“Mama said there’ll be days like this, there’ll be days like this mama said.”
So did Pete Carroll, and that old song by the Shirelles could be his theme song as he tries to explain the Seahawks’ 0-2 start – especially that pointless effort against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
The Seahawks’ coach has been talking about growing pains since the team used its first two picks in April’s NFL Draft on right guard
The growing pains were only intensified as general manager John Schneider and Carroll made 150 transactions from the week training camp opened in late July until Saturday’s moves to replace injured defensive end
The Seahawks now have new starters at eight positions, and four other players starting at new positions.
And they are key positions: Quarterback, where free-agent addition
“We’ve got to figure out better ways to move the football with the guys that we have, at the stage we’re at,” Carroll said after Sunday’s 24-0 loss – the first time the Seahawks have been shutout since the last time they played in Pittsburgh (21-0 in 2007).
“Regardless of this developmental process, we’ve got to find our ways. We can’t live with this, so we’ve got to do something about it.”
And it needs to start with Sunday’s home opener against the Arizona Cardinals, who have yielded an average of 466 yards in a seven-point win over the Carolina Panthers and a one-point loss to the Washington Redskins. The matchup at CenturyLink Field will pit the league’s No. 32-ranked offense against the No. 29-ranked defense.
With that said, here’s a look at look at three things that worked against the Steelers and three things that need work this week as the Seahawks prepare for Sunday’s home opener against the Arizona Cardinals:
WHAT NEEDS WORK
The offense. From top to bottom, side to side and every other direction. This wasn’t one of those more-punts-than-points performances; this was punts rather than points. In eight quarters this season, the offense has failed to score in six of them.
Third-down defense. The Steelers converted eight of 15 third-down situations, but were seven of 10 at one point. As good as Ben Roethlisberger was for the entire game (22 of 30 for 298 yards), he was even better on third downs (9 of 13 for 171 yards). This after the Seahawks held the 49ers to one of 12 on third downs in the opener.
Penalties. Still. The Seahawks were flagged six times against the Steelers, five fewer than in the opener and also below their average from the preseason (nine). But the six-pack this Sunday proved to be damaging, as one was a 39-yard pass interference call against Browner in the end zone; another was a false start on left tackle