Superbowl Contenders?

Is it time to hit the panic button? A quick look at a team that started with such promise, and the tailspin that has left fans scratching their heads – and drinking more.

Remember a month ago when the world came together to agree on one fantastic observation?

The Seahawks were legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

Those were good times, brother. Good times.

The defense, led by the relentless Grant Wistrom, was the surprise strength, tearing into opponents like a pack of wild dogs to raw meat. It was a beautiful thing.

Our offense, although off to the traditional slow start, was nothing if not efficient, scoring more points than the other team. Both sides of the ball would demonstrate a penchant for the big play just when they needed it the most.

The players, coaches and fans were riding an all-time high, launched off the wings of a 3-0 start.

When the Rams came to town, the Seahawks managed for the first 3 quarters of the game to place a big fat exclamation point on the seemingly obvious: The Seahawks were the team to beat now. The Rams were forced to make reservations for a permanent place at the 2nd place table.

Then, in an extremely unceremonious dosage of Buzz Kill, the unthinkable happened. On cruise control and up 17 points with 5 minutes remaining, the Rams continued to attack. By the time anybody knew what hit them, the Rams came back to win in overtime.

From that moment on, the Seahawks have seemed to dust off the ghosts of Seahawks Past and resume a much too familiar role. If you don't count the breath of life in the second half of the Patriots game that gave Seahawks fans a glimpse of What Could Be, they simply haven't been able to get up off the mat from what so far seems to be a devastating blow to the jaw by the Rams 3 weeks ago.

Take Matt Hasselbeck for instance. From the opening snap to the final interception (that's 4 for those of you sadists keeping count) during the game against the Cardinals, he looked shell-shocked. The kind of look you never want to see out of your quarterback.

Ever.

His passes and timing were way off. His decision making was poor. Despite the aggressive defense the Cardinals displayed, there was no excuse for this level of incompetency. He flat out failed out there, and the rest of the team was hardly better.

Somehow, Ray Rhodes has decided to quit calling aggressive game plans. Despite the injuries to key players (good teams win in spite of injuries not lose because of them), there's really no good excuse why the defense should fix what wasn't broken in the first 3 weeks of the season.

From the stats to the style of play, I joked to my friend as we watched yet another slow motion train wreck of a game, "The players look like they swapped uniforms before coming out of the tunnel."

This time, it was the Cardinals defense that played aggressive, attack-style defense. Very much looking like what we looked like on defense up until the 4th quarter of the Rams game.

It was the Cardinals offense, despite a couple turnovers, which attacked our defense that seemed to play prevent from the 1st quarter on. I saw an entirely disturbing pattern of defenders waiting for the play to come to them instead of that attack-style that was so effective in the first month of the season.

Hasselbeck played the worst game of his career. Alexander went back to his side-to-side running style instead of plowing ahead for every inch. The defense gave up big plays. Again. Missed tackles. Too much separation. More drops on offense.

In a year that was supposed to be magical has instead turned mediocre.

Once again.

I would like to know why? What is the mental deficiency this team collectively shares at the moment? From what source does it spring from?

Whatever it is, it's a Cancer that needs to be removed at once, or we're flat lining to another underachieving season that began with such high hopes.

And that is simply inexcusable, and truly pathetic.


Todd Breda is the Owner and Creative Director of Seahawks.Net. If you would like to e-mail Todd, send any and all love letters, hate mail, whimsical musings or solutions to get back on the winning track to: todd@seahawks.net

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