November 25, 2012

I CONCEDE NOTHING


The Seahawks have played six road games in 2012, and every one of them has been decided in the last five minutes of the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, Seattle has lost FIVE of those six games. Today's defeat in Miami had the hallmarks of familiar Seahawks tragedies: TWO blown 4th quarter leads to an inferior opponent, aided by incredibly questionable officiating. It felt like New York in 1998 or Baltimore in 2003, didn't it? It was the sort of loss that stimulates the "Same Old Seahawks" lobe within the brains of a million Twelves. We saw our excellent defense fail comprehensively in the 4th quarter, and we saw our Pro Bowl running back get held to only 46 yards on 19 carries. That pain was compounded by a cruel post-game twist: Starting CBs Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman are facing 4-game P.E.D. suspensions (pending appeals).

A consensus emerged quickly in the wake of this dark afternoon: The 2012 Seahawks are good and fucked, and their playoff hopes are deader than a barrel of fish entrails. One part of that is the widespread "we lost today, thus we're a bunch of sucky sucks who will never win again" attitude among modern sports fans- many with memories that barely extend past the last tweet they banged out. That can be dismissed easily. The reaction to the looming CB suspensions is more understandable: Browner and Sherman are BALLERS, and it would be irrational to think the defense won't see a significant drop-off if they're gone for four games. But it's important to understand a simple truth: Just because the defense might not be dominant doesn't mean they can't be decent. The Seahawks can win games with a diminished defense if the offense and special teams can make up the difference.

The shining beacon of hope for Seattle is the continuing progression of Russell Wilson, who threw two touchdowns, completed 77% of his passes (including 16 in a row at one point), and put up a passer rating of 125.9. He also committed zero turnovers, and to paraphrase Fight Club, made me think "That's the last QB I'm gonna need. Whatever else happens, I've got that QB problem handled." Golden Tate made ANOTHER play destined to be a viral hit on YouTube, and the special teams had an excellent day, spearheaded by Jon Ryan's booming punts and Leon Washington's spectacular touchdown on a late kickoff return. Responsibility for this loss falls almost entirely upon our usually trustworthy defense, who allowed Ryan Tannehill to pull off a passable Dan Marino impression on Miami's final three possessions. Were they aided by an absolutely embarrassing "roughing" penalty on Earl Thomas that wiped out a game-clinching Bobby Wagner interception? Totally. Does anyone really give a fuck about that? Not really. So yeah, I get it. Defensive collapse today + possible loss of two of our best defenders = PANIC!

I'm not buying into that, though. I'm not ready to assume that Thurmond and Trufant are going to get torched for a month when/if Browner and Sherman are out. I'm not ready assume we're going to lose to a Chicago team we've beaten EACH of the last two years in their house (and has once again been SLAMMED by injuries). I'm NOT EVEN CLOSE to assuming that we're going to give up the last NFC playoff spot (which we're still holding on to) without a bloody struggle.

I'm amused/enraged (again) by Twelves starting the chorus of "Wahhhh! I don't want to sneak in the playoffs at 9-7." First of all, didn't all y'all do that shit two years ago about getting in at 7-9? Then the BEASTQUAKE happened? Secondly, didn't the Giants go 9-7 last season and win the effing Super Bowl? Don't be nit-picky about getting in the playoffs. JUST GET IN. 10-6 WILL get us in, and 9-7 might (particularly with Tampa playing at Denver and Minnesota visiting a pissed-off Packers team next Sunday). Even if the Seahawks lose at Chicago (which I'm not conceding), they could easily STILL be holding the NFC #6 seed at this point next week.

Once again, I find myself in the lonely glass-half-full minority. Anyone else in the Twelve Army still hopeful, or am I just totally off my nut again?

7 comments:

Cee said...

Hopeful here dude! Am disappointed at the loss, but this team has shown they can bounce back. 10-6 is entirely doable, and guess what, to only win 10 games you need to lose 6 times somewhere in there. I'll take 8-0 at home, and squeaking out a couple on the road. Let's goooooooo!!! Seahawks!!!!!!!

Dux Draconis said...

I'm making no comments about the status of your nut, but I'm definitely still hopeful. These are the 'Hawks. They lose all the time but they still manage to get into the playoffs more often than not. So until they're mathematically eliminated I'll still wear my #12 jersey with pride.

Eric Flatness said...

Trufant has been god awful this year, greatly contributing to our middle of the field woes. His partner is as likely to be Jeremy Lane as it is Thurmond (who hasn't played in over a year). I just keep having flashbacks to the Kelly Jennings years.

David Barrionuevo said...

Definitely still hopeful dude. Good stuff. It's easy to throw in the towel right about now but I sure as hell don't expect the team to. They were built to win the street fights so as long as they can keep it close I'll never count these guys out. I share your optimism about the Bears game this Sunday.

I'm in!

Rockd17 said...

The part I love in all this is, this team is getting better! If you tell me that we have not been blown out once this year, we have been in a position to win every game we lost and we're doing all of this with a rookie QB, then its all Gravy! I still think we'll make the playoffs, but the part I love is looking at the long term future of this team. Snyder said it 2 years ago, next year is the year. He said this year was still a rebuilding year. So if your telling me that a rebuilding year is contending for a playoff spot, then I cant wait for the future of this team!

JRockingham said...

Wow, Very good points, and it has shown that the best record team going into the playoffs is never assured a spot in the superbowl.

I agree, just get in there where anything can happen!

Ron Grummer said...

If this loss had been due to "a off day," some bad luck, or just getting out-played by a better team, I would definitely sit proudly with a glass half full. But with a pocket full of drive killing and momentum turning penalties (half of which our players actually earned), possibly the worst play-calling all season, and a lot of growing holes in both the offense and defense, it looks more like the glass slipped from the Seahawks fingers a while back and a 7 and 9 season might be looming as a difficult achievement, another insanely long road trip (to Canada no less) and division rivals who have each already beaten us once this year. Chicago may be our best chance to win left in the season, and it is certainly no gimme, especially since we are stuck with the same play-callers that show no sign of the ability to learn from the mistakes they have made.