Extra Points: "Harder Than It Has To Be"

The Seahawks continue their flair for unnecessary drama and .NET's Micky James wonders why.

Our Seahawks sure like to make things interesting, don't they? We play like we don't want a single fan to leave the stadium early by doing whatever it takes to make the game a white-knuckle affair. Big leads in the fourth quarter evaporate right before our eyes in an instant. Games that should be easily won are a massive struggle right down to the final tick of the clock. It makes for some great drama, but it also creates a lot of doubt as to exactly how good we really are.

I've said it a million times before and I'll say it again: "A win is a win" no matter how we got it. I'm tickled to death that we won the game on Sunday but one of these days we've got to learn how to put a team away and stop making things harder than they have to be. In this league, if you give a team any amount of hope they will take it and run with it. We seem to be the most generous team in the NFL in that regard. We just can't seem to step on an opponent’s throat when we have them down. So who's fault is it? It has to start with Mike Holmgren, but he's not the only guilty one. It appears that the whole team plays with this kind of mindset.

Here's some "Extra Points" from the Carolina game:

Who lit the fire under Shaun Alexander? He ran harder than I've seen him run in a long time…maybe ever. He actually broke a few tackles and appeared to be a little harder to bring down than normal. He always runs like that inside the 10-yard line but on Sunday he ran like that no matter where we were on the field and his stats were terrific. This guy could be the best back in football if he ran like that all the time.

And speaking of running the ball, how about the job the left side of our offensive line did in creating those holes to run through. Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson proved yet again why they are the best left side tandem in the league. But for some unexplainable reason, on third and long late in the game, deep in Carolina territory where a touchdown puts the game away, we try to run the ball to the right side? I know Hutch was out of the game at this time but why we didn't throw the ball or at least run to the strong side of our line is beyond me. I guess we wanted to keep the game close by playing for the field goal. Way too conservative if you ask me but yet another glaring example of what I'm talking about. Playing not to lose is going to kill us. It's already cost us this year (see the Rams game) and darn near cost us again. One of these days we'll learn. At least I hope so.

That Jerry Rice pick up sure is paying dividends, huh? All the excitement of trading for a 42-year-old receiver was way overblown according to his play so far. He's doing a disservice to number 80 in my opinion. Never should have worn it in the first place, but that's another rant for another time.

Speaking of receivers, I'm so sick of complaining about dropped passes that I've almost accepted the fact that we're going to drop at least 6 or 7 a game. I'll be surprised if we don't do that each week. I'm starting to sound like a broken record about it so I'm just going to hush because it apparently isn't going to change. We need some new receivers who know how to catch the ball. We'll have a very hard time getting to where we want to go with our guys dropping passes all over the place.

Bottom line is that we won on Sunday which is terrific. It's really all that matters in the grand scheme of things but we're starting to develop some disturbing tendencies that need to be fixed before they derail our once very promising season. How we stop allowing these teams to hang around and either beat us or darn near beat us when they really have no business even being close is something that Mike Holmgren needs to fix. It starts with him.

It's a great time to be a Seahawks fan, always has been, always will be.

Micky James writes weekly for Seahawks.NET. You can reach him at teamjames4@yahoo.com.


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