Old teams have injury problems. Not every old player gets injured, but the more old people you have on your team, the odds of a bunch of them getting injured skyrockets. The Seahawks are old. Oh sure, the back-end of the roster is super young, which brings down the average age of the team, but the stars on the Seahawks are all getting up there. So, it’s time to stop thinking of 2016 and 2017 as fluke years, and start thinking of this as the norm. We’re never going to keep this team fully healthy, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we can think about turning over this roster for real.
Guys like Bradley McDougald, Michael Wilhoite, Terence Garvin, Byron Maxwell, and take your pick from our running back group, these are all Band Aids. Fine for small cuts and scrapes, but useless when limbs start getting amputated.
Russell Wilson is great, one of the best players in the league, so you can never really count yourself out of any game. But, he’s not good enough to overcome losses to Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, and Cliff Avril. Yesterday was just another example of that.
That being said, I don’t know if I can put all of this loss on the injuries to Wagner and Wright. Was it Wilhoite & Garvin’s fault that the D-Line accounted for 0 sacks and just 1 QB hit? Was it Wilhoite & Garvin’s fault that Byron Maxwell kept getting beat by The Bort throwing deep down the sideline on him? Now, it might’ve been their fault that Leonard Fournette was able to convert a 3rd & 11 when you needed a stop to get the ball back, but like usual, this loss was a total team effort.
It didn’t help anyone but my fantasy team (who has the Jags’ defense) that Russell Wilson kept throwing deep bombs into double coverage or really good single coverage for picks. It didn’t help that Jimmy Graham wasn’t able to catch a single ball. It didn’t help that we saw more damaging play from Germain Ifedi with his penalties and his more penalties. It didn’t help when Blair Walsh missed yet another make-able fucking field goal. It didn’t help when the defense – as I mentioned before – laid a total fucking egg.
And yet, there we were, on the comeback trail, late in the second half. Three plays and two touchdowns across two fourth quarter drives to pull to within 6 points. Plenty of time on the clock, and more importantly, all the time outs at our disposal. The defense got a stop! And we had the ball, with a chance to take the lead. Throw to Baldwin for 9 yards, out of bounds, and that’s as far as we got.
Didn’t help that the fucking refs missed an obvious fucking holding penalty, as the defender got beat and took Paul Richardson to the ground, but that’s the theme of the day, isn’t it? The Seahawks didn’t get much help from anyone. And that’s why they lost.
And then, at the end, when the Jags were in Victory Formation, out came the pissy-pants, with Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, and Co. all acting like fucking assholes. At this point, I don’t care if it was in retaliation to whatever harmful things the Jags were doing to you; there’s enough of a precedent with you acting like a bunch of Bitch Babies to automatically not take your side. I don’t feel ashamed to be a Seahawks fan, but you absolutely should feel ashamed for the embarrassing display. You probably don’t, and that’s okay too, and while I’ll continue to root you on in future games, I’m going to stop defending you and your juvenile actions.
So, yeah, the Seahawks lost. They now sit 7th in the NFC, because the Falcons and Panthers both won. At the start of the game, we were talking about possibly running the table and maybe sneaking into the 2-seed; now we’ll just take what we can get. Fortunately, the Rams also lost, so next week’s game is going to have a lot to say as far as the NFC West is concerned. I could see the Seahawks winning that game. But, I could also see the Seahawks losing either of the next two, against the Cowboys or Cardinals, to fuck up their shot.
Except, this year, I don’t think a Wild Card spot will be our consolation. I think the NFC West is going to have exactly one representative, and I think it’ll be the Rams. Maybe it’s for the best. All the better to get a jumpstart on the big rebuild.