Believe me when I say that I would never blame a single play or event as to why the Seahawks lost to Atlanta. There are SO MANY factors, and not even factors in that game, but across the entire season, and possibly across many seasons. Having the worst offensive line in the league. Losing Earl Thomas. Losing out on the 2-seed by getting beaten by Arizona on Christmas Eve (or, shit, how about losing out on the 2-seed by settling for a fucking tie in Arizona earlier in the year when Hauschka had an opportunity to give us the improbable victory). An inability of this coaching staff to coach up its depth players for when they’re pressed into duty thanks to in-game injuries. Those very in-game injuries themselves, like DeShawn Shead and Germain Ifedi. Russell Wilson being alarmingly inaccurate this season (and in particular on that pass in the third quarter, down by 16, when he had Doug Baldwin wide open in the endzone and overthrew him). The pass rush not getting home. Our zone defense being completely and totally ineffective, thereby not giving the pass rush more time to get home. Our entire blitz package being a complete failure. Marshawn Lynch retiring before the season. Trading Unger for Graham. Signing Percy Harvin. Letting Golden Tate go. Losing Dan Quinn as a defensive coordinator. I could go on and on and on. There’s never any one thing that decides a football game, even a game decided by one score, but ESPECIALLY a game you lose 36-20.
And I get that momentum isn’t a thing, so I’ll try to avoid talk of that mumbo jumbo. But, what IS a thing is being sent backwards from the Atlanta 7 yard line to the Seattle 7 yard line thanks to one stupid fucking holding call on Kevin Pierre-Louis – who was pancaked by the blocker, then proceeded to compound his ineptitude by pulling the blocker down with him like a fucking moron – which led to the Seahawks losing 3 yards on first down before losing the other 4 yards on a safety because our backup rookie right guard stepped on our quarterback’s foot, leading to this fucking Three Stooges scenario where Wilson falls on his ass and gets landed on for 2 points going the other way.
What was a 10-7 lead, with the Falcons forced to punt on a 3 & Out, with Devin Hester – in what I’m hearing will be his final game ever – returning a booming punt 80 yards, with the Seahawks facing first and goal and at a MINIMUM poised to add another 3 points to our total, with a better than average chance of taking a 17-7 lead and changing the entire complexion of the game; instead became a 10-9 lead, with the Seahawks free-kicking it away to the Falcons, who promptly drove it down and went up 12-10, then holding the Seahawks to a 3 & Out, followed by the Falcons going up 19-10, and the rest is history.
All because Kevin Pierre-Louis made one idiotic mistake, which was compounded by a baffling series of mistakes.
Still, I’d like to see what that game would’ve looked like with the Seahawks up 17-7. Maybe it wouldn’t have made a difference. Maybe we still would’ve lost. But, I’ll tell you this, we wouldn’t have been trailing 19-10 at halftime in this scenario, with the Falcons set to get the ball after half. Worst case, we probably would’ve been tied at 17 at halftime with the Falcons set to get the ball after half. And, even if things would’ve shaken out like they did for most of the second half, we at least would’ve been within 7 points with the ball late in the fourth quarter. We at least would’ve had a SHOT!
And, who knows? Maybe if the Falcons are down double-digits, maybe they start making the mistakes. Maybe they press, trying to get back in the game. Maybe Matt Ryan – who was one of the most mistake-prone quarterbacks in the entire NFL just one season ago, when he had a mind-boggling 21:16 TD to INT ratio and led to my keeper league fantasy team dropping his ass in the final week, to avoid even the TEMPTATION of keeping him for another mediocre season – would’ve made some of those Matt Ryan poor decisions that led to so many turnovers in the red zone. He may end up with the MVP award this year, but he is NOT a good quarterback, and he’s certainly not the most valuable player in the NFL I’m (not) sorry to say.
That game, the one where Kevin Pierre-Louis doesn’t exist, would’ve been SO MUCH more enjoyable.
But, no, I’m not blaming one guy for one massively stupid penalty. He can go fuck himself for being an overall disappointment though! One of many duds we’ve drafted and failed to develop since 2013. Does John Schneider deserve a little slice of blame? You betcha. They all do. Every last man, woman, and child on this team.
So begins Seahawks Death Week for another year. Where I complain about the season that was, try to keep things a bit in perspective, and look forward to what this team needs to do in the coming offseason to get back on track and start winning their way into the top seed of the NFC again. Because, apparently, this team is only able to nut up and play with heart when it’s got homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Without that, it’s one road loss in the Divisional Round after another.