It's hard to believe there can be any good news for the Seattle Seahawks from this game, but I'll do my best to find it. But I'm gonna have to dig deep for this one, As for the bad news - as the saying goes, even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while.
Well that was fun, wasn't it, 12s? Nothing like watching your favorite team completely fall apart in the second half, right? That would certainly qualify as bad news, but it isn't the worst news. I realize that doesn't quite seem possible, but I think there are far worse things we can take from this game than one Seahawks loss. Yes, I'll get to the good news. Somehow.
Before we wallow in the mire - hey, another pig reference - that saying about blind pigs and acorns really makes no sense. Pigs have an excellent sense of smell, and poor eyesight at best. A blind pig would probably be even better rooting out that lonely little acorn, as it wouldn't have any distracting visuals to keep it from its goal. Hmmm...could that be a metaphor?
Seahawks need to focus on the goal, not the distractions
Sonuvagun, I think that was a metaphor. The Hawks seemed to be very distracted in this game, and that's bad news. As Lee Vowell wrote, the Hawks looked flat and grew more and more frustrated as the game slipped away from them. That's definitely bad news, although I don't expect it to be a problem going forward. Well, not for the team as a whole. There is one player though who needs to get his head right.
You know who I'm talking about. I'll say this now. I love what DK Metcalf brings to the team as a player and even more as a person. But honestly, he needs to grow up. As Bob Condotta wrote in the Seattle Times, the Hawks not only lost the game, but they lost their cool. He singled out Metcalf first, and rightly so. DK continues to make a habit of this. As quoted by Condotta, Metcalf said of the penalty,
"“I saw their coaches yelling at me or saying something to me and their players. I let that get to me, and I retaliated. You know the second man always gets called, so, just have to be better in that aspect.” "- DK Metcalf, per Bob Condotta
Yes, we've heard that story now how many times? Too often. Pete Carroll should have benched Metcalf after that penalty. The game was almost certainly over after that bit of stupidity, so why not send Metcalf a message in the moment? After the game, Carroll had this to say, again per Bob Condotta:
"“I thought we lost our minds a little bit, and we’ll talk about that,” he said. “That shows you the frustration and based on the expectation that we were going to be better and not in that situation. I don’t like seeing this look, that looks terrible. We’ll talk about that. That’s not something that I’m concerned about. We were in that position and we’ve got to make better decisions.”"- Pete Carroll, per Bob Condotta