In a really perfect state of affairs, the Seahawks might need been capable of give Quinton Dunbar a bit little bit of relaxation for his sore knee Sunday.
However with Shaquill Griffin out for a second straight sport with a hamstring damage and nickel cornerback Ugo Amadi additionally out with an ailing hamstring, the Seahawks had little alternative however to go along with Dunbar on the left cornerback spot, with Tre Flowers filling in for Griffin on the opposite facet.
With D.J. Reed taking part in the nickel nook, Seattle’s solely backups Sunday have been Linden Stephens — who had simply 37 defensive snaps in his profession earlier than Sunday — and Jayson Stanley, who was elevated off the follow squad Saturday and doesn’t have any.
That meant the Seahawks had no alternative however to play Dunbar.
“Underneath these circumstances, we would have liked him to play at the moment,’’ stated coach Pete Carroll.
Dunbar was clearly nowhere close to 100% and was finally changed by Stephens.
“He was hobbling,’’ Carroll stated of Dunbar. “He tried to suck it up and hold going, however we would have liked to get him out.’’
By then, although, a lot harm had been carried out, with the Payments selecting on Dunbar repeatedly as Josh Allen threw for 415 yards in Buffalo’s 44-34 win.
“He had a troublesome day,’’ Carroll stated. “ … He was surviving a bit greater than we needed to.’’
Dunbar appeared to usually play far off receivers on the line, in all probability because of concern over his knee, making for some straightforward completions for the Payments.
Carroll stated the cushion wasn’t actually the plan getting into.
“We gave them some stuff with some misplay,’’ Carroll stated. “We anticipated to play the stuff that we did play a lot better than we did, and it appeared like we have been actual unfastened on run after catch stuff as effectively. We didn’t plan to be off them as a lot because it wound up wanting like. That was not the plan. So I’ve obtained to see why that occurred.
“, I imply, there was some stuff, he was by himself, we frolicked guys out with issues that we did, and it didn’t work out for us.’’
Carroll, although, stated it wasn’t simply the defensive backs, noting that the Seahawks went to blitzing extra as the sport wore on to attempt to strain Allen and the cornerbacks have been at occasions left on an island.
“We’ve obtained to assist them extra,’’ Carroll stated.
What Seattle additionally wants is to get wholesome within the again finish, although with the bye week gone and now having two video games in 11 days, that will not occur anytime quickly.
“We have to get Shaquill again on the market to assist us out,’’ Carroll stated.