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October 20, 2014 at 5:41 AM

Seahawks Second Thoughts

Some Monday Morning Seahawks Second Thoughts. …

1. Goes without saying that the injuries are really beginning to pile  up now. Derrick Coleman is the latest loss, and a big one as the only fullback on the roster for a team that suddenly wants to use one a lot more than it had been. We didn’t get a prognosis on Coleman, so we don’t know if this is potentially season-ending or what. But if he’s out for any length of time, it could mean an IR stint and Seattle having to find a fullback somewhere else. One option if they have to go that route might be Kiero Small, a seventh-round pick this year who was released and is now on Cleveland’s practice squad. But given the way the offense will change now, that’s a hole Seattle will have to fill. UPDATE: No sooner did I publish this when news broke that Small has been signed to Cleveland’s 53-man roster.So you can forget about that. So who knows? Maybe they would reach out to Michael Robinson, who Tweeted this yesterday after news of Coleman’s injury broke:

2. I Tweeted this last night, but Sunday made clear that when people say this is a different team than a year ago, they know of what they speak. If you look  at Seattle’s starting 22 when  it beat the Rams here last year and the starting 22 Sunday, there are 11 different starters. Gone are Sidney Rice (whose career ended in that game), Golden Tate, Paul McQuistan, Michael Bowie, Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Brandon Browner. And also starting that night and now hurt are Zach Miller,  Max Unger and Bobby Wagner.Seattle will get the injured guys back eventually, and I know some would argue a few of those now gone aren’t great losses. But any question about what’s wrong with the Seahawks has to at least acknowledge what also is different about the Seahawks.

3. Almost as telling in looking at the depth chart from last year’s St. Louis game are some of the players Seattle brought off the bench that night — Doug Baldwin, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Clinton McDonald, Walter Thurmond, Byron Maxwell. It’s pretty hard not to look at that and decide that the depth, at this point a year ago, was better than it is now.

4. That said, there were some bright spots in the gloom of the loss. Cooper Helfet, for instance, is showing why the Seahawks have kept him around on the practice squad for so long, And the Seahawks finally got some real production out of the 2014 rookie receivers with Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood combining for five catches for 37 yards. Seattle will need a lot more where that came from going forward. But it was a good first step.

5. The missed two-point play was obviously a critical play, if one that didn’t get a ton of attention afterward. You can always debate when to go for two — if it works it’s the right call and if it doesn’t it’s not. And the game was still right there for Seattle to take until the fake punt. Still, had Seattle kicked the point when it went for two after scoring with 9:44 left, it would have remained within a possession of the Rams the rest of the way — assuming the game played out the same way. And maybe that changes things a little bit. Oddly, Seattle has not made a two-point conversion since the 2010 season (a Ben Obomanu pass from Charlie Whitehurst at Tampa Bay. UPDATED — As a reader noted, Seattle did convert a two-point play in the  playoff win at Washington in 2013.).

6. After the seventh weekend of the season, 13 teams have winning records, six in the NFC. And Seattle isn’t one of them. Not, obviously, what anybody had in mind when the season began, and even moreso after the blowout of Green Bay on the opening Thursday.


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