Before the season started, I always said the Seahawks absolute highest possible ceiling was a wild-card exit in the post-season. My actual prediction for a record was 6-10, my floor was 3-13.
Folks, my floor is quickly becoming my revised prediction for the outcome of this 2011 season.
All I get from my friends is wow your not a fan, you can’t want your team to go 3-13. They know I write for this site so they always use that against me too; like writing a Seahawks site means I have to believe my team is going to do well.
Let me say it plainly, this team looks bad, and it’s bad on purpose, that much is becoming clear. Do you think it’s a coincidence that were bad, need a quarterback badly, and Andrew Luck is there for the taking in the next draft?
With Pete Carroll we have learned what he does is not just by coincidence. If he really did bolt USC for the Seahawks with the incoming sanctions as a motive; then why isn’t it probable he put a young, inexperienced team together and shredded the roster after the lockout to tank this season? Experience and continuity have been preached by many NFL teams as being tools to success. Aside from Jackson, who has by all means met the 12th Mans fearful expectations, there is no continuity or experience to be had or that is being preached by this coaching staff.
Tom Cable probably told Robert Gallery and Zach Miller: “Boy, this next season is going to be painful fellas, but that crazy Pete Carroll says it’s all gonna be worth it”.
The injuries are piling up to, and honestly, I am not upset about them. If this team is going to be bad, and bad they have been, then they need to be awful because in the imperfect heiarchy of the NFL the worst team gets a much better reward then the guy who finishes 8-8 and doesn’t make the post-season either.
Robert Gallery needs groin surgery (surprised?), Sidney Rice has a torn labrum, John Carlson is out for the year with one of those as well and is probably done as a Seahawk.
Just shut them down and throw a rookie (s)in, statistically the Seahawks have a 12 percent chance to make the postseason at this point; and the teams that made it from there didn’t have Tarvaris Jackson as the starting quarterback. Only one team has won a Super Bowl after an 0-2 start, and that was the Giants team that beat the imperfect Patriots, and that’s some unrepeatable mojo at work there.
Then again, who am I to question Pete Carroll at defying the odds? How dare I; you can’t write much more of an up and down script then finishing as a 7-9 division winner for the first time in NFL history to go on and upset the defending Super Bowl champions on one of the best runs anyone has ever seen causing an earthquake in the process.
That roster has been gutted though, and is minus it’s former franchise quarterback, who is happily tossing for 350 yards in a run first offense winnnng games with the Tennessee Titans. Good for you Hasselbeck go get em!
I don’t know what the Seahawks are yet, and I think that’s kind of the point. I think in Carroll’s grand vision they were supposed to suck last year and be good this year. Since things got reversed, he’s taking the opportunity to be bad this year after overachieving to get the quarterback he knows he can’t obtain any other way. That young, true, franchise quarterback that teams draft and don’t acquire. Very, very rarely do Drew Brees’ roll along, and it took a serious injury and skepticism to bump him to the unemployment line however temporarily.
If you look at all of the recent Super Bowl winners– Green Bay, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, New York, New England– All except one has drafted the quarterback that started for them. Drew Brees had 5 years in New Orleans under his belt before he earned his first ring as well
Sure it’s going to be painful, but judging from recent history, a tanked season is essentially the only way Pete Carroll can keep the Seahawks in contention for a Super Bowl in the future. It’s ugly seeing them dead last in the power rankings for ESPN and everyone talking crap, but every single one of the teams above had to be bad before they got the guy who got them to the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning (1), Eli Manning (1), and Ben Roethlisberger (11th) are all high draft choices, which means inheriently the team had to go through rough times to get them (kind of the point). New Orleans was 3-13 the season before Drew Brees came to town and took them to their first NFC Championship Game. Aaron Rodgers went 6-10 in his first campaign as a starter despite putting up impressive numbers. The only ones breaking the general rule here is the New England Patriots; well, maybe because they were breaking the rules.
Even currently, we are seeing Cam Newton– Who drew many unfavorable “Well he isn’t Andrew Luck” comparisons during the off-season, shatter rookie quarterback records. Sam Bradford and Matthew Stafford are both recent No. 1 selections and they are considered by many to be young franchise quarterbacks with Manning potential.
Bottom line, you have to suck to be good, so at least credit Carroll for realizing this and taking full advantage by playing a bunch of young talented players during a lost cause. As a current student at a Pac-12 school, I can tell you that yes, this guy appears to be worth sacrificing a season for. He’s better then a fair amount of quarterbacks in the NFL right now and is one of those can’t miss prospects that come around once every Peyton Manning.
Then again, I do go to the school that produced Ryan Leaf, a former certain can’t miss Peyton Manning esque quarterback prospect. So it’s always a reminder that no matter how ridiculous the potential and the vision for the future is with that can’t miss guy at quarterback, that it’s still a gamble.