“We don’t have to lose anymore,” the head coach said, his players nodding along in agreement. “We don’t have to give up games anymore.”
After the Giants game in 2011, I remember Pete Carroll commenting that there comes a turning point in every program where the team captures this self-belief and confidence that they will win. Once that happens, that team simply doesn't lose anymore. He described how that happened in his USC program as well. Once that light bulb turned on, Trojans simply didn't lose anymore. Of course teams drop games here and there, but winning sort of becomes a habit. He said the same thing about the Seahawks after the memorable Giants win (see link above). Of course, he was only partly correct because the team went ahead and dropped games at Browns, vs. Bengals and at Cowboys in a row. I remember feeling at the time that while Pete was right in his philosophy, he might have been a bit premature regarding the Seahawks. I was patiently waiting for the right time when that light bulb does turn on for us.
After the Chicago game this year, I felt that we have hit that turning point. The self-belief and self-confidence has soared and I feel our Seahawks now firmly believe that they can win. Anywhere. Against anyone.
Danny O'Neil had some similar stats this morning on the seattletimes blog.
Do you agree? Do you think it was the Chicago game that was the turning point? Or maybe the 49ers game this past weekend? Or even the Patriots game earlier?