Update III: This is the final one then I'm eating something and going to bed. Arguing that this is a team loss is facile. Of course the team lost. But who are we going to replace Gray and Sims with? Maybe Porkchop for Gray, but that's not even a sure fire upgrade. Who are you going to replace the 43rd ranked rushing and 51st ranked receiving back with, why! the 20th ranked rushing and 3rd ranked receiving back. That's an easy inhouse solution to one of our weakest links. Everyone needs to stop making this personal. It doesn't matter what Alexander did for this franchise, or if he's soft or whatever ad hominem attack you want to lobby against me or Alexander or Holmgren, it only matters that the Holmgren coaching staff stubbornly refuses to put its best team on the field. That's a fact.
Update II: Am I arguing that Rob Sims and Chris Gray didn't get faced a couple times? No. Am I arguing that Maurice Morris is a great back? Obviously not. I am arguing only that the improvement from Shaun Alexander to even a league average back (perchance Maurice Morris) is enough to make the Hawks a significantly better team.
3-1-SEA42 (12:00) M.Morris right end to SEA 41 for -1 yards (M.Kemoeatu).
2-9-CAR43 (9:09) M.Morris left end to CAR 37 for 6 yards (K.Lucas).
1-10-SEA28 (1:50) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to M.Morris to SEA 36 for 8 yards (K.Lucas).
1-10-SEA46 (1:06) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short left to M.Morris.
1-10-CAR41 (:33) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short right to M.Morris.
2-10-CAR41 (:28) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short left to M.Morris (M.Rucker) [M.Rucker].
1-10-SEA20 (12:18) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to M.Morris to SEA 33 for 13 yards (R.Marshall).
1-10-CAR48 (10:53) M.Morris left tackle to CAR 42 for 6 yards (J.Beason, D.Lewis).
2-10-CAR13 (9:45) M.Hasselbeck pass short right to M.Morris to CAR 8 for 5 yards (T.Davis; R.Marshall).
3-5-CAR8 (9:04) M.Morris up the middle to CAR 4 for 4 yards (J.Beason).
(1:44) M.Hasselbeck sacked at SEA 49 for -8 yards (T.Davis). FUMBLES (T.Davis), RECOVERED by CAR-R.Marshall at SEA 40. R.Marshall to SEA 40 for no gain (M.Morris).
1-10-SEA35 (1:11) M.Hasselbeck pass short middle to M.Morris to SEA 40 for 5 yards (R.Marshall, J.Beason).
Update: So we got punched in the mouth. The season's not over by a stretch. Multiple players deserve blame, but Shaun Alexander's day was truly a thing to behold:
1-10-SEA27 (8:40) S.Alexander right guard to SEA 27 for no gain (N.Diggs).
1-10-SEA21 (12:18) S.Alexander left tackle to SEA 21 for no gain (K.Lucas).
1-10-CAR44 (9:46) S.Alexander right end to CAR 43 for 1 yard (M.Kemoeatu).
2-8-CAR37 (13:10) M.Hasselbeck pass short right to D.Branch to CAR 30 for 7 yards (P.Dendy).
3-1-CAR30 (12:37) S.Alexander right tackle to CAR 36 for -6 yards (K.Jenkins).
1-15-SEA29 (5:18) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short middle to S.Alexander.
2-15-SEA29 (5:14) S.Alexander right tackle to SEA 49 for 20 yards (C.Harris). FUMBLES (C.Harris), recovered by SEA-B.Engram at CAR 36. B.Engram to CAR 36 for no gain (J.Beason).
2-26-SEA48 (3:35) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to S.Alexander to CAR 46 for 6 yards (D.Lewis; K.Lucas).
If Mike Holmgren doesn't know who's running the football, he should be fired.
An embarrassment, an absolute embarrassment. When the postseason rolls around and the good teams, the real contenders, hit the 24 hours cycle on tape study, Holmgren and company will likely be chewing out their offensive line. Yep. Finding ways to sub in Porkchop. Yep. Finding carries for Shaun Alexander. Yep.
I live my life around watching Seahawks football and writing. Today, today I'm too exhausted to write. Too exhausted to figure out how to say what I've said all season again in an interesting way. There is no excuse for today's play-calling. 41 passes by Beck. 41. 4 rushes by Maurice Morris. Alexander in on passing downs. Alexander passed to. Alexander the starter. Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander Alexander ...
What am I supposed to say? The way Holmgren coached this squad today, they'd have been better off forfeiting before anyone had a chance to get hurt.