Every morning I hunt the internet for news about my beloved Seahawks. Every morning I dig and I scratch for anything that may be of importance to myself and the readers of this website I call home. Every morning I am met with the same article titles concerning the circus show that is Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn, and Russell Wilson.
One day we think Flynn is the guy. Next day “Jackson has shown massive improvement, don’t count him out yet.” Followed by “Wilson has NFL-caliber play making ability, this could be is year.” Round and round we go.
What about other big things going on?
Chris Clemons, our leading pass rusher is holding out for a new contract. He is a major lynch pin in this whole project we have going on and yet I find more things of Deuce Luiti’s vegan diet plan than I do on our hybrid “Leo” position player. His production was great and the three-year, $18 million contract deal given to him sure seems like a decent one, plus a 500,000 bonus for registering 10 sacks or more, he had 11 last year. Do we franchise tag him? With the amount of defensive ends and line backers we grabbed in the draft, do we slide in a new youthful player and hope for “lightening in a bottle?” Will Clemons play to his fullest this season if no agreement comes to fruition? I guess only Clemon’s knows that.
How about all our new receivers? Sydney Rice is coming off of shoulder surgery and wants to be ready for training camp. He hopes to bulk himself up to try to fight off the durability issues that have been plaguing him the last couple of years in Minnesota and Seattle respectively. Look at what the OTA’s have done to “summer practice.” For those who do not know, players are not allowed to set foot in their respective training centers during their “down time,” which would considerately help with the quarterback position being up for grabs. How can our receivers create chemistry among the sign callers if they are not allowed to use their fully operational training centers?
Why are the Niner’s such a threat in the NFC West? Yes they somehow managed to sneak past everyone and get the NFC championship game, but they did this on the back of their kickers record-breaking achievements. David Akers managed to break Jerry Rice’s (arguably the best wide receiver to ever play in the NFL) points record in a single season. Akers is a kicker. You can’t win games on field goals alone. Granted they had the number three defense in the entire NFL, but an 9-7 team took their chance at a Superbowl title in years away from them. Someone remind me why they are such a threat? They beat us twice because of poor special teams plays and poor decision-making by our then quarterback Jackson, but Alex Smith can’t even get past the redzone. Guess who is back in San Francisco, after a brief taste of free agency, Smith has returned and I guarantee that he will not play as well as the “analysts” say. On top of all this, their schedule was not that difficult.
Our schedule is tough, there is no doubt about that. However I do feel that this season’s games could be a window to Seattle’s greatness. Wins against New England, Chicago, Green Bay, even San Francisco will turn heads in the NFL. People will stop referencing Seattle as a “one stop win” location. Once the dust settles from all the quarterback controversy, the Leo situation, and Luiti’s weight loss program, Seattle will have much bigger things to talk about, and the rest of the NFL better be watching out for the northwest city with the huge chip on its shoulder.