Winners and a lot of Losers from Bears 27 Seahawks 11

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The best thing about tonight’s game was that it was over.

A sparse crowd watched some truly horrendous football even in preseason, when the Seattle Seahawks trailed 24-0 and eventually lost to the Chicago Bears 27-11. If last Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was pretty fun, even in defeat, this game looked sub-AAF quality. Yes, many starters didn’t play, but they certainly did along the offensive and defensive lines and in special teams, and the results were terrible.

Winners and losers will be very light on winners.

winners

Darwin Thompson

The jump was cool and he scored a touchdown one night when he had 6 carries for 34 yards. At the very least, he would be a candidate for the practice team. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes the team just with the uncertainty over Kenneth Walker’s health.

Josh Jones

Especially now that Ryan Neal is injured, Jones looks like a goalkeeper for extra safety. He had a tackle for loss and actually took the trouble to tackle players.

Coby Bryant and Tariq Woolen

Bryant nearly had an interception and broke a touchdown. Woolen played tight cover the entire match. I am satisfied.

Alton Robinson

Probably the only Seahawks pass rusher to actually get into the backfield with any consistency. I like slimmed-down Alton. His pressure led to Myles Adams’ resignation.

Damien Lewis

A late entrant to the list for avoiding a serious ankle fracture. If you see the car and aircast normally, that equates to “season over” but luckily it’s just a lateral sprain.

losers

Marchioness Blair

I think the wrong nickel angle / extra safety has been traded off. The injury issues aside, Blair’s ceiling is a lot like the special teams contribution as everything else is just an accident waiting to happen. I’ve lost count of the number of missed tackles and chases he had, and again he was penalized for a headshot. There are no two ways: The defensive side of the Seahawks’ 2019 class has been a major net negative. Cody Barton can help make that at least neutral, but you’ll get nowhere from no contributions to poor defense performance.

Blair was just one of many Seahawks to sniff and grab the air, but he was the worst performer in my eyes.

Geno Smith

This isn’t to say Smith played terribly — he was unlucky with a few drops — but he’s done very little in two preseason games to convincingly take on the starting quarterback job. We’re looking at 10 points over four quarters, with that one touchdown in the two-minute drill. You could argue he doesn’t have his top two running backs or more than three shots of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but the other team eventually gets to play their first team as well. By preseason standards, the Seahawks offense has a lot more starters playing than most other squads, and passing play was predictably painful to watch, even with good pass protection. The ceiling for this offense, which isn’t high to begin with given the QBs on the roster, is just so low with Geno and that’s the best way I can say it. The floor? We will…

Charles Cross

Five penalties is five penalties, no matter how good he looked when he blocked Robert Quinn. Cross was not only a false start, but did when Seattle went uptempo. I’m optimistic it’s fixable, but in terms of his discipline, that needs to be fixed.

The receivers compete for 4th and 5th place at WR

Let’s assume that Metcalf, Lockett and entirely due to injury Eskridge are the locks to make the 53. Freddie Swain had a brutal fall. Dareke Young had one. Penny Hart is probably the only one who did anything remarkable with his 41m catch, but even he took a special team penalty. JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Bo Melton both dropped touchdowns. Cade Johnson had the ruthless special teams punt for a touchdown. The bottom of the receiver’s depth chart didn’t perform well. If nothing else, this is why some of us have been clamoring for more investment (draft capital and free agency) at wide receiver for years.

Joel Dublanco

I can’t imagine giving him the last game of the preseason. Seattle’s inside linebacker depth is an absolute mess.

Jason Myers

After hitting the post and getting a lucky bounce on a field goal last week, Myers missed one from 47 wide right. His job shouldn’t have gone unchallenged this off-season and the Seahawks need to think seriously about his future as the pre-season stench of 2021 hasn’t gone away. Seattle saves $4 million by releasing him.

Stone Forsythe

To my untrained eye, he was the worst performing offensive lineman of anyone who played the entire game. Chances are he’s just too slow to compete at the NFL level. He got the business of third-stringers.

Justin Coleman

What the hell happened to this man? He was rough last week, but worse this week. Coleman couldn’t score a point at the 1 if he had enough space to do so, and he was a risk in the secondary. Coby Bryant may be the favorite for the nickel corner spot by default, as everyone has failed to convince.

Special Teams unit as a whole

What a wild night. This group forced a fumble, recovered a failed punt return, but also missed a field goal, failed to pressure a punt at the 1 and allowed massive runbacks on kicks and punts. That was such a miserable display of one of the strengths of this Seahawks team over the years.

Any degenerate who bets on more than 40 points scored

Don’t bet on pre-season football would be my advice. But that was hard to watch as the Seahawks have countless near touchdowns only to end up with no touchdowns.

Final notes:

  • Travis Homer looks so much more comfortable having a back with all the trimmings. He had one of the rare highlights on a 33-yard scamper with a pancake block from Abe Lucas.
  • Good for Jacob Eason to score some in the state where he played his senior year of college ball. He’s not accurate and his pocket consciousness is a mess, but at least he got a touchdown drive and should have had two. Seattle may still keep him close, but he won’t get higher than QB3 anytime soon.
  • All the best to Drew Lock, whose COVID case seems very rough. Forget football for a while and hope this virus doesn’t have any lasting effects on his well-being.
  • I think Pete Carroll’s job is safe because he traded Russell Wilson out and didn’t get another quarterback besides Lock. If the team sucks, the hook is they’ll just draft a (hopeful) stud rookie next year. My only caveat with that is that if the regular season comes and the Seahawks put in a lot of effort similar to this shit show against Chicago, we might see a switch made. Better get a better showing against Dallas next week, otherwise I suspect the confidence poll we’re doing in SB Nation Reacts will look different from last week’s high-flying optimism.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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