The Seahawks’ fourth-year head coach made the gesture for the obvious reason: They were playing their first NFL game on Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. And don’t even think about suggesting to those first-game players that this game didn’t really count.
Better yet, the rookies came up with dedicated efforts in helping the Seahawks to an impressive 31-10 victory. Including a couple of veterans who felt like rookies in this one, and played with that kind of fervor – quarterback
“It was a cool night for the rookies, getting their first shot to play,” Carroll said. “We kind of dedicated this game to them in our meetings at the end of the week. It was the first time they’ve ever played NFL football and they did a good job.
“They got out there and got a win and finished really well. Played like Seahawks.”
Then there was Jackson, the Seahawks’ starter in 2011 who was traded to the Bills last summer after rookie
Thursday night, he was nearly perfect while fashioning a 158.3 passer rating. Jackson completed 8 of 9 passes for 128 yards after taking over in the third quarter for
“That was my first game, really, since 2011 against the Arizona Cardinals in the last game of the season,” Jackson said. “It’s been a long time, so it was just fun being out there.”
“You can’t teach size and speed,” Jackson said of Williams. “He can run. He can catch the ball. He’s a big guy so you can just throw it up to him.”
On his TD catch, the defender was giving Williams ample cushion. “The guy was 8, 9 yards off him and he ate his cushion up in a couple of steps and ran past him,” Jackson said.
Offered Williams, “Just getting back in the swing of things. Last year, I missed the majority of the season with an Achilles injury, so being in a game I kind of felt like a rookie all over again.”
But this one was far from a two-man show.
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But wait, there’s still more – again, from others who are competing to show they deserve a role on this team, or at the least a spot on the 53-man roster.
There were things for Carroll and his staff to teach to as the players prepare for next Saturday night’s preseason home opener against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field. Like eight penalties. Some missed tackles. And a few missed assignments.
But all in all, Carroll emerged from the opener pleased.
“What I thought I saw in this game tonight was the guys who have been doing stuff in practice did it in the game,” he said.