If there was any real reason for angst in Seattle’s 31-10 win at San Diego in the exhibition opener last week, it was the inability of the No. 1 offense to put much of a drive together on either of its two possessions.
The offense managed one first down on its first drive, two on its next, and punted after each, gaining 47 net yards on 12 plays.
That it was just two drives and 12 plays, and without key players such as center Max Unger, receiver Sidney Rice and tight end Zach Miller, obviously mitigates the concern (Unger and Rice should play some this week, as will Marshawn Lynch, who was on the field for two plays last week but did not get a carry).
Still, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said when he met the media today that he hopes to see a bit more out of the No. 1 offense when the Seahawks play Denver Saturday at 7 p.m. at CenturyLink field.
“Well I thought that there were some good things that we did during the first week,” he said. “Obviously I’d like our ones to do a little bit better. The problem is that you don’t have them out there for a long time. They’re going to get to stay out there a little bit more so we want to see the ones go down and score some points.”
Asked later what he’d like to see from the offense against Denver, he said: “I’d like to see us be consistent. I obviously want to see us go down the field and score points. I’d like it to be a touchdown, but I just want to see us be able to consistently move the ball. Hopefully because they’ll be out there longer we will get that chance.”
Asked what stood out to him in that game, he said: “Well I always want to start out fast and take it right down the field and score because you know that your ones aren’t going to be in there very long. Obviously, we didn’t do that. We made a couple plays, but we didn’t execute on some of the third downs that we needed to. But, I did like a lot of what we did offensively. To score as many points as we did, to hit a couple deep balls, Tarvaris (Jackson) looked really good throwing those, Stephen Williams came through big, we had good protection up front, we really handled some of the things that they gave us, so those are some of the things that stood out.”
Bevell also spoke about a couple of key position battles:
— On what he has seen in the battle at right guard between J.R. Sweezy and John Moffit: “There’s a battle going on there. Both guys are in different situations. (John) Moffit has played the position for a long time, and J.R. Sweezy is a guy that has been learning. J.R. has done a really nice job in terms of picking it up. What J.R. learned from last year he has been able to kind of step forward. We still need to see one of the two guys really take hold of the position. Neither one of them has really jumped ahead of the other. I’d still like to see a little bit more out of John, though.”
— On the tight end position without Miller: “Well we’ve gotten a good look at all of the other guys that we have. We know that we miss Zach (Miller) and we know that he’s a stellar guy for us at that position, but it’s given us an opportunity to look at guys like Luke (Willson) and Sean McGrath and Cooper Helfet. We finally got (Darren) Fells back out there today. The list could keep going on. So we’ll see where they are, and what their skill level is, and what we can expect from them.”
— On what he has seen from Willson and McGrath: “I really like what I’ve seen from those two. I really like Luke (Willson). Probably the one thing that has been most exciting is how much he has been able to do in the run game. We felt like he could be a good receiver for us, but being able to take care of the line of scrimmage is good for us. Sean (McGrath) is a different player. We kind of know what to expect out of him. He’s got really good hands, he’s a little bit more of our y receiver so to speak, he’s a blocking tight end, and he’s held his own.”
— And on how the running back situation might shape up this week with Robert Turbin back and Christine Michael still out: “Well it’s good to have (Turbin) back out here. It’s exciting to have him. The stable of backs is really good here. We’ll get Marshawn (Lynch) to see what he can do, and then we’ll give Robert (Turbin) some chances as well. We saw Christine (Michael) last week so it’s a good opportunity for Robert (Turbin) to step in and make some plays.”
Here’s a brief clip of Bevell’s session Thursday, talking specifically about trying receiver Phil Bates at fullback:
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