Look, I’m not a hater, I just can’t stand when people don’t take a step back and look at the whole situation before making outlandish claims or saddling someone or something with unreasonable expectations.
Such is currently the case with the Seattle Seahawks.
I have a couple of friends who are lifelong, die-hard Seahawk fans. Obviously, last year was a great year for them, as the Seahawks had one of the finest regular seasons in franchise history. They have a budding young star playing quarterback, a swarming defense and added what many expect to be another dangerous weapon in Percy Harvin.
That’s all great, but I’m not on board when fans and media start kicking around the Seahawks as one of the two or three top teams in the NFL heading into 2013.
Let me explain.
Yes, Seattle won eleven games in 2012. One of those was the controversial touchdown/interception gaffe against Green Bay. Take that out and you are sitting at ten wins — same as the Indianapolis Colts last year.
Then you look at the phenomenal season Russell Wilson had. He completed over 64 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for 489 yards and four scores. That’s great, but now we all see him coming. Ask Cam Newton how that second year works out when the whole world is anointing you “the next big thing.”
As far as Harvin goes, he might actually be part of what holds Wilson’s development back. Seattle had a nice, balanced passing attack last year. In all, nine receivers finished the season with double-digit catches. Adding Harvin to the mix is going to eat away at a bunch of those catches and make the passing game that much less unpredictable.
I think Harvin also brings the temptation of using him in a variety of gimmick plays because of his versatility. This could cause Pete Carroll to call some “head scratchers” when a simple hand off to Marshawn Lynch would have been sufficient.
Lastly, I think the playoff win over the Redskins added a bit of false hope for people heading into 2013. Remember, RGIII was basically working with one good knee on one leg and a pulled pork sandwich for a knee on the other. It wasn’t like Seattle shut him down while he was 100 percent.
If it seems like I’m digging too deep and reaching for reasons that Seattle won’t be the great team so many predict they’ll be in 2013, it’s because I am. I’m simply doing the reverse of what the experts and Seattle fans have done all offseason.
People need to quit getting excited about all of those Tweets and articles about how Seattle might be the second best team in the NFC. Don’t look now, but they might not finish as the second best team in their own division.
BY J.P. SCOTT ON JUNE 25, 2013