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    150 points in 3 games (For comparison, the 1992 squad scored 140 points in that entire season). 100 consecutive points at home with no answering score from the whoever the hell was forced to endure a trip to Seattle. Annihilation, destruction, havoc and Jim Harbaugh's face left blank. It all adds up to the team nobody wants to play. Drop to your knees and thank the lord of schedule making, Indy, you get to keep living in your paper palace, nobody knows what a fraud you are, because you don't have to face the Hawks.

    This was not expected by even the devoted. Not this. Until we saw it with our own eyes, this offense was an exercise in potential. There was no proof it was even possible, with 30 points being the most we had scored in a single game all season.

    What happened? I was pretty vocal about the playcalling up to and after the Miami game, and I felt validated about those criticisms when Pete acknowledged they could have thrown it a bit more. Our offense was multiple, but there was a governor on the throttle, and that governor was a call sheet and Motorola mic in the hands of Bevell. But it wasn't really. Pete was afraid of turnovers, and he had to learn just like everybody else to put his faith in Russell. Pete was the governor on our throttle.

    Our offense has consisted of Run and Deep Shots, and if the safety is covering too, roll out and throw it away. We played that game for most of the season and 55 minutes in Chicago. Sure there was the occasional changeup to the formula, but it felt like 55 minutes of dueling with wooden practice swords more than strategic playcalling. The governor was still in place, and a defense that had played great was looking like it would get the blame for giving up 14 measly points. Because we had 10.

    And with Seattle's backs against the wall, Pete finally removed the governor. He finally allowed Russell to be the player the other team has to worry about. He finally let the point guard decide when he drives and when he dishes.

    When that warrior had secured the victory, we could have gone back to the old way of doing things, but Seattle's defense really did blow it this time. And that was the best thing that could have happened to our team. Really.

    Yes, allowing a team to drive the field in under 30 seconds and take a game to overtime was the best thing that could have happened to the Hawks, you heard me. Because Seattle kept the governor off the offense yet again, and yet again Russell proved he is to be trusted fully and completely to do the right thing.

    The whole team needed those two drives. The explosion of take aways that has resulted is from those drives. Our defense had slowly gone from aggressive to conservative in approach, knowing how much our game plan depended on them not making any mistakes. In every game, they had to choose to either attack or control the offense, and the result was a run defense that was not aggressive and what felt like a defense in slow decline because they had been carrying the rest of the team.

    In all games since, Seattles offense has found points quickly in the first quarter, and the defense has responded with formerly repressed aggression. All three phases of the game are working together as a single unit for the first time all year. Because of two drives on the road in Chicago.

    Pete will always build around the run, so in a sense, that governor will always exist. But that is a very good thing, to attack through the air always is to sacrifice physicality for precision, and physicality has to be part of our identity. Physicality is play action, is the basis of run option, and is just plain vital to the attitude of our offensive line. The governor on the quarterback is gone though, and that is how the ugly little caterpillar has become something beautiful. Gone are notions of making the quarterback climb the pocket because the play calls for it. Gone are the notions that the west coast must have the quick slants that Russell will always struggle to complete. Gone are the notions of smoke screens as the best option to get the ball from quarterback to receiver.

    Pete trusts Wilson. Now this is the NFL, and stuff happens, and Wilson will make more mistakes, maybe even some mistakes that cost us games. But Pete knows he won't make them from bad habits, won't make them from trying to make the impossible happen, and won't make them because the overall pressure of the game has gotten to him. I was afraid that in the future we would have to deal with a coach who struggled to give up control to his ever growing quarterback, and those fears have evaporated. That speaks volumes about Pete. For a "defensive" coach to give up control isn't easy, and Pete's near phobia of turnovers can't make it easy to surrender control. Pete preaches humble, and he walks it too, at least to the extent you can in that profession. I would compare what Pete is doing to a music teacher who realizes he has this one truly special student, and one day he realizes this student just doesn't need sheet music anymore.

    The bandwagon is going to fill up fast. More casual fans than you, the reader of this too long post, will now begin to annoy you as they make it harder and more expensive to get tickets. This board is going to be gaining fans who are more fans of players than the laundry they wear, and who enjoy success more than the process. Fans who are fickle when we lose, and just as quick to let a little adversity make them complain as they are to let a little success go to their heads. That's OK. You were here when the butterfly opened it's wings.
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  • It's from the bandwagon or casual fans that new diehards are born (aside from the diehards that are literally born from diehards, ha). So
    I don't mind all of the new folks hopping on board and the more the merrier.

