Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Suck for Luck? Why not!
By Outsider Steve
After opening up the season in an embarrassing fashion, the Seahawks will open the home portion of their schedule this Sunday against division rival Arizona. Here is the thing, after putting together two of the worst offensive performances in recent memory, the Seahawks now have the pleasure of facing a Cardinals team that has won five out of the last eight meetings with Hawks, and has a QB that is on fire. This has the perfect recipe for a Sunday disaster. A team with no offensive motivation (Seahawks), up against a team that is coming off heartbreaking loss, and a ton of steam to blow off (Arizona). The Arizona Cardinals are clearly the better team on paper, but you know what they say. Games aren't won on paper, they are won on the field. Exactly!
Even though this game is at home, does anyone really have any faith the Seahawks can pull off magical performance on offense? In the eight quarters of football the Seahawk offense has played in, they have been shutout in six of those quarters. Have scored a grand total of 17 points, have only managed 383 total yards of offense, while going 7-17 on third down conversions. Have I also mentioned that in 22 total drives the Seahawks offense have put together, they have punted the football 15 times? So you would think Pete Carrol would want to look at this as a time to reevaluate or address this offensive ineptitude's. Think again. Instead Pete Carroll has announced that Tarvaris Jackson will be given opportunity to "grow" with the offense. In other words, Tarvaris Jackson gives us the best opportunity to get Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
At this point with the way everything stands, why not "Suck for Luck"? Have you really taken a close look at the Seahawks remaining schedule and noticed the season is very quickly getting to the point of no return? After this Sunday's loss against Arizona, the Seahawks then embark on a stretch that goes as follows; Atlanta, @ NY Giants, @ Cleveland, Cincinnati, @ Dallas, Baltimore, @ St. Louis, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis, @ Chicago, San Francisco, and then finish the season @ Arizona. Can you really point to a team in that schedule that you are convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt the Seahawks can consistently score upon, or for that matter just score? I can't. I really see 12 to 13 losses in that schedule. Which would put the Seahawks at a 1-15 or a 2-14 for the season. In plain english, this season will be a very bad dream, with a potentially great ending.
Here is the one point everyone needs to realize. The Seahawks do not need to tank football games to make this dream a reality. They are bad enough of a football team to accomplish this dubious honor on their own merits. And you want to know the truth of the matter? I'm actually okay with this. In the last three years we have seen the Seahawks go 4-12, 5-11, and 7-9 and completely wiff in the draft's first round. I would rather see the Hawks go 1-15 ensuring themselves the decades top prize in Andrew Luck, and have a decade long run of success with him, then be continuously mediocre. Sometimes you have to lose big in order to win big. So why not dream big and "Suck for Luck" in 2011!