Seahawks’ starting offense, defense struggle in short stints
Seattle Times staff reporter
SAN DIEGO — The scoreboard, reading a 31-10 win for the Seahawks over the Chargers, might have indicated a big offensive night for Seattle.
All of the points, though, were score by the second- and third-team offenses with the first unit able to get only three first downs and 42 yards on its two series.
“We were a little staggering our way through the first couple series,’’ said coach Pete Carroll. “Didn’t get much done right off the bat.’’
Carroll, though, said he wasn’t too concerned, saying that “it was early in the game. I’m not worried about it. We would get into the second quarter and we try to keep it rolling and get going and I think we would have. We were a little sloppy, I thought.’’
Starting quarterback Russell Wilson was 2 of 6 for 23 yards in his two series. But Carroll thought the bigger issue with the passing game came on the receiving end.
“I don’t think we got open as well as we would like to,’’ he said. “That’s what it felt like early on. I thought they covered us up a little bit.’’
Seattle played without starting receiver Sidney Rice and starting tight end Zach Miller, who are each expected back soon, as well as without Percy Harvin, who is out three to four months after having hip surgery.
Wilson also didn’t sound too concerned.
“I thought we did some good things,’’ he said. “We played a good defense. We could have made a couple more plays here and there.’’
Starting tailback Marshawn Lynch played but didn’t get a carry and the running game also didn’t do much early with Christine Michael getting just 15 yards on four carries in the first quarter.
Michael, though, continued to get the ball and finished with a game-high 89 yards on 16 carries in his first game.
“We weren’t going to get frustrated with what happened early and just keep sticking to it,’’ Carroll said of continuing to hand the ball to Michael, a second-round pick out of Texas A&M. “He bounced the ball well outside on his long run (24 yards in the third quarter), had a couple of nice runs. He’s got a long way to go, but he ran hard, looked quick and made some guys miss, so I think it’s a very good first game for him.’’
The Seattle starting defense also yielded a mixed bag.
San Diego starting quarterback Philip Rivers played just one series and went 5 of 6 for 45 yards in leading the Chargers 74 yards for a field goal.
Said Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman: “I think we’re still working out the kinks and all the adjustments. We have a couple new guys in spots and we’re trying to see how everyone fits in and molds together.’’
No significant injuries
Carroll said afterward there were no new significant injuries. Cornerback Byron Maxwell sprained his ankle, defensive end Jaye Howard twisted his knee but returned and linebacker Ty Powell suffered a thigh bruise. But Carroll indicated none was serious.
Stephen Schilling, a former star at Bellevue High, entered the game listed No. 2 on San Diego’s depth chart at right guard.