It amazes me that after how many years of Carroll and company coaching this team that people STILL get up in arms about their slow starts.

First quarters don't matter. Carroll believes that and he coaches his teams to believe that.

What did Green Bays quick 14 point start do for them in the end? Zip.

Would you rather have a team like KC the last ten years that seems to start hot every season then fizzle down the stretch?

It's been quite a few years now. Why is this recipe still so troubling for some people? I'd like to watch a team that puts up 20 points every quarter as much as anyone, but given the low chances of any team to accomplish that I will gladly take the one that shows up in the fourth quarter over the one that starts off flashy.


Back in Sept I predicted an 8-8 season but now there might be a chance to go 9-7. Four of the last six games are at home and games with the 49'ers and Cardinals should go pretty much as planned. But KC will probably beat them and the Panthers have a good chance to as well. That leaves the Vikings game as a must win to get to 9-7.

I watched the first 4:41 of last night's game and it was laughable so I went to my shop and worked on my boat. I came back in with 3:31 left and saw that they were going to win. Surprised me! I can't understand why these guys can't start games off well and need 3 quarters to realize they are in a ball game. And the same with the whole season, they stagger out of the gate early in the year and lose games they should win easily if they just show up.

And why is it that so many good players leave Seattle and go elsewhere to play? Even after their Superbowl years when it looked like they could be a powerhouse for awhile star players left. What is it that drives them away? The coaching? The traffic? The gloom of winter? The long road trips? Cultural shortcomings? Rain? When a player leaves to go play in a Rust Belt city you have to wonder what the hell is going on.
 
I seriously doubt any decent coach ever has coached a football game like the 1st quarter doesn't matter. The idea that the game isn't over is one thing, but that it doesn't matter is crazy.

The first quarter mattered against the bears earlier this season, Seahawks were outscored by 7 and lost by 7. The only reason they had any shot at the end of the games vs the Rams/Chargers was due to 1st quarter points being on the board. Green Bay left 3 points on the field in the 1st quarter last night when Crosby whiffed on the FG, seems like that mattered.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
At the end, it was a satisfying game. But parts of it were hard to watch. Doesn't it seem like a QB should get better with a few years of NFL experience? It seems like RW was better at outrunning sacks 5 years ago than he is now. Is he slower? Doesn't keep his head on a swivel and see the sacks coming? Don't get me wrong. As a passer, when Wilson is on, he's really on. Nothing I love better than seeing him connect with Baldwin or Lockett on a good pass play. But are Wilson's best days at QB behind him?

OK, and I got this peeve. What's with all the post TD endzone dancing? What happened to acting like you've been there before? All this dancing makes them look like a bunch of gradeschoolers.

Anyway, I'm happy to see the win. The Hawks earned it.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
At the end, it was a satisfying game. But parts of it were hard to watch. Doesn't it seem like a QB should get better with a few years of NFL experience? It seems like RW was better at outrunning sacks 5 years ago than he is now. Is he slower? Doesn't keep his head on a swivel and see the sacks coming? Don't get me wrong. As a passer, when Wilson is on, he's really on. Nothing I love better than seeing him connect with Baldwin or Lockett on a good pass play. But are Wilson's best days at QB behind him?

OK, and I got this peeve. What's with all the post TD endzone dancing? What happened to acting like you've been there before? All this dancing makes them look like a bunch of gradeschoolers.

Anyway, I'm happy to see the win. The Hawks earned it.
They allowed them to celebrate after scoring, again. So that's what they are doing, Celebrating after a TD. One player even took out a cell phone and called somebody. It's nuts, really nuts.
 

DimeBrite

Banned or parked
Mediocre teams dance and celebrate after boosting their win/loss record to .500. See Mariners for reference.

OK, and I got this peeve. What's with all the post TD endzone dancing? What happened to acting like you've been there before? All this dancing makes them look like a bunch of gradeschoolers.
 
Mediocre teams dance and celebrate after boosting their win/loss record to .500. See Mariners for reference.
Teams that have not won anything in eons, fly their flag too proudly when they are leading a division half way through a season : )

When you have no fresh REAL trophies, you take what you can, I guess

Rams 2017, when it mattered, were 1 and out..that is 0-1 Choke City!
 
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Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
If I were a Fighting Chickenhawk fan I would be very pleased with the season thus far. The team has shown a lot of promise. The defense has been much better than one would expect given their relative age and loss of Thomas. Clark is one hell of a player. The DB's are good.That defense shut down the Packers last night in the second half.
Offensively, they really have run it well. Carroll is smart to devote resources to the run game. Everyone is passing in the league. Because of that rosters are made up of smaller LB's and less run stuffing type linemen. The power football idea is really smart.
Wilson has played pretty much like he always has. He makes big plays. He is super frustrating because he holds it so long but as long as the defense plays well and they run it this well you maximize his strengths and minimize his weaknesses. Drafting that punter also mitigates Wilson's weekly 1st half 3 and out show to some extent because he changes field position by himself. The defense keeps it close and they make some plays in the 2nd half.
They were an old team a year ago. They are a young team now. They will likely be a better team at the end of this year than they were at the end of last year. They will need to replace an LB and a WR in the draft soon.
Overall, Pete has done a great job of turning the page on the legion of boom defense and Marshawn based offense. They are a good draft away from being a contender. Plus they should have some money since they should not be paying all the legion of Boom guys. They can resign the players that make sense and maybe even get a player in free agency.
The key to staying good is to embrace and manage turnover. Pete has done a great job of that this year.

Go Sox,
cds
 

nb_ken

Active Member
So Russell Wilson came through in the 4th quarter last night. But holy moly he was bad in the 1st half. Perhaps the worst I've ever seen him play. Several plays he had plenty of time, an open receiver, and just plain missed him. Even that deep PI penalty in the red zone was Wilson's fault. Safety couldn't adjust in time the ball was so underthrown.

How bad was it? I was actually concerned for Ciarra's safety. I was worried she'd been kidnapped by mobsters and the ransom was for Wilson to throw the game. He was so off target that I figured he had to be doing it on purpose.
 

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