I haven't posted here much since the end of last season, and especially over the past several months. I wish I could say that I've been doing all sorts of great, exciting things and as a result, have been too busy to be active here. Unfortunately, the truth is that I've been battling a severe neurological disorder that has significantly decreased my quality of life and has made it difficult for me to post here. I've been wanting to, but the the best I've been able to do is a few short, superficial comments that don't add anything to the discussion, and don't express what I want to say. My more previous attempts to post here have ended with me getting so frustrated that I just end up quitting. I've been part of this community for a long time, and it's one of the few places I feel very connected to. I don't want to quit posting altogether. This is one of my bigger escapes. I greatly enjoy the discussion and sense of camaraderie I feel here.
Anyway, after watching the game on Sunday night, I decided that I wanted to start a thread with my thoughts on what has been going on in Seahawkland. Nothing groundbreaking, but I felt this would be good for me:
- This defense is absolutely sick. Through two games, we have only given up ten points, and that was against two above average offenses who scored a combined 57 points in their other game. The scary thing is that we did it without two of our, if not our two best, pass rushers in Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin. Not to mention Brandon Browner. This defensive unit is insanely talented and incredibly deep. This season is going to get VERY fun as it progresses.
- Marshawn Lynch was our offense against San Francisco. I keep waiting for him to slow down, and he never does. I was disappointed with him during his first season here and thought he was overrated for a while, but his growth since that time has been astounding. He has become a bonafide superstar.
- Russell Wilson has been a little off so far. I have no concerns at all that he'll rebound soon, and even fewer concerns about his future here, but he needs to get going a bit. I'll give him a pass since he was playing against a top defense, but I'm eager to see that dynamic QB who dominated the league over the second half of last season, as well as the postseason.
- I am in awe of how good Richard Sherman is. He took on the challenge of covering a guy who had double digit catches for over 200 yards the prior week, and shut him down. I was laughing hard during his post-game interview when he pointed out that the one catch that wideout had did not happen when he was covering him. Sherman even had a highlight hit in this one. Such an amazing player to watch, I still can't believe he fell to the fifth round. There wasn't even a learning curve for him.
- Two things we should be grateful for: that Michael Bennett didn't hold any resentment for the Seahawks cutting him in preseason a few years back, and that his agent is an idiot. There's no reason he shouldn't have been able to do better than a 1 year $5 million contract coming off a nine-sack season. He was an absolute terror in this game, and could be even better once we get our pass rushers back. He won't be playing on a one year $5 million contract next season.
- On a team with an amazing amount of players on bargain basement deals, one guy on the other end of the spectrum is Sidney Rice. He's getting #1 wideout money, while playing like a #3. He needs to step up soon if he wants to be a part of this thing beyond this season.
- The receivers as a whole have been very underwhelming. Baldwin looks OK, and Kearse has had a few moments, but that's it. I expected more from Golden Tate in his contract year, but then again, it has only been two games. There's not a position on the team where we need someone to step up more than at wideout.
- Who had week 2 in the Russell Okung injury pool?
- One of the things that surprised me most about this past offseason is that there was no legitimate competition brought in for Steven Hauschka. He was fine last year, but on a team with very few weaknesses, I thought he could be upgraded. I was wrong. He's automatic, and as we saw in the preseason, has more range than he is given credit for.
This season is going to be so much fun. We've waited a long time for this.