I honestly believe this loss was on youth.
You can't seriously look me in the eye and tell me we lost because the Dolphins are a better football team. Nobody here buys that for a second.
Yes, this loss stings like a son of a bitch but that's because we have such potential and talent for such a young team.
Leon Washington, in the post game show was hinting to the fact that the team took the Dolphins lightly. They didn't expect much of a fight. They figured they could waltz on in to Miami and check off a "W" without too much pain and effort. I mean, it's the Dolphins, right??
Pete Carroll is right to question his preparations leading up to the game. He thought out loud that perhaps he underestimated how young his team really is to give them that amount of time off.
These players don't suddenly suck. No matter what it looks like on TV. No, these players (I am speaking generally here of course, yes I get that there were a few players that can be safely removed from this conversation) simply played down to their opponent and didn't expect the Dolphins to give them much trouble. Factor in a crowd with the enthusiasm of a High School chess match and it's not entirely unbelievable that this young team could be lulled to sleep without even realizing they were doing it.
TRUST ME. I'm NOT making excuses for that abomination. Bottom line is, we should have won that game and every human being on that plane flying back to Seattle knew it with every ounce of their Being.
No, this loss smacks to me of youth. These players didn't suddenly lose their talent. As much as we love to want to fire half the team and coaches after an upsetting loss, it's simply not the reality of the situation. If the Seahawks beat the Bears next Sunday (and if you've been a fan of this team longer than 10 minutes you know that is entirely probable) the vast majority of us will be back to our regularly scheduled programming of "Why We Love PC and JS and our talented young team!"
There's still SO much for us to be excited about, even though I concede the wound is too raw right now for me to get a collective "Amen Brother!" I get that.
I'm not trying to change anyone's minds about the loss on Sunday. Hell no. You have every stinkin' right to feel and post what you want (within the rules, smirk).
What I am trying to accomplish with this post is to consider what I personally believe is the most obvious factor in the loss.
This team -- as hauntingly good as they are at home -- are still just pups trying to find their way in this league.
As long as they use this loss as a learning lesson? I can accept it.
A victory next Sunday in Chicago would go a very long way in helping us all heal our wounds.
"It's gonna come down to the fourth quarter. It may go to overtime. I'm expecting something great to happen, some amazing play to win the game." - Soothsayer Russell Wilson, 3 days before the NFC Championship