Seahawks unable to make enough positive plays in 27-23 loss to Falcons

The negative plays outweighed the positive ones and the result was a second consecutive loss for the Seahawks Sunday at Lumen Field.

SEAHAWKS GAME STATS

PASSING

PlayerCP/ATTYDSTDINT
Geno Smith32/4432521

RUSHING

PlayerCARYDSTDAVG
Rashaad Penny146604.7
DeeJay Dallas32107
Travis Homer1707
Geno Smith2-10-0.5

RECEIVING

PlayerRECYDSTDTGTS
Tyler Lockett976011
DK Metcalf564112
Colby Parkinson24402
Will Dissly33413
Marquise Goodwin23104
Noah Fant42704
DeeJay Dallas21702
Penny Hart11501
Rashaad Penny1301

FUMBLES

PlayerFUMLOSTFFREC
Uchenna Nwosu0001
Darrell Taylor0010

INTERCEPTIONS

PlayerINTYDSPD
Mike Jackson001

DEFENSE

PlayerT-ASACKTFLTD
Josh Jones6-1000
Jordyn Brooks6-3000
Al Woods3-2000
Mike Jackson3-0000
Cody Barton3-2000
Darrell Taylor3-0100
Quandre Diggs2-0000
Poona Ford2-1000
Quinton Jefferson1-1110
Uchenna Nwosu1-2000
Bryan Mone0-1000
Darryl Johnson0-2000

KICKING

PlayerFGLONGXPPTS
Jason Myers3/3322/20

PUNTING

PlayerPUNTSAVGI20LONG
Michael Dickson251251

KICKOFF RETURNS

PlayerRETAVGTDLNG
DeeJay Dallas226030

WHAT THEY SAID AFTER THE GAME

HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL 

PETE CARROLL: Really disappointed that we weren’t able to finish that game. A good football game that went back and forth. There was a lot of good things that happened in this game. Unfortunately, we didn’t finish our last drive. In the league it’s right there. That’s how it works, the last drive, all so often. We played hard and tough the whole time. They played hard and tough the whole time. It was a good football game. There’s things that we have to do better. We can’t give up the rushing yards we’re giving up. It’s too much. I have a lot of respect for their run game because I have a lot of respect for the way they do it and 84. He was, I think, the difference today for them. Offensive side, we had a lot of plays. We converted on third down. We took care of the ball all the way to the last play. QB was on it. Geno had a really solid football game. Did a great job for us. Receivers came through and did their thing. We ran the ball a little bit like we like to. We like to do it better. There was just a lot of positive things that came out. The last drive wins, and we didn’t get it. I didn’t see the holding penalty on the big play. We were down on the 9-yard line, whatever. Just everything is going just like it’s supposed to, and they saw something on us. But, I think we saw some real bright spots. I thought you saw us get better today, but it wasn’t good enough for winning. That’s what really counts. The only guy that got banged up was Travis Homer. He has some bruised ribs. It looks like something like that. Not broken, but some complications when he got hit pretty good.  

Q. What was your take on the defense today? Seemed like there were a lot of long distance moments where they gave it up. What was happening?  

PETE CARROLL: The third-and-19 rolled that way and everything, and we just have got to get our guys to understand the D-and-D. We would have rolled that way, and they’re not supposed to be able to throw the corner in behind us, and we played it like it was third and five instead of playing third and 20. We don’t sink and take away that deeper ball. Made just an error. That was one for sure, but there was a couple over the middle too. We contested, but they won on the third downs that we should win. We have to get off the field. We have to go sit down. I think we had a penalty on another one again.  

Q. What changed your mind on the fourth down at the goal line?  

PETE CARROLL: I don’t really want to talk all about it because I don’t want to tell anybody what I’m thinking there, but we were going for it, and that was the mentality, and then we got a little screwed up, and we needed time to talk about it. I was hoping we would not be in fourth and whatever that was, two and a half or whatever. I thought we were going to be in a better situation going for it. I was thinking about going for it possibly. Guys on the field weren’t ready, so we had to call time-out.  

Q. Play call got screwed up?  

PETE CARROLL: No. They were a little out of whack on the field because of what happened on the play before. I’ll leave it at that.  

Q. These first three games, teams have had a lot of success running off tackle, and we found that again today. What do you see that is going on consistently preventing your team from setting the edge?  

