Kicking The Dog When He’s Down: A Seahawks 31-7 Victory Over The Jaguars Review

The look of someone tasted a poop sandwich

I’ve seen a lot of things with the Seahawks in my life.

I’ve seen a 2-14 Seattle Seahawks team have a top defense in the league in 1992 only to prove that defenses don’t win championships, much less three games in a sixteen game regular season.

I’ve seen a Seahawk quarterback throw five interceptions in a NFC Championship game, and still figure out a gutty way to win it in overtime, and get his team to a back to back Super Bowl.

I’ve seen another Seahawk quarterback say loudly into a mic during a playoff overtime coin toss “we want the ball and we are going to score” and then proceed to throw a game losing pick six once he gets the ball.

I have seen yet another Seahawk quarterback back in the late 1980s get sacked an NFL record seven times in a game by the same player, and in what should have been sack number eight, he miraculously slipped out, and toss a game winning touchdown.

I’ve seen a Beastquake.

I’ve seen a SharpieGate.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player pick up an onside kick and run it in for a touchdown to ice a game in the final minutes 31-7, but thanks to Travis Homer, I have now seen that, too.

The Seattle Seahawks didn’t just beat down this Jacksonville Jaguars dog of a team this Sunday. They kicked the dog in the stomach while it was laying all over the Lumen field artificial grass. I wasn’t upset about that, either.

Here are my thoughts.

The Good

After spending the week lamenting why Pete Carroll chose to shut down his offense in a tight and very winnable game against the Saints on Monday Night Football, it was refreshing to see him give the keys back to offensive coordinator Shane Waldron more in this one. I thought Waldron, for the most part, called a pretty good game. Plays looked varied, it didn’t feel like Alex Collins with getting charged with the task of running into brick wall on third and two, and there where various ways players were getting the ball. This felt like a modern day NFL offense in this one.

It was joyous to see Geno Smith look more like a capable quarterback in the league in this one, as well. He’s a far cry from Russell Wilson, but when drives were clicking, he got the ball out on time, at times down field, and he hit several receivers in stride to provide a run after catch opportunity. Even though he took more sacks than he might should have, this was a solid game for him, as he provided three of Seattle’s touchdowns.

And you want to talk about quarterback efficiency? Geno completed just over 83 percent of his passes in this one. That’s a stat line any top end quarterback would gladly take. Geno Smith should be proud of himself.

This was another overall good game out of the defense. Safety Ryan Neil had a nice game, as did the corners, and safety Quandre Diggs. I thought Ugo Amadi showed as a nickel DB. Seattle only got one sack, but they pressured and hurried Trevor Lawrence pretty much all game long. Darrell Taylor had another nice game.

I think what I liked most in this one was how the Seattle corners played tighter at the line of scrimmage. They were going to give Lawrence quick and easy completions. This is a far contrast to the first month of defensive football Seattle has played. Let’s see if this continues against teams with better offenses like Green Bay, and Arizona.

It would, of course, be horrible if I didn’t give proper shout out again to Travis Homer for scooping up that onside kick and take it to the house. Ain’t never seen that before, and glad I did.

The Bad

I feel terrible putting Jamal Adams in this section. By all accounts, he had a respectable game.

He had five solo tackles, and to my eyes, he didn’t look terrible in coverage. If it wasn’t for the fact that he is now making over $17 million a year to play a strong safety role that hasn’t, to my eyes, been impactful, I wouldn’t think to be writing about him here.

The cold hard facts remain cold and hard.

Jamal Adams is being paid a ton of money, and really has yet to show what he’s anything close to being worth it this season. Through eight games, he has yet to produce a single sack. He’s been in position to pick off a pass and was looked inept at being able to do it.

This is not good for a safety who is viewed as the best pass rushing safety in the league, and is supposed to be a ‘defensive weapon.” Now, his backup in Neil has more sacks than he does.

What does Seattle do with him?

Do they keep him as a safety, or do they try him as a linebacker?

It was interesting to note that when in nickel defense in this one, Neil was playing WILL backer and Jordyn Brooks was pulled off the field. Why not put Adams there, and have Neil at safety in those situations?

Neil looks and plays like a very capable safety. Adams strengths are best suited for being in the box.

Right now, this whole Adams deal feels like a massive busted flush for this team. If Pete Carroll were to lose his job at the end of this season, it would feel like the Adams trade would be a main catalyst for his removal.

And this has absolutely nothing to do with whether Adams is a good or bad player. I actually still believe he is a top end talent. I just think how he is being used in this defense is wrong.

He is being paid pass rusher money. He earned that by collecting 9 sacks in twelve games last year. He should be used as a main pass rusher for this team this year, again.

If this were my defense, I would have him lined off the corner on most third and longs. I would even consider using him much like Rufus Porter was used in the late 1980s to mid 1990s. Older Seahawk fans will know what I am talking about here.

