Holmgren: "It's just unacceptable ... "
Those looking for something — anything — positive out of the debacle of an exhibition-game performance by the Seahawks on Saturday night will find two things...
Seattle Times staff reporter
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Those looking for something — anything — positive out of the debacle of an exhibition-game performance by the Seahawks on Saturday night will find two things.
One, the 48-13 defeat against the Green Bay Packers that was marred by mistakes on both sides of the ball and special teams doesn't count in the final standings.
Two, no one got hurt.
"Which isn't surprising, seeing as we didn't hit anybody," coach Mike Holmgren fumed after the game.
The depth chart at training camp might be taking a few hits, however.
Holmgren blamed himself for the defeat, saying he failed to get the Seahawks ready to play. He also made it clear that both young and experienced players are on notice.
The game-film review session isn't going to be pretty after the Seahawks turned the ball over six times, gave up seven sacks and committed 10 penalties for 82 yards, five of those on special teams.
"I'm responsible for what we do," Holmgren said. "It was uncharacteristic. We're not usually a very penalized team. We're not so careless with the ball, we had interceptions. We usually can run the ball decently and we couldn't at all. It's hard to point at one little thing."
The final analysis of the night got worse.
"I cannot tolerate how we played," Holmgren said. "It's just unacceptable, and so we'll fix it.
"The young guys, the veteran guys, everybody. We're going to look at this film hard. I wasn't real happy with anybody, to be honest ... The thing is there are some fellas that think they have the team made and they're in for a little bit of a shock this week now."
The rain came down all night long at Lambeau Field, and it must have felt like buckets of water to the Seahawks.
The offense — in some fairness, playing without normal starters Matt Hasselbeck, Walter Jones and Sean Locklear — struggled to gain positive yards early in the game. And the Packers turned a pair of fumble returns off sacks into touchdowns.
If not for a 55-yard pass play from Seneca Wallace to Nate Burleson and a pair of fumble recoveries of their own, Seattle might not have scored at all.
As for special teams, the Seahawks gave up an 83-yard kickoff return that led to a touchdown. They also had two long Josh Wilson kickoff returns and a Ben Obomanu punt return called back because of penalties. On one play alone, there were three holding violations against Seattle.
The Seahawks tied the score at 3 on a 46-yard Josh Brown field goal with 4:22 left in the first quarter. Then the Packers took over with a show of force.
Seahawks left tackle Tom Ashworth, starting in place of Jones, lost in one-on-one situations several times to a pair of Packers' defensive ends, starter Cullen Jenkins and his backup, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. It started early, Jenkins going around Ashworth to sack Wallace for a 7-yard loss on the Seahawks' third play right after running back Shaun Alexander dropped the first of three mishandled passes by Seattle.
Ashworth is working at left tackle this summer while Jones is rested until the regular season. He is normally a backup at right tackle and the Seahawks' fourth option at left tackle behind Locklear, Ray Willis and Floyd Womack. Willis started at right tackle for Locklear.
The Packers took a 17-3 lead on Brett Favre's 18-yard pass to James Jones on the first play of the second quarter, with Jones running past Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant into the end zone.
"On defense, we gave up some third downs we needed to get out of," Seahawks linebacker Kevin Bentley said. "They threw a lot at us ... quick count, hurry-up, no-huddle ... It's like we couldn't get a break. It just wasn't our day."
Wallace then drove the Seahawks to the Green Bay 30, but Gbaja-Biamila got the best of Ashworth and dropped Wallace for a sack and fumble. Linebacker Nick Barnett picked up the loose ball and ran it back 62 yards for a touchdown.
Seahawks backup fullback Leonard Weaver also struggled. He was simply overpowered by Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk on a first-quarter sack, and he let Green Bay safety Atari Bigby leap over him to sack David Greene in the closing second of the second quarter.
Bigby sacked Wallace earlier, forcing a fumble that former Seahawk Tracy White scooped up and ran back for a 34-yard touchdown to make the score 38-10.
Greene came on for the Seahawks with 3:12 to play in the half and threw an interception on his fourth play.
José Miguel Romero: 206-464-2409 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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