PETE CARROLL: We have to fit things up more accurately, more consistently. We just have to clean up the way it’s happening there. The edge is part of outside stuff and everything up off tackle as well, and we’re not hitting it like we have planned to. We have to clean that stuff up. It’s the guys up front. It’s the linebackers and the DBs all fitting together. We can’t give up the space that we’re giving up. It looks like it’s too easy for them. It’s something that we’ve been focusing on, but we haven’t changed it yet. We need to get that done.  

Q. Some of their big passing plays, especially in the first half, what did you feel like were the issues there?  

PETE CARROLL: Well, they made a couple of plays. Pitts made the play on the sideline, and Josh is all over him. He took the ball off the top, and that was a nice one. Mariota made a couple of good throws for them. The big one was the third down and 19 that we gave it to them. That was a gimme, and so there’s a couple of things in there that we can clean up, and sometimes they’re going to make a play on you.  

Q. Did you feel like some of the issues you’ve had on defense so far, not just in this game, but so far, are a product of installing a new scheme?  

PETE CARROLL: Some of it is. I said that to you last week. It’s newness. We have to clean things up and progress faster. There’s no time. We have to get better now. We just have to just make sure that we’re more accurate and more precise about the fits and the running game and then continue to work into the pressure situations. We rushed the passer. We had our sacks today, and we did it with some different calls, and those worked really well for us. We need to continue to get a rush going as well. That’s part of it. It’s really all aspects. There were some throws that they caught. There was some pass rush stuff we could have used and for sure the running game needs to improve. We just need to get better. We can see it. We know the answers. We can give them answers to the test, but we have to execute better.  

Q. You talked about all week —  

PETE CARROLL: I’m not just putting that on the players. The coaches, we all have to do it. Me too. We all have to do a better job and contribute to clean this thing up.  

Q. You talked about the trust you have in Geno. The first half, was that what you have been seeing in practice?  

PETE CARROLL: I thought he played really, really well. That’s exactly what he has been looking like. That’s exactly what I’m telling you. You can see him. He can do things right. He understands what’s going on. He is in command of it. He has the arm to throw all of the throws that we’re asking him to do. He is really poised about it. That’s a heck of a football game today he threw. He is doing his part. There’s a couple of plays in there too, like there always is. There’s a couple of plays. It was that close of a game today.  

Q. Seemed like the offensive line gave you a really good effort in the pass protection game today up until the last couple of drives. What did you see from them and how they’ve handled —  

PETE CARROLL: I thought they played really well. It was solid. We had the running game early on that got us started. The play passes were there. Everything was fitting up nice. We had a lot of plays today. We converted really well on third down. We were able to run the ball in the short yardage as well. So, we did a lot of really positive things that those guys are doing. Late we got sacked a couple of times. Geno was just trying to make something happen, and he had to hang on to it a little bit. All in all, those guys did a really good job against these guys.  

Q. Back to the running game. Kenneth Walker looked like you were getting him outside. Can you talk about that? And, also, what DeeJay Dallas did to replace when Travis Homer was injured?  

PETE CARROLL: Well, first off, we’ve got to break Kenny in. He is still trying to get comfortable. He was a little jittery today because he is so excited and he is so competitive. He just needs the time out there. He just hasn’t played very much. We’re just going to keep forcing him to get really relaxed and comfortable out there. He is going to make a lot of things happen. He showed plenty of good stuff today. We could all see that. But, he went the wrong way on a play, and he had some other things he could be cleaner on. It’s just getting him over the hump. He is going to be a big factor. Rashaad ran really well today, really hard and tough. Did a really good job for us. Those two guys, you can see it. About DeeJay coming in, he and Homer share that job on third down, so it’s not any switch for us to go to him. They’re a little bit different in style, but yet, they both know how to execute, and DeeJay did a nice job for us again in coming in.  

Q. Was this the deeper down the field passing game you needed to stretch defenses?  

PETE CARROLL: I think we saw that there’s all kinds of stuff happening. We did all kinds of things today in the passing game. I thought it was really, really well-orchestrated. We threw for over 300; big completion percentage and a really good conversion rate. That was a really good look at us on third down today and coming through. Geno had to run one as well and all that, but he did his stuff, and the receivers came through. That’s something we can really continue to build on.  

