Seattle gave up. Was I the only one who was saying “watch the Woolford bootleg!”?? Unbelievably bad contain on that side and wasn’t even that. It’s like no one even hypothesized it.
When you factor the challenge of the kicks, Myers is the second best kicker this year, behind only the GOAT Justin Tucker.
I knew Homer would be missed, and he was indeed. This is an easy game with Homer in. Geno may have even came out clean. We also probably force a fumble in one of the punts the rams fielded. But the impact to special teams was lower than I expected.
Tre Brown was put at the right time. This game should have been easy. It’s the perfect place for him to commit quasi-redshirt rookie mistakes.
I like Brooks and, to a lesser degree, Barton. Barton does great things, then awful things. Brooks used to be so reliable bringing guys down, he stepped back a little this year, but I don’t think he’s a liability.
Last week I was critical of DK for not being 'the guy' that he is capable of being, but today he showed he can do it. Lockett performed the way we have come to expect, so a good day for the WRs and Marquise Goodwin played well also.
I have always liked Deejay and was happy he was drafted by the Seahawks. He is a tough dude and showed that today, big time. He doesn't have KW3's speed or moves but he does all right. Whether it is Homer or Deejay I want to see more 2-back sets with KW3 to keep the D guessing pass/run. All three are capable pass receivers as well as runners.
Run D... I was really disappointed to see the Rams running on our D after the last two weeks. It makes me think this is not a scheme problem as much as it is personnel--we simply need some DL upgrades.
Yes these front seven players aren't superstars. But when they make the worst offenses in the league look like all stars, there has to be something wrong with the coaching and scheme as well.
Brooks was a late first rounder. Barton a second. Mafe a second. Poona and Woods played well in other systems. Hell even though he's old Bruce Irvin was a mid-first. Something is horribly wrong for it to be this bad, especially since Pete values the run defense AND THEY KNOW THE TEAMS ARE GOING TO TRY TO RUN.
I'm not a coach, not a film guy, but I don't think you can say if we added a game-wrecker this would all be fixed.
Add an asterisk on Geno’s “INT*”.
It’s time for the TE to shine whitout RB, we need the TE to do the short pass and get the fist downs
I didn't see the whole game, but I thought the LBs played pretty well. Honestly it seems like the main issues for the run defense is inconsistent line play and poor safety play. The offensive lineman get to the second level too often and on the really big runs the safeties don't keep a lid on it. I could be wrong for sure, but it feels that way to me
We'll likely never know what the scuffle on the sideline between Geno and K9 was about but I have an idea. A few plays previous, the Rams ran a delayed blitz off of the offense's right side. K9 was leaking into the flat and almost ran into the blitzer. In fact, K9 stepped around the oncoming Ram who then sacked Geno. I think Geno said, "What the Lock were you thinking? Get in that guy's way. Wake up rookie!" It was a bush league play by K9.
I'm glad we won. Thing is, with most of the Rams starters injured, this should have been a Seahawks blowout. I'm now definitely on the high draft pick bandwagon. Also (see below) really frustrated with Substack.
WE HAVE GOT TO GO BACK TO A 4/3 d. Our D sucks. Badly. & our players on D aren't that bad. That would seem to put a lot of this on Hurtt. My prediction is we lose the Wild card game at best. At least many of the games including today have been entertaining.
We are really sunk if Walker misses any games.
We won, so good game.
I don't know how that was an interception. Seems like his knee was down before Wags took the ball. More bad officiating.
Washington and NY could not score any points in OT. Strangely bad?
Coastal Carolina is going bowling!
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Again, another accurate, blunt commentary on the seahawks. The D. So damn bad I was tempted to walk away from the game. THIS is the improvement from last week's disaster on D. What in the hell did these guys practice all week!! They started where they left off last week. This is NOT PROGRES. Like my comment last week, at this pro level, players should KNOW how to tackle. pressure on the QB, what the hell is that with this D. Out D is an embarrassment, period.
Geno, ok, he did well enough to get us W. BUT, man, the guy seems to have no pocket awareness. At least RW could sense someone bearing down on him (well most times) Geno has no clue. He just gets sacked.
Horrible day in my opinion for Brooks. Caught inside, no edge setting, chasing guys who had blown by him.
Man, our RB position is/could be a mess. Between injured RBs and less than stellar run game blocking, we need some attention, focus and health improvement.
Ramsay. What a cheep shot, yappy asshole that is past his prime.
Officiating. At least it was Horrible both ways but the Bobby INT was total BS.
Bobby was hell on wheels tonight.
As I'm sure we all are, I'm really hoping KW3 isn't going to miss time. He's a difference maker in whether we have much of a shot these last 5 games. I don't see this as a team that will make noise in the playoffs; they needed everything they could muster to beat a Rams team of largely scrubs and backups. But it's still been a remarkable season considering where we were projected and it would be fantastic to make the post season after trading Russ and cutting Bobby. I'm incredibly optimistic about next season.
Speaking of Bobby, I'm not one to bitch about refs but I don't see how that was an interception. Even without it he had a monster game though and hats off to him. Unlike many fans, I was decidedly NOT rooting for Bobby in this game nor happy that he showed out. When the Rams play us, I hope he has the worst games of his career, just as I wish for any member of the Rams (and the Broncos for 5 more games). I'll root for the Texans, Panthers, Bears and Lions for their next 5 games with the exception of Panthers@Seahawks. Wouldn't it be insane if we actually got the #1 overall pick from the Russell Wilson trade? So many were predicting it would be in the 30s before the season. And the 2nd rounder would practically be another first. I keep hoping that the Broncos decide to hang it up and pull their stars for the rest of the season, but I doubt Russ wants that. But there isn't anything to play for and injuries this late in the season often mean players aren't ready to come back week 1 the following year. But I bet the high draft pick is a little extra motivation in these scenarios usually.
Sorry for rambling. Go 'Hawks!
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Rashaad Penney ankle (IR), Kenneth Walker III ankle, Travis Homer ankle, DJ Dallas ankle, Jones Jr new to team...who else? How about Dareke Young - used as a 'tweener' in college...
Rushing stats: 88 attempts - 658 yards - 8 TDs - 57 long - 7.5 average...not all jet sweeps either as he was used out of the backfield...come to think of it, I was pushing for him to be a FB as he has a big body and a passion for blocking. Not bad as someone to try on if we are short bodies for the RB gig...lets hope his ankles hold up!
Wolford passing: 14 for 26 for 178, 0 TDs, 2 Ints, 6.8 yard avg.
Rams rushing: 33 carries for 171 yards, 5.2 yard avg, 2 TDs.
I'm not an Xs and Os scheme guy, but surely the Hawks defense didn't go into this game thinking we gotta shutdown the Wolford to Atwell connection if we want a shot at winning. After the last two games if the coaching staff didn't anticipate the Rams trying to run it down their throats, then they don't deserve their paychecks. I don't pretend to know how they fix this issue, but I doubt it's as simple as switching back to a 4-3 front (but maybe it is). The point is against the bucks you blame it on planning for Brady, and against the Raiders you blame it on planning for Adams, but now I think you have to blame it on the coaches and players for not executing the game plan well enough. Excuses are like lies, in that the best are based on truth, and the excuses for the previous two losses are falling apart after this win. The panthers aren't good, but if they have a strength on offense it's running the ball. I'm worried.
But we still won, so yay!!!
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Seemed to me like the Rams played with much more intensity than the Hawks. They didn't have a lot of talent but they compensated with effort. Wagner led that effort, leaving a ton of sweat and blood on the field.
Would love to know why Walker and Geno were in conflict on the sideline. Hoping it's not serious though we'll likely never find out.