Dec 1, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; NBA former player Bill Russell raises the Seattle Seahawks 12th man flag before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
With the Raiders playing the final game of their preseason schedule Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks, we took the time to interview Keith Myers of 12th Man Rising about tonight’s game and the ins and outs of the Seahawks.
JBB. In the final preseason game what are some intriguing Seahawks storylines that Raider Nation should follow on Thursday?
The injury situation on the defensive line is the big one. 3 of 4 starters, and their 3 primary backups are all hurt and wont be playing. This is a chance for a few guy who weren’t expected to make the team to make a impression and possibly find some playing time in week 1 vs the Panthers.
JBB. The Seahawks have first hand experience in dealing with mobile quarterbacks from having Russell Wilson as their quarterback. How do you see the Seahawks defense dealing with Terrelle Pryor under center?
The Seahawks defense is built around speed. The DEs and LB are all especially fast. They also have CBs who are physical and very good in run support on the edges. This had the effect of naturally neutralizing mobile QBs like Kaepernick and Newton a year ago without have to do much in the way of scheming.
JBB. How much playing time do you see for Seattle’s first string?
Very little, especially on offense. I expect we’re going to see one series and then the backups will enter. On defense it’ll get a little more muddled since some of the backups and 3rd string guys will be playing at the beginning. I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple linemen end up playing most of the game.
JBB. Matt Flynn didn’t work out in Seattle and recently Warren Moon blasted Flynn’s work ethic compared to Russell Wilson’s. Now it seems things may not work out in Oakland, what is your take on Matt Flynn and his future as a NFL QB.
Flynn reminds me a lot of Alex Smith. He’s good enough to shepherd a good team into the playoffs, but he’s never going to make the make players around him better the way guys like Wilson and Kaepernick can. He’s never going to be exciting like Pryor can be, but with talent around him be can be steady.
The comparison of the differences in work ethic is an interesting one. A year ago Wilson was learning the offense, and NFL defenses and protections. Flynn wasn’t. He was a vet who’d spent years in a very similar offense while at Green Bay. So naturally it would make sense that he wouldn’t need the same film room time Wilson did.
Wilson is also meticulous, and works harder then probably any QB in the NFL. (He even had to be reminded to take time off for his honeymoon.) So saying he doesn’t that Flynn doesn’t work as hard is kind of like saying the sky is blue.
This isn’t to make excuses for Flynn though. There’s “not working as hard as Wilson,” and then there’s “not working hard enough.” I know the first one is true, but it’s outside of what I know to comment on the 2nd one.
Predicting a preseason game where the starters aren’t going to play much… umm… The ball will be kicked off. passes will be thrown, and the game wont end in a 0-0 tie. Good enough?
I will say this: The Seahawks have compiled a few impressive young rookie backups on the O-line and at RB. These are guys who could probably start on a few teams (Alvin Bailey and Christine Michael have been especially impressive so far). I think the Seahawks will have some success running the ball in the 2nd half, as they have in the 3 previous exhibition games.