August 19, 2009

Keep Calm and Carry On

First to fall over when the atmosphere
is less than perfect
Your sensibilities are shaken by the slightest defect
You live you life like a canary in a coalmine
You get so dizzy even walking in a straight line

-The Police

Yeah, I know, bad news about Tru and Big Walt today. I admit it: I'm worried. No one should be pleased about Trufant having a disc issue in his back, or Jones having arthroscopic knee surgery. These could possibly be crippling losses for the 2009 Seahawks.

But none of that is predestined. We are not doomed to failure. To paraphrase what Chuck Knox told the team after Curt Warner shredded his knee in the 1984 opener...

Walter Jones and Marcus Trufant do not play special teams. Other players can improve their performance in that area.

Walter Jones and Marcus Trufant don't run the ball or catch the ball. Our backs and WRs can step up their games.

Walter Jones and Marcus Trufant don't rush the opposing team's quarterback. Our front seven on defense can do more than expected...

and so on.... Without one of their best players, the '84s were one of the best squads in team history.

So yes, be concerned. But do not panic, and don't give up on this team because of a bad news day in August.

2 comments:

Lori Thompson said...

Worried Hawkgirl here. I think Walt could be done, which bums me out, love him. Tru, who knows. But you're right, they are not the whole team and the D looks excellent this year so hopefully we can hang in there and have a decent season. GO HAWKS!

Mind of no mind said...

I agree that while this is troublesome news, I think we're in far better shape now than we were at this time last year.

I think if we lose Jones we'll still be okay as long as Locklear and Willis stay healthy. Ruskell planned well by locking up Locklear to be our LT of the future and locking up Willis to a 2 year contract this offseason.

Trufant is a little more troubling. Our front 4 should be much improved this year, which should help our LB really shine. And if that's the case, it should also help protect our secondary somewhat. But with Tru in the secondary and a good pass rush in the QB's face, I was figuring Tru had a good shot at matching or beating his INT numbers from 07, which could be worth +1 or 2 wins total.