Saturday's exhibition: Good, bad and (a little) ugly
Posted by Danny O'Neil
"We talked this week about starting
fact fast," coach Jim Mora said after the game, "and the importance of that in the first quarter and the third quarter."
"That was easy," Houshmandzadeh said of the 2-yard TD catch. "That wasn't hard at all."
That would be the protection of Hasselbeck. The quarterback made all the right jokes after being sacked three times in the first half.
"They hit pretty hard, but it was good just to do that, and get the feel," he said.
Here's what wasn't good: the protection. Sean Locklear was beat once by Kenny Peterson, a defensive end who came on a stunt and got around Locklear. Locklear would have given up another sack later to Elvis Dumervil. The only thing that prevented it was someone did a worse job of protection than Locklear on that play because by the time Dumervil blew around Locklear, Peterson had already reached Hasselbeck.
Mora passed on passing judgment after the game.
"It's really tough to evaluate an offensive lineman without looking at the tape," Mora said. "So I can't tell you that right now."
Chances are that Seattle's protection won't look any better in hindsight, especially the play in which Denver's 242-pound linebacker D.J. Williams came unimpeded on a delayed blitz and got a point-blank shot on Seattle's quarterback.
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