Five What if’s for the Seattle Seahawks in 2012

Now for something different…

Let’s be honest, 12th Man.  The week one loss was frustrating more than fun.  Leon Washington‘s returns were fun, Marshawn Lynch was of course fun, but there was more frustration.

In light of that week one game, let’s have some fun!

This was a damn fun Seattle Seahawks article to post so enjoy!

1. What if Russell Wilson gets injured?

Not only am I grabbing at the low hanging fruit, I’m leading off with it.  The offensive line’s performance wasn’t very reassuring on Sunday, but there is definitely room for improvement.

But what if it doesn’t?  Then our starting quarterback, third round rookie Russell Wilson could get injured.  What happens if he gets hurt?  The door opens.  For who, y0u ask?

Matt Flynn signed for big money just a few short months ago!  After he lost the quarterback competition to the rookie, there were questions of trading him.  I’m certain it was never seriously considered by Pete Carroll, but it was brought up by countless bloggers.

One thing’s for certain, I feel more comfortable with Flynn coming in for a hurt starter than I felt about Charlie Whitehurst coming in for a hurt Matt Hasselbeck/Tarvaris Jackson.

2.  What if we suck?

When I started planning this article, I wrote more than five options.  And I really didn’t want to include this one.  But alas, here we are.  So here it is; what if we don’t improve this year?

I love Pete Carroll.  Don’t get me wrong.  I think he’s an amazing motivator, one of the best evaluator’s of talent in the NFL.  But if in 3 seasons’ (back) in the NFL, he still has something about his coaching that just doesn’t translate from the college game, than it is time to go in a different direction.

The ‘Hawks have John Schneider, who is the young gun in the GM world, and an equally suburb judge of talent as Pete Carroll.

3.  What if we are really awesome?

One thing that bothers me as a ‘Hawks fan and I’m sure it bothers other 12’s, is the recognition we get by national media, or lack thereof.  If I had a nickel for every time I saw a comment on a story about the Seahawks from some 49ers or Titans or Lions fan saying “Seattle has a team?”

Pete Carroll being introduced to Seattle

I love Pete Carroll. Don’t get me wrong.

First of all, yes, yes we do.  Secondly, I would have a large sum of money from those nickels I received, and I would invest it in a up and coming computer company so I could get rich and save the Seahawks from an evil owner somewhere down the r0ad (God Bless you Paul Allen).

Anyway, what if we send 8, 9 even 10 players to the Pro-Bowl?  It is a possibility; we have easily 10 players who are Pro-Bowl caliber.  By the way, the two teams that sent the most players to Hawaii last year?

49ers and Patriots.

They both lost to the Giants en route to their Super Bowl Victory – but at least they were in a position to play them in January.

4.  What if Browner’s penalties don’t cut down?

Bear with me while I go to another negative what if.  Brandon Browner’s 6’4″ frame makes it brilliant to watch when he’s matched up against big receivers like Calvin Johnson.  It also creates a LOT of penalties.  12, count ’em 12 penalties last year (Pass Interference, Holding and Illegal Contact), and he had 150 penalty yards in total.

When does it become not worth it?  When does the interceptions, and the bat downs become not worth the price of huge yardage penalties in horrible situations (Redskins last year?  Still haunts me).

5.  What if we’re this year’s 49ers?

As much as it makes me sick to say, the 49ers were a sure-handed punt returner away from making a trip to the Super Bowl last season.  While they were there, they could have won it.  49er fans are annoying as it is, add a sixth Super Bowl and they’re off the charts.

The 49ers rode a mediocre offense (save for an outstanding run game) and a bionic legged kicker all the way to the NFC Championship game.  Oh yeah, and one of the best defenses the NFL has seen in the 21st century helped them a bit.

And that’s the thing; the Seahawks have a top-5 defense.  The Seahawks have a running game on par (at worst) with the 9ers.

We also have a quarterback situation that’s floor is equal to Alex Smith’s ceiling.

There is a possibility that we could ride those factors deep into January.

And if we do?  Leon Washington, please hang onto the ball.

There you have it, 12’s!  5 things that might happen this year!  Some I pray for, some I lose sleep over.

One thing’s for sure:  Hang on, because this season is going to be FUN.


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