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Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Oct. 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm with 70 Comments »
October 4, 2013 3:00 pm

By Dave Boling

RENTON _ If there’s a team that could use affordable health care about now, it’s the Seattle Seahawks.

Coach Pete Carroll on Friday added starting tight end Zach Miller to the list of players questionable for Sunday’s game at Indianapolis against the 3-1 Colts.

Miller injured a hamstring during the week and did not practice on Friday. Center Max Unger (triceps) also is listed as questionable, which means the Seahawks could face one of the best pass-rushing defenses in the NFL without four mainstays across the front wall.

Miller and Unger, both with Pro Bowl appearances on their resumes, likely will be sidelined along with starting tackles Russell Okung (toe, injured-reserve) and Breno Giacomini (knee surgery).

And although Miller, as a tight end, isn’t officially an offensive lineman, he often is expected to act like one, particularly in aiding pass protection when backups are being asked to fill in for regulars.

Carroll said he would wait until the morning of the game to make the final decision on Unger and Miller, hoping for an 11th-hour recovery.

Rookie Luke Willson and newly acquired Kellen Davis will be asked to fill in for Miller. “Both of those guys have been playing in games and been a part of the game plan,” Carroll said. “So it’s no big deal they’re going to have to play more and be more involved if Zach can’t go.”

Carroll said that Willson has “done a good job; he’s measured up. I’m anxious to see him play and take over this role  and get a lot of responsibility.”

Behind a line of Paul McQuistan, James Carpenter, Lemuel Jeanpierre, J.R. Sweezy and Michael Bowie, quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked five times in Seattle’s overtime win over Houston on Sunday.

This week, they face pass rusher Robert Mathis, who leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks.

Carroll said the extra week of practice for the backups has been beneficial.

“You can see the difference,” Carroll said of the improvement up front.  “Michael Bowie feels much more comfortable. We’ve had no troubles with Lem. They’re more ready than they’ve been. We expect them to play clean and sharp football. That’s what I’m counting on.

Wilson has been sacked 13 times, five ahead of last year’s pace at this point. Carroll reminds that Wilson ended up rushing for 77 yards against Houston, many on scrambles under pressure.

“He knows that when people pressure you, there’s opportunity for big plays,” Carroll said. “I don’t know anybody I’d like to have back there more when the heat is on. He’s got a variety of solutions to the problems.”

On the defensive side, the Seahawks are actually adding to the player assets, as suspended linebacker Bruce Irvin returns to the lineup.

“He’s done really well,” Carroll said of Irvin. “He’s rough around the edges on some stuff but he’s in great shape and he’s ready to go and he’s really charged up and he’s done a lot of studying over the time he was out of here. (He) has come back ready to take advantage of this.”

— Friday was the first time Carroll had a chance to address the signing of third-string quarterback B.J. Daniels off waivers from San Francisco.

“We evaluated B.J. at length (prior to the draft) and really liked him and wanted to see if we could get him on the club, but he got chosen earlier than we had an opportunity to pick him,” Carroll said of the seventh-round pick. “We had an eye on him the whole time and kept him in our minds in case he got loose we would grab him. He’s a guy who brings a lot of versatility , he’s played a lot of football in college and can throw it and run it. We really liked everything about him and when we got a chance to grab him, we did. He’s obviously an all-around athlete, but we like him as a quarterback.”

–Carroll said the game could come down to special teams, and he’s happy with their performance thus far.

“The cover teams have been great and on it,” Carroll said. “This is a classic example that you need that again and put together a game when you give them nothing, and special teams is a big part of that.”

The Seahawks lead the league in defense against punt returns. On Jon Ryan’s first punt of the season, Carolina returned it 10 yards. Since then, on 18 punts, four teams have combined for a total of minus-2 yards.

“(Ryan) does a great job placing the football,” Carroll said. “He’s an incredible kicker … when we’re kicking around the 50-yard line, we pin guys consistently; it’s a weapon we count on.”

