- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
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Three things to watch:
Backups on defense: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made a point of saying he wasn’t pleased with how his second unit played defense in the preseason opener at Denver. “The second group did not play very well,” Carroll said on KJR radio Wednesday. “They had trouble fundamentally. We looked terrible and we [the coaches] were really shocked. That whole thing didn’t feel right. The younger guys did not fit the scheme like they are supposed to, so [the Broncos] ran right through us. Technique-wise, we were off. We’ve worked hard this week to emphasize those things.”
Backup quarterbacks: The Seahawks will have to make a difficult decision soon on their backup quarterback situation, so how Terrelle Pryor plays Friday could go a long way toward determining what they do. It probably comes down to whether the coaches feel Pryor has done enough to keep three QBs on the 53-man roster. There is a chance Pryor could beat out veteran Tarvaris Jackson for the backup spot behind Russell Wilson, but that seems unlikely considering Jackson’s familiarity with the offense and his popularity with the players. And Jackson’s $1.25 million salary is guaranteed.
The stadium atmosphere: This is the first home game for the Seahawks since winning the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Even though it’s just a preseason game, it likely will have the feeling of a more important game because the 12s will want to show their support for what the team accomplished. “It’s going to be electric out there,’’ Wilson said. “It’ll be fun to see all the fans going nuts out there.”
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