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Hawks Fall Late to Chargers 18-17 in San Diego

In the best preseason football I can remember the San Diego Chargers eek out the Seahawks by the score of 18-17. Late in the 4th quarter the Chargers scored and converted the two-point play to take the lead and then backup Seneca Wallace threw an interception to seal the deal. However the quarterback of the day was not Wallace, it was all about the former Akron Zip.

Someone forgot to tell Charlie Frye that he is the third quarterback on the roster playing in a preseason game. Frye finished his outing completing 19 of 29 passes for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns. From the opening drive the third-year QB played like he has been in this system forever. Frye connected with Nate Burleson on his first pass attempt for a 68-yard touchdown reception.

Unfortunately the defense did not look as impressive. Darren Sproles ran for 102 yards in just three quarters of play. Lofa Tatupu and his defense had no answer for the 5’6″ running back. It didn’t matter if Sproles ran inside or outside of the tackles, he was gaining yards, and he was gaining them. On the list of players with the most tackles the top 7 were linebackers and DBs showing that Sproles always made it to the second level of the defense.

There was a lot of talk about the triad of Maurice Morris, TJ Duckett and Julius Jones. These three were supposed to jockey for the starting spot. The Seahawks hope that Jones returns to his 2004 form where he gained over 800 yards in only 8 games with the Dallas Cowboys, but he did not look like the workhorse that Seattle wants him to be. Mike Holmgren tried to bring it out of him by calling his number more times than any other running back on the squad, but Jones came up with the least amount of yards of those same backs.

None of the backs did anything spectacular, but they all ran hard and steady. There was no change of pace with any of them. Morris and Julius traded series in the first half while Duckett and four other backs handled the latter half. Even with this constant switching, it was hard to tell who was on the field because nothing changed about the play calling and running style.

Rookie receiver Jordan Kent looked like he could become a viable weapon. Kent had 4 receptions for 47 yards and one of those grabs was for a touchdown. He even had a kick return for 19 yards as well as a tackle on punt coverage. Having your name said over the PA system that many times as a rookie is a great way to make an impression on the coaches.

The Seahawk secondary played an average game holding Phillip Rivers to 11 of 21 passes for 143 yards. Between the DBs always being in the correct spot and Rivers nursing his plant-leg the Chargers only had 1 reception for any amount over 25 yards.

The Seahawks’ passing game showed great promise in this game while the competition for the starting tailback spot got nowhere. Maybe the final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, which normally is harder to watch than the Pro Bowl, will help determine the running back for the opener against the Buffalo Bills.

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