The Elephant in the Locker Room: What “Meet the Seahawks” Means (Photo Essay)


Hawks-150Expectations are high, and everyone’s paying attention… But every week it seems like there’s some key issue that’s getting glossed over. It’s the elephant in the locker room, if you will, and gosh darn if I’ll let that ride. Join us on Saturday mornings for a little closer look at our World Champions.

By Greg Wright

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

Objects in motion tend to stay in motion.

In a collision between two objects, the object with greater momentum wins.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the collateral damage other teams suffer when meeting the Seahawks over the last two seasons. Roughly 75% of the time you are going to lose… and roughly 75% of the time, you will also lose the following week.

I didn’t discover this trend; it was first talked about last year by ESPN. But since I resurrected the topic this season, it’s become talked about quite a bit more. (And not because any of the Real Sports Journalists pay attention to me; it’s just become so hard to miss.)

The thing that’s still not really being talked about, though, is that this punishment is by design. It’s the result of coaching. The Seahawks simply hit harder than other teams. And they do it within the rules.

Here’s the principle: You’re either going to be the one who dishes out the punishment, or you’re going to get punished. Go faster, and go harder, and physics says you’ll be the former.

So for your visual enjoyment on this Seahawks Playoff Day, take a look at some of my favorite moments from the recent past…

Mr. Boldin, meet Mr. Chancellor. In Kam's rookie season, he was often fined for not getting the hits quite right, but this was the prototype for the Seahawk Style that would later develop.

Mr. Boldin, meet Mr. Chancellor. In Kam’s rookie season, he was often fined for not getting the hits quite right, but this was the prototype for the Seahawk Style that would later develop.

 

Mr. Lee, meet Mr. Tate. This hit was the topic of much discussion in the press last week, so I thought I'd highlight it, for those who don't remember.

Mr. Lee, meet Mr. Tate. This hit was the topic of much discussion in the press last week, so I thought I’d highlight it, for those who don’t remember.

 

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Mr. Watt, meet Mr. Wilson. The coaches’ film of last year’s Houston game is the only place you’ll see the hit that produced Watt’s iconic “look.” Wilson didn’t really dish this out, but it’s still significant that Wilson has NEVER looked as bad as Watt, even when he gets taken down out of bounds.

 

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Mr. Moore, meet Mr. Wilson… who, by the way, was a receiver on this play.

 

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Oh, just for fun let’s take a second look, just a second later.

 

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“Isn’t that illegal?” my wife asks every time she sees this shot from a play called back by penalty (not on Wilson!) during the Super Bowl. No, the stiff-arm isn’t illegal, and it illustrates a point. Even the Hawks’ offensive players know how to dish it out. Mr. Bailey, meet Mr. Wilson.

 

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Mr. Dockett, meet Mr. Lynch. Mr. Lynch, meet the endzone.

 

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Mr. Talib, meet Mr. Baldwin. I’m not sure if you’ve ever noticed, but Percy Harvin aside (and very far aside, now) Seahawk receivers haven’t tended to be the worse for wear since Baldwin’s rookie season. They’ve learned some things from practicing against The Legion.

 

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Mr. Rivers, meet Mr. Schofield. (Bet ya’ll were wondering when I was going to get around to more defensive hits!)

 

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Mr. Crabtree, meet Mr. Wagner.

 

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Mr. Ellington, meet the Rocket. Special Teams play counts, too, doesn’t it?

 

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Mr. Hillman, meet Mr. Farwell. Heath set the tone on special teams for several years before going on IR before this season began. Here is one of two occasions when Farwell separated a ball carrier from the pigskin on the goal line.

 

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Mr. Davis, meet Mr. Chancellor. Again.

 

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Mr. Thomas, meet the LOB. A fitting metaphor for the whole Super Bowl, eh?

 

Divisional Playoffs - New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks

Mr. Sproles, meet Mr. Bennett… and an early exit from the playoffs. Oh, and welcome to another team, too.

 

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Mr. Gore, meet… Oh, well, there’s no need to beat THAT dead horse any more, is there? Sayonara, Mr. Harbaugh!

Editorial note: I’ve long lost track of the source of most of these photos, so I can’t give proper credit. If the owners browse through here and can help me out (or want me to take these down) I’ll be happy to oblige! Fair use principles generally apply, however.

 

 

 


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3 Responses to “The Elephant in the Locker Room: What “Meet the Seahawks” Means (Photo Essay)”
  1. Eighty Six says:

    Great images and great point. The Seahawks beat you so bad you lose next week, too.

    But you missed one of my favorites:

    http://media.columbian.com/img/photos/2013/11/10/Seahawks_Falcons_2.jpg

    Mr. Moore, meet Mr. Lynch, who does not want to go out of bounds right now.

    An ordinary back would have accepted the yards gained and let himself be pushed out of bounds. Marshawn is not ordinary. The whole team follows this example. Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate run after the catch like Marshawn.

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  2. Wife says:

    OK, I confess to asking “isn’t that illegal?” often, but only because football rules are based on situational ethics: only THIS guy can do THAT; the OTHER guy can do the OTHER thing, but just not THAT one, unless the clock has stopped, in which case you’d best just hold still and stare contemplatively toward the sky… unless it’s after the two-minute warning, in which case none of the above rules apply.
    I’m not a football genius, but gimme time! <3

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