Upon seeing the official 2014 schedule release, NFL.com’s Adam Schein has done the Seattle Seahawks a solid, writing the first truly negative (and national) piece of information about the Hawks repeat Super Bowl bid.
No less than nine reasons are listed as to why the Seahawks won’t be raising the Lombardi Trophy in 2015, most of them having to do with schedule maintenance. In particular, Schein goes on about who the Hawks have to play in back-to-back-to-back weeks to open and finish the season. That list includes the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Primetime at CenturyLink to open the season, the Denver Broncos back at CenturyLink in Week 3 and the San Francisco 49ers twice in an 18-day span near the end of the year.
The whole “tough to repeat” mantra comes about in the piece, along with bringing back the “road woes” of the Seahawks, (which he seems to forget Seattle finally overcame with flying colors last season). He even suggests a possibility that the Seahawks are the second or even the third best team in their division heading into the season because of an improving Arizona Cardinals squad that was the only team to beat Seattle at home last year.
He goes on to challenge “L-O-B”, saying they face too many elite quarterbacks to succeed on this particularly ‘vaunted’ schedule! We all know how that challenge turns out. Finally, Schein says the Seahawks will be “naturally complacent,” due to their finally acquiring that elusive championship.
I don’t know about ya’ll, but I am simply giddy! While this article and others like it are bound to set off a firestorm of Seahawk supporters, we should just thank Schein now. Teams get complacent when reporters and national media talk them up so much that they think they are invincible. The negative talk is what has fueled the Seahawks since Pete Carroll arrived, so I can’t help but be excited when I see it start to pop up right after schedule release. More of it is preferred, actually.
Yes, it’s a different year and Schein could be onto something that we Seahawks fans don’t foresee (it’s often too easy to be short-sighted as a fan of the champs and teams rarely do repeat), but articles and news like this are exactly why the Seahawks won’t be caught off-guard in 2014-15. That and a playoff-packed schedule that should have the Seahawks as focused as ever.