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  1. Honestly, I hope Unger doesnt play. He hasnt been himself this year, and IMO had that triceps injury from the get-go. Lem is playing well, and at the moment is our best lineman, so I say let Unger sit until he’s totally healed or at least able to outplay Lem–right now he isnt. I just wish Bailey had the coaches trust and could take over LT from McQ, so McQ could push Sweezy to the bench where he belongs.

    Miller on the other hand, is a different story. Seattle may have a great FO and a good coach, but cutting McGrath to keep Lotu and Person, who are also no longer with us, is looking like a failed move for sure. With Miller out they will be forced to rely on Willson who isnt much of a blocker, and Kellen Davis, who so far has only shown why Bears fans hated him; penalties, drops, and other mental mistakes.

    I am simply not buying that its all hunky-dory that Miller is likely out, or that its okay if Wilson has not time and must run for his life every play. Talk about making chicken salad out of chicken Shpit!

    Losing Miller for the game is very bad news.

  2. rgbuckl says:

    That punt stat is off the hook, -2 yards on 18 punts, WOW!

    I would love for Max to be back, but supposedly, Lem did ok and probably hasn’t improved with more snaps. Better to have Max back fully healthy. Hopefully, Bowie will continue to improve. He is a big dude when you look at him compared with other players…

  3. rgbuckl says:

    *has improved

  4. DanielleMND says:

    Our defense better score again this week.

  5. Let the hating begin, but I would tank this week. I’d leave everyone on the injury list at home and add Russell and Marshawn with the flu. Call it the Greg Popovich strategy … he’s got 4 rings, btw.
    – It would show contempt for the joke of a schedule the league gave us. Compare with where the Whiners play the same teams and the start times.
    – We get healthy and don’t risk more key injuries.
    – it gets us ready for the meat grinder ahead. Note that after Tenn at home next week, the Arizona game is a Thurs nighter on the road. Thanks NFL!
    – Not likely to win anyway. Injuries and the second consecutive week of travel to the east for a 10AM game is a killer.
    Even if we lose this week, and at Atlanta and at SF … we’re on track to be 13-3, which should take the division and the conference.

  6. I don’t “hate” but this team, even shorthanded, is good enough to win every game from here on out (to go along with its 4-0 start). Do I think they go undefeated from here on out? No. But I think they can/should. They are that good.

    If “compete” is your mantra, do you “tank” and send that message? Really?

    If we “tank” this week – who will we bench? You cannot bench every starter. What happens if the “less important” starters get hurt this week? Say Willson (w/the Miller injury), Tate, Baldwin, Wright, Wagner, Chancellor, … ???

    Look at the rules. Can you have 22 players inactive so they are guaranteed to be healthy for the following week and season? No.

  7. If Russell Wilson wanted to be benched because he was scared to win (at Indy), I wouldn’t want him.

    Russell Wilson is a winner and he’d be irate if someone asked him not to play – but other starters needed to play who couldn’t be benched due to numbers.

    That would make Wilson a loser of a “leader” and everyone would lose respect for him because of it. Including me (not that he’d care).

    It’s a good thing that Wilson won’t asked to be benched and even if he was – he wouldn’t accept it (like last week with a tougher matchup on the road defensively).

    He’s a winner and he deserves a chance to win again this week – along with Richard Sherman and the rest of his great teammates.

  8. WiscCory says:

    CB2108, that is way too deep, bro, and every team has their gripes. You play to win each game. 4-0, with another big game coming.

    Danielle, I’m with you. Either ST or D.

    Have to say that it’s sweet to see Clemons getting speedy and confident. He seems like he’s on a mission. Plus, I can’t help but think about the RealRob where he put Michael in his place about maturity. Clem is huge on the field, and as a team leader.

    That D line is pushing Boom for my attention. Between Clint, Bane, Avril, Bennett, Clem…there’s so much to watch.

  9. Technically – you can bench 22 starters. What about common sense?

  10. WiscCory says:

    Bobby, you took the bait. That’s your 3rd post on that one. You’re spot on.

