Seattle Seahawks 2-4 record – Shoulda Coulda Woulda


The Seattle Seahawks have surprised many in the NFL over the last 6 weeks, and not in a good way. To many, this team was primed to go back to the Super Bowl for a third time in a row. Looking at a record of 2-4, that seems somewhat unlikely. Or is it?

We’ve all heard the saying “Shoulda Coulda Woulda.” If we woulda done A, then B shoulda fixed C, and so on. Excuses to try to explain away a problem. Surprisingly, the Seattle Seahawks haven’t been giving any excuses on why they have a lead in the 4th quarter in every game they’ve played and yet managed to lose 4 of them. They seem as baffled as the media and fans are.

Oct 5, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts to a play against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Detroit, 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks SHOULD be 6-0.

That is a pretty bold statement, but actually has a strong argument behind it. Win the turn over ratio, control the clock, get at least 20+ points. That has been the Seahawks mantra for years and its always worked, until this year. Head coach Pete Carroll has said numerous times that he is lost as to why the formula isn’t working as it has in the past.

If history has proven anything to him as a coach, its this collection of stats will usually get you a win. Combine that with having a lead in the 4th quarter? You can almost guarantee a victory. Seattle has checked off all those boxes in almost every game this year and yet isn’t getting the same results. Oddly, no one seems to know why.

The Seahawks COULD have played better defense in the 4th quarter.

Lets add the offense to that sentence too, shall we? The entire team has seemed to lose their vigor in the 4th quarter. The feared Legion of Boom doesn’t seem so scary anymore and the offense, while having moments of brilliance, seems to lose their way in the last 15 minutes of a game.

Oct 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham (88) reacts after making a reception for a first down against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said today that it all comes down to converting 3rd downs. That statement feeds right back into the mantra of controlling the clock, controlling the ball. If the Seahawks had managed just one or two more 3rd down conversions, there wouldn’t have been time left on the clock for either Cincinnati or Carolina to get down the field to score.

For the defense, coordinator Kris Richards took all the blame for the miscommunication on Sunday, as any good coach would. However it hasn’t just been that one play last Sunday that has given pause. As good as the front line has been, the secondary and on occasion the linebackers have looked off.

If Seattle WOULD use Jimmy Graham properly, we’d be winning more.

Can I just tell you how tired of hearing about Jimmy Graham we all are? Listen kids, Seattle isn’t going to change everything about their team because they spent some money on a superstar tight end—or so it would seem a few weeks ago. After Sunday’s big game from Graham it will be interesting to see if there are any changes in the plan going forward.

Shoulda, coulda, woulda. Excuses. So far the Seattle Seahawks aren’t spreading the blame around or dishing out a million excuses for their record. That in its self is very encouraging.

There’s been no sinking into the muck of a losing record. No backbiting, no complaining. All seem to be focused on one goal-fixing what’s wrong.

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