What a hard few days for me and for Hawk fandom. The wars have broken out and sides are now chosen. Blowouts tend to do that I suppose. I'm done however. I'm not fighting anymore battles. look, I'm holding up my gun, I've taken the clip out and ejected the single bullet in the chamber of my M-16. I'm putting my weapon down.
People talk about coming here for facts and though I feel like I have some good ones, I'm going to be honest, none of what I'm bringing to the table involves a calculator or league comparisons or rankings but I hope that as you read along you can see my view in spite of this.
Red Bryant: This one name, who would have thought he meant so much to the concepts of this defense. He didn't just stop the run or collapse an edge, he dominated and created blitzing opportunities for other players. If you want to see Bryant's impact watch the game against Chicago. He alone forces himself into the B gaps forcing both Tackle and Guard to take him on allowing for the safety play. He was the only athlete on this defense. I say that because his physical skills had dominant impact not just he was good, he was awesome. Mebane is good, but since teams are now making him irrelavent by running on the edges he has none of the impact that was possible for him.
Now the edges which were contained with Bryant get exposed when he goes down and When Mebane was out up the middle was wide open. Tatupu starts trying to cheat or as was better put (Go Rambo)so he's already making mistakes on top of clearly not being a hundred percent. and that makes everything look bad, a line of dominoes collapsing before our eyes. Though Curry has made some strides, Hawthorne is still somewhat of a question. It's ok to have questions, but the panic button isn't where I'm going, unless Pete Carroll commits a big sin in a rebuild.
He pushes the panic button. That's right, if Pete pushes that button on sunday then I will too. What does that mean? That means that if he surrenders the concept of the leo package after bad losses and goes to more typical defense and stops mixing a matching parts and just lines up and plays basic station to limit big plays, that would show me more about his belief in his own skills and make me question if in fact he believes in his ability to teach players even in loses. If the loss of one or two players made him adjust the fundamental approach to this team, I would have so much to question if he does that then if the team is blown out in the next five games.
The offense needs a QB, but again, I can't even approach the panic button until the offseason. I had this as a tough loss once I saw New Orleans, but I understand the pain, fear and panic, I'm just not going to get there very easily when I've seen how committed Pete is to making this defense work and knowing myself that the team right now is talent thin with a few bright spots like Earl Thomas and Okung