Early thoughts from Seattle's exhibition opener

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks removed quite a few starters, including Matt Hasselbeck, following the first quarter of their exhibition opener against the Chargers. A few thoughts so far:

  • Matt Hasselbeck: The veteran quarterback looked about how he has looked during practice, which is good. He scrambled and threw away the ball to avoid an onrushing Shaun Phillips. He found T.J. Houshmandzadeh underneath to convert on third down. He and tight end John Carlson had a miscommunication on another third-down play, leading to an incompletion even though Carlson was open.

  • Aaron Curry: The Seahawks took him off the field on some third downs and also one time when the Chargers spread the field. Darryl Tapp replaced Curry on some of the plays when Curry came off the field. Curry played coverage quite a bit, without much action. He rushed from right defensive end against backups and didn't make an impact. The staff did leave Curry on the field for a third-and-3. Curry dropped into coverage. Safety Deon Grant broke up the pass. Curry did buckle Chargers tight end Brandon Manumaleuna on the running play Brandon Mebane blew up.

  • Mebane and Colin Cole: They definitely give Seattle some stoutness against the run.

  • Zone blocking: The offensive line was able to spring Julius Jones for a couple of effective runs early. I also noticed fullback Owen Schmitt getting to the perimeter and going low to take out a linebacker. Nice play by Schmitt.

Those are a few of the things I've noticed early. I'll follow up as warranted. Has anything jumped out to you?