I’ll eventually try to find a better title for posts like these.
For today, though, odds and ends is what it is as I clear out the notebook a little bit more as I prepare to leave San Diego. …
— Some good highlights of the game here from NFL.com;
— The Seahawks have now won six straight exhibition games, dating to the 2011 season. Seattle was 4-0 last year in exhibition games. Not that that means anything, but there you go anyway;
— In case it escaped noticed, the Seahawks used both long snappers last night — returner Clint Gresham and recent free agent signee Kyle Nelson. Gresham handled all the snaps in the first half while Nelson handled two PAT snaps and a punt in the second half. Gresham makes $1.3 million this year, so you never know if salary might come into play there;
— Pete Carroll’s praise of running back Derrick Coleman wasn’t solely for catching a touchdown pass but also for leading the Seahawks with two special teams tackles. Coleman is an easy guy to forget about, battling for a spot on what is a deep corps of running backs. But he has consistently earned the praise of the coaching staff and at 233 pounds offers the versatility of playing both running back spots as well as special teams;
— The personal foul for a hit on quarterback Charlie Whitehurst by Antoine Winfield in the first quarter is an example of the way officials figure to call things a bit tighter this year. Not that Carroll completely agreed with it. He joked that since it was Whitehurst that “we should’ve hit Charlie a little bit harder” but said of whether it was the correct call that “I don’t know.” Overall of the officiating, he said: “We had three aggressive penalties that I thought they were quick to call.”
— Debatable calls aside, the Seahawks still had more penalties than they’d like — eight for 65 yards — an area they continue to need to clean up;
— The Seahawks will get an interesting test next week in Denver, when you can expect the first-team units to play longer than they did against San Diego. The Broncos had their way with the 49ers last night in San Francisco, forcing four turnovers and holding the 49ers to 288 yards;
— Jermaine Kearse got a little redemption against Qualcomm Field with the first touchdown of his NFL career, exhibition or otherwise, and two catches for 31 yards. He had just one reception for four yards in the 2010 Holiday Bowl for UW in his one other game at Qualcomm;
— Finally, here’s a season preview from FoxSports.com.