Q. You talked about how much you like the tight end group. Was it good to see all three of them get involved?  

PETE CARROLL: Everybody did something today. Diss had a nice play late on in the game. We saw a lot of good stuff from Colby today and Noah. That’s it. Let’s keep rolling those guys through and doing the things that they do well and keep counting on them.  

Q. DK had to make a really good tough catches today. The touchdown being one of them. Just your thoughts on —  

PETE CARROLL: He is just doing DK. That was a great touchdown catch and good hard catches and tough stuff. The ball he didn’t catch that got away from him got tipped, we think. So, that’s always makes it really hard to overcome that, but he has been really solid.  

Q. What happened to Tyler when he went out for a little while?  

PETE CARROLL: Got a little shoulder stinger kind of thing, something like that. He felt that he needed to just take a break. He was fine. He played great, again. He was everywhere. He did a great job for us.  

Q. Nwosu and Brooks, they’re okay?  

PETE CARROLL: As far as I know, they’re not on the injury list.  

Q. What was your message to them after the game?  

PETE CARROLL: How tough the league is. How tough it is every week and every game. They’re so hard, and everything comes down to the end, and you have to finish it up. We just have to keep battling. These games are there for us. We know we’re good enough to win these games, so we just have to play to the moment.  

QB GENO SMITH 

Q. What was the difference, Geno, today with the offense kind of getting rolling a lot more than it had the last couple of weeks?  

GENO SMITH: I think we just came out with a certain intensity and focus. We used some tempo. We got things going early. I think that helped us out. Overall, I think we executed better. We just did a better job.  

Q. How tough that was last drive? You think you have a first down, and there’s a flag and all of a sudden then it’s second and 20.  

GENO SMITH: It’s very hard in that situation. Especially in the NFL. Being backed up, it’s why it’s critical not to have those mistakes. I’m not sure exactly what happened. I would have to go back and watch it, but we have got momentum, we’re driving, and then have a setback like that. We still have to try to find ways to overcome it. Especially in that situation with the game on the line, we’ve got to figure it out.  

Q. Also the last play, what did you see when you threw the ball?  

GENO SMITH: It was fourth and I can’t remember, probably 20-something or maybe 13 or something like that. Scrambling, trying to make a play. Trying to find a guy open. I happened to see Lock cutting across there. Tried to get it to him. May have been a touch too high, and that was it.  

Q. What do you make of the decision? You guys kept the offense out on the field for the fourth and two play and then called a time-out. What was that?  

GENO SMITH: We were just mixed up a little bit there. It was probably best to take the points, and we didn’t want to just try and force it there, so we just took the time-out and kicked the field goal and gave ourselves a lead.  

Q. What did you get mixed up over there?  

GENO SMITH: I didn’t get anything mixed up.  

Q. The team. What got the players mixed up?  

GENO SMITH: We just weren’t ready to run that play at that time.  

Q. Did you go for it after the time-out?  

GENO SMITH: We made a decision to kick the field goal.  

Q. The play before that, you threw down the sideline to DK there. Did you think you had a pretty good look, had a pretty good shot at that, obviously?  

GENO SMITH: Which play? Sorry.  

Q. The play before the fourth down. I think it was third and 2, and you threw it to DK down the sidelines.  

GENO SMITH: I trusted my decision-making. Any decision I make, I feel good about it. Any time you throw it to DK, it’s the right decision. We didn’t make it happen today, and unfortunately, we didn’t finish the game the way we like to.  

Q. Did you call that one up the line, that particular one?  

GENO SMITH: Which one?  

Q. The third down to DK in the corner.  

GENO SMITH: Yeah, we called that on the sideline. Coach called that one up.  

Q. Geno, each one of your tight ends got involved. Talk about the tight ends and their involvement in your offense now.  

GENO SMITH: The tight ends are, like I said before, we have a really good group, and those guys are going to continue to be involved. I think they help our offense not only stay balanced, but also be dynamic. They can block in the run game as well as get out and be pass catchers. I think the more that we continue to use those guys, I think the better we’ll be.  

Q. Other than the couple of sacks late, it was a pretty clean game for you in the pocket. How do you feel like your line played?  

GENO SMITH: I feel like the line played a tremendous game. I think they played outstanding all game long. At one point I kept telling myself, we have to hit you up in the pocket. I was just standing back there because I have so much time and great protection. I think they did a great job again, and they’re going to continue to get better, but I really was impressed with what they did today where.  

