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Sunday, October 4, 2009
Baby steps aren't enough for Seahawks



Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


The Seahawks have made a few strides offensively in Week 4, but they have not been good enough to function efficiently in the red zone.

That might help explain the animated discussion coach Jim Mora was having with receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh after Seattle had to settle for a field goal and 14-3 deficit after Seneca Wallace took a sack on third down.

The Seahawks were having some of these growing pains anyway when Matt Hasselbeck was still the quarterback. They had to start over, basically, when Wallace took over midway through the Week 2 defeat at San Francisco.

Wallace has completed 14 of 17 passes for 107 yards against the Colts in the first half. Those are good numbers. But the team has had serious problems connecting for longer gains. Deon Butler was open for what could have been a long touchdown pass early in the game, but he and Wallace weren't close to connecting.

For Seattle, the key will be weathering the current storm and somehow getting to 3-3 heading into the bye week. While the Seahawks are competing decently against the Colts, they are not good enough to make the important plays on offense. That will make it nearly impossible to keep pace with Peyton Manning.