An Interesting Opinion ...

While reading through the Seattle Times this morning (Sunday Edition), I came across an interesting opinion from a reader. This particular opinion was featured in the Backtalk section of the sports page.

Says the reader:

Why don’t we all stop jumping up and down and get a little reality and perspective on the Seahawks.

They really are a 4-12 team, and 4-12 teams need lots of help.

They really did lose several key players to free agency and replaced them with T.J. Housh-whatever.

They really did trade away their best player to Detroit.

They really do have the worst running backs in the NFL — and it’s not even close.

They really do have fast-aging former studs at quarterback and left tackle, arguably the two most important positions on the field.

So, let’s see, what did they do last weekend?

Drafted a terrific linebacker — to replace the guy they traded away.

Drafted a very good interior offensive lineman. Always important, but not really even close to a need area.

Traded away picks for future picks.

Traded back to get a fast wide receiver who will never crack the starting lineup here.

Drafted a sixth-round QB who will not even make the team.

This team isn’t better than the one that went 4-12, and it isn’t really set up to be better in the future. Maybe with two high first-round picks next year the Seahawks can start getting good talent in the places they need it.

After reading this opinion of Seattle’s offseason, I was tempted to put together my own letter to the Times expressing my disagreement. This person seems like a pessimistic, uninformed “fan” who gets a kick out of upsetting Seattle sports fans. Or maybe he is a realistic fan, and I’m just a homer with no sense of reality.

While feeling obligated to argue Seahawks football with this particular person, I decided to do a quick search to see if anything else would come up. And sure enough, this isn’t the first time that this person has offered their pessimistic opinion to the newspaper. Earlier this year, they felt the need to give their opinion of Super Bowl XL:

Jerry Brewer, the Gas Man and the rest of Seattle’s whining, pathetic and wrong fans need to not only get over the Super Bowl from three years ago, they need to accept the reality and truth of that game.

Reality: There was one flat-out wrong call — the tackle attempt by Matt Hasselbeck. Every other “controversial” or “questionable” call in that game was one that if the exact same thing had happened with the teams reversed, these same, sad fans would have been screaming for the flags!

Bigger reality: The refs absolutely did not cost the Seahawks that game. The refs had nothing to do with the Seahawks defense completely forgetting to put anyone close to Willie Parker or Hines Ward on three long plays that all led to touchdowns. The refs had nothing to do with Hasselbeck setting a season high for incomplete passes. The refs had nothing to do with Holmgren again forgetting that the league’s MVP was wanting the ball, yet didn’t even reach 100 yards rushing for the game.

The truth: The game was never that close. If Ben Roethlisberger floats that pass three inches higher and it goes over Herndon, it’s 28 — 3 and it goes down in history as one of the most lopsided Super Bowl wins ever. And when you’re three inches from it being one of the most lopsided Super Bowls ever, one bad call is not really making a big difference.

The only thing Brewer and Gas and these Seattle fans keep proving by dwelling on this is their ignorance of the truth and their inability to be mature and get over it.

Of course, these are the same people who are still booing Alex Rodriguez and who let the Sonics walk to Oklahoma City. No wonder the rest of the world thinks Seattle sports are the worst.

After reading through that, I realized that any letter I’d write to the Seattle Times in response would just be a waste of my time. Ironically, I did feel compelled to share their opinions with you.

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  • Aaron

    I read both of those too. Whoever wrote that is a bitter, bitter person.

  • Shaun Dolence

    Yeah. Interesting that it was the same person. I had forgotten all about the Super Bowl XL letter until I found it for this post, but I remember being upset at the writer then, too.

  • Seth H.

    Yes, we were a 4-12 team. But it’s not like it’s the best talent we have. When you have a carousel of receivers, the quarterbacks can’t get any chemistry with them. With the offensive line keep shuffling, they don’t get the experience to keep working together. We were down to our 5th string left tackle in the final game. I’d like to see *any* team win when that happens.

    Defensively our scheme was changed to be awful. Also, part of the success of the scheme was getting a pass rush, which didn’t exist. Our play calling was predictable and QB’s had ALL DAY to pick apart our defense. If you look at the Cowboy’s game last season, with no pressure they put up great numbers, when we got it it went down drastically.

    This year we have a new head coach that brings a ton of energy to the field, we’ll be getting a new but similar offense with the zone blocking scheme, a scheme that allows for lesser runners to put up good numbers. Reuben Droughns ran for 1200 yards in Denver in the zone blocking scheme. A solid and balanced rushing attack will help Matt.

    And defensively, we’ve gotten a new scheme custom built from some of the youngest and brightest minds in football. We have Gus Bradley, Lane Kiffin’s right hand man, we have Tim Lewis, who coordinated 4 top 10 defenses for the Steelers and coached a solid secondary in Carolina. Dan Quinn was one of the more sought after d-line coaches. He helped turned Kris Jenkins into a dominant two gap defender, and lead the Jets to a top 5 rush defense.

    If we’re healthy, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be at least competing for a playoff spot. And with all due respect to Julian Peterson-he was getting old and was not worth the money, on top of the fact his coverage skills weren’t what they were. We got younger, stronger and faster at the position. We also got better on the D-line, and if you get pressure with the front four and don’t need to blitz then Julian’s strengths aren’t as valuable.

    Also, when we do do a linebacker blitz, Leroy Hill will be the one. He had 7.5 sacks as a rookie, so he’s a capable rusher. Also in 2007, when Leroy had a sack, we won the game. The guy can hit and knock a QB out, he did so to Jeff Garcia and Marc Bulger.

    Whoever wrote that is probably just an ignorant buffoon.

  • Shaun Dolence

    Excellent comment. I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

    You should consider writing a response to the Seattle Times. Just a thought.

  • drewplum

    how could u say we didn’t upgrade from last year? We get Housh who was sixth in the league in receptions and is a number one wide receiver. We lose bobby engram and replace him with house i would say thats a bit of a plus… We lost J pete and replace him with a 6’3″ 252 with great instinct beast and oh he is only 22. Julian Peterson i loved but i would rather have a player like curry then a player who is 30 years all and u know what everyone say once you hit 30 in the nfl. We didnt just lose pete we picked a very solid DT that is 27 who will be paired with mebane who is a thick 314 on the line.

    We also added Ken Lucas and i loved in Seattle, he was tall 6 foot and strong. wilson and jennings r dime and nickel corners any ways to guard the faster smaller wide receivers in the nfl.

    We have a very good draft i like the unger pick we were gonna pick in with the 2nd round pick we had anyways and make the stretch pick. but now we traded back into the 2nd round for a 3rd and a 4th. so in the end we trade a 3rd and a 4th for a 1 round pick next year. and by the way denver is a team that shouldnt be any good and we could get a top 10 pick. We could end up with a player like taylor mays or eric berry both safety and we do need to upgrade that position soon. or we could get a LT or a QB cuz according to this guy hasselbeck is all washed up and sucks. and Wlater Jones is supposly all washed too even though hes a pro bowl machine and a beast at LT