We are the same as we have always been. We are the fans, they are the team and they will be as good as they chose to be. But man, they really stunk it up yesterday didn't they? Well the offense did, anyway. The Seahawks, the Seattle Seahawks or the Hawks are the same team that embarrassed the Cardinals last year (essentially) with some personnel changes. They are the same team that beat SF here and lost there. They are the same team that beat the Rams in St. Louis and maybe they will be the team that beats them next Sunday. We as fans just don't know for sure. They can be ordinary, Fabulous!, awful, Amazing!, boring or they can look at where they are and choose to go forward and be great.
I (We) wanted them to have a statement game or a few; they did that with New Orleans. But this game was a statement as well, a bad statement that this offense is not Owl ready. Hell, they may not be Rams ready. They lost badly, mostly because the offense just couldn't do anything against a very good defense that looked an awful lot like the Hawks Defense, at times even better.
We explain away when they look bad as a fluke or they had an off day. But in truth, this offensive line can't hold back a better, charging D-Line for long enough for the play to be executed. These backs can't always succeed in picking up the ones that get through. The receivers seem to forget how to run their routes and still adapt, if their QB gets in trouble. This really good young QB, for all his success, has not been able to always create something good from a failed play (that is to be expected, sometimes). And in particular, this Offensive Coordinator is not being intuitive enough to always be the one guy on the field that is ahead of everyone else, on both sidelines; on what to do if his game plan ain't working.
But in addition to all of that the offensive team groups, their coaches and the Head Coach do not mesh well to display consistent success on the field, regardless of the circumstances they are presented with. On the defensive side it is clear Pete Carroll KNOWS what he is doing. On the offensive side, not so much. He appears to leave it to his Offensive coaches and Offensive Coordinator to be successful or not. And they have had some success in some areas, but not all, and certainly not in a demonstratively consistent way. They have not shown that this offensive unit is one to be feared and respected.
Some have spoken about the big play factor, and the offensive unit has had some success with that. But they have not had a consistent, series in series out success rate over many games, all year. 3rd down conversions have been very uneven. They need to have more than one statement game, also. And they need to have some more individual days for a Russell or Marshawn or Golden or Zach that is magnificent and demonstrates that they had that great day because the O-line did their job well series after series.
"We as fans", could be better than we were yesterday too. "We as fans" can support this team believe in this team but most importantly of all, we can stick by, our team. Especially during the game itself. We ought to believe this team can succeed even when they are playing like teams of the past. We ought to believe that, even though some series may not be successful, they can come back next time and get it done. We ought to believe that they will recover from that embarrassing performance and come back and be the team that they have been, can be again and ought to be for themselves. Then we can celebrate with them their success, as fans of the best Seahawks team we have ever seen.
I’m not calling anyone out; I had moments of doubt and disappointment in their performance too. I have doubted the offense for a while. As well as the offensive game execution, coaching approach and game time management. We have all done this at some point. But I still believe in them and think they can go far in the playoffs, if they regroup and put more into the offensive game plan that will create consistent success and do not get rattled. The Hawks need to be what no other fan group or "football expert" really believes they can be. A Super b owl worthy team. I think they can be and will be, do you, I mean do you, Punk?
A season of wonderment has highs and lows, sometimes those lows are extraordinarily low and galling. But the highs can and will be incredible. Have we/I forgotten all the successes so quickly?