The Seattle Seahawks have got talent up and down the roster. Currently rated sixth in the playoff seeding, as Wild Card contenders, they have more to prove. In preparing for the role of a lifetime, each member will want to study recent film on future opponents. The great thing about this next round of film study is that they’ll get to study two future opponents for the price of one game.
Here are the Seahawks’ next four opponents, three of which were highlighted in prime time this past Thursday and Monday.
On Week 11’s Monday Night Football, the Jay Cutler-less Chicago Bears played the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle will play at Chicago one week after playing Miami. Then Seattle hosts the 49ers one week after they play the Bills. Quick study items: Chicago, Jason Campbell specifically, was immobilized by the 49ers defense as if struck with a “two-by-four” all game long. I’ve seen games with similar point differentials where the game just got-away from the losing team. In this case the Bears had the game smacked right out of them.
I have to say, San Francisco had some leverage because of Campbell’s lack of leadership. Of course, I also wouldn’t have expected much out of Campbell. I was surprised. For a guy who should be as mobile as Cutler, he didn’t make more opportunities to pick up first downs on his feet. I only noticed 1 rush on the stat sheet for 13 yards and a first down. Of course I credit the 49ers with great pressure. Some offenses employ screen passes to beat an overzealous and effective pass rush. I counted three screen passes by the Bears. Two were snuffed out.
I don’t think I can take too much away from this game. I suppose I might take away the fact that Kaepernick threw with accuracy. His drops on pass plays were quick, gaining separation from the line and being better prepared to start his reads. Campbell on the other hand was flat-footed. He made a few good passes when he had time, but I bet he’d have done better being quicker in his drops and getting deeper. Then he might not have had as many defensive linemen falling right at his feet. Aside from that, the Bears defense had to be on the field too much.
Quick study items: Kaepernick had range and accuracy. His movements were deliberate, articulate and effective. His hand-off exchanges were emphatic and clean. His feet were active while going through his reads. He’s smart. On one particular down he rolled left scrambling to extend the play. He was about to run out-of-bounds about two yards behind the LOS and the very last moment cocked his arm and tossed the ball away. He held out until the very last moment seeking some breakdown on coverage and cleverly threw it away. Kaepernick appears to have a great football/QB IQ.
Campbell lacked mobility.
Will the Seahawks see Campbell or Cutler? I bet the defense would love to feast on Campbell. But the Seahawks will do well to be hungry against either QB. If Cutler’s their, I can assure you, his feet will be more active. More importantly, how will the Seahawks fare in Miami?
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Enjoy the feast of holiday football.
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