The Seahawks looked like a team with a lot of problems in their last game. But looking around the league, I think we 12s are pretty blessed. Things could be much, much worse in Seattle.
If last Thursday’s outing versus the Bears is any indication, the Seahawks may be in for more than a few challenging games this year. Of course, I don’t want to overreact to a preseason game, but when your prize rookie tackle commits five penalties, you have to punt 10 times, and – well, you get the point. There were certainly some high points as well, as Brent Stecker pointed out in his article on mynorthwest.com, but not enough to make up for a pretty sad night. I mean, 13 penalties are beyond ugly.
Still, I can’t get too worked up about a game that only featured Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf for the first series, and never saw Rashaad Penny or Ken Walker take the field once. Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs didn’t play a single down either, so I’m not too torn up about a loss in the middle of August. No, it wasn’t a good performance by any means, but after all, that’s why we play preseason games.
Be happy 12s; Seahawks could be having the Browns problems
I know, 12s, I know. We could be staring down a five or six win season. Now, I don’t think it will be that bad at all, but it could be. But the Seahawks have so many picks in the next two years, you’d think they made a deal with Mike Ditka. Even if this year is tough, the future is amazingly bright in Seattle.
You certainly can’t say the same for every NFL team. The Cleveland Browns immediately come to mind. This season is obviously an absolute trainwreck with the suspension of Deshaun Watson. Yes, I just said that we have to look past this season for the Seahawks. The real issue for the Browns is they’re stuck with a $230 million – um, how do I put this? I’ll just say they have a person who is less than the optimal face of a franchise. Oh, and Watson’s cap hit will be about a Starbucks vente under $55 million from 2023 through 2026. Even if the salary cap bumps all the way up to $250 million next season, Watson’s cap will consume over 25 percent of the team total.
Need another disaster of a team? Look further south to Miami. Thanks to the shenanigans of the Dolphins complete idiot of an owner, Stephen Ross, they lost their first-round pick in 2023 and the third pick of the 2024 draft. Add the embarrassment of the absolute chicanery of tampering with not one team, but three. Clearly, the NFL only looks at bank accounts when vetting owners, not intelligence or character.
Count yourselves lucky, fellow 12s. Yes, this may be a tough season for the Seahawks on the field. Personally, I’m thrilled to root for a team and an organization that does things the right way. Imagine the nightmare of rooting for a team as poorly run as the Browns or Dolphins. Then wake up in your Hawks PJs and count your blessings.