Monday, September 17, 2012
Around the NFC West: Carroll's blueprint
By Mike Sando
The Seattle Seahawks beat a good team by 20 points without their quarterback doing much out of the ordinary.
Just how coach Pete Carroll would have drawn it up, in other words.
Rookie Russell Wilson, making his second start, completed 13 of his final 15 passes without making mistakes to jeopardize the outcome during a 27-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2. Wilson appeared comfortable in part because the Cowboys didn't seem to blitz him all that much.
This represented progress on all fronts following an opening-week defeat at Arizona.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune notes the "proportional" nature of Wilson's contributions against the Cowboys. Boling: "They were in the context of what the team needs from him. He took nothing away from Marshawn Lynch’s rushing; he did not put the defense in bad situations because of turnovers. He put the club in position to win."
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks fared well against Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware even though Seattle was playing with backup Frank Omiyale at left tackle. Also: Seattle and Dallas had differing views on the big hit Golden Tate delivered against Sean Lee.
John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says that hit on Lee can be career-defining for Tate.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Wilson appeared in control. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: "He's a rookie quarterback, but he plays with great poise, and he is a very good athlete. As the game wore on, they did a great job moving him around, and he made some real signature plays in this ballgame."
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com runs through highlights from the Seahawks' victory. Farnsworth: "Rookie rush-end Bruce Irvin got his first NFL sack. Or at least half of one, as he shared the team’s only sack with Jason Jones. Those are the two players the Seahawks added during the offseason -– Irvin in the first-round of the NFL draft, Jones in free agency -– to improve their pass rush." Noted: Two team sacks in two games won't get anyone excited about the pass rush, but pressure was a factor beyond for Seattle at times in this game.