The Seahawks continued to rest the starters in game two of the exhibition season and it showed in the team’s 30-3 loss to the Denver Broncos. Head coach Pete Carroll has vowed he would use the preseason to give his backups a long look. With two lopsided losses and one last game left one wonders if Carroll might mix and match his personnel without risking injury during next Saturday’s preseason finale.
Last night’s game started on an ominous when back and special teams contributor Ben Burr-Kervin suffered a knee-jury during the opening kickoff. Wide receiver John Ursua also suffered a knee injury in the second quarter. In his post-game conference, Carroll said the injuries were serious.
The Broncos started their first-team offense and most of the defensive starters because of some highly competitive battles. There was no ill intent towards the Seahawks. This presented an opportunity for the Seahawks backups to measure up against bona fide NFL starters. Some Seahawk players showed they are ready and others not so much.
ALEX MCGOUGH STRUGGLES
A bad outing by Alex McGough has titled the number three quarterback race towards Sean Mannion. The competition to back up Geno Smith is Mannion’s to lose after a horrifically bad day for McGough. The Seahawks started the game on offense. McGough looked steady and calm when he directed the offense onto the field for the opening drive. Maybe he was too calm on third and 13 he threw his first of two interceptions The turnover led to a Broncos touchdown. On 4th and 5 in the second quarter, McGough was sacked and fumbled the ball, which the Broncos recovered.
McGough made it a trifecta when his pass to Rashaad Penny was intercepted during the Seahawks two-minute drive just before the half. That was it for McGough who finished the day 9/13 for 91 yards two interceptions and one fumble for a QB rating of 49.4. Mannion played the whole second half and went 13 of 23 for 118 yards and a QB rating of 70.6. Not great but better than McGough’s numbers.
JORDYN BROOKS SHOWS WHY HE IS A STARTER
Brooks was the only starting linebacker and left no doubt that he is on track for a break-out year. All training camp long Brooks a cerebral speaker has spoken about having a great offseason, enjoying training camp, and being ready for a big year. On Saturday night Brooks recorded a team-high seven tackles, six of which were solo, and was involved in some big play-busting plays. Brooks showed his versatility playing against the run and pass coverage. Brook’s one transgression of the game was giving up a 21-yard reception to Bronco tight end Eric Saubert on 2nd and nine from the Seattle 22 yard line. Brooks stopped Saubert at the yard line. The Broncos scored two players later.
DEEJAY DALLAS SHOWS VERSATILITY
One player who is making a point for getting on the field is running back DeeJay Dallas. Give credit to Dallas for using his versatility to make the point. After scoring the Seahawk’s lone touchdown last week Dallas decided to use the special team’s route. Saturday night Dallas returned two kicks for 45, and 31 yards the added a partial punt block to his resume. This is in addition to three catches for 27 yards. Dallas’s continued performance has not gone unnoticed.
Head coach Pete Carroll had glowing comments regarding Dallas’s performance during his post-game conference.
“He’s been really consistent. He’s been more explosive. It seems like he came back to camp more fit, with the benefits of an offseason; power-wise he’s more powerful than he was. He seems quicker than he was. He’s a really good guy to play with, he’s really clear in the games. He’s a clear-thinking guy, you can make adjustments, you can talk to him. He’s a good ballplayer, and he’s really shown that. I know Russ (Russell Wilson) thinks the world of him. He knows he can throw him the football and he’ll make plays and all of that. It’s really positive that they’ve built that in a year and a half they’ve been together. He’s done an excellent job.”