Expectations for the Seahawks were too high in some fan precincts this year, with people thinking Seattle would come out and roll teams from the start on the way to the playoffs.
That thinking was based on Seattle’s dominating defense and powerful running game, which have been as advertised. But those people forgot that the Hawks were going to have a new quarterback and that he would be throwing to an average receiving corps.
Even with a rookie QB, a 3-1 start seemed quite possible, and 2-2 still would have been acceptable considering two of the games were on the road and the two home games were against Dallas and Green Bay.
The only thing that has made this .500 record disappointing is the fact that the Hawks have had a chance to win both games they have lost — and losing to the St. Louis Rams, despite the fact that they now have one of the league’s best coaches in Jeff Fisher, does not sit well.
Even coach Pete Carroll knows the Hawks should be better than .500.
“My thought was, coming out 2-2, we didn’t make the kind of progress we wanted to make,” he told reporters Friday, per The News Tribune. “We’d like to be ahead of that right now. We couldn’t have gotten any closer in our games; we were in every game. Our defense and our running game can keep us with a formidable chance with anybody we play with, we hope; but we weren’t able to get it done at finish time when we had to in a couple games, and that’s it.”
The league’s worst passing game has been the culprit — everyone will admit that. But the Seahawks seem quite confident that they are going to flip the switch soon.
They are going to have to. That 19-13 loss in St. Louis was the first of four road games over a five-week span: The Hawks are in Carolina this weekend, then come home to face New England before going to San Francisco and Detroit.
They have to win two of those games if they are going to stay in the playoff hunt entering the second half of the season.
Carroll said he sees the passing game improving. He said Wilson is managing the game better and becoming confident enough with his receivers that, Carroll said, “I think that’s going to help us take a jump forward in the next couple of weeks.”
Carroll said the close finishes have been good learning experiences for Wilson.
“To have gotten through those and learned from them is really powerful for him, and it’s going to help,” Carroll said in his Wednesday media session, via Seahawks.com. “We should be improving in the end of those drives as we move forward.”
Wilson said the offense needs to stop making mistakes.
“When you lose and you turn the ball over three times and you have a couple of penalties when we’re moving the ball, that always hurts you,” Wilson told reporters Sunday, per Seahawks.com. “We still had an opportunity, though. It shows that if we just fine-tune those little things that we’re doing wrong we’ve got a shot to really be good.”
They all seem confident they will put it all together soon.
“We’re better than we were a year ago in (defense and rushing),” Carroll said. “Now we need to see some winning results and just cap off those drives. I think we’re close to being really good and we’ll see if we can make a turn here.
“We stand to really improve during the season, if we stay together and keep working at it,” he said. “We stand to get better because we’re so young. We saw great improvement last year, so I think we’re well ahead of where we were, in terms of style of play. Our execution is better, the physical nature of our team is better. We hope that translates into more wins as we go into the second quarter of the season.”