The alarming number from Seattle’s second preseason contest was four.
That would be the number of times quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked in five drives during the first half of Seattle’s 18-11 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
That’s a worrisome total for Seattle, especially when considering Wilson’s mobility. Seattle’s offensive line is a concern after allowing 33 sacks a season ago. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said not all of the blame should be placed on the blocking, however.
“Russ can do a better job to help us there when we get stuck,” Carroll said after the game, according to the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta. “Sometimes we try really hard to get out to try to make a bigger play when the pressure eventually gets there. But on rhythm, we were fine a few times.
“We need to get the ball out and stay quick with it like we want to and not let the rush get to us. When you don’t, then you suffer negative stuff that makes it hard to get going.”
The Seahawks suffered plenty of negative plays on Thursday night. While Wilson can be a miracle worker with the ball in his hands, he does risk taking enormous losses on some of those plays. When defenses are able to contain Wilson is when things can get hasty.
Seattle’s offensive line must improve, but more discretion out of its quarterback will help reduce the unfortunate outcomes.