Art Thiel had a great piece the other day about how the first half of the GB game created unrealistic expectations for the defense. How it's good, but not elite just yet. Possibly on it's way to elite. But not now. http://sportspressnw.com/2012/10/thiel- ... -time-yet/
It's sort of how I feel about the entire team. Fans want this to be the year everything clicks together. But in reality that might not be til next year or the one after. I know it's hard being patient. But when you take realistic look and assessment of this team, it's age, core players, progression, etc. If you're being honest with yourself, it's a team to be on the lookout for. Not one that is a bust for not taking over the league this minute. All you need to do is read or listen to people outside of Seattle's opinions of the Hawks. Writers and analysts that pay close attention to what's going on here. They almost all say that Seattle is on the rise and building something good. But that it might be a year or two away from arriving. Heck, just look at how long it took the Niners to finally cash in on the potential that led to them being preseason division favorites year after year.
I know no Hawks fans want to hear it. And my pal, BFS will scream at me for being a bad fan with a loser mentality. But we have to be patient. We have one of the youngest teams in the league. And we're already close to being really good. Most times teams this young REALLY struggle when getting their young players experience.
Screw Seattle's history and the fact that as fans we're frustrated and want to win NOW! None of that should matter in how you evaluate and progress in the now. In the context of the extremely young roster we have TODAY, and how good it already is, we are in good position. Plenty of teams in this league would gladly swap rosters with us. A young talented, on the rise defense, gelling with every game, & a potential franchise qb? That's a damn good start. When building your team, you can't take the past into consideration. The fact that your team hasn't been good in a while can't make you hurry your build and can't allow you to skip steps. PC & JS have done a good job in building this D. They've likely found their qb, slowly overhauled the o-line, & have great rbs. Now all that needs to happen is for the young inexperienced players on D to mature and gell further as a unit. And on the offensive side, upgrade wr, continue to improve to o line, and allow your qb to mature and grow with his squad. When all those things are allowed to happen, we will have a MUCH better team that the one we currently have, if it were simply winning a couple more of these close games & making the playoffs.
Fans dont want to hear it. But this team isn't elite yet. It's on it's way. And I want to see it get there. Being anxious and impatient, demanding to win NOW, and being unrealistic in a team's development, is the #1 way to see that you never make it there.