Porter was a small linebacker/edge rusher. He actually made this team initially as a special teams ace, but then head coach Chuck Knox saw a use for his speed on third downs, and he quickly became an aces third down pass rush specialist. He instantly became a fan favorite.

Porter was initially playing at a petite size of 6-1 and 210 pounds. He looked more like a DB than a LB. Eventually, he added another ten pounds or more, but never lost his speed.

Adams is listed at 6-1 213 pounds. He’s a bigger safety, and isn’t that far away from being a light WILL linebacker like Porter was, and a few are in this league.

If I were coaching this team, I’d shift him to linebacker. I think this would be my best way to make the most out of him.

I would trust Ryan Neil to make better plays on the ball at safety, and I would use Adams’ speed and aggressive in the box and at the line of scrimmage. This idea is screaming out loudly to me like the idea I had about marrying my wife. It’s a no brainer. You do it.

But, they probably won’t do this because Jordyn Brooks was last year’s first round pick and he has been playing WILL. They probably don’t want to diminish his game by only having him on the field thirty percent of the time at strong side (SAM) linebacker, but I think it is what they should consider. After all, if they created a plan for Ryan Neil to play WILL on third downs in this one, and have Brooks off the field on key passing downs, why not just do this for Adams?

This is the conundrum Seattle is in with Adams and this defense, and I don’t think it’s fair for the fans, nor the player himself, to continue not using him enough in ways in which he is most dynamic.

Hopefully, Seattle figures something out with him as they go into this bye week.

The Ugly

I was actually going to list this in the Good section, but Good Lordy, did I ever have belly laughing fun watching Urdan Meyer’s disgusted face during the second half of this game, and especially after the recovered onside kick was taken in for the final score.

This could not have been what he envisioned when he took this Jaguar gig, thinking he would be the savor. LOL!

What a maroon.

I’m still laughing as I type this up. It looked like he smelt his own farts all game long, and then someone else’s stinky gas bomb at the end.

Meyer is a joke of a human being. He deserves to get canned tomorrow.

Part of me wishes Jacksonville will keep with him the full season, but that’s only so that he can continue to embarrass himself. I feel bad for his players who have to look at his face on the team flight home and in the team meetings this week. I feel worse for Jacksonville fans.

What a human joke. It’s completely fair to make fun at this douche, too.

He has left piles of crap around him wherever he has gone in college football, collecting national championships. I think he turned a blind eye to a lot of heinous behavior out of his players and coaches, and this whole getting caught on film grabbing ass shit he did at some club in Cincinnati shows us all exactly who, and what he is.

He’s horrible. All those Pete Carroll hating Seahawk fans should be grateful about the person Pete Carroll is, at the very least, and that’s the truth.

Sure, Carroll can be guilty of piss poor game management, and playing things too conservatively in this modern wide open era of offensive football. That’s fair, but Good God, I would gladly take ten more years of Carroll the human being over one season of a putrid person of a coach in Meyer any time. It’s no contest.

Also, careful what you ask for if you’re the sort that wants Carroll out. I fully get all the reasons why, but the fact remains that Pete Carroll is a master culture builder, and that is a huge deal in the world of professional sports, and this whole Urban Meyer saga is a huge reminder of why.

Moving Forward

Seattle is now 3-5. That’s not good, but it doesn’t mean their season is a total loss, even though it sorta feels like it is. We are still in a weird spot as fans.

On the plus side, I was expecting the Jaguars to make this one a go of it, and Seattle whooped up on them pretty good. If they get Russell Wilson back shortly after the bye week, I think a 9 game winning season is still possible with how this schedule breaks down the road. That’s probably not going to get it done to be a playoff team, but it can make for a more respectable year in which Russ missed multiple games for the first time in his career.

This has me wondering if Pete Carroll does give John Schneider the green light to go for a splash trade, possibly for a big name pass rusher, corner, or even a running back with Chris Carson now appearing to look more and more done for the year.

How much better would this offense be if there was a featured back who defensive coaches feared some?

How much more of an improvement could this defense be if there was more of a lock down corner presence on it, or a pass rusher who demanded extra attention on each passing down?

Last week, I was thinking they should be sellers leading up to the trade deadline. A big part of me still believes that is best for the long term health of this club. It still feels like some rebuild is necessary in 2022.

But I am starting to doubt that the Seahawks are going to see it this way under Carroll, and I don’t know if I can fault them for it. If they can turn around a 2-5 start to the season into another 10 game winning season, that would be pretty remarkable.

There are still sure to be many Twelves thinking that Carroll should go regardless, but I would suspect that more than a few fans would jump back on his bandwagon, if he pulls that off. I’m going to guess the Seahawks are going to see it that way, too.

As of now, I’m thinking that they will be buyers to try to salvage this thing. Pete Carroll is not going to quit on this team being a playoff contender. He won’t want any part of that energy, and I respect him for it.

Tuesday is going to be a very interesting day with the trade deadline ending at 1PM Pacific time.

What should these Seattle Seahawks do?

It’s an interesting question.

Go Hawks.


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