warden wrote:Pete Carroll singled out Jesse Williams as having a good game. He did exactly what they asked him to do. He took on a lot of double teams to allow others to make plays. Williams will never have the wow plays but that is not how the coaches plan on using him.
What! Are you trying to say Pete Carroll knows more about football than our resident, "experts"? Blasphemy!
Pete knows a hundred times more about football than any of us- but seriously- Jesse Williams was mostly terrible in the first half. I think it was Pete either not seeing it very well or just using positive psychology.
Williams was consistently blown back 3-5 yards and was 90% of the reason why Seattle's run defense looked so weak in the first few series. I don't think I had him down for a single positive play either, though I did note that he can run shockingly fast when given some space.
If this is how his whole preseason ends up, I think he makes our roster but lives on the inactive portion, similar to Jaye Howard last year.
The good news is that Williams unexpected struggles in run defense can probably be corrected with time and coaching. There were some battles he lost badly because he didn't go to the ground against a double team, etc. I don't think he's used to the higher level of competition yet and he probably didn't respect the Chargers O-line as much as he should have.
kf3339 wrote:I did notice you didn't mention Howard at all. He looked really good to me! Any comments on him?
Go to my random thoughts thread and CTRL-F Howard. You'll like what I had to say.
Right now we can make observations, but not judgements. I do agree with you though- it's early but Bailey just seems way too talented to be a backup. Bowie too. The preseason can be incredibly deceptive though. We have starters on our own roster who looked like world beaters in the preseason the last couple years but reverted to being merely solid contributors in real games (Breno, McQ, Wright, Johnson, etc). The real games are another step up the ladder, and we can only guess how well any player will adjust to the higher level of difficulty. But with that caveat established, I really, really like what I've seen from Bowie and Bailey so far.