by Kevin Garber
Man…what a year. What a heart-breaking way to end it, but at the same time in order to have your heart broken you must have fallen in love. We all fell in love with this year’s squad, a team that looked shaky at times, but at other times looks as dominant as any team to ever grace a football field. The close to this season must include that, because despite the way it ended one cannot forget a tyrant of an RB who brutalized defenders, a smart QB who seemed to pull offense from nowhere, and one of the best defenses to ever play the game.
The play call on that last offensive moment was…questionable. The play was questionable in the same way so many have been this year, in that you had to ask yourself if that was the best way to use the weapons that this team had. After a successful run, with 30 seconds left, with very little yardage needed, with the RB who is quite assuredly the best in the NFL at falling forward to get a little bit of yardage, with the Championship on the line, all of that was seemingly ignored and the team that so frequently has won ugly decided to be cute. I’m not calling for any heads right now, but I think it must seriously be assessed who is calling plays and running the Offense in Seattle, because it feels like we died by the slow death we’ve had all season, one of poor design and hope that talent on offense would fabricate points. Losing Richardson hurt in a game where one weapon could have been big, and losing Lane and Avril made a big difference. However, one play is really what it came down to, and that one play was most certainly the wrong one.
I was born in the 1980’s and have lived my whole life in Seattle, so I have the perspective to know a season in which one of our sports franchises reached a title game is a massive success. My choice is to celebrate this team. Celebration can just be hard when you know if they’d chosen to play their game to their strengths we’d be seeing another title delivered and another parade.
This team though? How can you not love this team. This team? The future is still bright for the Seattle Seahawks.
We’ll all be watching and examining and dissecting the offseason, but it is with love and the knowledge that another ring can happen next year.