Green Bay Packers 48 – Seattle Seahawks 10
I never truly believed it was going to be a good game. For the first two drives, the game toyed with me, threatening to get my hopes up before dashing them on the rocks of reality.
Seattle’s defense held Green Bay’s offense, described by Brian Billick as a fast starter, to a three and out despite a penalty on Brandon Mebane for being off sides on the first play. Seattle’s offense drove the ball down the field with the running game. Seven runs on the first eight plays got the Seahawks to mid field.
That’s when the wheels came off and became my turning point of the game. Hasselbeck rolled to his right, avoiding what appeared to be a mosh pit where the pocket should be, and looked to fire a short pass to the flat. Unfortunately the only player in the area was Packer linebacker A.J. Hawk who took the worst looking interception of the year and ran a good 30 yards with it.
I’ve watched the play several times and although I don’t know exactly what happened I believe Hasselbeck was expecting a running back to be in the area. When he realized no one was there, he tried to stop his throwing motion but being Green Bay, the ball slipped right out his hand and into Hawk’s. If you watch Hasselbeck’s arm, you can see about halfway through his throwing motion where he tried to stop it but like the self destruct button in a James Bond movie, it was already too late by that time.
From then on, things went downhill in a hurry although not without an early fight. Hasselbeck led his team back down the field after Green Bay scored a touchdown on his turnover. Matt found T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the end zone on a quick slant. The ball was tipped at the line but was on target. Unfortunately the target slipped and the ball ended up in Packers safety Atari Bigby’s hands.
Hasselbeck ended his day with four interceptions, the same as he had against Tampa Bay the week before. I said it in my article last week, I’m saying it again. It is time to sit Matt down. Unlike some Seahawks fans, I don’t think he’s done as a quarterback. I do think he’s done for this season. I am not campaigning for Seneca Wallace. It’s time to put in the rookie, Mike Teel. We already know what Wallace can do (not much) but we don’t know about Teel apart from some snaps in preseason. He looked pretty good at the time but that’s preseason. If the team and new general manager, whoever he may be, are looking for Hasselbeck’s replacement, they need to see if Teel is the man or if they are going to have to look elsewhere.
1. O-line. I was pleasantly surprised by their performance this week, they picked up most of the blitzes and Hasselbeck was only sacked three times. Yes, that seems like an improvement. The running game, apart from the first seven plays, was a disappointment because the line gets no push whatsoever. The reason Forsett gets good yardage the majority of the time is because he has great vision and can squirt through the crease fast.
2. Game planning. On both sides of the ball, it was awful. From playing the corners soft to a run defense that gave up five rushing touchdowns to an offense that is just putrid, it was awful. The funniest line of the day was when Brian Billick talked about how Greg Knapp was trying to put in an offense that was vertical. Really? I would think with all the screen passes to running backs and wide receivers, the plan is more horizontal than vertical.
3. Offense or defense? Was it a great performance by the Packers defense or a putrid performance by the Seahawks offense? I’m thinking both but I have to say that the Seahawks offense was their own worst enemy.
1. Hasselbeck. Brian Billick, who was a decent color announcer by the way, talked about how Hasselbeck told him he was still trying to grasp the Knapp offensive system. Since Hasselbeck is a veteran and had no problem coming to grips with a Mike Holmgren offense, I have to wonder if he is either taking the blame for the problems or really just not getting it. If he’s taking the blame then he really is the leader I think he is. If he’s not getting it then maybe he is not interested in getting the intricacies of a screen pass because he knows the shit is just not working. I think Hasselbeck is a system quarterback. I don’t think he’s a Knapp system quarterback but he is a very smart person. I cannot believe he doesn’t understand. I think he sees the problems with the system and can’t figure out a way to make it work. Hopefully next year he won’t have to because either Knapp has been fired and we can rejoice or Hasselbeck has been cut and we are doomed to another year of this.
2. Everything else.
I just can’t do it. I can’t keep picking this scab. I had to finally put the remote down. It was ugly, it was gut wrenching, and it was everything I had hoped Seahawks football has left behind. At least when this team was sucking ten years ago, there was a glimmer of hope that the team was moving in the right direction.
It will all come to an end on Sunday against the Titans at Qwest Field. I am looking forwards to the game for a few reasons. I love going to the games. It may be the last for Matt Hasselbeck. It will certainly be the last for more than a few players and coaches. Finally, it will put the final nail in the coffin for the 2009 season and not a second too soon.