Preseason Preview: Week Two – Green Bay at Seattle

When Seattle walks out of the locker room Saturday at Qwest Field, the Seahawks will face a team that they have been connected at the hip with for years.

Twelve seasons ago a storied Hall of Fame head coach traded in a green jacket and snow for a blue one and rain.  After winning a Super Bowl trophy as the Packers’ head coach, Mike Holmgren came to Seattle and took the Seahawks to their only Super Bowl appearance in the franchise’s history.  Under the watchful eyes of Holmgren, Seattle would go on to win five division championships.

Shortly after Holmgren’s arrival, Seattle tapped its newly-established Green Bay pipeline for the Seahawks’ quarterback of the future.  Arriving in Seattle in 2001, Matt Hasselbeck earned the starting spot and hasn’t looked back.  In addition to quarterbacking his team to the Super Bowl and the division championships, he punched his ticket to three Pro Bowls.

Seattle’s newest arrival from Green Bay is the team’s general manager.  In his first ever head General Manager position, Jon Schneider has made his presence felt.  He’s been at the epicenter of over 100 player transactions and a Draft that’s received rave reviews from national experts.

As part of SeahawksGab Editor Devon Heinen’s preseason preview, he poses three questions regarding the preseason Week Two matchup that Seahawks fans should keep in mind. 

WILL SEATTLE’S SECONDARY HOLD UP?
Tennessee quarterback Vince Young didn’t need a quarter of action Saturday to show that Seattle could have issues with its secondary.

The Titans’ signal caller picked Seattle apart on Tennessee’s first possession.  Completing all four of his passes on his the drive, Young racked up 70 yards through the air en route to the game’s opening touchdown.

His second series came to an end in a hurry though.  Facing third-and-one from his own 27, Young was flushed out of the pocket and was intercepted by Josh Wilson.

Which Seattle secondary shows up this Saturday for a matchup against one of the National Football League’s rising stars in Aaron Rodgers will be something everybody will be paying attention to. 

WHAT ABOUT CHRIS CLEMONS?
Saturday Chris Clemons began to answer the question of who would step up to handle Seattle’s pass rush responsibilities.

The defensive end/leo made his presence felt minutes into his first game in a Seahawks uniform.  Without the pressure he applied to a scrambling Vince Young on Tennessee’s second drive, Seattle quite possibly doesn’t record its first interception of the game. 

Clemons ended Tennessee’s next drive by bringing down the Titans’ backup quarterback, Chris Simms, for a loss.

Will Clemons be able to match his preseason Week One performance?  If not, Seattle will have to go back to square one with figuring out who will shoulder the load with the team’s pass rush. 

HOW WILL WIDE RECEIVER MIKE WILLIAMS FOLLOW UP HIS PERFORMANCE FROM LAST WEEKEND?
It took just one catch for Mike Williams to show the Seahawks and their fans why he was one of college’s best wide receivers earlier this decade.

Hauling in a pass on a comeback route near the right sideline, Williams turned up field and slipped through the Tennessee secondary with relative ease for a 51-yard score.

Williams is buried on the team’s depth chart, but so far the wideout has done nothing but turn heads.  Should he keep this up, he not only will guarantee himself a roster spot, but the chance at seeing the playing field a lot on game days.

Can’t get enough NFLGridironGab?  Follow SeahawksGab Editor Devon Heinen on Twitter at http://twitter.com/DevonHeinen.


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