Wide receiver Sidney Rice #18 of the Seattle Seahawks just misses making a touchdown catch against Nnamdi Asomugha #28 of the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on September 15, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 29-3. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Despite a 2-0 start to the season, the offense has appeared disjointed at times and has struggled to find a rhythm. Against the Carolina Panthers, Seattle couldn't get their rushing game on track. Last week against the San Francisco 49ers, QB Russell Wilson completed just eight passes in their 29-3 victory.
Head coach Pete Carroll has repeatedly expressed frustration this week that the offense just can't quite find itself at this point of the season.
"I’m not real happy with anything that’s hit, just as far as the overall on offense right now," Carroll said. "We are just not quite as clean and we can’t tell. It’s not about the execution of the throwing game, the throwing and catching part of it, we continue to put ourselves behind the sticks so much that we have not been able to get the kind of rhythm that we hopefully will get."
Penalties have been a major factor for the offense in trying to find that consistency early in the season. Against the 49ers, Seattle had 10 penalties called against the offense alone though a holding penalty against G J.R. Sweezy was declined.
Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell both believe that penalties have been one of the major reason their offense hasn't been able to hit stride.
"I think the penalties have been something that have really killed us on drives because there’s a couple explosive gains that change the field position, particularly I think of the one that was kind of a two-minute situation right before the half where we had Sidney spin the ball and we had the hold the next play," Bevell said. "We’re well into the other side of the field and those keep bringing us back."
Seattle's wide receivers caught just three passes against the 49ers with WR Sidney Rice, WR Doug Baldwin and WR Golden Tate each making one grab a piece.
"Honestly, we're not where we want to be," Baldwin said. "We're very far from the type of offense that we know we're capable of being. There are some minor things here and there that we need to tweak in order to be that and it's very easily correctable. We just have to focus in on the details and make sure it happens."
The good news for Seattle is they have still won both games and have a game against a vastly inferior Jacksonville team to get things on the right track.
"We threw the ball well the first game. We ran the ball well the second game and now, hopefully, we can put the two together and see what happens," QB Russell Wilson said. "If we can do that it will be hard to beat us no matter who we play."
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CB Alan Ball (groin)
CB Dwayne Gratz (ankle)
RB Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle)
DT Roy Miller (knee)
WR Stephen Burton (hip)
QB Blaine Gabbert (right hand)
TE Marcedes Lewis (calf)
G Uche Nwaneri (knee)
G Will Rackley (knee)
WR Ace Sanders (ribs)
LB J.T Thomas (hamstring)
WR Mike Brown (back)
TE Allen Reisner (toe)
DE Jason Babin (not injury related)
C Brad Meester (not injury related)
T Russell Okung (toe)
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DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)
FB Spencer Ware (ankle)
DE Chris Clemons (knee)
CB Brandon Browner (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (knee)
G J.R. Sweezy (back)