After two Super Bowl appearances in a row, everyone’s paying attention… yet even with all the scrutiny, it seems that there’s always 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 NFC West Champions.
By Greg Wright
Once again, one yard shy to end a game.
Getting tiresome, isn’t it?
Marshawn Lynch’s mom thinks so. She called for Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell’s firing this week. I even saw some chatter on Facebook calling for brand-spanking-new Defensive Coordinator Kris Richard’s head on a platter.
Make no mistake — Pete Carroll was absolutely right in declaring that there was “no way” the Hawks should have lost that game on Sunday. When you score on defense AND special teams, when you have a two-turnover advantage, and when your offense scores 17 points on the road against a very, very stingy Rams defense, you ought to come out with a win.
That is, if you also don’t give up a punt-return TD, if your defense doesn’t yield 8 plays of 20 yards or more, if you don’t shank a crucial OT kickoff, and if your make-shift over-achieving nobody offensive linemen don’t get man-handled on fourth and one by a bunch of blue-chip first-round draft picks.
On Sunday, the Seahawks did not at all resemble the 2013 Super Bowl-winning edition, nor did they even muster the bravado of the 2014 Super Bowl-losing edition.
But they resemble the 2012 edition of the Seahawks a great deal.
Remember the Hawks going into Arizona to open that season and losing in the final seconds after a first and goal at the St. Louis 6, with Lynch getting a 2-yard carry on first down followed by three straight incomplete passes?
Remember the Hawks losing in St. Louis that year in week 4, the difference being yet again a special-teams breakdown?
Remember the Hawks’ defense giving up 54 yards in 3 plays on the road in Chicago that season, allowing the Bears to tie the game with a field goal and send it into overtime?
Remember the almost carbon-copy defensive lapse in the final seconds of the playoff loss on the road to Atlanta, yielding 41 yards on 3 plays in 23 seconds?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
But I bet you remember the thrilling victories against Green Bay and New England at Home, and dynamite wins against Chicago and Washington on the road, the latter for the first road playoff victory in a couple decades.
I bet you remember thinking that was about the best season of Seahawks football you may have ever seen.
And I bet you may have forgotten how perfectly happy you were with that two years ago. You may have forgotten what an improvement that was over the T-Jack Hawks of 2011, or the Sad Sack final edition of Hasselbeck Ball in 2010.
Now? Well, the sky is apparently falling after one road loss to open the season, and an unlikely victory in Green Bay on the horizon. Some media pundits are already blaming Kam Chancellor for the Hawks losing the Super Bowl this year.
How spoiled we quickly become. How unreasonable our expectations get.
It’s a long season ahead of us, and because it’s Pete Carroll ball, we’re in for a lot more close games this tour of doodie. We’ll probably win our share of them, but we’ll probably lose a few, too, and in frustrating fashion.
Why don’t we try being real fans, and try cheering the team on to turn the majority of the remaining close ones into victories?
Why don’t we trust the players and coaches do their jobs to the best of their abilities, while the twelves do the best they can with their own business?
It’s truly troubling that the Seahawks are playing so similar to the way they did in 2012. But gosh — it felt so good then. It can feel good now, too… if we want it to.
Here’s Brock Huard’s analysis of the game-ending play last week. I have to say I couldn’t agree with him more: the play call was not the problem.
Back to the prognostication for this year. Here we go with Week 2.
Thought last week stunk? Well, the Rams’ D is better than Green Bay’s, so look for the Hawks’ O to score more than in St. Loo. On the downside, the Packers will likely put up more points against the Legion than did the Rams… but look for Special Teams to make a difference. Another close game, with the Hawks’ sadly coming up just short again. Green Bay 27, Seattle 23.
I was wrong last week, and I’ll be happy to be wrong again.