Seahawks vs. Rams – What’s your strategy?

I’ve always had a hunch that Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll is not very good at managing the clock but never had enough evidence to prove it.  Well today’s game vs. the Rams is a good start to building his resume.  The Rams had just scored a touchdown to take a 10-7 lead and after the kickoff the Seahawks had 1st and 10 at their own 20 yard line with 1:11 left in the first half.  The Seahawks had three timeouts left and the Rams had two.  Now if the Seahawks wanted to throw the ball to try to get a scoring opportunity I have no problem with that.  If they opted to run out the clock and regroup at halftime, I have no problem with that.  So what did they do?  The worst possible strategy.  Nothing.  On first down they ran the ball for two yards.  Ok fine, run out the clock, or at least run the clock down as much as possible since the Rams had two timeouts left.  But instead of letting the play clock run down, they snapped the ball with :31 left on the play clock (:53 left in the first half).  If you are now in the hurry up to try and move the ball into scoring position, then why run on first down?  An incomplete pass on second down stopped the clock and after a sack on third down, the Rams called timeout and got the ball back with :34 left at the Seattle 46 yard line and still having one timeout.  They were able to get in position for a 48 yard field goal as the half ran out.  Those three points were huge in a six point loss for the Seahawks.  Again, what is your strategy coach?