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Monday, Sept. 19, 2011
 

Seattle didn't score Sunday for the first time in 64 games, has converted only 25 percent of its third downs this season and didn't run a play in Steelers' territory until the fourth quarter in yesterday's 24-0 loss.

According to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the team's offensive shortcomings haven't been quarterback Tarvaris Jackson's fault.

While former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was throwing for 358 yards in Tennessee's convincing win over Baltimore yesterday, his replacement in Seattle continued to struggle.

Tarvaris Jackson threw for only 159 yards and wasn't able to lead the Seahawks' offense on any drive longer than nine plays — and that came midway through the fourth quarter of an already-decided game.

"It had nothing to do with the quarterback spot," Carroll said. "I don't feel like that at all. This does not feel like this is a one-guy situation.

"We have to figure out a better way to move the football. We can't live with this. We have to do something about it."

That something won't be a quarterback change.

Carroll said he has no urge to use backup Charlie Whitehurst for next week's NFC West game against Arizona despite the offensive struggles.

Jackson has thrown for 356 yards and two touchdowns through two games and has been sacked 10 times.

"It's embarrassing," Jackson said. "We have to do better as an offense."

Seattle never got into a rhythm against the Steelers because Jackson found it difficult to convert third downs (2 of 12).

Instead of putting pressure on the speedy Jackson and possibly lose contain, the Steelers dropped into coverage to make Jackson continuously make good throws.

"A lot of the times, they really only rushed three guys because we wanted to plaster his receivers," Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel said. "I don't know if he was rattled as much as he didn't have anywhere to go with the ball."

Jackson didn't get much help from a running game that managed only 31 yards or that playmaking receiver Sidney Rice was out with a shoulder injury.

"Quarterbacks get all the glory when we do well, and when we do bad, quarterbacks get all the blame," Seahawks receiver Ben Obomanu said. "There are a lot of things we can do. Everybody is involved in it. Tarvaris does the best he can with what he is given."

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