By fellow 12 Clinton Bonner
The best part about this game? Well, it was a band-aid that got ripped off of us. Sure it hurt, not as much as jumping on a bicycle with no seat, but it hurt… And this time the hurt was deep, fast, and by Monday evening, it was pretty much gone.
What could one do? Very often a game has all these incredible nuances – the nooks and crannies as we’ve grown accustomed to labeling them on #3i3o – that are subtle, yet undeniably deciding factors in a match. This week… Nah.
So, to a game that treated us like a ripped band-aid, let’s just face it head on, get to the OUT we know we need to talk about and then we can move on to the Tootie’s, the Jo’s and the rest of the Seahawks ‘Facts of Life’.
OUT – RC Pro-Am???
Remember that amazing Nintendo title? Oh it was soooooo good. You raced sweet tracks, you graduated to different vehicles, you scoured the course for weaponry and energy boosts… basically, this was Mario Kart before Mario Kart was born and is the basis of every great mobile racing game out there today… What I’m trying to say is that R.C. Pro-Am is the Godfather of racing games people!!!
Pro-Am also stands for Professional + Amateur, ya know the kind of golf tournaments where Bill Murray is flopping around in a sandpit, but he’s partnered with Ernie Els… Pro + Amateur.
This was Russell on Sunday, only he was paired with himself and his 5 INTs weren’t merely as amusing as Bill Murray jumping in a lake after a renegade Titleist.
In the Nintendo classic, sometimes you’d have the dopest, fastest, most nimble car, you’d have achieved all you possibly could, and then you just run into a certain track, with certain oil slick placements, and from jump-street, your game is off.
Russell hit early oil slicks in the form of amatuer accuracy and was outta the race by the time we got to turn #2.
OK, the band-aid is ripped off people… Let’s move on.
IN – More McEvoy… Please?
We’ve had this inner struggle… have you felt it? For those that partake in our weekly banter here on #3i3o, We’ve had an awful time feeling all the feels that come with one Jermaine Kearse.
- 2 Weeks ago we shouted from the Hawk-top that he was done as a Seahawk
- Just last week, we awarded him an IN for battling back and posting a strong, if not workman-like, performance v. the Camthers
Now, back to square 1…5.
I’m unsure how to feel about Jermaine at this point, but I’m pretty darn sure McEvoy deserves more snaps and as a consequence more targets. He has 9 targets on the year… This week he had 3, caught all 3 for 41, and 1 counted for 6.
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 12, 2016
Looking at you Flock – thoughts on more McEvoy? What say you?
OUT – The One Chance…
Despite the INT to seal the fate of the 1st half on the deep middle ball intended for Baldwin, we still had a chance to make a game of it as started the 2nd half with the ball.
We quickly marched down the field with this newer R&R combo – we’ll talk more R&R in just a moment – and we found ourselves 1st and 10 from the Packers 20. 20 measly yards away from getting to within 11 and putting heat on the Packers. This would have also put the heat on McCarthy who – as the boys on the pod discussed the week previous – tends to get very conservative when his Pack has a good-sized lead.
Packers fans let them know it too… this list is actually a LOT longer than what could fit on my screen:
- A bad attempt to Jimmy deep right
- A terrible read to Kearse deep left, and the ball is intercepted in the endzone
Some might say there was interference on this play… I’m not on that train. He was never open and Kearse needed the ball back shoulder to have a legit shot at it… the ball was inside, the pick was made, the die was cast… game over.
What should we have done there? Well that leads us directly into our next IN !!!
IN – A Little More R&R (maybe a lot more)
We start with that quote from Iron Mike to ensure we don’t lay too much blame at the feet of our often over-blamed OC, Darrell Bevell. But couldn’t we get a little more R&R in this game?
R&R? Rawls n’ Reece… Reece n’ Rawls… the King and the Duck?… The King and the Duck!
Going back to the OUT just above, we started the 3rd quarter out by pounding the ball down the Packers throats!!! Rawls had runs of 7 yards, 10 yards, and 15 yards in this one drive!!!
Reece picked up 7 on a toss from Russ that set up an easily converted 3rd and 1 as well. And we found ourselves 1st and 10, from the Packers 20… and neither of these guys got the rock again this drive. Que lastima!!! Truly, what a pity.
