I'm still frustrated with Carroll's insouciance regarding game starts. There's so much of his philosophy that's on point that I hate seeing weaknesses.
I also don't enjoy the numerous sarcastic comments on various Seahawks forums about Wilson's 2 for 6 outing. "Start T-jack" they say, (not so) wittily, or "Quarterback controversy!" I wonder if the laughter sounds a little loud in their ears as it does in mine? Perhaps we can acknowledge that one bad start after another after another is an unhappy pattern? And I'm not talking about Wilson, I'm talking about the offense's success as a whole early in games. Wilson's stats are just a reflection of it.
Yes, it's preseason, yes Wilson is going to have better stats, yes Unger was out. Nevertheless, I'd rather have seen Wilson do what Kap did against the much stronger Denver defense. Even with a vanilla scheme, I'd expect a possibly record-setting dominant Super Bowl contender's 1st team offense to smash the blitzing Chargers 1st team. Or at least, I'd definitely feel better if I had seen it. Not that I feel bad, but my 99% confidence has dropped to 98%.
After the game, Carroll said he wasn't worried about it. I hope he's at least very slightly worried about it. One thing I loved about the 2005 team is how often they'd come down on the opening drive and score a TD. Carroll doesn't seem to care about this at all. "It's not how you start, it's how you finish!" False! It's both!
One of Carroll's core philosophies is making the opponent one dimensional. One great way to do that would be to score earlier and oftener so our secondary (and hopefully improved pass rush) can tee off.
If the staff only cares about finishes, it will only get good finishes. (Not that, to be perfectly honest, we've been so hot at those either, recently). Only caring about finishes definitely reduces our chances of making it through a whole division race, then play-offs, then Super Bowl. It definitely leaves more up to chance.
How about a new slogan, like "Start fast, finish strong"? Although I'm open to something even punchier.