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Seahawks Passing Offense, Second Quarter: Part 1

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Lots to cover. Let's jump right in.

1-10-SEA 20 (10:17) 8-M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete deep middle to 89-J.Carlson (28-U.Young)

Defenders within five: 8

Defenders within 10: 9

Following some success with the deep pass, Seattle has forced both safeties back. Woot.

Seahawks: 2 WR (right), TE (left/right), RB (Baker motions wide right prior to the snap)

Saints: 4-3

Rush four. Five blockers. Five step drop. John Carlson is running a post. Matt Hasselbeck targets him. It's a very poor read. The pattern breaks right where free safety Usama Young stands ready to double Carlson. He jumps the route and nearly picks the pass. It's just short of a gimme.

2-10-SEA 20 (10:11) 8-M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short left to 24-M.Lynch.

Defenders within five: 8

Withing 10: 10

Seahawks: WR (left/right (right: tight)), TE (right), I (left) (Carlson motions wide right before the snap)

Saints: 5-2

Carlson's motion creates confusion. Jonathan Vilma and Roman Harper chase right, Harper stops and Vilma is not able to cover before the snap. He has a lot of space on a quick hitch, but Hass reads Lynch.

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Saints rush five. Seahawks block with five. Chris Spencer allows Remi Ayodele straight up the gut. Matt needs to dish it and quick. Lynch holds up ever so slightly running the swing pattern and the pass arrives out in front. Hasselbeck is trying to lead him but Lynch isn't game. He stabs his left hand out at the ball but it tumbles away incomplete.

3-10-SEA 20 (10:07) (Shotgun) 8-M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short right to 87-B.Obomanu.

Within five: 7

Within 10: 10

Seahawks: WR (left) 2 WR (right), Split backs, shotgun

Saints: 3-3 under

Rush five. Seven blockers. One defender spies.

Hasselbeck has a clean pocket and targets Ben Obomanu running an out or more likely a very flat corner or flag route. The pass falls wide and out of bounds. Maybe a bad pass and maybe a bad pattern.

(punt)

(Saints score winning touchdown)

2-6-SEA 35 (5:16) 8-M.Hasselbeck pass short right to 17-M.Williams to SEA 45 for 10 yards (33-J.Greer). pass 7, YAC 3

Within five: 6

Within 10: 9

Holy smokes! It's honest spacing. New Orleans isn't mugging the line! Let's see if that continues.

Seahawks: 2 WR (right), 2 TE (left), RB

Saints: 4-3

Saints rush four. Seahawks block five. Mike Williams runs a slant that begins five yards into his route. His pattern breaks underneath the coverage. Hasselbeck takes a three step drop and fires. Williams catches, turns and falls forward for ten.

1-10-SEA 45 (4:49) 8-M.Hasselbeck pass short left to 87-B.Obomanu to NO 44 for 11 yards (28-U.Young). pass -4, YAC 15

Within five: 8

Within 10: 9

A little tighter bur just barely.

Seahawks: 2 WR (left), TE (right), I (right)

Saints: 4-3

Hasselbeck takes it and zips it to Obo in the slot. Obomanu is uncovered. Not to grouse, but so, so many NFL offenses get quality production out of this kind of route, but Seattle hasn't been able to run it effectively in years. A few deep passes later and routes like this open up. Mike Williams blocks out Tracy Porter. Obo catches and runs straight up field for an automatic ten.

1-10-NO 44 (4:22) 8-M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short left to 86-C.Baker.

Seahawks quick snap it.

Within five: 8

Withing 10: 10

Seahawks: WR (left (Carlson)), 2WR (right), TE (left), RB

Saints: 4-3 over

Rush five. Block five. Three step drop. Matt targets Baker running an out. Shanle's all over him. The pass leads Baker too much and Baker can only reach for it before it continues out of bounds, incomplete.

Wonder why Hasselbeck rushed the throw.

2-10-NO 44 (4:19) 8-M.Hasselbeck pass short left to 17-M.Williams to NO 41 for 3 yards (22-T.Porter). pass 0, YAC 3

Within five: 8

Within 10: 10

Seahawks: WR (left/right), TE (left/right), RB (Carlson motions from left tight end to fullback)

Saints: 3-4

Both corners are playing way off. Hasselbeck takes it and throws it left and Williams catches, but Porter is all over it. Williams squares with Porter, does that rec league shimmy-shimmy thing and is tackled after three. Still, three yards.

3-7-NO 41 (3:39) (Shotgun) 8-M.Hasselbeck pass short left to 17-M.Williams to NO 26 for 15 yards (22-T.Porter). pass 10, YAC 5

Withing five: 7

Within 10: 10

Seahawks: WR (left), 2 WR (right), split backs, shotgun

Saints: 3-4

Rush seven. Block seven. Thank goodness Gregg Williams is predictable.

Matt locks on to Williams. Williams is facing very soft coverage. Porter is initially about ten yards off, and when Williams crosses the first down marker, Porter bites deep. Williams curls in front of Porter and jumps and catches and turns up field for another five.

It's crazy when you think about it, but both this reception and the 11 yard reception by Obomanu are allowed in order to protect against the deep pass. Deep pass. Deep pass. Deep pass. Huh.

Seattle takes a time out.

Aaaand ... I'm out of time. I'll have to pick this up on Friday.