The defending Super Bowl champions appeared to be on the brink of returning to the Super Bowl — so everyone thought.
Now, after six games, opinions have taken some significantly different routes. Seattle is now 3-3, coming off of a two-game losing streak, their last against the lowly St. Louis Rams, where two tricky special teams plays gutted Seattle. The Seahawks lost just three games last season; now, they’re in position to lose quite a bit more.
So, just what is it with this team? What can be the cure to relieve their woes? Should it be drafting better? Maybe a new coach, perhaps? Or, how about calling the Detroit Lions to get Golden Tate back for some more lucky touchdown grabs?
No, no. None of the above are serious issues for the Seahawks. What Seattle needs a heavy dose of is simple: humility. The team — especially their defense — and mainly cornerback Richard Sherman, need to humble themselves. 2013 is over; teams have adjusted; Seattle must realize they aren’t the powerhouse everyone thought they were. Do they have the talent to adjust? Absolutely. But, they need to maintain a humble attitude if they ever wish to restore their dominating ways.
Sherman needs to stop boasting about how superior he is — instead, playing like it. Seattle’s defense has been ripped this year — especially by the Dallas Cowboys — in Seattle. Normally, opposing teams look like disoriented little league teams there; now, teams aren’t as intimidated. Sherman’s attitude blocks his ability to grow as a player; he believes he’s emerged. Tailback Marshawn Lynch needs to cool his attitude a bit; it’s completely silly to be as harsh to the media as he is, especially when he’s such a superstar. Cold attitudes by players like Sherman and Lynch, two elite, respectable players, permeates a stiff vibe in the locker room. Negative vibes only promote negative work ethics, stale attitudes, and poor work ethics — all of which disrupt a team.
The coaching staff can come down to earth by changing their stubborn ways; stop going away from what wins offensively: giving Lynch the ball. This year in Seattle’s wins, Lynch has three touchdowns, with 63 attempts, compared to the zero touchdowns and 34 attempts he has in their losses. He’s an explosive, gritty back; when he receives the ball, he makes plays — especially in crunch time Lynch will wear down opposing defenses, help his offense score, and rest Seattle’s defense — as fatigue could be a real negative to them, considering Seattle’s offense doesn’t dominate the chains as well as they’re capable of. Coach Pete Carroll and his staff need to adjust their offensive formula. Quarterback Russel Wilson isn’t really a big time passer; he relies heavily on the rushing attack, relieving the passing game. Seattle’s receiving core could use all of the help they can get, especially with the losses of Tate and wideout Percy Harvin.
The Seahawks aren’t a terrible team, and definitely aren’t a fluke; they’re in need of attitude adjustments, whether it be the coaching staff or the players. If Seattle wants to remain a top contender, they must stop beating themselves with bolstered attitudes. Otherwise, they’ll continue to be their own worst enemy.