Entering his 14th year with the Seahawks as the team’s head coach and 30th in the NFL at various coaching levels there is a sense of redemption for Carroll with the aid of General John Schneider. The redemption is not so much to prove the doubters wrong but more of that sage confidence of knowing your way is the way. Carroll has always preached competition Sunday the team gets to measure how this summer’s competitive practices measure up against a team that is out to prove last year’s disappointing season was a one-off.
BUILD FROM LAST YEAR
With practices out of the way, the Seahawks will look to build on last year’s momentum of a play run and another seemingly good draft. I say seemingly because during his Friday press conference had a quote that was telling in that it was a father who has seen the kids grow up and are now ready to take on the challenges of life. In this case, a young team who has prepared and is ready to face its biggest change.
“We’ve made it, here it is, it’s close as we can get to going. Everybody is ready to roll, you have to wait and open up the Christmas package to see what you got inside, we’ll find out what it is, can’t wait to see our guys go.”
CROWDED AND TALENTED BACKFIELD
The Seahawks played three preseason games and had a different starter at right cornerback. The first preseason with the Minnesota Vikings had Michael Jackson as the starter. Tre Brown was the starter in game two against the Dallas Cowboys. The preseason finale at Green Bay saw Tre Brown get a second nod. The safe bet is that Tre Brown will start at right cornerback and Michael Jackson on the left side. Jackson started the last two preseason games on the left side. If that is the case then where will Woolen play? Doubt the Seahawks will leave last year’s rookie NFC Pro Bowler on the bench. Something else to watch is who will play nickel. The Seahawks have experimented all summer with five and sometimes six defensive backs.
HOW WILL SHANE WALDRON USE JAXSON SMITH-NJIBA?
Before the draft, the Seahawks had two of the best receivers in Dk Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Both passed the 1,00-yard receiving mark in a season last year. The addition of Jackson Smith- Njigba by some accounts gives the Seahawks the best receiving corps in the NFL. Not to mention the irrepressible Jake Bobo. Offensive Coordinator Shane Waldron will need to find a way to get the ball to Smith-Njigba without disrupting the flow of Lockett and Metcalf. Thursday Waldron was asked how he plans to use Smith-Njigba.
“I think he’s calm, cool, and collected. It doesn’t seem like any of these situations, or anything we give to him is too big for him. He understands the spatial awareness of the defense so he can find soft spots. He can play all sorts of alignments. He can play out wide, he can line up out in the slot. You can move him around with no issues. For a young guy that’s coming into a system, making sure that he feels good and he can play fast, it’s a great thing to see with him and the other receivers having that ability to align in multiple spots and do multiple things and not just be, ‘Hey I’m going to be in one spot the whole game.’
HEAD TO HEAD
|2022 REGULAR SEASON||SEAHAWKS||RAMS|
|Total Yard Gained||5,976||4, 769|
|Total Offense ( NFL Rank)||351.5 (13)||280.5 (32)|
|Rush Offense||120.(18)||97..7 (T27)|
|Pass offense||231.4 (T11)||182.8 (27)|
|Points Per Game||23.9 (9)||18.1(27)|
|Total Yards Allowed||6,149||5,798|
|Total Defense||361.7 (26)||341.1(19)|
|Points Allowed/ Game||23.6(25)||22.6(21)|
|Turnover Differential||+2 ( T12)||+(T16)|
2022 STAT LEADERS
2022 STAT LEADERS
|Rushing||Kenneth Walker III 1,050 (228-4.6-9)||Cam Akers 786 (188-4.2-7)|
|Passing||Geno Smith 4,282 (572-399-30-11-1009.9)||Matthew Stafprd 2,087(303-206-10-8-87-4)|
|Receptions||DK Metcalf 90 (1,048-11.6-6)||Cooper Kupp 75(812-10.8-6)|
|Scoring (Non kicker)||Lockett & Walker 54||Akers & Kupp 42|
|Sacks||Nwosu & Taylor 9.5||Leonard Floyd 9.0|
|Int||Riq Woolen 6||Jalen Ramsey 4|
|Punting||Michael Dickson 48.5 /44.4 net ( 22In 20)||Riley Dixon 48.4/40.8 net ( 19In20)|
|Kicking||Jason Myers 143 (34/37 FG, 41/42 PAT)||Matt Gay 115 (28/30 FG, 31/32 PAT)|
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