3. A Real Offensive Coordinator. Gregg Knapp has brought new meaning to adherence to a game plan too. If the running game isn’t working, keep pounding the ball. If we need to throw, let’s do a screen pass. I used to dream of Holmgren running a screen pass but he stopped using that play when Shaun Alexander stopped even attempting to catch the ball out of the back field. Now I wish someone would burn that page out of Knapp’s playbook. The offensive game plan is just that: offensive.
4. A Real Defensive Coordinator. Seattle is Gus Bradley’s first job as a defensive coordinator and it shows. Every play that burned the Seahawks defense in Houston was used time and again by Tampa Bay with the same results. I don’t know what Bradley calls the scheme where he rushes 3 and drops 8 back in coverage, but it doesn’t work. With Seattle’s pass rush, all it does is allow the quarterback to have a picnic as he waits for a receiver to come open. That scheme takes Seattle’s best group, the linebackers, off of the field. How does that even compute to something that works to our advantage?
5. A New Quarterback, at least for the rest of the season. I love Matt Hasselbeck. I feel he has given everything he can possibly give to this team. Watching him in the last few games though, he is not the same since his rib injury against San Francisco in the second game of the season. Seneca Wallace is no answer. He actually appears to regress as a quarterback every time he touches the ball. Mike Teel showed in preseason that he could be an answer in the future. Maybe the future is now, maybe instead of looking to the draft we should look at Teel and see what happens. It can’t be any worse than watching a once proud member of a Super Bowl team getting pummeled by an unpicked up blitz again. At the very least, it will give Matt a chance to fully heal for next season. At this rate, he won’t have a next season.
6. A Real Offensive Line. Early in the season it was injuries, especially to left tackle, that hurt the line play. That is no longer a reason for the abysmal play because the projected starting lineup has been playing together for the last few games. Sean Locklear is a much better right tackle than left. Chris Spencer is a waste at center because he still cannot handle line calls. Max Unger and Rob Sims appear to have a future. Ray Willis might have a future as well, but he really isn’t suited to this “zone blocking scheme” that Mora has been harping about. The only zone I’ve seen is the one around the quarterback which seems to be a “kill my quarterback” scheme.