The Elephant in the Locker Room: Expecting Success


By Greg Wright

I’ll admit it. I think we’re all afraid of expecting too much from this young, relatively inexperienced team.

In spite of the fact that the Seahawks really no longer have a glaring weakness–something you couldn’t even say in 2013 and 2014–about the best anyone hopes of this edition of Pete Carroll’s boys is 9-7 and maybe a wild-card berth in the playoffs. And beyond that, no one is speculating. Nobody predicting a single post-season win.

Why all the pessimism?

I don’t think the press or the fans are down on the Seahawks, particularly, nor are they being critical. Not at all. It’s just that we’re all afraid of getting our hopes up.

Bob Stelton at 710 ESPN Seattle Radio probably illustrates this as well as anyone this week. His lead for today’s game against Detroit? “Seahawks’ secondary has to prove it is for real vs. Lions.” His reasoning, of course, is sound. Seattle faces five legit QBs in row starting this week with Matthew Stafford, and, Jared Goff aside, it’s not like Seattle’s new “Legion of Whom,” as it’s been styled by ESPN, has exactly been tested this year. (Never mind that, after six games, opposing QBs have a combined passer rating of just 79.9 against this group.)

But really, Bob. If that is the biggest quibble you have about Seattle, maybe you should instead be writing about the trouble that Stafford, et al, are going to be facing over the next five weeks.

Oh… but that would mean having optimism about this team, a thing we are just not quite ready for.

So again… I’ll cop to feeling that, too. I’ll confess not wanting to predict 10 or 11 wins for Seattle and the possibility of an NFC Championship showdown in Los Angeles. I’ll confess not wanting to eat crow, a dish best served to someone else.

I’ll go out on a limb nonetheless. McDougald’s first play for Seattle aside, the man has been a monster for the Hawks. Fellow safety Tedric Thompson has been equally solid every time he has filled in for injured stars. Shaq has shone at both corners over 1.5 solid seasons, and rookie Tre Flowers has been well more than competent at right CB. Everyone agrees that Coleman is a gem at nickel back. With a disruptive front line and the projected starting linebacking corps on the field for the first time this season, I predict that Detroit will have difficulty scoring 21 points against this group. And I expect the D to force at least two turnovers.

And I’ll do one better for Big Bradley McD and co. I’ll claim they need a new nickname. And I’ll give it to ’em.

The Big Mac Attack.

Ooohhh… thunder just rolled over Waterland as I typed that. It’s a sign!

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. 

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