Re-watched most of Saturday night's game to take a look at a few things. Some notes from the first and second viewings and some loose ends to tie together with Thursday's game vs. San Francisco fast approaching:
*** Offensive coordinator Ron Turner in explaining why Kyle Orton only got two possessions and did not go into the game in the third quarter:
"We just looked at it and said he got in got some reps, got some work and so we just went with Caleb [Hanie]," Turner said. "We moved the ball it was positive and all that stuff. Just the way the game was going we got Caleb out there."
Turner on the shortcomings in the blitz pickup:
"That's something we have to deal with. We expected it. We anticipated it. They didn't come with that much pressure last week, but when they played us last year they did. We anticipated that we would see that much pressure. It's something you have to handle. When a team brings pressure like that you have to look at it as an opportunity to make a play. We have handled it well and we will handle it well."
Took a look at most of the pressures that got to Grossman and the one when he was called for intentional grounding was striking. The Seahawks had a zone blitz on and defensive ends Lawrence Jackson and Darryl Tapp backed out into coverage. That left offensive tackles John St. Clair and John Tait standing there doing nothing. Neither picked up a man. Julian Peterson came through the gap between Tait and guard Roberto Garza. Leroy Hill came around the other side past St. Clair and running back Matt Forte made a marginal effort trying to block him. Fact it, intentional grounding isn't the only penalty that could have been called. Tight end Greg Olsen had a good hold of cornerback Josh Wilson. Peterson, Hill and Wilson eventually all met at Grossman.
Forte also missed Lofa Tatupu on a blitz pickup on the third play of the game. Peterson had come around the corner past St. Clair and Hill went through unblocked on a delayed rush. It was like a lot of the plays--several Seahawks defenders could have notched a sack.
*** Talk about taking advantage of an opportunity, defensive tackle Israel Idonije was all over the Seattle backfield playing in place of Tommie Harris. Idonije finished with two tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, two QB hurries and a pass defended. He absolutely overpowered left tackle Walter Jones on one move. His effort had to open some eyes.
*** Health beat. If you go off what coach Lovie Smith says, it doesn't sound like tight end Desmond Clark's sprained right knee is too serious. He was limping after the game and could need a week or two. Linebacker Nick Roach suffered a concussion when he banged helmets with long snapper Patrick Mannelly covering the first punt of the game. Mannelly later went out with a neck stinger. Safety Kevin Payne had a back injury. Defensive end Alex Brown had his right arm wrapped but it's not believed to be serious. The Bears got a little scare when Devin Hester walked off the field following a nice catch on a slant route. He was tackled hard by Marcus Trufant.
"I came down on the turf real hard and banged my head and got a little woozy," Hester said. "But I'm all right."
*** Health beat II. Speaking of Trufant and hard tackles, Clark was none too happy with the low tackle by Trufant on the play he was injured. Hill was bringing Clark down from behind and Trufant came in low from in front. It looked like his knee hyperextended a little. He called the tackle unnecessary.
*** Health beat III. Running back Kevin Jones (knee) and defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek (calf) expect to make their preseason debuts vs. the 49ers.
*** Earl Bennett's nifty 75-yard punt return was electrifying, proof special teams coordinator Dave Toub's system isn't all Hester.
"It was surprising, for a rookie to come in and step up and make a play like that," Hester said. "It's not easy to return balls, but Earl came in and made a big play, and that's the most important thing. Whenever you get an opportunity, you've got to try to make the best of it."
Thing is, Bennett isn't going to be snatching return opportunities from Hester any time soon. He needs to catch passes, like the one he dropped from Grossman, to get on the field.
*** Rookie tight end Kellen Davis, the fifth-round pick from Michigan State, continues to impress. His number was called early after Clark's injury and he delivered. He made three catches for 55 yards, including a nifty nine-yard grab from Hanie to force overtime. The game hasn't been too big for Davis so far as the position can make for a tough transition to the NFL with the dual role as a receiver and blocker.
"Anytime you get an opportunity to make a play ...," Davis said. "I just want more opportunities and hopefully going out there and playing well tonight will help further that."
*** Quick hitters ... If reserve linebacker Darrell McClover hasn't nailed down a job yet, he's got to be close after his blocked punt. ... The good news is wide receiver Mark Bradley blocked a punt also. The bad news is it came late in the fourth quarter when starter types are not on the field, especially on teams. ... On Payne's strip of Seahawks running back Julius Jones, someone was way out of position because there was a huge hole created when nickel back Danieal Manning blitzed right by the play. ... Referee Tony Corrente was caught in a bad spot on Hill's interception of Grossman. Tait turned to pursue the play and bowled over Corrente, who went you-know-what over tea kettle. ... Forte looked elusive and powerful at the same time on a semi-successful screen play, a rare thing in these parts. ... Was that John Shoop's playbook in action when Olsen ran a three-yard out route on third-and-five and was tackled two yards shy of the sticks? ... Rookie linebacker Joey LaRocque played hard on special teams. Ditto second-year safety Leonard Peters, who made a few hard hits. ... Anybody see Mike Hass lately? ... If there were any questions about Brandon Lloyd, they might have been answered when he did well on four consecutive sideline passes from Kyle Orton in the two-minute drill. ... The Seahawks ran 83 offensive plays to the Bears' 54. Been there done that. ... The Bears' offense had six three-and-punts. Been there done that. ... Reserve safety Josh Gattis also made a few plays on special teams.
*** Final observation. Veteran Seahawks observer Mike Sando of ESPN.com said Seattle blitzed more than he could ever recall seeing in a preseason game by the team. Why? Maybe they wanted to help out No. 3 quarterback Charlie Frye, who played the entire game with Matt Hasselbeck out with an ailing back. You'll see the blitz soon enough. Might as well work on it now.