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November 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Three Impressions on the Seahawks from Jenks and Condotta

Here are three impressions from Seattle’s 24-20 loss to Kansas City today from beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.

First, Jenks:

1, The loss of Brandon Mebane took a big toll. Mebane, Seattle’s defensive tackle, is such a unique player, with a unique skillset, that his loss was obviously going to have some impact. But it was pretty clear after watching the Chiefs shred the Seahawks for 190 yards just how much Seattle will miss Mebane, out with an injury, this season. Mebane was not only having his best season, but coach Pete Carroll admitted last week that the Seahawks didn’t have another player on the roster. His injury also forced the Seahawks to rely on two players, Demarcus Dobbs and Will Tukuafu, to play along the defensive line. Neither was on the Seahawks three weeks ago. In fact, Tukuafu was originally signed as a fullback and he split his playing time Sunday between offense and defense.

2, Marshawn Lynch didn’t talk to any media members inside the locker room at Arrowhead Stadium, but he did talk to NFL Network’s Michael Silver on the phone while sitting on the team bus after the game. In that interview, Lynch expressed some frustration with all the talk about his future with the Seahawks. “Do I think I’ll be gone after this season?” Lynch said. “I don’t know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don’t talk too much. I just play the game. If they have something going on, I don’t know about it.” There has been plenty of speculation this season about Lynch’s future and about his growing discontent with both the organization and with coach Pete Carroll. Lynch didn’t go the locker room with the team at halftime, instead staying out on the field, because he thought it would be better for his health, Carroll said after the game. It’s a situation worth monitoring as the season goes along.

3, Russell Wilson played better, but the passing offense still looked hit-or-miss. Wilson had his best game of the last few weeks against the Chiefs, completing 20 of 32 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 71 yards on eight carries. But the Seahawks’ passing offense just didn’t look totally in rhythm, something receiver Doug Baldwin touched on after the game. “The receivers have no problem getting open. Everything else has got to come along too. We have to get open on a consistent basis. We have to give Russell enough time to deliver the ball, and he has to deliver the ball on time. It’s a combination of everything. We’re pretty solid. We have to make those plays when they come to us, and we have to execute the game plan to the best of our ability. We’re so much better than what we’re doing right now.”   ​

And from Condotta:

1, Today reiterated what a different team this is from a year ago. And I mean that in the literal sense in that there are simply a lot of different players out there thrust into key roles. That point has been made often — I know some people are growing tired of hearing it, too. But it’s impossible to ignore when you see players who not only weren’t here a year ago but weren’t even here a month ago like Dobbs, Tukuafu and Tony Moeaki playing substantially. You see Wilson playing traffic cop an making sure guys like Moeaki are lined up right and it makes the point again that the stability the Seahawks had last year — when it felt like the entire team from 2012 returned intact — was both rare and an underrated aspect of the Super Bowl run.

2. It’s hard to tell what happens now at center. We got no official word on how long Max Unger will be out But logic tells you it could be a while, maybe even the rest of the regular season. High ankle sprains can be pretty nasty. With Unger out, Seattle was down to one center for the final nine minutes — Patrick Lewis. Alvin Bailey, I’m assuming, could have been the emergency center. But if Unger is really out, the team may have to make a move this week to sign a center. Lemuel Jeanpierre, from what is generally assumed, is now available and could be an option. He was having a what offensive line coach Tom Cable had said was one of his best training camps until suffering a neck/stinger injury that landed him on IR and then waived with an injury settlement. Regardless, it looks like the Seahawks will have to do something there this week.

3. Seattle can’t blame turnover margin for its struggles. As Carroll noted, it’s really rare for Seattle to be pus-two in turners and lose. This was just the sixth time Seattle has lost a game under Carroll when it’s won the turnover battle, now standing at 29-6. However, that record is just 2-2 this season, Seattle also losing against Dallas when it won the TO battle. Seattle is now plus-five on the season in turnovers and plus-six since the San Diego game. But it’s just another sign of this being a different season that winning the turnover battle isn’t a guarantee of a win.

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