As Wilson was preparing to throw another pass to Baldwin, defensive end
“The No. 1 thing that I’d like to see is where we’re at tackling,” the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator said. “For the whole spring and training camp, you’ve really had to use your imagination on, ‘OK, what kind of tackle is going to happen here?’
“So this is our first chance to really go and get the tackling in.”
And it comes in a rematch with the team the Seahawks took down 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. Nothing that happens on Thursday night can alter the significance that victory had on franchise that had waited 37 seasons to win its first Super Bowl; or soften the impact of the loss for a Broncos’ offense that was the highest scoring in NFL history last season.
But it is the next needed step for two teams that are again among the favorites to represent their conferences in the championship game next February.
With that in mind, we asked Quinn and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell what they needed to see, what they wanted to see and a player or two they’re eager to see on Thursday night:
Wants to see: “I want to see us move the football and score points,” he said.
Too simplistic? Hardly, because that’s what offensive football is all about, especially for an offense that has the benefit of the Seahawks’ stingy defense.
Eager to see:
“I’m excited to see how our draft picks do,” Bevell said. “I want to see how Britt does. We’ll be up early. And obviously Paul will get a chance to play for the first time.”
Bevell, as well as everyone else, also will get looks at running backs
Wants to see: “The tackling,” he said. “As you know, for us, that’s one of our goals. We want to be the best fundamental team in ball, and that’s a lofty challenge. So it starts with tackling.”
That quest will start without some cornerstone starters. Middle linebacker and two-time leading tackler
“I cannot wait to see some guys who have not played with us yet out there,” Quinn said.
Which the Seahawks were more often than not last season, when they led the NFL in average points and yards allowed, as well as interceptions and turnovers.
“And I’m anxious to see, can we attack the ball?” Quinn said. “Because you know how important that is to us.”
Eager to see:
“I can’t wait to see Tharold Simon play,” Quinn said. “I can’t wait to see him. It’s time for him to show the benefits of the work he put in during the offseason.”