Q. Did Atlanta surprise you dropping off so much in coverage, or was that what you had seen?  

GENO SMITH: We’ve seen that all year. That’s what we’ve seen, and that’s what we’re going to get. That’s what we’re going to get. I think today we had answers for it, and moving forward we have to continue to create more answers for it because I don’t think teams are going to want to play us one-on-one.  

Q. What allowed you to get some of the deeper passing plays?  

GENO SMITH: The first thing is we stayed on schedule. We were able to stay on schedule. After getting the first down, when you get a first down on the drive, the percentage of scoring goes way up, so now you can take your shots and be a little bit more aggressive. Just after getting first downs and getting into a rhythm, coach called a great game. Shane was dialed in, man. He was just calling play after play, and we felt really good about him. They opened up, and we took our shots.  

Q. Seemed like you went no-huddle a lot more than you had. What worked well doing that?  

GENO SMITH: Just getting to the line of scrimmage and putting pressure on the defense to get their calls in and subs and stuff in. Playing fast, I think that helped us out a bunch. Guys were really in tune with the play calls and all the checks and stuff we made at the line of scrimmage. All the guys were locked in. When you have guys that we have who are extremely talented, but are also equally as smart, it allows for you to do that.  

Q. End result is, obviously, not what you want, but offensively do you feel like there’s a lot going forward out of this one?  

GENO SMITH: Yes, certainly. I think we have a lot of things to build off, but the main thing is wins and losses. So, there are positives, also some negatives that we have to clean up. We have to get back to work. Just the same as if we would have won this game, we have to get back to work.  

Q. What do you attribute the improved O-line play to? Is it as simple as not having to play Nick Bosa this week?  

GENO SMITH: Could be. Nick Bosa is a great player, but I just think our guys played great today.  

Q. Why didn’t DK get more touches in the second half, do you think?  

GENO SMITH: I can’t say exactly why. I have to look at the film to give you a better answer. We’re always trying to get him the ball. Teams are very mindful of him. He is a big dude out there. They have corners on him and safeties over the top and linebackers looking. You don’t want to force the ball to a guy, but as you can see, it opened up our other guys as well.  

Q. There was a pass sort of over the middle to him in the fourth quarter. Did that get tipped? Did you see it?  

GENO SMITH: Yeah, yeah. The backer 54 did a great job. He tipped that pass. It was a play that we had worked on all week. Kind of wanted to hit that same area, and he just got a finger on it.  

Q. What was Atlanta doing the in the second half that made the offense kind of struggle a little more to score points?  

GENO SMITH: Nothing different. We just didn’t score.  

Q. Was this about the same amount of two-deep folks that you guys have been getting so far?  

GENO SMITH: Teams are playing us a lot of two-high. When you have guys outside like DK and Tyler, you can expect that. They’re great players, and like I said, I don’t think teams want to play us one-on-one, truly want to play us one-on-one all game.  

Q. The reliability of Tyler on third down and things like that, just talk about that and your comfortability to find him when you need those yards?  

GENO SMITH:

Tyler is great, man. The thing about Tyler is when teams are playing zone like that, he is the guy in the slot who is typically matched up on linebackers and guys who aren’t defensive backs. He has an advantage in those areas. He is very smart at finding those open windows and those zones. That’s a thing that kept us on schedule is him being able to do that and then when we did get one-on-one, you know, we took our shots when we had our chances. With Tyler being out there in the slot, he does a great job of getting open and finding windows, and he is a great player. It’s great to have him.  

Q. You guys are capable of executing when you are off schedule, third and longs. Why aren’t those coming together, those third and whatever?  

GENO SMITH: It’s the NFL, and you can look at the statistics. I don’t think a lot of teams make those. It’s hard. It’s the NFL. It’s not high school. Whenever you are backed up behind the chains, it’s going to be hard. That’s why the importance of staying on schedule, not having penalties, not shooting yourself in the foot is very important. Any time you get behind the chains, it’s hard on every team. Not just us. Every team is going to struggle with that. There are great guys on both sides of the ball. That’s what the defense wants to do. They want to get you backed up so they can pass-rush and get you in those tough situations.  

Q. Do you think the penalties on offense were the difference today?  

GENO SMITH: I know the one we had down there when we were driving to win the game, I know that hurt us. Like I said, I have to watch it and see what happened, but we can’t have that. We can’t have that in those situations.  

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