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The Seahawks' depth was on display at multiple positions last week, as the club received production from several second and third string players to power a 31-10 victory over the Chargers. But more production is needed from the Seahawks first-team offense and first-team defense.
Although the sides were only in the game for roughly one quarter of play - and in some cases less than that - head coach Pete Carroll admitted the first unit was a little sloppy. The Seahawks did not score any of their 31 points with
Carroll counted just 19 total plays for the first-team defense and even less than that for the first-team offense. To judge the team's performance off of that small sample is not the fairest route to take. The second preseason game should provide a much better measuring stick of what to expect out of the first unit, as Carroll has said the two sides will play "considerably more" against the Denver Broncos.
Lynch didn't receive a carry, but that's to be expected. It's preseason. The number one goal with Lynch is to keep him healthy until the regular season kicks off. Lynch knows the offense, as he proved last year when he racked up a career high 1,590 yards rushing and produced 12 total touchdowns. The club feels comfortable with where Lynch is from a football standpoint, both mentally and physically. The Seahawks are better served dishing out their preseason carries to second-year pros
It remains to be seen exactly who will be available for this weekend's contest against the Denver Broncos, but a few of the 18 players who missed last week's preseason opener could be available.
Rookie running back Christine Michael, who carried 16 times for 89 yards against the Chargers has been sidelined with a back injury and could miss time this week. Linebacker
And of course, wide receiver
Morgan and Schofield lined up as the right and left defensive ends in the preseason opener against the Chargers, rushing the passer at the same time. So just because Schofield might not get the start, it doesn't necessarily mean he won't see an extensive amount of work.
Our resident reporter Clare Farnsworth wrote a nice feature on Christine Michael yesterday, which included several quality endorsements from running backs coach Sherman Smith.
"He accelerates a lot faster," Smith said of Michael, when asked to compare him to starter Marshawn Lynch. "Just a different type of runner. But still that physical style. He’s got speed and he’s got power, so he gives us a combination of both."
Smith said Michael needs to work on the mental aspect of the run game, something head coach Pete Carroll echoed in his postgame press conference against the Chargers. Carroll noted Michael missed some early reads and cuts, but was able to adapt and excel as the game went on.
@O_Capone first shot lol— GoSeahawks.net (@O_Capone) August 9, 2013
I apologize to our #HawksMailbag readers for @O_Capone's slip of the finger in his first tweet, but do appreciate his follow-up correction.
Now, be wary of putting too much stock into the official depth chart released by the club, especially in preseason. Competitions at multiple spots - both starters and backups - are ongoing, and there will be a lot of movement until the roster is trimmed down to 53 players to start the regular season.
Your observation of Christine Michael getting first crack at kick returns is the perfect example, as
@TonyDrovetto whats the record for longest field goal made by a seahawk. How has hauschka looked in camp?— Joe Simpson (@jsimpson98) August 9, 2013
Former Seahawks kicker Josh Brown holds the record for the longest field goal in franchise history. Brown cracked a 58-yard attempt through the uprights in a game against the Green Bay Packers on October 5, 2003.
While we're on the topic, I like that you brought up
Hauschka has been a consistent leg for Seattle since 2011, nailing 49 of his 57 field goal attempts. The knock on Hauschka has been his leg strength - he has connected on just three of eight attempts from 50-plus yards out and his career long sits at 54 yards. Hauschka has continued to showcase consistency through training camp and last week's near-make of a 61-yarder should help put any questions over his leg strength to rest.