  11. I am a northern pike and just tried eating a nightcrawler. My bad. :)

  12. MoSeahawk12 says:

    No hate here either, but coach Carroll would lose all credibility with the players, coaches and fans. We saw plenty of “tanked” games during the Titanic season that Jim Mora crashed with. Never want to see these guys play that poorly again.

    I agree with BobbyK regarding Wilson big time. If the leader of our team was ok with the concept of that let alone doing that, he’s be done. One of the greatest assets this team has besides talent and youth is they have tight unity and are super competitive. Way too much pride to take a dive.
    Thankfully.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    STTBM- Your hate for Sweezy is getting to the point of delusional (as Nate would say).
    How many sacks has Sweezy allowed in the last four games?
    How many has Carpenter allowed just in the last game?

    You may want him benched, however the FO sees it much differently, and I agree with the FO on this one.

    If you looked at the whole picture you would agree.

  14. Please read before you post … otherwise you’re yapping to hear yourself talk.
    I didn’t say bench 22 starters. I said leave those on the injury list, plus Russell and Marshawn at home.
    That’s 8 … practice squad is 8. Full roster.
    I would not play Bennett and KJ on D unless needed.
    Also, never implied Wilson is scared. In fact, I think he’s so brave he needs to be saved from himself.
    There’s no point in winning this game, if he or Marshawn get hurt playing behind an O-line with 1 regular. If that happens, in three weeks you’ll be lamenting the huge impact on our Super Bowl chances, not losing to the Colts in Indy.
    Lose the battle to win the war.
    I know it’s a sophisticated point. Btw, how’d it work out for the Spurs when they tanked? Shattered their morale all the way to the Finals.

  15. Yes. Those Spurs were a veteran team who won the championship. They did win the championship, right? And to compare a professional team with 22 starters to one with 5 starters is lunacy, IMO.

    For as great as Wilson is, if these Seahawks lost Mebane, Sherman, ET, and Wagner in a given weekend – all of a sudden he’d win a lot less games than he normally would have and would supposedly suck more (healthy or hurt) than he would have if they were healthy.

  16. If I had to rank the most important Seahawks to stay healthy prior to the season, Okung would be in my top five (# of NBA players on the floor at one time), along with Wilson, Sherman, ET, and Mebane (yes, over Lynch).

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    CB2108-

    “Call it the Greg Popovich strategy”

    The problem with that is-
    #1- this is Football, not Basketball.
    #2 Greg Popovich has a bunch of old timers. We have a bunch of young timers.
    #3 Players get injured in practice too.
    #4 And most important. Why would you think we have no chance to win this game?

  18. Did Popovich employ that strategy after the Spurs had played 1/4 of the season and before they had claimed a play-off spot? And then he played all of his starters for over the last half of the season?

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “I know it’s a sophisticated point.” Really? Lol.

    I’m so mind boggled at how sophisticated your point was. Lol.

  20. For the record, if it was week 16-17, my main priority would be to try to keep key guys healthy for the play-offs (if home field was secured). I see his point. But you don’t employ this “sophisticated” strategy when the season is only 1/4 of the way complete and no play-off appearance has been secured and others in your conference are still tied with you for gaining home field advantage in the play-offs.

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Darn! I missed the pick em again! Now I’m one game behind for this week.
    Rat’s!!!

  22. The NFL is not the NBA … fair point.

    Why did Popovich tank that game in Miami?
    1) he thought the league gave the Spurs a ridiculous schedule and he wanted to make a point about that for next year in a game they weren’t going to win anyway
    2) he didn’t want his stars, some of whom we’re beat-up already, to get season ending injuries in a game meaningless to play-off position.
    3) he wanted to send the league a very public message about its biases against small TV market teams like San Antonio. BTW, that’s us. Remember the “Stealers” … the league likes it when big markets or teams with national followings win. To the NFL, we’re on par with the Rams

    Taking shots at Popovich discounts your opinion entirely … he’s one of the best ever and he’s got the rings to prove it.

