Well folks, the NFL off season is in full swing, and I think I speak for the majority when I say it can’t possibly go any slower. I will not attempt to join the near competitive draft talk that has erupted over the blogs and twitter recently. People have some pretty strong opinions about that stuff, as do I, But thats not what this is about. This short jaunt of a blog post is about something more pure, something special, something only a handful of fans in this league can genuinely feel. Optimism.
This isnt the kind of optimism that the deluded, homer fan fabricates to get excited for the season. It isnt a false sense of accomplishment from a lucky run in the playoffs the year before. It isn’t bewildered excitement and hopeless optimism form adding a few big name free agents. THIS optimism is rooted within a core of young, talented players playing hard for a coach that isnt afraid to break the mold. THIS optimism is planted each spring, with every seed Pete Carroll and Jonh Schneider add to the blooming garden. It recognized not only by our own fan base, but by the entire NFL, with 5 pro-bowlers in blue and green. It is quantifiable on paper, from a top ten defense that is among the youngest in the league, to an offensive line that steadily improved (in light of severe, if not crippling injuries) to lead the entire league in rushing the final nine weeks of last season.
So, while all of this draft talk, and even arguing is fun, let’s all just take a moment to take in what’s happening here. It’s been nearly a decade since a considerable amount of fans have had legitimate super bowl type aspirations for the Blue and Gray.;). OPTIMISM, ahhhhh……… real…… justifiable……. OPTIMISM.