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Some familiar bugaboos caught up with them in this game. Third-down inefficiency on offense and defense. Poor offensive-line protection. Penalties. Stalled drives. The defense’s inability to hold a fourth quarter lead. It led to a game that alternated between thrilling and exasperating.
“This is the most resilient team that I’ve ever been around,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “They’ve got more grit than anybody, any team I’ve been around.”
This season has certainly tested the Colts (4-1).
After an impressive start to Sunday’s game against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Seahawks lost the need-to-have battle and eventually the game 34-28 in their first loss of the season.
While some people, including those in the team’s front office, raved about the Mariners’ outstanding spring training, thinking it was a precursor for regular-season success might have been a reach. Upon closer inspection, the Mariners’ 25-man roster was more than a little flawed.
Mariners chairman and CEO Howard Lincoln says he was “surprised and disappointed” by Eric Wedge’s resignation last week, but indicated Tuesday that he’s fully confident in the team’s direction going forward under general manager Jack Zduriencik.
Tuesday on the Steve Sandmeyer Show, Zduriencik said a few magical phrases that give me hope that the 2009 and 2010 approach may be back for 2013 and 2014. “There also may be some things where we have to get creative,” he said. “We may have to do some things a little differently. We’re going to try to be a player in the free agent market.”