Several of my friends have uttered this statement to me, especially after a game where I felt the Seahawks should have done something better. Is it my overly critical nature to look for areas of improvement? Is it a condition left over from my days as a teacher – moving kids up that improvement scale, even if (especially if?) they are high achievers? It it because I’m a mom and I nit-pick?
I just want our team to be the best, and I expect the best out of them – so if there’s an area of improvement, even in a win, I say take a look at it.
Like Coach Pete said:
“We could have been 8-8 just like that last year and people forget that. I’ve harped on that more than I should have with our team so they realize how tough it is. … I know you all would like it easier and smoother and cleaner and all that, but it’s a battle. Suck it up.”
Should it even have been such a battle this weekend?
Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks played the Oakland Raiders. Oakland had a record of 0-7 coming into the game. Remember, Rookies, that records are laid out as wins-losses-(ties). Look at that record again. OH AND SEVEN! It should have been a blowout … But it wasn’t (we won 30-24).
Sure, there were stellar moments from star players: Marshawn Lynch rushed for two touchdowns, one of which took the entire team’s effort to get him across the line.
Bruce Irvin made a phenomenal pick six, returning the interception for 35 yards.
Richard Sherman made a beautiful (long-awaited) interception, beating Andre Holmes to the ball.
But there were problems, too. Most of them stemmed from the O-line. Whining about the Offensive Line is starting to feel like “All About That Bass” … I’m a little sick of that song. Indeed, Okung, Unger, and Schilling were all out this week, leaving rookies and untested players in unfamiliar spots. The effect was clear: Russell Wilson did not connect as needed. As he said:
“I don’t think I played well at all for whatever reason. Usually I know why something was off … but I just felt like I was in it and whatever I was trying to do didn’t work.”
And, although this was a better game for the LOB in terms of turnovers, it was far from perfect. Several missed opportunities exposed the limits of zone coverage in the secondary.
Also, Hauschka – usually so money – had a missed field goal (though he made a fumble recovery – so props there) and Jon Ryan had a blocked punt.
So – yes, a W is a W. But everyone has some work to do: Offense, Defense, and Special Teams.
Because when we play the WORST team, AT HOME, we should all expect more.