    I just hope they keep the fanbase classy though. It's tough when it is just Dom and me pulling that load.
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  • The Seahawks are my team and will always be my team. But I'm more than happy that Sundays now my wife will sit and watch the games with me instead of just me and my various animals.
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  • great post, and nowhere near as painful to read through as i thought it would be. lol.. i too was one of those screaming at pete and bevell to loosen the reigns, and let wilson do what he does.. especially after the NE game, that was it for me.. he can do it, he will do it more often than not...

    i judge my hawks success a few ways, one of course is the W-L total, one just by the amount of plays they make a game.. but the one that always seems to be consistent in judging success is 3rd down completions... 2005, if it was 3rd and 6 or above, i felt confident we could pick it up. last year 3rd and 6, we're punting...

    this team is consistent on 3rd and 4th downs, thus moving the chains and sustaining drives.. and on top of that, they are scoring in the redzone, something the 2005 team was very good at...

    it's all clicking, RW has the team believing in him and more importantly in themselves... as long as the D can play at the same level on the road, this could be a very good post season.
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  • SonicHawk wrote:The Seahawks are my team and will always be my team. But I'm more than happy that Sundays now my wife will sit and watch the games with me instead of just me and my various animals.


    Ha! I can relate to that.

    There were games in the '02 and '03 seasons when I was begging people (including my wife) to go to the games
    with me and my second seat sat vacant. '04 and '05 changed all of that and now my wife is definitely a bigger
    fan of the NFL as a whole entity than I have ever been.

    Now, I feel like I practically have to hold a lottery for my second seat and I was extremely happy that there were
    very few Niner fans in the stands on Sunday.

    This season has got a lot of people "3elieving" and it is very cool to see.
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  • Word, Scottie.

    My huge complaint with Bevell is I saw the ingredients of a dynamic offense not being used. Lynch would rush all over someone, and the offense would get 13 points. Wilson would make every throw, bam, 16 points. It didn't make sense that the Hawks offense struggled. It didnt't after the Rams game. But, now we know (why), and knowing's half the battle?

    Chicago was the turning point. Those last two drives we're plays no NFL team could stop. So, Pete carried it into the next week.

    The thread title's creepy though. A-hole!
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  • Scottemojo wrote:Pete trusts Wilson. Now this is the NFL, and stuff happens, and Wilson will make more mistakes, maybe even some mistakes that cost us games. But Pete knows he won't make them from bad habits, won't make them from trying to make the impossible happen, and won't make them because the overall pressure of the game has gotten to him.

    RW learns from his mistakes which makes him better. I also feel the more freedom he is given - and to be more instinctual - his positive plays WAY out weigh the negative plays. When you make a player try to think too much and do something they are not comfortable with, then that is when their game slows down and problems really start to happen.
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  • While watching the Bears game on a half hour delay, immediately before the Hawks started their final drive in regulation, I paused the TV and said to my wife... "You watch. This drive will either MAKE or BREAK the rest of the Hawks season."

    And boy, did it EVER make the rest of the season. It was a thing of beauty... and then to see Russell and the offense repeat that performance with a game-winning TD drive in OT was simply masterful.
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  • Russell Wilson was born to be the Seahawks Quarterback. Thank you to his dad for getting him up at 5:45AM every morning and throwing outs, thank you to his family for supporting him and helping him become the man he is. But mostly, thank you Russell Wilson for making yourself the man you are and for being the Seattle Seahawks starting Quarterback.

    And thank you Pete Carroll, John Schneider, et al, for building this team the way you did.

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  • Awesome post Scottie.... great thoughts and pretty accurate description of the progress of the offense.
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  • Wow great post.
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  • I just want to know who Tom Bevell is.
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  • I whole heartedly agree. When your defense knows the offense will be cool, put up a hand, and sayl, "I've got this" if the opposing team puts up some points after a defensive mistake, they get aggressive. It's a fun irony, then, that the more aggressive they are, the less prone to costing the team points they'll be.

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  • I always enjoy your posting Scottie,well done again. I knew young Mr Wilson was going to be good but not quite at this fast pace.
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  • -The Glove- wrote:I just want to know who Tom Bevell is.

    yeah, I was mixing my cable/bevell names. thanks.
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  • pehawk wrote:Word, Scottie.

    My huge complaint with Bevell is I saw the ingredients of a dynamic offense not being used. Lynch would rush all over someone, and the offense would get 13 points. Wilson would make every throw, bam, 16 points. It didn't make sense that the Hawks offense struggled. It didnt't after the Rams game. But, now we know (why), and knowing's half the battle?

    Chicago was the turning point. Those last two drives we're plays no NFL team could stop. So, Pete carried it into the next week.

    The thread title's creepy though. A-hole!
    Well, it was either a butterfly analogy, or you were here when the Seahawks dropped trouser on the NFL and showed everyone their big offense.
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  • Scottemojo wrote:
    -The Glove- wrote:I just want to know who Tom Bevell is.

    yeah, I was mixing my cable/bevell names. thanks.

    Just messing with ya...but good post as always man. I was also down on Bevell. I understand PC called for the conservative game plan, but there were a lot of headscratching calls that you can only blame on the OC. But it seems like since we've taken advantage of RW's skillset, he's gotten more creative with the calls and everything has been working out beautifully.

    And pass the crow, please. I'd love to have seconds.
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  • Great post!
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  • Awesome post my brotha!

