Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Review: Hawks v. Bears

The good

Hasselbeck and Branch seem to be developing some rapport

Josh Brown made both field goals

Willie Ponder did a decent job returning kicks

(Wow, talk about damning with faint praise)

The bad

The running game was nonexistant

All-galaxy LT Walter Jones appeared to get beaten for a sack -- that happened all of twice last year

Welcome back, dropsies! It's been a few years, but it's sure fun to see D-Jack and Burleson dropping critical passes

Holmgren's inexplicable play calling -- no one is fooled by the draw plays to Mack Strong on third and long

The ugly

When starting safety Michael Boulaware went down, in came Oliver Crestin -- you might remember him getting burned about 17 times during the Super Bowl, perhaps? Whether it was Crestin's fault or not, the secondary played like absolute garbage -- including starting cornerbacks Trufant and Herndon

The offensive line was atrocious. The Chris Guard (Spencer and Gray) got pushed back all night. Another 5-sack night for Hasselbeck, another week of wondering how important Steve Hutchinson was to this team.

Finally, the questions need to be asked: what's wrong with Hasselbeck? That's two games in a row where he's made some absolutely bizarre (and soul crushing) mistakes. Are the hits getting to him?

Now, with all that said:

(1) It's only week 4
(2) We've had a ton of injuries, but key players will be returning over the next couple of weeks (Jerramy Stevens, Shaun, Jordan Babineaux)
(3) The o-line should improve with time
(4) Hass will continue to get comfortable with Branch
(5) Our schedule is ridiculously soft
(6) We simply don't lose at home

Personally, I'd rather be peaking in week 19 than in week 4. We laid an egg Sunday night, but now we know we can be beaten. I'm looking forward to the rematch in the NFC Championship Game. In Seattle.


Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Haunted by ghost of Steve Hutchinson.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Yeah, it's starting to look that way. Although I think Chris Spencer will improve as the year progresses. And I think getting Stevens back will help dramatically with protection -- we need his size and strength at TE.

10:42 AM  

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