    Were we not badly beat-up, I agree this would be silly. Pete is no Popovich … for better and worse. I know this isn’t going to happen.

  23. @GeorgiaHawk
    Not surprised a Southerner doesn’t get it.
    Reach over, wake your cousin up and see if she can explain it to you.

  24. IASeahawkLady says:

    CB2108 – I am proud of our Seahawks because of the way we fight and to always compete! Being the only 12th fan around here I am always having to stick up for the hawks. I do it because I believe in the Seahawks! When we win the super bowl I want it to be because we fought like champions not because we tanked games we felt we didn’t need to win to rest players. I believe in the whole team and next man up not just certain players. I pray we don’t tank any games and fight with our heads held high!! Go Hawks

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    CB2108- If you have been paying attention to this blog the last three years you would know that I am not from the south.

    Born in Everett Wa. Raised in Woodinville Wa.

    However most Southerners down here would still get a kick out of you comparing a NBA team to a football team.

    Btw- I am proud to live in the South where the best College football is played annually. Just not proud of the Beer down here.

  26. chuck_easton says:

    Georgia. Any time Pete says a player is ‘a game time decision’ 99.9 % of the time the decision is they sit. Miller and Unger will both be out this week.

  27. GeorgiaHawk says:

    We will see Chuck.

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:

    IASeahawkLady-

    I absolutely agree! Posters like CB2108 are just idiots. They don’t know how to think things out, and when they are challenged they attack.
    Sounds like a teenager to me.

  29. montanamike2 says:

    I like our chances against this team, but the O-line concerns me. Indy is nervous as hell as they have never faced a defense like this. RW played a bowl game in college and it gets pretty loud. Can we bring it one more time for the last damn time on this morning road tour?

  30. montanamike2 says:

    GeorgiaHawk when you say teenager do you mean like 13-14ish?

  31. @GeorgiaHawk
    Sorry, didn’t keep track of your super interesting life story. Like your posts, it just seems so unimportant.

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    montanamike2- We can win this game. And I don’t think it will be the hardest this year.
    Houston was coming off a huge loss when we played them.

    The Colts have had two huge wins in a row.

    I think the Texans were more hungry.

    Time will tell, but our special teams and D will be the difference Imo.

  33. GeorgiaHawk says:

    CB2108- Can you add something of substance here? Anything?

  34. seahawksteven777 says:

    One of CB2108’s reasons is that he doesn’t want some of the starters to get injured in a “meaningless” game. Um, for one, no game this early on in the season is meaningless. Two, we might as well bench the starters for other “meaningless” games too as we don’t want to risk them getting hurt in FOOTBALL. Might as well not let them practice either.

    The whole post is just stupid. What is your definition of meaningless anyways? So by your logic, we should only play our guys for the meaningful games just to stick it to the league? Oh okay, that makes a TON of sense…

  35. GeorgiaHawk says:

    montanamike2- My mistake. I’m sure there are more competent teenagers out there that can add to this blog then CB2108.

  36. montanamike2 says:

    This morning i asked for a real troll and i guess one showed up, my bad.

  37. GeorgiaHawk says:

    montanamike2 – Be careful what you ask for. Lol.

  38. montanamike2 says:
  39. Southendzone says:

    CB, the outside the box thinking is great, however one big difference that’s fairly simple to undersstand:

    1/82 1/16

    No team in contention after 4 games will EVER flat out throw a game in the NFL. You know how important home field advantage will be for teh Hawks. Every game counts right now, and IND is beatable.

  40. Southendzone says:

    shoot, hard to believe left and right arrows wont show up in the TNT blog. That meant to be :

    1/82 is NOT equal to 1/16

  41. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Sounds like ACID has been expanding from yankinta to CB2108.

    Here we go again!

