I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m more concerned about the Seahawks being 0-2 (and how that’s a hole you don’t necessarily want to be in) than I am about a lack of production out of Jimmy Graham. It’s like, have you SEEN the Seahawks play football before? Are you not totally aware by now that they like to spread the ball around to as many receivers as possible? And, when they’re not doing that, they’re trying to run the ball as much as possible because they have one of the best running backs in the game?
I’m sure everyone (like myself) found their assholes clench up a little bit when they heard reports this week about Jimmy Graham being upset about not getting the ball enough. But, what is that really? Just another diva playing the role of Squeaky Wheel in an attempt to have the quarterback look his way more the following week. It’s been this way since the dawn of time (or, I suppose, whenever Michael Irvin came into the league). He’s not going to hold out, he’s not going to start pulling himself out of games or start picking fights with teammates like Percy Harvin. Because he’s got too much pride and self respect to act the fool like a certain ex-Seahawk. Jimmy Graham wants to win football games, whereas Harvin wants everyone to pay attention to him and kiss his ass like a spoiled brat.
What are the Seahawks doing? What could they possibly be thinking? Oh, I don’t know, how about not getting into a situation like the one we were in this time last year! Is September of 2014 really too far back to remember? Well, here’s a refresher: all we heard about in the off-season and pre-season heading into last year was how Darrell Bevell was configuring the offense to showcase the unique talents of one Percy Harvin. In the first game against the Packers, it was a phenomenal success. The Pack had no answer for him, through the air or on fly sweeps. It looked like a brilliant marriage. The following week, he had a couple big plays against the Chargers in a losing effort, but only 1 reception on offense. Things deteriorated to the point where we had the Dallas debacle, followed by him being traded that week, and the rest is history.
In case you’ve forgotten, the Seahawks’ offense looked pretty mediocre after that game against the Packers last year. That is, until Harvin was let go and we stopped force-feeding him the ball all the time on all those fucking bubble screens that were progressively less effective every time we used them.
You really have to ask yourself: do you want the Seahawks’ offense to perform at its most efficient and effective? Or, do you want Russell Wilson to throw the ball to Jimmy Graham 12 times a game, regardless of whether he’s wide open or in triple-coverage?
Look, sometimes, the option just won’t be available. Sometimes, Graham will be covered too well, either by one defender or multiple. Sometimes, the pressure will get to Wilson too fast, resulting in him having to run for his life, while the opportunity to throw to an open Graham goes by the wayside. And, shit, sometimes Wilson just won’t see him, because there isn’t a good passing lane and he’s not 6’5. But, just because Graham is on the Seahawks doesn’t mean he’s going to turn into a poor man’s Anthony McCoy. He’s GOING to get his opportunities. I’d just rather he get them in the natural flow of the offense.
I’d also like the offense to design quality plays to effectively get him open and involved in mismatches, but that’s another issue entirely.
And another thing: we’re two games in. Not only that, but it’s not like Graham has gotten NOTHING thus far in these two games. Against the Rams, he had 6 catches on 8 targets, for 51 yards and a touchdown. For a tight end, on this team, that’s an amazing fucking day! If he expects anything more than that on a regular basis, then his thinking heading into this season was probably WAY out of whack! Yes, against the Packers, he had 1 catch on 2 targets, and that’s not what you want out of your top pass-catching weapon. But, at the same point, is that something we’ve never seen anywhere else? Look at #1 receivers all around the league, from Julio Jones to Calvin Johnson to … well, not Antonio Brown, but MOST receivers have a shit day every now and then. It happens! One game out of two is not a sign that the Seahawks don’t know what the fuck they’re doing with Graham. It just means – as I said above – that the Packers did a good job covering him, and Wilson didn’t have an opportunity to get him the ball when they weren’t covering him so well. Shit happens, get over it.
Winning football games is all that matters. Not how well Graham performs for your fantasy football team. If you didn’t have enough sense to stay the fuck away from drafting Jimmy Graham, then you only have yourselves to blame.