This was a familiar moment. The one at the end of the game where your palms are sweaty, your knees are weak, the dogs are bewildered, and your kids are apologizing to their friends because their mother is a raving maniac. Your beloved Seahawks are playing dominant and yet ineffective at the same time.
One side making great plays while the other side is incapable of moving the ball or stopping the opponent. Your team going right down to the last 8 seconds before securing a win and having a knack for making football watching the best cardio workout of the week. Oh wait, maybe that wasn’t you, maybe that was me.
Do the Los Angeles Rams stand a chance against the Seattle Seahawks at home? Last year, the answer would have been an absolute no. But something has changed in the Rams culture. For one thing, it starts at the top. In four years with the Rams, three of them in St. Louis, former head coach Jeff Fisher could only muster up 31 wins and a whopping 45 losses.
Out went Fisher, and in came the youngest head coach in NFL history, Sean McVay. The manner in which McVay has handled and developed quarterback Jared Goff in a short amount of time is impressive. We are just four weeks into the season and Goff has completed passes to 11 different receivers. McVay has spurned the young QB into making smart decisions and leading his offense.
The Seahawks have made news this week. Being one of the more outspoken teams on social issues, players like defensive end Michael Bennet and wide receiver Doug Baldwin could be seen on CNN talking about equality and justice. The team made strides on this issue by announcing that they are starting a new foundation called SeahawksPlayers Equality & Justice for All Action Fund “to support education and leadership programs addressing equality and justice.” Being as outspoken and comfortable as they are in the spotlight, they can highlight their emapthy and outrage as they face the multitude of question on this subject. Off the field the Seahawks have remained true to what they have always been.
Now, on the field has been a different story.
As the Seahawks get ready to play on Sunday Night Football, some of the painful questions that have come up over the last 3 weeks are still demanding to be answered. There have been questions about the fabled defense. Are they getting old? Have they lost their identity? There were comments made by safety Kam Chancellor calling out the defense after last week’s loss to the Titans, referring to their undisciplined play. The offense has also been put under the microscope: Why is quarterback Russell Wilson inaccurate? Is it in his head? Is the O-line ever going to get better? Where is tight end Jimmy Graham? Running back Eddie Lacy? Have they lost their identity as a run first team? Where are the big plays?
After another slow start with a score of 9-7 at the end of the first half, the only Titans’ scores coming from three field goals from place kicker Ryan Succop; the Titans finally got the train rollin’ in the third quarter. In that respect, this game was eerily similar to the previous game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with very little action in the beginning and then a whole lot of excitement at the end.
The best Tennessee plays in the beginning ended up being taken away. Wide receiver Eric Decker made a great sideline catch with some “toe drag swag” as Good Morning Football Show would say, keeping his toes in bounds and getting a first down during the first quarter. Decker would later be called for a holding penalty so a touchdown run by quarterback Marcus Mariota was called back.
Cornerback Adoree Jackson had an 80 yard punt return for a touchdown that was overturned due to an illegal block by running back David Fluellen in the second quarter. The call was a bit on the “iffy” side in my opinion. It looked like Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin actually ran into Fluellen, but I’m not an NFL referee. Sure would have been lovely to have those two touchdowns light a fire for the Titans.
This weekend was guaranteed not to be a typical weekend in the NFL. With the reaction to the harsh comments from President Trump, there was not going to be a business as usual attitude. From the outset, the game had a different feel, with both teams opting to stay in the locker room for the national anthem.
The defense began the game with performances that we have come to expect. They forced a three-and-out on the first drive. Defensive end Michael Bennett and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson were among many notable participants in shutting down Tennessee. Then Seattle received the ball on their 20 to start their drive and that is where things began to get interesting. Seattle went three-and-out with the offensive line getting penalized three times, two holding penalties and one unnecessary roughness all on just one third down play.
From that moment, the game turned into a flag fest and both teams paid dearly. Tennessee had two touchdowns taken away and Seattle had a key interception by safety Kam Chancellor taken back because of defensive pass interference on cornerback Richard Sherman. This sparked outrage by Sherman who took off his helmet to continue arguing with the official, and that caused an additional unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that took Tennessee from their 44-yard line to Seattle’s 25-yard line, for a gain of 31 yards.
It was ugly, in many ways unsatisfying, but it was a win.
It started out very promising and looked like the Seahawks were going to dominate. On opening possession, the offense sustained a drive that took 16 plays and 6:22 of the first quarter, which ended in a 25 yard field goal by Blair Walsh.
The defense was dominant in the first quarter as well, keeping San Francisco from converting a first down on their first drive. After an exchange of 3 and outs, the Seattle defense capitalized as Bobbie Wagner intercepted a Brian Hoyer pass. There was a fumble on the play which Richard Sherman recovered at the SF 36. This set up a second field goal for Seattle, which made the score 6 – 0.
In the second quarter, Carlos Hyde found some daylight and took advantage for a 61 yard run that ended at the Seattle 22 yard line. After
the long gain, San Francisco was unable to go further than the 22 and kicked a field goal. Seattle still on top 6-3.
Seattle’s offense was unable to gather any more momentum in the first half. Russell Wilson was under pressure and sacked, key drops from Tyler McEvoy and CJ Procise and holding penalties all combined to stymie the offense for the remainder of the first half.
Guess who’s back…back again…Dayna’s back…and more importantly, so are the Seattle Seahawks.
Offseason is officially over and Spring Training has begun for the 90 men that fill the Seahawks current roster.
A mere 9 days into training and the players have yet to bore us with normalcy or complacency.
Here is a bulleted compilation of my WTF’s thus far:
RB EDDIE LACY EARNS INCENTIVE FOR MAKING GOAL WEIGHT.
Hmmm. Maybe he’s on to something here? I’m going to hire his agent to negotiate my weight loss goals. Anyone want to pay me to lose weight? Please?
DEFRANK CLARK WAS REMOVED FROM PRACTICE AFTER ALTERCATION WITH OL GERMAIN IFEDI.
This ranks up there as one of my biggest frustrations with the Seahawks. If you can’t control your passionate energy on the practice field, with your own teammates, you don’t belong on any team. I love passion and I love energy but when it crosses a line and becomes selfish…it jeopardizes the entire team. Don’t cross the line.
Rookie DT Malik McDowell made his way back to Michigan after officially ‘reporting for duty’ with the Seahawks, to finish recovering from the ATV accident that occurred in July.
NF: Where did you learn about football – When? and from Who?
SS:I was around 9 when I started getting very interested in football. My mother taught me the basics and my father taught me the strategies of the game. It became the thing that bonded us together, Sunday football was the father/daughter time. And are some of my dearest memories of my father.
NF: Priorities of Life – What are your top 3?
SS: 1) Jesus 2) My family 3) This one is very hard, many things vie for third place – friends, the causes we support ( fighting human trafficking is a very passionate cause we put time and money into), making memories…
NF: If you had any job in the world – what would it be, and why?
SS: I can’t choose just one, sorry…
I would love to teach the Bible to high school and college students
I would love to work for non-profits who fight human trafficking (IJM or A21)
Under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, the Seattle Seahawks draft strategy has always been about finding players that fit their scheme, no matter where they are ranked.
It was for the draft 5 years ago that I wrote my first article for NFLFemale. I don’t remember the exact title but I believe it was something along the lines of “Who the hell is Bruce Irvin?”.
I wrote about how Seahawks fans were quite confused about the first round pick, but trusted Pete and John to do the right thing. I think most fans agree Irvin, now with the Oakland Raiders, worked out well. In fact the 2012 draft, which also included QB Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, is considered one of Seattle’s best drafts ever.