  42. IASeahawkLady says:

    I agree with you Seahawksteven777 and GeorgiaHawk! There are still a lot of analysts who don’t believe in us and say we’re hoing to lose. Its time to show everyone that our Hawks can play on the road at any time against any team. No game is meaningless!!!

  43. Based on the emphasis Pete puts on winning no matter what (remember, this is the coach who values the nine-game pre-season winning streak), I don’t think the idea of tanking a game would even occur to him. Ever.

  44. GeorgiaHawk says:

    OrrObb- This Regime will never tank. Only some bloggers.

  45. On another note, I lived in GA for a few years. I hated it. People were very friendly, and not in the passive-aggressive way they are around here, but the summer heat and humidity were unbearable. I’ll take my eight months of liquid sunshine and the most beautiful four months of weather anywhere in the world over that, thank you very much.

    Now back to football.

  46. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Resting guys the last game of the season to help get them fresh for the playoffs is one thing. Dropping a game week five is never considered in a winners thought process. NBA teams play way more games and have an extended opportunity to make playoffs. Every team has to play the schedule they get. Bitching about it, taking a dive and playing not to lose will keep teams from getting to the playoffs and would certainly greatly reduce the possibility of home field in the playoffs. Right now we are 4-0, Saints are 4-0. If playoffs started today, would we play in New Orleans or Seattle? That would make a huge difference. I certainly wouldn’t want our team going to the Big Easy and having anyone pull a Eugene Robinson and end the season.

  47. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Thought this was an interesting comment from Earl. Especially the last line. Wonder if the Falcons game ends differently…..We’ll never know.
    “We love (former Seahawks defensive coordinator) Gus (Bradley), and I want the best for him, but when it came to clutch situations (last season), we kind of got conservative,” Thomas said. “What I like about last game, and we learned about ourselves, we didn’t lose sight of who we were. We stayed aggressive, and it paid off for us. … We stuck to our guns.”

    http://mynorthwest.com/292/2368303/Earl-Thomas-Hawks-need-tackling-plan-for-Luck

  48. WiscCory says:

    So,I was thinking more about this “avoid injuries” strategy. And, although the original comment was posted about 10 weeks early, that is a pretty big debate for teams late in a season. And, there’s a chance that Seattle will fall into that category this year.

    Once you’ve clinched the division, do you bench guys to avoid injury? I believe they should at least play a half to maintain the momentum of the season. Perhaps even play the whole game. My preference is you play the starters, and don’t mess up chemistry.

    Anyway, in an unknown way, CB2107 did bring up a relevant topic in the NFL.

  49. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I believe we can stuff the Colts run game without Bradshaw. I’m thinkin Luck will probably put the ball up about forty times. Let’s hope our Legion of Boom snatches a few and runs one back for six.
    I think Doug Baldwin will have a big day showing off to his former QB, and his current QB….and us of course.

  50. bsinnitt says:

    Here’s a thought, let’s have some faith in the best combination of defensive and QB talent in Seahawks history and go punch the Colts in the mouth for back to back Eastern time zone wins. That might just continue to build on the momentum and confidence we’re building. Tank week 5?! Sounds like someone who’s willing to be good at the expense of being great. Leave that to the other teams that aren’t headed to the Super Bowl. Go Hawks!!

  51. I think the Colts are benching their best guys to play the Hawks, look at their injury list. I also think that to tackle Luck you go for the knees. His backup is who I’d like to watch playing, anyway.

  52. PFF’s Three to Focus On for SEA @ IND is pretty interesting https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/10/04/3tfo-seahawks-colts-week-5/

  53. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Nice to have a QB that knows how to get out of bounds, take a hit, and can slide.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9769589/ej-manuel-buffalo-bills-miss-couple-weeks-knee-sprain

  54. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good article MoSeahawk12.

    Many of us fans here saw the same thing that Thomas says below regarding Bradley last year. It’s nice to hear a player finally say it.

