Well, that didn’t take much.
One week after this FanPulse headline — “Seahawks fan confidence at highest level since Week 1” — fans have jumped ship en masse because of a single loss to the LA Rams on the road. After posting a confidence level of 89% in Week 14, Seattle fans dropped to 58% when asked the question, “Are you confidence in the direction of the team?”
Apparently all it took was one game of miscommunication on defense and an inability to block Aaron Donald and Dante Fowler on offense before that direction manned by Pete Carroll was considered to be “not good” by 42% of fans.
And really, this is why I came up with the idea for FanPulse to begin with.
After years of writing about the Seahawks on Field Gulls and tweeting about them on ... twitter ... I realized that fan confidence is fickle. Really fickle. Like, play to play fickle. Okay, that’s fine, but I did think there would be a better way to measure it than simply narrative. And I wanted to get rid of opinions that didn’t belong to people who rooted for teams outside of Seattle. I wanted to isolate, as best we could, the fans who were “plugged in” every step of the way. I pitched the idea to my boss at SB Nation last summer and now we’ve seen FanPulse reach across to every NFL blog on the network and continuing into the other sports as well.
And what we’ve seen is that even if you’re a Seahawks fan, even if you’re plugged in, you’re willing to let go of opinions you held a week ago because of a single bad performance. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that.
Perhaps the Seattle we saw vs the Rams, down 21-3 at half and never really in it, is a Seattle that won’t win a Super Bowl again. I don’t know. I do know that this is actually a pretty typical performance against the Rams since they drafted Donald and that the Seahawks have not made it deep into the playoffs in any of the last four years. I am not, however, changing my opinion on my confidence on the direction of the team based on one game, and 58% of FanPulse voters seem to agree.
But the other 42% have just as much merit. It’s simply an opinion. And your opinion lies in there somewhere too.
If you want your opinion to be heard on FanPulse, you can sign up to be a voter right here. If you want your opinion to be even more clear, we got a comments section, baby.