Seattle Seahawks: A fan base on the edge


The Super Bowl champs are 3-3 leaving their fans in disbelief  and wondering what has happened to their team. Who or what is to blame is a much discussed topic at the water-cooler and on sports radio.

Can everyone please take a step back and take a deep breath?

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There are a multitude of reasons why there have only been 6 teams that have won back-to-back Super Bowls and in the age of free agency it’s become even more difficult. Let’s face the fact that this team is not last years teams. Nine players moved on via free agency, a few were waived and two players retired from football altogether. Percy Harvin has been traded and while the Seahawks lost on Sunday to the Rams, there are positives to take away from that game.

For the first time all year the passing game seemed in synch.  Doug Baldwin had 7 receptions for 123 yards. Cooper Helfet had an amazing td catch, his first as a pro. Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood also caught passes. This is the passing game we are familiar with, as Russell Wilson spread the ball around. Speaking of Wilson, he had a historic day. He was sacked three times and flushed out of the pocket all game long, but managed to become the first player in NFL history to pass for 300  yards and run for 100 in the same game. Simply put the man is a warrior.

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While the defense still allowed big passing plays, they were better. KJ Wright, who slid over to the MLB spot in place of the injured Bobby Wagner, had 10 tackles. So did Malcom Smith, who stepped in to Wrights usual position at weak-side line backer. And Richard Sherman was everywhere.

Are there problems? Absolutely.  The offensive line is in bad shape. Too many penalties, inability to consistently protect their QB or open running lanes for Marshawn Lynch. The defense is so banged up they’re down to 3rd stringers. And special teams, once a strength of the Seahawks, were abysmal yesterday, burned for a punt returned for a td, a kick-off return for 50+ yards and a fake punt that became a pass on 4th down, giving the Rams a first down with a minute to go and cementing their victory.

But rest assured that injuries will heal, a lot of the issues are fixable with focus and the Seahawks will continue to overcome them.  You can call me Pollyanna if you wish, but I think this team is still one of the best in football, but they’re going through a few rough patches.  Will they be in Glendale in February? It’s hard to tell, but I expect them to make it to the playoffs.

So after game  six of a 16 game season, it’s a bit early to write them off. Take a step back and just breathe!

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