    “We love (former Seahawks defensive coordinator) Gus (Bradley), and I want the best for him, but when it came to clutch situations (last season), we kind of got conservative,” Thomas said. “What I like about last game, and we learned about ourselves, we didn’t lose sight of who we were. We stayed aggressive, and it paid off for us. … We stuck to our guns.”

  55. montanamike2 says:

    I thought Quinn was an upgrade over Bradley, way less predictable.

  56. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    My feelings on this game are the same as last week. Interconference road game that if we lost wouldn’t be end of the world. I think most here would have been happy with a split going into last weeks game, so in reality we nothing to lose. Let Max and Zach sit out and try to win with the backups. The defense is going to have to make some plays which they seem to do every week. Im just hoping our swinging gate OLine atleast gets in the way on passing downs

  57. Good quote by ET.

  58. Georgia–it’s not hate to say that sweet is bad and deserves benching. And plenty of others agee, they just aren’t as pissed about it as I am.

    While he may have given up no sacks last week–and Carp was terrible–that’s only one way of measuring pass pro, and doesn’t take into account missed or in sustained run blocks.

    The Big Picture is this line sucked with Unger and Okung, and it’s pretty much worst in the league now–and Sweezy is a big reason.

    I’ve seen Carp play well enough before to write this off as one bad game–Sweezy hasn’t shown me a damn thing except ineptitude. McQ lost a step and is playing out of position, he belongs at G if not on the bench. Giacomini cut down his penalties but wasn’t playing well before his injury, and I’m giving Bowie a free pass since it was his first game.

    I will say Bowie’s first game was a lot better than Sweezy’s performance in his first game, so I have hope he will improve quickly.

    But looking at the line as a whole, ESP with Miller gimpy, I don’t see any sign they will improve enough for us to win the SB this year. No one except Lem appears a legit player outside Okung and Unger if they heal.

    I wouldn’t post so many comments regarding the line if I hadn’t taken so much bogus criticism; and I’ve been right all along. Also, the line is a longrunning problem and my frustration has boiled over. I’m working my frustration out here, which is one thing blogs are for–not just your particular brand of sentimental, blindly hopeful homerism.

    I hope Sweezy et al get it together, I just see no logical reasons to support that hope.

  59. I’ve seen Seattle get off to a good start with problems like this before, only to see them fall apart later. Remember starting 3-1 in 1990 I think it was, with Krieg throwing for 300 yards to beat Shitsburgh?! Or Holmys team that started 8-2, only to disintegrate?

    This team has won two close games they should have lost, dominated the worst team in football, and beat the niners despite rocky offensive performance. While I am amazed at our defenses resilience, I don’t feel this is sustainable barring major offensive improvement, which will only happen if the line gets it together.

    And as I said, this is the best team we will ever have, and perhaps Lynch’s only chance at winning the sB with us.

  60. Fans of other teams believe that the Seahawks will NEVER win a Super Bowl, because they don’t have the competitive spirit needed. They say Seattle has never had the players with the resolve deep down inside them that it takes to go through all the roadblocks, trials, and tribulations and come out on the other side winners. The ’05 team, once they left the confines of Qwest, at SBXL had Bill Leavy – he even said as much – and SEA’s players couldn’t overcome the flurry of bad calls, started to doubt and disintegrated. Wasn’t so much the Stealers, just the distractions.

    Seems like with PC our team is starting to get that competitiveness that hasn’t been seen by an entire team like never in the history of the NFL before. SEA has an entire team that are all in. Maybe they’re not the highest paid, most athletic, or have the heisman trophys or nat’l championships that other NFL teams players have, (or at least other teams have some $high$ players at key spots). We have a team, an entire team of highest effort guys whose main attribute is they play without doubt.

    Now, if SEA could get their fans to BELIEVE!

  61. I disagree with the not the “most athletic” part. This team is very talented and athletic. Mr. Happy and the Duke Boy have brought in plenty of good/better players. Mr. Happy was the coach of this team when it won the division with a losing record. The reason they had a losing record is because of the talent – not because he was a worse coach then than he is now. It’s not like Mr. Happy all of a sudden became a better coach and that’s the reason our record keeps improving. It’s improving because of the talent level and, in part, it’s because of the athleticism they have brought in.

