Friday, August 12, 2011
Three things revisited: Seahawks-Chargers
By Mike Sando
Looking back upon three things discussed here heading into the Seattle Seahawks' preseason opener Thursday night:
The quarterback rotation: Watching No. 2 quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was a top priority after Tarvaris Jackson and Josh Portis commanded significant attention to this point in training camp. Whitehurst was mostly solid. He did not hurt his cause. The pass he made to Dominique Byrd for a 29-yard gain showed Whitehurst can throw intermediate and longer passes well. Whitehurst fared better than Jackson and the first-team offense, so his stock, though still vulnerable, did not take a hit. Seattle played without its top three wide receivers.
New toys on offense: Newly signed receiver Sidney Rice didn't even play. Coach Pete Carroll held out Rice as a precaution, citing a minor injury. Jackson threw twice for newly signed tight end Zach Miller. The Chargers were offsides both times, wiping out incomplete passes. Another newcomer, left guard Robert Gallery, got thrown back violently on one early play. First-round pick James Carpenter played extensively and got some push in the running game. He had some issues in protection. Overall, though, getting reps should benefit him.
Youth movement on defense: The young linebackers and safeties were active. Strong safety Kam Chancellor was aggressive against the run, as advertised. He had a tackle for loss. Safety Mark LeGree got credit for no passes defensed on the stat sheet. I saw him play a role in a couple of incomplete passes, however. Jeron Johnson broke up two passes and had one tackle for loss. Another rookie, linebacker K.J. Wright, led the team in tackles with seven, including a couple after short gains. Officials flagged him for a horse-collar tackle. Pass-rusher Jameson Konz, a project as a former receiver and tight end, collected a sack.