Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wrap-up: Texans 34, Seahawks 7
By Mike Sando
The way Seattle performs in December will surely influence how the organization proceeds into an important offseason.
This performance against Houston suggested the Seahawks might need more than just a few tweaks.
Seattle has seldom appeared so incompetent against an average opponent. Watching medical personnel lift injured first-round rookie Aaron Curry onto a motorized cart made the experience even more regrettable for an organization that has now lost 21 of its last 30 regular-season games.
The Seahawks return home to face the Bucs in Week 15. They will probably win that game. But when the organization decides how to proceed in hiring a general manager and upgrading the roster, this performance against the Texans should remain in the decision makers' minds. There can be no excuse or rationalization for what happened at Reliant Stadium.
Seattle allowed a 64-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. On offense, the Seahawks opened the game with Matt Hasselbeck getting drilled, Chris Spencer and Hasselbeck botching a snap, and tackle Ray Willis committing the first of multiple penalties.
The offensive line, tight ends and running backs appeared overmatched and unprepared for the Texans' pass rush, which is not known as a fearsome one.
One sack featured tight end John Carlson as the only person blocking Texans defensive end Mario Williams. Another sack featured Williams slipping through the line untouched, as if the Seahawks had not accounted for him. Hasselbeck had trouble avoiding punishment even when he threw immediately, as was the case when linebacker DeMeco Ryans popped through untouched and blasted the quarterback.
On defense, the Seahawks watched Matt Schaub pass for 336 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
On special teams, Curry drew a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness with a cheap shot on return specialist Jacoby Jones.
This was one forgettable performance the Seahawks should not forget. They need to learn from it.