For the first time in as long as I can remember, I saw them starting to "put it all together", a huge change. There are three phases plus coaching, that makes 4 phases of the game. I saw a team finally starting to work together. I saw all these things occurring in the same game:
1) Didn't see any stupidness. All 4 phases, everybody kept their heads screwed on straight....that's new.
2) Not only did all 4 phases not do "stupid does", they all 4 contributed...nobody stayed home and left it to somebody else, including the coaches...that's new too.
3) We won the TO battle, decisively....that's new, the consequence of one and two above.
4) Coaching made some savvy tactical moves along with some savvy strategic moves, taking advantage of Seattle's relative inexperience/youth. Examples:
a) Tactical: The tackle eligible/reset move to draw Seattle's d over the line, brilliant recognition of the moment and exploitation of it.
b) Strategic: Having Ginn return to one side just about all game long, then returning to the other side. They burned Earl Thomas with that one...he got out of his lane because of it and creeped over....and Ginn took it the other way.
5) Everybody was prepared..no meltdown.
These were the big changes I saw. In the future there will be bumps in the road and some regression at times...but it looks like they are laying a good foundation built on proven, solid, fundamental football philosophy: No stupid s**t, awareness of the situation, all 4 phases showing up and contribute, winning the TO battle.
[ Edited by Blitz on Sep 12, 2011 at 9:27 AM ]