So, after watching the Pro Bowl, I had a few different feelings/thoughts that I think really bode well for our future, as well as a "disclaimer" for you draftniks out there.
1) When was the last time a team from Seattle had several players in an "All-Star" game, who not only looked liked they belonged, but truly perform at the highest level the NFL has to offer? ET was a mad man. RW was himself, cough perfect cough. Unger and Okung held it down. Marshawn, though this game doesn't fit him, still looked like his rugged self. Leon with a huge return. Now, I know this is a meaningless game, but it was awesome to see "our guys" look great among the league's best.
2) Referring to #1, it is so disappointing that we are not still playing (duh). We have so many young, talented pieces, that it's truly hard to not wonder "what if." 2012 will be a mixed feeling year as I think down the road it will be the turning point, as well as "what if."
3) Referring to #2 (see a trend), despite the disappointment, it is so hard to not get unbelievably giddy about the future of this team. It is so young and so talented. Now, I know the playoffs are never a guarantee, but if there's one team that I trust to not have a let down, it's PC/JS Seahawks. I think this sudden disappointment of 2012 will ultimately be the fuel that drives these young Hawks. There always seems to be a defining moment for a young team, and I think that 31 second meltdown will be it. It's a horrible feeling. One that these guys never want to feel again. And this is a group that walks the talk.
DRAFTNIK DISCLAIMER: Hopefully, many of you watched the Pro Bowl (and SEA during the playoffs). What I hope draftniks take out of this, is that a passion/love of football for prospective SEA players has to be at a premium. There was not one Seahawk in the Pro Bowl that had the "off switch." These guys love football. The "character" aspect of SEA players isn't necessarily about being a "really neat/nice guy," but rather a true love for the game of football. So, the next time you want to mock a player to SEA, with the caveat of "needs to show some passion for the game or needs to show effort," might be a good clue that they probably don't fit in SEA.
Apologies for the novel, but watching the Pro Bowl yesterday gave me a bunch of different emotions/thoughts, but ultimately, I feel so good about this team moving forward. That Russell Wilson kid is alright, huh?