Bet you didn’t know that was Seattle’s sixth straight exhibition win.
And of course, winning is hardly what matters most in these things, the one time in football when individual performances are basically the bigger deal.
As you can read, coach Pete Carroll spread the praise around quite a bit afterward, saying:
“What I thought I saw in this game is the guys that had been doing stuff in practice did stuff in the game. We’ve seen Benson (Mayowa) rush like crazy all the way through camp. Seen Stephen Williams get deep and make plays. Seen Christine Michael do his stuff. Seen both the quarterbacks, T-Jack (Tarvaris Jackson) and Brady (Quinn) both look good and look sharp in their minutes. So I was really excited that what’s happened in practice happened in the game for the most part.’’
Mayowa, Williams and Jackson may have been the three most obvious winners of the night.
Mayowa had what was officially termed 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries as he continues his seemingly unlikely bid to go from being seen in a regional combine, then trying out during the rookie mini-camp and being signed, and now rising to No. 2 among healthy players on the depth chart at defensive end for this week’s game.
Williams also did what he needed to do with the two big catches for a total of 83 yards as he strives to make the team as a fourth or fifth receiver.
And Jackson would seem to have taken a huge step toward securing the backup QB spot that everyone has assumed is his anyway, going 8-9 for 128 yards and leading three touchdown drives in three straight possessions.
Said Carroll of Jackson: “He played perfectly, he did a great job. He was on it, threw some great balls, He missed a big touchdown play to (Chris) Harper which would have really made it an extraordinary night. But other than that he played great and really happy with that.”
Asked at different time which young players stood out, Carroll said: “Stephen Williams out, Mayowa stood out. John Lotulelei stood out, Christine Michael, Derrick Coleman. I thought Jesse (Williams) hung in real tough in his action, they doubled him a lot, thought he was tough. Allen Bradford I think played well. The two young tackles (Alvin Bailey, Michael Bowie) did a god job. … I thought a ton of guys did well.”
It was harder to assess the starting units.
The first-team offense got three first downs on its first two series and 42 yards on 12 plays overall.
“We were a little staggering our way through the first couple series,’’ said head coach Carroll. “Didn’t get much done right off the bat.’’
Carroll, though, said he wasn’t too concerned, saying that “it was early in the game. I’m not worried about it. We would get into the second quarter and we try to keep it rolling and get going and I think we would have. We were a little sloppy, I thought.’’
Starting quarterback Russell Wilson was 2-6 for 23 yards in his two series. But Carroll thought the bigger issue with the passing game came on the receiving end.
“I don’t think we got open as well as we would like to,’’ he said. “That’s what it felt like early on. I thought they covered us up a little bit.’’
Expect the starters to see a little more action next week against Denver, and then a little bit more the following week at Green Bay.
As for injuries, Carroll said cornerback Byron Maxwell sprained his ankle, defensive end Jaye Howard twisted his knee but returned and linebacker Ty Powell suffered a thigh bruise. But Carroll indicated none is serious.