TheÂ Seahawks were unable to engineer their second straight second-half comeback, as they fell to theVikings 20-7 in their preseason home opener.
While last weeksâ€™ win inÂ San Diego was full of positives, this weekend carried a bit of a different tune.
Carroll got up to the podium during hisÂ postgame presser and announced that there were few bright spots in this game, appearing to be generally disappointed with the performance.
Preseason grades are based on the play of all units. How did the team grade out in Week 2?
For the second week in a row, the quarterbacking was solid. TarvarisÂ Jackson played the first half and Charlie Whitehurst played all but the last drive of the game; Josh Portis coming out for mop-up duty once the game was out of hand.
Jackson showed a betterÂ rhythmÂ in Week 2, but he was continually running for his life or on his back due to poor pass protectionâ€”more on that later. He made a nice throw down the seam on the first play of the game that was dropped by Golden Tateâ€”a deep out to Williams in the red zone on the fourth drive is another notable, solid throw.
He continued to show his athleticism, evading pressureâ€”breaking a Jared Allen sack earlyâ€”and scrambling for a few first downs.
However, Jackson still was unable to get anything completed down the field. He threw one deep ball to Rice out of bounds and an outside-the-red zone throw into the end zone towards Rice was almost picked by the safety.
The throw should have gone to Williams, who was on the outside of Rice with single coverage.
The tipped-pass interception appeared a bit behind Tate, and he struggled with accuracy on a few other throws. But, he appeared to play a bit better than Week 1; 11-of-21 with an interception and another one dropped is another performance that shouldn't be counted against him per se but leaves something to be desired.
Whitehurst shined with the second unit for the second week in a row, but as Carroll noted, "Itâ€™s really two different halves, in the way that they were able to play, and the guys that were in the game.
It was much harder early on. Our matchups werenâ€™t there." He didÂ admit that Whitehurst's play was one of the few bright spots.
Whitehurst was 14-of-19, though Carroll went as far as to say he could have been 18-of-19 during the postgame. Whitehurst looked confident and decisive on three step drops, was poised on rollouts, handled pressure well and generally made smart decisions.
On his touchdown pass, he handled the low snap, evaded pressure,Â scrambledÂ with his head up and made a nice throw to the back of the end zone. It's worth noting that Whitehurst needed 19 attempts to throw for 97 yards, partly a product of the play-calling.
Portis was an uninspiring 2-of-9 for 14 yards, and he took a sack, but four rushes for 46 yards displayed his elite athleticism.
While the offense is struggling to create points thus far in the preseasonâ€”the first team offense hasn't gotten into the end zoneâ€”the quarterback play is not one of low points through the first two games, in my opinion.
The trend from Week 1 continued, notably Whitehurst's very solid play, and the position looks to be improving as a whole. What happens if Whitehurst "outplays" Jackson again next week? Does he see first team reps before the regular season?
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