cesame wrote:This is probably the worst thread made today.
The Seahawks had close to 200 yards of offense in the 1at half. A Marshawn Lynch fumble, Pete not taking the pts on 4th and 1 and Russell taking a sack is the reason the Seahawls didn't score a pt in the 1st half. Bevell is HARDLY the idiot here.
Besides, the defense absolutely crapped the bed in the first half (even Sherman gave up a huge TD pass). And in the end it was the defense that failed the team.
People can blame coordinators all they want this game, but I put most of this on the players simply not making plays and instead making mistakes.
Russell taking a sack
Chancellor out of position
Earl Thomas getting trucked by Rodgers
We need to stop acting like the players are robots and perform their duties perfectly, and that the only reason they fail is because the coordinators put them in a bad position. Horse crap. The players were simply getting outplayed in the 1st half by the other team and compounded the problem by making some big mistakes. Also, the coach that had the worst day was Carroll, not any of the coordinators.
All that said, this is a young team and they will undoubtedly only grow from this.
This is a beautiful story and all of that, but despite all of these mistakes, we would have put 40+ points on the Falcons if we simply called the first half the same way we called the second half. No amount of excuses, or pointing out of mistakes, will change that fact.
Bevell called a vanilla first half in Washington, and we got the win. He did it again in Atlanta, and we didn't. Sure, we still could have won by taking that field goal, Marshawn not fumbling, etc.; mistakes were made. Mistakes get made every game. However, there is no excuse for Bevell's habit of calling a bland, predictable first half
when we see he's clearly capable of more because he does more in the second half. Those things you listed, they're individual plays that we screwed up on. Bevelled screwed up an entire half of the game, essentially. That is a much larger deal than any individual single play.
Also, lol @ Cesame of all people, bashing this thread.
Honestly, after watching our offense absolutely have their way with the defenses in two straight games in the second halves of those games, but sputtering to get any points and looking mostly anemic in those first halves, how do you not see the disparity in play-calling? How many run-run-passes did we run in the second half yesterday? If you recall, it's what we started on offense with after Atlanta got their first TD. Well, run-run-pass-PUNT, to be more specific. Their defense knew it was coming.
jlwaters1 wrote:Are you freakin' kidding me? Don't be ridiculous. We weren't conservative we moved the ball all day long but we just got bogged down on their side of the field. Should we have taken the FG-- yes in retrospect we should have. The fact is offense was moving the ball all day long. The Lynch fumble really hurt our early momentum.
You are being ridiculous. We punted several times in the first half, and what, once in the second half? I don't remember for certain, I need to re-watch the game, but it's too soon for that. Yes, Lynch's fumble cost us big-time, and we should have taken the field goal; but we had several offensive sputters in the first half. Stop seeing only what you want to see. We did not move the ball all day long, we moved it about 2/3rds of the "day long" at most, and that includes the entire second half.
Darrell Bevell is clearly capable of being a very good play-caller. The question is, why is it only in the second half of games? That's the aggravating part. Look at the number of drives we've had the past two games in only the second halves where we march down the field in like 3 damn minutes, with Wilson throwing strikes all over the place. We need to START games doing that, and then we'll be unstoppable.
Also, again, if Pete wanted to he could replace Bevell and not the system. I'm not saying that's what we should do or that it's the optimal situation, but it IS an option. Bevell certainly has the chance to improve next year, assuming he's still here; let's see if he does it. If we start out sputtering with bland up-the-gut runs followed by a 3rd-down pass attempt in the first game next year, I'll probably scream. *sigh*