This was our chance to impose our will and we blew it. BUT this is an IN so let’s shine this turd for just a second longer shall we???
- Rawls averaged over 5.5 yards a carry!!!
- Reece had 2 big catches out of the backfield for 38 yards and showed he can still do it out there!
With Prosise rehabbing and now Pope re-banged up, we needed “a” Marcel Reece on this team.
Now, we just need to dial up a bit more R&R for the rest of the season… especially if we see early on that Russ is having an Am day and not a Pro one.
OUT – Where’d We Go???
We wrote about it last week but why do we suddenly hate the people of Haiti so much?
Why are we no longer building homes for these good people by raising monies on every sack that Pro-Bowl bound Cliff Avril racks up???
Where has Frank the Tank gone off to?
Where is Cassius flying off the edge?
Heck, we’ll take a LB blitz to spring KJ or Bobby free for a sacked lunch.
If 3 times is indeed a ‘YOU’ problem, then what is up with our pass rush who for the 3rd week in a row underwhelmed?
We know Rubin got home late… OK, we’ll take it…
We know we moved Rodgers off the ball and it didn’t matter, he was on his A-game all day…
But we have to, have to, have to get home more often.
I often call the podcast therapy and this week was no different as Adam calmly explained that things ebb and flow and that sack droughts like this come… and then, as if on queue, come the rains… They discussed it early on in this week’s pod, so if you haven’t yet listened… Do better!!!
— Sea Hawkers Podcast (@SeaHawkersPod) December 13, 2016
We’re home, versus a rookie QB, and now a virgin NFL coach … we NEED to get home in the form of multiple sacks this next time out!
IN – Ohhhh Kam
The game was all but lost already as the 4th quarter began and the Packers faced a 3rd and 17.
They executed a beautiful screen to Montgomery that somehow made it look non-predictable given the situation – hat tip there to the Pack – and it appeared with a full head of steam Ty was going to easily pick up this first down and put the final demoralizing straw on our collective back.
But then… the Bat signal… then… the Dark Knight came flying into the screen and he laid the wood something fierce on Montgomery, stopping him dead in his tracks and just one yard shy of the first down.
This was an all-world play and in a game that was essentially a poopfest, it still mattered to us to see Kam doing his thing even when all seemed lost.
Nicely done #31, that was ridiculous.
From the Flock!
Being part of the Flock is truly part therapy… especially during and after a stinkfest like this one! So, it’s always fun to see who from the Flock was chiming in on twitter with witty banter and crack observatory skills!
Want to get into the weekly post? The bar’s not too high peeps! Just tweet using the hash #3i3o during the game and.. voila… your voice shall be heard!
The boys from the pod wanted to fold space-time… can you blame them?
My DVR must be acting up. I’m trying to hit fast forward to where Green Bay screws up the onside kick and we mount the epic comeback. #3i3o
— Sea Hawkers Podcast (@SeaHawkersPod) December 11, 2016
Ross B found the perfect GIF… which is kinda sad when ya think about it:
— Ross Bell (@RossBell1984) December 11, 2016
Ross W delivered us some candy crush with this nickname birthing!
— ross wilwerding (@ross_wil) December 12, 2016
Finally, our boy Flocktimus Prime gave a ‘meh review to Terrell for at least not getting torched… yeah it was that kinda match!
IN-ish… Terrell didn’t get torched all game. #3i3o
— Keith Ketover (@FlocktimusPrime) December 12, 2016
1,2,3… What’s Next!?
Shenanigans!!! We 12s call shenanigans on you… yes you, Hollywood Rams.
Firing your coach on a Monday of a short week when we go to battle on Thursday night!!!
Your special teams coach, Jim Fassel’s son now takes the horns!!!… Oh we know you are up to nothing but pure shenanigans here Rams.
- 4th down and 6… who cares!?
- Fake punt? Pooch punt? Statue of Liberty play???
- Jet sweeps galore? The ole reverse City Slicker??? (that’s a thing right?)
Flock… Momma’s Cleo’s balls have never been this clouded. I can’t make horns or tails of what this game holds for us.
Rams who give us fits + brand new coach + stupid Thursday Night Football which degrades the game… Just get a W and put us in position to recapture that 2 seed!!!
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