The Seattle Seahawks dropped to 0-2 on Monday night following a loss to the re-designed Chicago Bears. That loss, coupled with a tough Week 1 matchup against the Broncos in Denver, has more than half of FanPulse voters thinking that the Seahawks need their own re-design.
After headed into the season with 89% of FanPulse voters saying they were confident in the direction of the franchise, that figure now stands at just 45% following Monday’s loss. Basically half of Seattle’s optimistic fanbase has turned to the other side.
Much like his predecessor Darrell Bevell, much of the disdain has been directed at offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. While I think those questions about Schottenheimer are warranted, much less is said about the responsibility that needs to fall on the shoulders of Pete Carroll, John Schneider (though I’d say Schneider gets way more flak than Carroll), and the execution by the players on offense besides Russell Wilson. Not that Wilson is innocent, but he gets a ton of blame and less seems to be said about those around him, save for right tackle Germain Ifedi.
I don’t think the rest of the offensive line or skill players are off the hook. Who do you feel more positively about today than you did two weeks ago? Will Dissly, for sure. Tyler Lockett has played reasonably well given the absence of Doug Baldwin. And on offense, that might be just about it. I want to say Chris Carson, but he can’t stay on the field.
Whatever the case, fans are losing hope and wanting more changes it would seem, but we’ve also seen how fickle the fan can be ... it’s been two games. Two road games. Two games that were winnable in the fourth quarter. One game without Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Virtually two games without Baldwin. Two games using a cornerback who was third or de facto “fourth” on the depth chart.
The Seahawks now have two winnable games ahead. A home date against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and a road trip to Arizona to face the Cardinals a week later. Let’s check in on FanPulse confidence among Cowboys fans:
Dallas fans went from 85% confidence headed into the season, to 22% following their Week 1 loss to the Carolina Panthers. How’s that for fickle? A week later and they’re back up a little bit following a win over the New York Giants.
Oddly enough, Cardinals fans were at a whopping 93% headed into the season and that number is now at ... 3%. Yes, things could be worse. At least, in terms of fan confidence.
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