drdiags wrote:Billick and Dukes were pretty consistent the past few years regarding the Seahawks. Neither has been very high on the team, with Billick eventually muting his criticisms late last year. Dukes has always been of the ilk that the NFC East and North were the lynchpin of NFC. Waddle was another non-Seahawks believer who like many is just waiting for them to slip or stumble. While many of our fans are counting consecutive superbowl wins, these guys reflect a simmering backlash hoping to scream fraud.
The team had just come off a second 7-9 season. They had a late run but nationally most saw those late victories as the Eagles stinking or the Bears without Cutler. Flynn was an unknown and when talk of a 3rd round pick possibly being the starter, talking heads began the Pete is on a hot seat rumble.
I am sure they were not castigated about their observations at the time. To say anything positive back then would have gotten more criticism than they would have wanted to face. It was an easy stand to take at the time. Only die-hards thought the team was on the upswing, because they saw what was happening throughout the team. That is why folks were going suicidal when Wilson was named starter, most fans thought the defense was a top-tier defense that could rule the day if only the QB could keep from blowing it.
I want those type of analysts to stay right on the other side of the fence. Your team is usually better off when these jokers aren't blowing smoke up their rear.
I wasn't very high on the Seahawks last off season. I was irritated at Pete Carroll that he was allowing a controversy with this third round upstart when we paid 12 mil to Flynn. But, that's why I build clouds, not football teams.
With that said my point is I'm not allowing myself (real) unreasonable expectations this year. I finished watching the last 5 games including the playoffs, and it was clear from Arizona on, that teams started attacking the middle of the field against us. I'm hoping that 1 more year of experience in our linebacking core, and the addition of Winfield married with a much better pass rush will go a long way to resolve some of the problems. (Yes, I know, #1 points allowed in the NFL, but higher expectations are good)
Not to mention a weakening of the run defense. I mean the Falcon's with Michael Turner putting 164 yards on the ground against us... sheesh. I'm hoping not to see that again this year.