Bears winners and many losers 27 Seahawks 11 – Field Gulls

Bears winners and many losers 27 Seahawks 11 - Field Gulls

The best thing about tonight’s game was that it was over.

A sparse crowd watched some truly abominable football even for a preseason, as the Seattle Seahawks fell behind 24-0 and then lost 27-11 to the Chicago Bears. If the last Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was pretty fun even in defeat, that game looked sub-AAF quality. Yes, many starters didn’t play, but they certainly did along the offensive and defensive lines, and on special teams, and the results were terrible.

Winners and losers will be very light on winners.

Winners

Darwin Thompson

The jump was cool and he scored a touchdown on a night when he had 6 carries for 34 yards. At least he would be a practice squad candidate. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes the team just with the uncertainty surrounding Kenneth Walker’s health.

Josh Jones

Especially with Ryan Neal injured, Jones looks like a keeper as an extra safety. He had a tackle for a loss and actually bothered to deal with players.

Coby Bryant and Tariq Woolen

Bryant almost had an interception and broke up a touchdown. Woolen played tight coverage the entire game. I am satisfied.

Alton Robinson

Probably the only Seahawks pass rusher who actually got into the backfield with any consistency. I like a slimmed down Alto. His pressure led to the firing of Myles Adams.

Damien Lewis

A late entrant to the list as he avoided a major ankle break. When you see the cart and the broadcast it usually equates to “season over” but luckily it’s just a side sprain.

losers

Marchioness Blair

I think the wrong nickel corner / extra safety was traded away. The injury issues aside, Blair’s ceiling looks a lot like a special teams contributor because anything else is just an accident waiting to happen. I lost count of how many missed tackles and overtimes he had, and again he was penalized for a head shot. There’s no two ways about it: The defensive end of the Seahawks’ 2019 class was a big net negative. Cody Barton can help make that at least neutral but other than that, you get anywhere from no contributions to poor performances on defense.

Blair was just one of many Seahawks sniffling and gasping for air, but he was the worst performer in my opinion.

Gene Smith

This isn’t to say that Smith played terribly — he was unlucky on a few drops — but he did very little more than two preseason games to convincingly take the starting quarterback spot. We’re looking at 10 points over four quarters, with that one touchdown coming in the two-minute drill. You can argue that he doesn’t have his top two running backs or more than three snaps from DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but the other team can eventually play their first-teamers as well. By preseason standards the Seahawks offense has far more starters playing than most other squads, and the passing game has been predictably painful to watch, even with good pass protection. The ceiling for this offense, which isn’t high to begin with because of the QBs on the roster, is so low with Geno and that’s the nicest way I can put it. The floor? Well…

Charles Cross

Five penalties is five penalties no matter how good he looked blocking Robert Quinn. Cross not only was a false start but did so whenever Seattle went up tempo. I am optimistic that this is correctable but in terms of his discipline, this needs to be fixed.

The receivers competing for the 4th and 5th spots at WR

Let’s assume that Metcalf, Lockett, and completely due to injury Eskridge are the locks to make the 53. Freddie Swain had a brutal fall. Dareke Young had one. Penny Hart is probably the only one who did anything notable with his 41-yard catch, but even he took a special teams penalty. JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Bo Melton both threw touchdowns. Cade Johnson had the brutal special teams muff punt for a touchdown. The bottom end of the receiver depth chart did not fare well. If nothing else this is why some of us have been clamoring for greater investment (draft capital and free agency) at wide receiver for years.

Joel Dublank

I can’t imagine giving him the last preseason game. Seattle’s inside linebacker depth is an absolute mess.

Jason Myers

After hitting the upright and getting a lucky bounce on a field goal last week, Myers missed one from 47 wide right. His job shouldn’t go unchallenged this offseason and the Seahawks need to seriously consider his future because the stench of 2021 hasn’t gone away in preseason. Seattle saves $4 million by releasing him.

Stone Forsythe

To my untrained eye he was the worst offensive lineman of anyone who played the entire game. Chances are he’s too slow to compete at the NFL level. He got the third string business.

Justin Coleman

What the hell happened to this guy? He was rough last week but worse this week. Coleman couldn’t punt at the 1 when he had plenty of room to do so, and he was a liability in the secondary. Coby Bryant may be the favorite for the nickel cornerback spot by default, as everyone else has failed to impress.

Special Teams unit as a whole

What a wild night. That group forced a fumble, recovered a fumbled punt return, but also missed a field goal, couldn’t down a punt at the 1 under no pressure, and allowed huge runbacks on kicks and punts. That was such a poor showing from one of the strengths of this Seahawks team over the past two years.

Any degenerates who bet more than 40 points won

Don’t bet on pre-season football, would be my advice. But that was hard to take seeing as the Seahawks had a lot of near-touchdowns only to end up with no touchdowns.

Final Notes

  • Travis Homer looks much more comfortable as an all-down back. He had one of the rare highlights on a 33-yard scamper that featured an Abe Lucas pancake block.
  • Good for Jacob Eason to get some running back in the state where he played his last year of college ball. He’s not accurate and his pocket awareness is a mess, but he at least got a touchdown away and should have had two. Maybe Seattle keeps him around, but he’s not going any higher than QB3 anytime soon.
  • All the best to Drew Lock, whose COVID case seems particularly rough. Forget about football for the moment and hope this virus doesn’t have long-term effects on his well-being.
  • I think Pete Carroll’s job is safe because he traded Russell Wilson away and didn’t get another quarterback besides Lock. If the team is bad, the hook is that they only drafted a (hopeful) stud rookie next year. My only caveat on this is if the regular season comes around and the Seahawks have a lot of efforts that look like this shitshow against Chicago, we might just see a change made. There better be an improved showing against Dallas next week or else I suspect the confidence poll we run on SB Nation Reacts will look different than last week’s high-flying optimism.

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