I’m not usually a post game wrap up guy, but talk of this game being historically bad is kind of melodramatic. Was it ugly? yes. Did the offensive performance feel more like a 1st pre season game? Yes. But when most fans say the game was ugly it’s a perspective thing. I for one thought our defense played beautifully considering they were on the field 40+ minutes. (One has to wonder how awkward the flight home was for offensive and defensive players who had to sit together..but I digress).
I was curious, so while I was up with my 3 month old daughter in the middle of the night, I took a look back at our history to see if this was in fact, the worst game in Seahawks history. Or for the less melodramatic at least, the worse QB performance. What I found, not only chilled me to the bone, but it also left me in the fetal position, rocking back and forth mumbling incoherently for hours.. buckle up folks, Here’s just a few notably bad QB games, of about 30 I found.
Let’s start with a baseline for this research:
QB Charlie Whitehurst: 12-30, 97 yards and 1 interception in 6-3 loss to Browns
Now let’s take a look at some “historic” Seahawk QB performances to see how clipboard Jesus stacks up.
1977 Jim Zorn: 7-20 for 46 yards and 2 picks in a 44-7 beatdown to Oakland.
1977, Steve Myer: 5-23, 73 yards, and 4 picks in 31-0 loss to Patriots
1979, Jim Zorn: 2-17, 25 Yards in 24-0 Loss to Rams
Okay, too far back? Let’s fast forward a bit.
2004, Matt Hasselbeck 14-41, 187 Yards, 4 picks in 25-17 loss to Cardinals
2008, Senaca Wallace 12-23 71 yards, 1 pick in 20-10 loss to Bucs
2009, Matt Hasselbeck 10-29, 112 yards, 1 pick in 27-3 loss to Cardinals
2010, Charlie Whitehurst and Matt Hasselbeck combined 14-22, 84 yds in 38-15 loss to Bucs
It’s fairly obvious, that statistically speaking, we’ve had much worse QB play. But in retrospect, this Brown’s game wasn’t all Charlie. I’ll distribute blame using the state of the art Match Ups Zone “Blame Chart”.
It’s clear (because fancy charts like this are never wrong) that this wasn’t all Charlie Whitehurst. It just seemed that way. Our offense regressed big time, and because of that I can’t help but throw offensive coordinator Darell Bevell into the blame mix. The Browns ran the ball 44 times. Us? 15. Putting a well-known sub par QB in that position is a really bad idea.
But fear not Seahawks fans here’s the good news: All the Charlie Chanters can go away, and the next game is at home!
Bad News: The Josh Portis chanters are warming up.
Lord help us…..