    Agree with everything you wrote, even that Darrell Bevell should change his name to Tom...

    Seriously good stuff.
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  • Good stuff!
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  • Amazing how a leader type QB, that inspires by example, bolsters the D. That Chicago game, RW's 'not this time bitch' comeback was the watershed moment. Ze butterfly transformation. Pe and others around here called it, and stuck by it. Props to them, because with all the years to have a more negative reaction to some early negative play, er bad games, they were here expressing the more optimistic flipside.
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  • I love butterflies.

    Nice post.
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  • And that GB game sent this whole "butterfly effect" into motion... :P
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  • Great write up Scottie. Thumbs up!

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  • Great post, maybe one for the archives. I don't mind a little bandwagon fans. packing the stadium with new blood and fresh vocal cords can be a good thing as long as we don't jack up the ticket prices and end up like Dallas. I want a stadium full of ruthless fans who scream and yell, not rich business men and housewives who clap.
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  • Great write-up noting the main turning point in this team's growth.

    3 games I didn't think we would win as the games played out: GB, NE and Bears showed me something I had never experienced as a Seahawks fan. Those were games this team historically loses. Still trying to wrap my mind around this season. Right now I am just pretty numb to it all.
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  • Riley12 wrote:It's tough when it is just Dom and me pulling that load.

    That must be a terrible burden for you. ;)

    @Scotte, you should have seen how much some of us were cursing Bevell through the season to the Chicago game. Sometimes the play calling was not just bad, but downright horrible. I'm left to assume it was only Pete keeping the training wheels on, but I'm not entirely sold on Bevell being a great play caller, yet. What he does in the playoffs will say a lot. For me, anyways.
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  • I have been watching Seahawks football since they first entered the league. I can remember when Seattle drafted a safety in 1981, that Bill Walsh BADLY wanted for his team. Instead, Kenny Easley went to the Seahawks. Walsh was then forced to draft the second-best defensive back on his draft board (in his opinion) -- a guy by the name of Ronnie Lott.

    It's funny how these things work out. Easley wasn't a bad player. In fact, he was pretty darn good. But it was Lott who turned out to be the dominant force that helped lead the 49ers to multiple championships in the 1980's.

    I bring this up because, in all my years of watching NFL Football, I've never seen a Seattle team this damn good. I've never seen a Seattle team this damn dominant. I've never seen Seattle close out a season like this before. You didn't just beat my 49ers. You dominated them from start to finish. The game wasn't in doubt after the first quarter.

    My brother, a long-time San Diego Chargers fanatic, has now "adopted" the Seahawks as his new "favorite" team. He's only done this because he can't stand the 49ers, and it's a way to needle his brother. Plus, have you seen the Chargers play football lately? It's pretty ugly.

    I don't know what awaits Seattle. But I can tell you this much. As a 49er fan? I do NOT want to face the Seahawks in the playoffs and I don't care WHERE the game is played.

    That's the mark of a pretty good team. It's about time. You've only had to wait for three plus decades...
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  • Very well done sir!
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  • RolandDeschain wrote:
    Riley12 wrote:It's tough when it is just Dom and me pulling that load.

    That must be a terrible burden for you. ;)

    @Scotte, you should have seen how much some of us were cursing Bevell through the season to the Chicago game. Sometimes the play calling was not just bad, but downright horrible. I'm left to assume it was only Pete keeping the training wheels on, but I'm not entirely sold on Bevell being a great play caller, yet. What he does in the playoffs will say a lot. For me, anyways.


    I was right there with you. I was anti-Bevell, and some wise people on here kept reminding me it was Pete who wanted the approach. Then I became a little afraid that Pete's approach was to ingrained and would never change. It never changed with Hasselbeck or Tarvaris. But Pete saw the light. His press conferences this week have been very revealing about how they had to turn Wilson loose.

    Bevell half mocked the reporter weeks back who asked him if it was time to open up the offense. Yes, that is a vague question, but as it turns out, it was exactly what they did.
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  • Two of my favorite seasons were 2002 and 2011- seasons that casual/bandwagon fans completely missed out on.

    And with Bevell, I've always liked his creativity, even when the run-run-pass formula left a lot to be desired. I always put the blame for that on Pete though. I'm starting to think he wasn't lying when he said he fired Bates for not running enough.
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  • Scottemojo wrote:I was right there with you. I was anti-Bevell, and some wise people on here kept reminding me it was Pete who wanted the approach.


    Oops, I meant to add that I meant in the .NET chat on game days, where there's no record; but yeah, it was on-again, off-again frustrating as hell.
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  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a SEAHAWK! Great insights and perspective, Scottemojo.
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  • Good post. The final five minutes of that Bears game really did turn this whole thing around. Russell did prove to the coaches, his teammates and the fans that he can run this offense and get us down the field. The overtime drive was his coming out. The TD against the Pats was more of a glimpse of what he can do, but now we're seeing it every play. His athleticism, decision making, his ability to improvise and now some pre snap audibles. It's all coming together for the team.
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