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chenyan94 Nov 6

Swerving Points , Week 5: because they’re not actual victories. They’re losses, and this one will probably prove fatal to the Seattle Seahawks’ chances to reclaim the NFC West title from the Los Angeles Usurpers Rams. Three games and a tie-breaker doesn’t look like a climbable mountain in 11 weeks’ time. But Seattle probably beats 28 or 29 other NFL teams with last Sunday’s performance. And that has* to give you hope.(*no such requirement exists)Everyone’s talking about the timeout, so before we get to the real under-the-radar plays and topics, a word or 200 on that unfortunate end-of-game sequence:Pete Carroll requested the timeout before the measurement to save 30-35 precious seconds. To fail to call timeout before would have been criminal.He was given the option to rescind it after the measurement. Had he done so at the 1:39 mark, he runs the game clock down to one minute. A timeout is worth less than 35 seconds of game clock when there are only 90 left to play and you need to get in field goal range. Again, call the timeout reflexively, please.Obviously if Carroll knew Sean McVay would make the bold call — but clearly the correct call, as QB sneaks on 4th and 1 are nearly automatic —then he would’ve let the clock run. Maybe. One hopes. But absent an ability to read minds, Carroll opted for the clock-saving choice, and I find it exceedingly hard to blame him for valuing seconds over a chance McVay would gamble.There would have been an advantage to letting the clock run and force the Rams to quickly get their offense out, or punt, or take a delay of game and surely punt. But I refer us back to the mind-reading ability, which Carroll has yet to perfect.Now that that’s out of the way...Drop kicks: here to stay?Week 5 marked the second and third drop kicks executed by Michael Dickson on kickoff opportunities. After big returns on the Rams’ first two possessions gave them average starting field position of the 40-yard line, two drop kicks gave the visitors average starting position of their own 23. That’s more like it. Field Gulls writer Sean Clement is going to explore the drop kicks in more depth later this week. Just know that a return team that gives the Seahawks fits could find themselves facing more drop kicks from Dickson Kam Chancellor Jersey , if Sunday’s results are any clue. They provide a change of pace, they sometimes bounce, which throws the whole return off, and intuitively you’d like to think they results in turnovers more often. We’ll see,A costly, costly, costly PI callPlenty of talk of how the defense ballhawked again, with two interceptions and two forced fumbles. If they do that every week...However, one defensive misplay cost the Seahawks six points in a two-point game. It’s, of course, that somewhat forgotten moment, between the emergence of Bradley McDougald as Earl Thomas disappears, the revival of the running game, the high-level play of Russell Wilson, the final-drive mistakes and the fateful fourth down — the pass interference on fourth down and 2 that led to a Rams touchdown.Shaquill Griffin will be a star. He’s no Tre Flowers, but he’ll get there. /sarcasm off. On fourth-and-two Authentic K.J. Wright Jersey , from the SEA 10, first play of the final quarter, Griffin collides with Robert Woods a split second before the ball arrives. First down LA.Three things to note about the play above.A) Griffin will time his arrival better; he has before, and he will in the future. It just didn’t work out for him that day.B) The ball could have been ruled uncatchable. But it was borderline, so it’s hard to fault the referee for making a judgment call.C) If the ball is even remotely catchable, it was clearly PI by Griffin. Sometimes a good player makes a bad play. The sequencing just hurt the Seahawks a maximum amount this time. Maybe they’ll escape the same level of dire consequences the next time a DB arrives too early.Almost almostWe know Germain Ifedi picked a very very bad moment for his only penalty of the game. We know D.J. Fluker outdid him.Look again, if it’s not too bittersweet, at one of the biggest plays of the third quarter, the catch that should’ve set Sebastian Janikowski up for a go-ahead field goal.I mean, it got them to the 27. Damn. Anyway. Play action strikes again. On Sunday, Wilson was a machine — a robot! — on play action.Some analysts cited as many as 13 of the Seahawks’ dropbacks as play action. Others 11. It’s not an exact science. What is, though, is that it works. The team could run it even more!This isn’t what Brian Schottenheimer’s detractors are gonna want to hear, but... Seattle is doing exactly that.Through four weeks (note date on tweet):Then, the Seahawks went to PA on half their dropbacks. They’re paying attention to what works. P.S. Item: George FantThe second Tom Cable converted offensive lineman on the roster (admit it, J.R. Sweezy kinda slipped your mind Youth Bobby Wagner Jersey , so very much water under the bridge) played 12 snaps against Los Angeles. He was an eligible receiver, as the sixth offensive lineman tends to be, on most plays. He didn’t catch any passes, but then again, neither did Garry Gilliam, until he suddenly did on the biggest stage. Fant’s return and continued development is another example of how Mike Solari has built actual depth onto this Seahawks offensive line. Yes, quality depth. Joey Hunt filled in at center for Justin Britt and Seattle went 2-0. Ethan Pocic has 11 starts under his belt when he returns. JaMarco Jones could be a legitimate NFL tackle; at the very least, he furnished hope after a strong preseason showing. A competent offensive line moves like this and looks like this:Watch Lockett if you want. I’m far more mesmerized by the discipline, precision and tenacity of the linemen, at the end of a day when Seattle rushed 32 times for 190 yards. There exists a strong possibility that the Seahawks have nine competent offensive linemen under contract. When was the last that time that happened?Don’t answer. Please don’t answer.Report: Seahawks working out QB Josh Johnson The Seattle Seahawks’ 2018 preseason debut against the Indianapolis Colts saw backup quarterback Austin Davis take a couple of sacks and a really awful interception in the end zone, while rookie Alex McGough had a meager 27 net yards passing on 15 dropbacks. Not exactly scintillating stuff, to put it kindly.With that in mind, Seattle is reportedly bringing in Josh Johnson for a workout, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Johnson is known for being Marshawn Lynch’s cousin, and also the fact that he’s signed for a ton of teams over his ten-year career. If he joins the Seahawks after this workout, it’ll be his 12th different NFL team , and 13th overall if you count his time with the United Football League’s Sacramento Mountain Lions.He has not played in any game since he was with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013, and hasn’t thrown an NFL pass since 2011, back when he spent his first four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Johnson even amassed five career starts, all in the 2009 season, but he’s a career 54% passer with just five touchdowns and ten interceptions, and an 0-5 record to boot.The 32-year-old Johnson was last on an active roster in 2017, when the Houston Texans signed him after DeShaun Watson’s season-ending injury, only to cut him, then re-sign him prior to the team’s final game. Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders signed Johnson in March of this year, then cut him loose in May.In other words, if neither Davis nor McGough really gives you much confidence in the backup QB position... don’t expect the potential inclusion of Josh Johnson to really amount to much.