Snap Reactions: the defensive line is unsettled

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What a weird game.

The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Tennessee Titans amid a snowstorm of penalty flags, and it turns out, interesting player usage.

Here’s the snap counts from Week 2:

Snap counts from the #Seahawks Week 2 loss to the Titans: pic.twitter.com/HeAWBsOAhn

— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) September 20, 2021

Offensive Observations:

The fact that we’re still listing Kyle Fuller as a guard is dumb and should stop
Something completely unnoticed by me live: Jamarco Jones came in when both Brandon Shell and Damien Lewis had mid-game injury scares. That is interesting and impressive on the part of Jones for playing both positions at different times in the game, adding credence to why the team has continued to roster him for years.
After playing over 70% of the game in Week 1, Will Dissly saw only 26 snaps in a game that was nearly devoid of tight end targets. Weird.
Go Freddie Swain, go!
Travis Homer had a splendid 11-yard reception early in the game, and I don’t know know why he remained as active as he did afterwards. Alex Collins had the fourth most explosive play of the game, and saw only six snaps. Only one carry. For whatever reason this team continues to have decision-making difficulty with their backups, and this is one that’s weird to me. Play Collins as the second-best running back he is on this roster. Shouldn’t be that hard.

Defensive Observations:

Poona Ford and Al Woods played a ton. This was clearly a Derrick Henry type gameplan, which might not be encouraging given the result. The big bear of the afternoon was Woods, who played as much as both he and Brian Mone had played combined in Week 1. That is potentially too much time on the field for defensive tackles, and it undoubtedly hurt to not have Mone out there on run defense.
Tre Flowers all 88 snaps at cornerback, interesting.
Benson Mayowa is good. I like him. He is not this team’s best pass rusher. Don’t really need him leading the charge out there by that margin, over Darrell Taylor and especially…
ALTON ROBINSON SEASON. I will find it as big of a mismanagement as some of this franchise’s timeout usage if Robinson sees another snap count in the teens. He has had two game-changing impact plays in two games, on ridiculously little play time. It’s essentially what he did last year. This is weird and baffling, on a day when Ryan Tannehill was content to throw 22 5-yard passes, might as well let the one guy getting home have a few more cracks.
Marquise Blair continues to lose the battle to Ugo Amadi. I do not know why, and assume we will not know much of why unless something like an injury forces Pete Carroll’s hand. Like the other positions, it’s a good problem to have, but I’m really struggling with understanding how that spot is going to make sense over the season.

Week 3 sees the Minnesota Vikings, who also played the Arizona Cardinals the week before playing Seattle. What a world.

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