SEATTLE — SEATTLE — Taped up paper covered the slim, vertical window in the door to the visiting coaches’ booth, which opens into the press box.
The translucent glass is only about four inches wide and half a yard long. Despite Jacksonville’s coach being an important former Seahawks employee and Seattle being ample favorites, the Jaguars chose a manual cover-up in an attempt to assure the sanctity of club secrets.
Despite Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley having insider knowledge of the Seahawks’ organization because he was previously Seattle’s defensive coordinator, that insight and a temporary paper window shade weren’t enough because of the wide gap in talent between the Jaguars and Seahawks.
So, the Seahawks took the Jaguars on their expected woodshed visit, beating Bradley’s bunch, 45-17, on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle is 3-0 and leads the NFC West by two games despite just 12 quarters of play in the books. The San Francisco 49ers lost at home to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, 20-7. The St. Louis Rams were dominated in Dallas, 31-7. Arizona lost by the same score in New Orleans.
The Seahawks have allowed the fewest points in the league and scored the second-most.
“We’ve got a long ways to go, though,” quarterback Russell Wilson said.
This is the point where Wilson launches into Pete Carroll-speak. Each week is a championship week. Build a day at a time, a practice at a time, a week at the time. Salivate when thinking of repetition.
It was the focus of the week when facing Bradley, who was in charge of the Seahawks’ defense from 2009-12. He applied the nickname of “Deuce” to Earl Thomas. His relationship with the players and Carroll was one with depth.
Bradley believes in it so much, he’s taken much of to Jacksonville. The Seahawks knew he knew what they knew.
That’s why the Seahawks quarterbacks took the field believing what they were seeing as opposed to carrying presumptions.
“What you see is what you get,” backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said. “Don’t go out here and just because they do this, think you’re going to get that. What you see, that’s how you play it.”
The fact that Jackson had almost a quarter-and-a-half full of on-field views explains the tenor of the game.
The Seahawks were ahead 31-0 with 11 minutes, 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter after Wilson’s fourth touchdown pass of the day.
Wilson was on the field for just two more series after that, for once turning a Sunday into a day of leisure for him.
“I think offensively, we’re starting to come into our own now, we’re starting to get into a rhythm,” Wilson said. “We have to continue that.”
That possibility was made simpler by a lack of penalties. The Seahawks had nine penalties in the opener and 10 more last week during the drubbing of the 49ers.
They committed just four penalties against the Jaguars, half by the offense.
Following the first series, a rare three-and-out, it was clear the Jaguars would not be stopping the Seahawks, who also finally did not stop themselves.
Wilson threw his first two touchdowns to tight end Zach Miller. Miller came into the game with three touchdowns in two seasons with Seattle. He was so wide open on the first it appeared Jacksonville had labeled him a leper.
Sidney Rice caught two himself. Steven Hauschka kicked a 21-yard field goal. Jackson later hit Doug Baldwin for a diving 35-yard score Carroll said “might be the catch of the year for us so far.”
Across the field from a friend, Carroll took the rare approach of throttling back in the third quarter. Jackson and rookie running back Christine Michael were sent in, as were several defensive substitutes.
The game’s outcome was so clear a week after the ferocity and din of opposing the 49ers, even voluble cornerback Richard Sherman had little to say. Though, he had a warning.
“It’s early,” Sherman said. “Anything can happen. Last year, Arizona was 4-0 ... early on. It’s always what you are doing in November and December that really counts.”