The Seahawks came down to the Stub Hub center to take on Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers. While it’s only week 2 in pre-season, there are some areas that the Seahawks should take a look at more closely in preparation for the Vikings.
Chris Carson became DeMarco Murray
As great of a running back Chris Carson is, he has drawn some parallels between his game and Demarco Murray, and not in a good way. Don’t get me wrong, both are willing to take a hit, and both are fast. But both have problems with ball security. Ready to punch the ball in from the 1-yard line, Carson lost the ball twice. The first time, the refs called the play dead as he was being pushed backward. On the second play, Carson was stripped and the ball was recovered in the end zone for a touchback. For a team that struggled to put up any rushing touchdowns, their running game needs some improvements. On the bright side, we may see a 100-yard rusher at least twice this season.
Ifedi Being Beaten
If Wilson is going to get injured this season, it will be because Germaine Ifedi still cannot block. He is still letting people blow by him and we are watching Wilson continue to run for his life. The Seahawks seem very adamant about keeping him around due to his potential, while the internet is hounding the Seahawks to get rid of him. It may be time to admit that Ifedi is a bust and put J.R. Sweezy in as the starter instead.
The Chargers defense has improved. With former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on the sideline, it should be no surprise. With a tuneup on defense, it forced Wilson to improve in the air and he didn’t disappoint. With the exception of the pass that was behind Nick Vannett for a touchdown, Wilson did quite well putting the ball on target for his receivers. Jalen Ramsey was correct when saying he is a good quarterback. The Seahawks will need him to build upon last season’s successes in the air if they want to be in contention for the division.
Should Fans Worry?
I wouldn’t say worry just yet, but I would say that fans need to understand that the game really showed it is a rebuilding year. That doesn’t mean the team will go 4 – 12. But with a lot of needs exposed by a Pro-Bowl quarterback, the Seahawks will need to go back to the drawing board to figure out a way to stop the bleeding. It could be a long season for the Seahawks if they don’t figure out a way to gel somewhat together by the start of the season.