Why Everyone Needs to Calm Down With the Seattle Seahawks Talk


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



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14 thoughts on “Why Everyone Needs to Calm Down With the Seattle Seahawks Talk

    June 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Keep telling yourself that BS. The Hawks are coming and they are coming hard for Super Bowl L.
    No reason to doubt them.

    1. Walla washington
      June 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Yeah keep believing in that BS. Hawks are wannabes.

  2. Reed
    June 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Why. Let fans be fans. We love our team and are hopeful they will go al the way. You try not getting excited about your team on the rise.

    June 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Ask Cam Newton how that second year works out when the whole world is anointing you “the next big thing.”

    Cam has a piss poor attitude I wouldn’t compare the two!

  4. Russ
    June 25, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Are you kidding, Russ was held back during the first six games last year. He consistently got better as the season progressed. He was the best QB in the NFL during the last 10 games of the season. Our best pass rusher (Chris Clemons) missed our most critical game in the post season, and would have been a game changer game against Atlanta. If he was healthy, Seattle would have overtaken the SF girls and been the SB champs

    Seattle made adjustments in the off season, so that we are not reliant on Chris Clemons, and we have improved our play at many of the other key positions (see the many posts). Therefore, be afraid SF, the Seahawks are not looking to just compete but to crush the NFC West, and since the NFC West is the strongest division, take the SB.

  5. Sean
    June 26, 2013 at 3:55 am

    This article is crap….as I stumble upon it in the middle of the night while taking a piss… I wish I woulda pissed on the guy who wrote it ..
    Like Wilson….go hawks

    1. Denny Crane
      June 26, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Couldn’t agree more- When a team takes steps forward every year as Seattle has done (Even year with TJax a QB the team had same record but was making strides at several key spots) it showed last year when the reigns were taken off RW. If the ORG position grows as all others have this year they will be challenging for the NFC west- The biggest obstacle for this team this year is the daunting Schedule- somehow the NFL gave them FIVE morning east coast games WOW !
      There two semi weak spots on D were addressed twofold in FA -Health -the Draft – And offensively they added through both the draft and FA SO WHY wouldn’t ANYONE have them top FIVE worst case?

  6. Denny Crane
    June 26, 2013 at 9:36 am

    You need to read this guys article on QB’s – he has Dallas as #1 best spot for total qb’s – Now I know he is a nut job!

  7. Ty
    June 26, 2013 at 10:11 am

    1) Last I checked, the win against the Packers was just that: a win. It doesn’t make much sense to predicate an opinion on a hypothetical loss. You fail to notice that the five regular season Seahawk losses in 2012 were by a combined 24 points and they didn’t get beat by more than 7 points all season long. They could have easily had a BETTER record.

    2) Cam Newton and the Panthers do not have a defense that compares to Seattle. Keep pretending that professional players require an entire season’s worth of tape to review before they can defend rookie quarterbacks.

    3) Any concern over the impact of Harvin on play selection is pure unadulterated conjecture. You might as well worry about the impact of officiating. That’s just guessing.

    4) The Seahawks beat the best team the Redskins could put on the field in their own stadium. That makes three straight playoff games in which they’ve beaten the Skins. And it was Seattle’s Defense that helped make his knee need attention.

  8. Jake
    June 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Ok whatever. this was pretty good writing -for a comedy. No really! Things do happen and none of us can see into the future. However, What the Hawks did this last season was not a fluke. It was done with with a grinding D, power running Game and a rookie QB. The biggest change in that formula is the QB. RW has a season and playoff games under his belt. It will only get better.
    This articles writer is obviously a homer for some other team … I suspect the Cowboys. The Cowboys, an NFC team which is about to slip into the irrelevant zone. For the next few years at least the Hawks and Niners will garner the Media attention of the NFL/NFC as they battle twice a year for the right of home field advantage in the playoffs. Cowboys, NFC East -irrelevant

    1. admin
      June 26, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Not a Cowboys fan, Jake, but thanks for reading!

  9. Dave in Seattle
    June 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    If Seattle is going to be so disappointing in 2013, Why did Harvin, Bennett and Avril come over to the West Coast? i am just asking………I think because it looks promising. I look forward to this year. i feel alot better for 2013, than the 2005 Hawks (not to take anything for that team) They were both great, but i just have a feeling.-DM

  10. Jenna
    June 29, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Seattle is a good team, no denying that, but until they win a Superbowl, then, they can claim their team is great. Even the Redskins have 3 Superbowl wins and 2 NFL Championship Pre-Superbowl wins, so that makes it 5 in total. RG3 was playing hurt in that playoff game. If RG3 were to be healthy, the Redskins would have won that game as his running game was in shambles that normally made him very dangerous to opposing defenses. I blame Shanny for playing RG3 hurt while Cousins would have been a good fit from the beginning.

    So until Seattle wins at least 1 Superbowl, then shut up annoying Seattle fans, you make the real long time humble fans look bad.


    1. July 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Just another nfl fan lost in the days of yesterday. Pull your head out of your ass and live in the now. Super bowls you won 20 years ago do not help your team today