  62. MoSeahawk12 says:

    The one thing I might add STTBM is that those previous teams had different coaches and often won big and then lost games they should have won. This team was the kings of 7-9, 8-8, 9-7 seasons. Since Carroll has been here they team won many games and lost some, but one of the biggest difference I see if that the losses have been by fewer and fewer points. Last year on games they lost, they never lost by more than four points. On the two games you feel we should have lost this year, well, in the past we would have lost those games, as we almost always lost those type of games.

    The fact is the team IS 4-0 and have taken some pretty big shots to the face, yet remain standing. I’ve been watching these guys for a very long time and have tons of old VHS tapes from past games. (way before dvd, HD and Sunday Ticket) and believe they will be able to right the ship as far as the O-line is concerned. Look at the Giants, Stealers with the O-line injuries and poor play have led to 0-8.

    Our team is certainly capable of playing better and will have to. As allusive as Wilson is, he can’t just keep getting hammered each week. I think it’s way too early in the season to declare this team chances of not getting to the Superbowl. We will get guys back from injury and will be able to win a lot of games. This team as never been 4-0 and now they are. So much time left and our division is not the powerhouse that all the preseason hype made it out to be. It still comes down to us and the 9ers and then anything can happen in the playoffs.

    It sounds like you don’t have fun or find joy watching the team because the O-line drives you crazy. I’ve been there with this team in years past and Sundays became my least favorite day of the week. The Flores years were painful and I never felt joy watching them as they were so many levels below the rest of the teams. The last few Holmgren years as the team was old, slow and bad. Watching those seasons just made me mad and I had to walk away after the first half cause I didn’t want to ruin my weekend. And of course Mr Dirtbag Mora season was a few wins followed by massive blowouts over and over. My joy damn near died that year. The past four have been competitive, fun and exciting with all the talent this team has acquired. I think these guys will finally put the whole thing together and have already shown mental toughness, resilience and determination that past Seahawks teams were lacking.

    Hope you can find your joy and enjoy the ride.

  63. Hawkjitsu says:

    This is turning into a Personal Attack Blog…..that’s troll food, btw.

  64. I dont think the personal attacks have extended to this thread, hawjitsu.

    Mo–i have lost my joy in the Hawks, and its not the first time. I actually enjoyed watching Erickson with Moon more than this. But im hoping it will come back. If the line can look even avg, and the D stops giving up 20 points in a quarter, i will love watching them again, win lose or draw.

  65. But thank you for responding without vitriol–its very much appreciated.

  66. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Sure thing STTBM. I totally forgot about Erickson era. I was shooting a Seahawks game at Dallas when Moon was holding out. At halftime we came in and Moon was in the locker talking to Cortez and I shot a photo of it not even thinking about it, Cortez looked at me and kinda smiled and shut the door. They didn’t want people to know that Moon was getting ready to sign without making an official announcement. However, he signed soon after. We had some good teams during that time, just couldn’t pull it all together.

    Hopefully you will be able to start finding joy in spurts. The good news that second quarter where our D gave up that 20 points was the worst quarter of the entire season. The good news(joy) in that was they didn’t allow another point from the point on. That’s pretty awesome as they were picked apart early and put an end to it the rest of the way. Hope it gets better for you man.

  67. No worries. I’m not running around like Oscar the grouch in real life–I’m actually busy having fun with my family and working. It’s just when I sit down and analyze the Hawks, the only complaint I really have is with Cable and the line.

    IMO, had they signed 1 or 2 guys who were even avg, we’d be by far the best team in football, without a glaring weakness. And I saw this coming, and received a ton of criticism for nor believing Cablw was football Jesus. Well, so far he’s failing miserably.

    I have faith in Carrol, but Cable hasnt shown me anything–I don’t trust his talent eval or decision making. But I would love to see him earn it!

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