But it sure is nice to have football back
As I sit here on the eve of the Seahawks preseason opener, I have quite a few questions about this year’s team, mainly, how good can this team really be?
We’ve been hearing the “championship offseason” talk all summer long. And have seen the multiple lists that our Seahawks top for Super Bowl winner odds.
Yet, I still don’t know if we should start celebrating this early on.
Injuries are nagging and it’s creeping up on go time, plus, there’s that little suspension to Bruce Irvin that is hanging over the head of Pete Carroll.
This seems like the same old-same old for our Hawks. Promise and optimism thrown out the window with high priced talent that is not able to play.
But I’m not ready to write these guys off in that way quite yet either.
If there’s one thing about Pete Carroll, it’s that is he can motivate a group of football players better than anybody else in the league.
So let’s talk injuries for a sec
Perhaps the biggest injuries on this team are those of Cliff Avril and Chris Clemons. With the suspension to Irvin coming with the first four games of the year, these two guys will need to be able to go.
It is being said that Avril will be a go come week one. He won’t be playing in tomorrow night’s game unless something spectacular happens between now and then.
The Clemons rehab is said to be coming along faster than originally thought, but it is still uncertain whether or not he will be a go for the first game.
Not ideal, but we can live with that for a few games I think.
And what about our receiver spots
But after today, in which the Hawks decided to part ways with Early Doucet, we are running a little thin at this position as well.
And not only for the WR position, but losing Harvin also leaves us without a return man. Check out what J.D. Burke had to say about this in his latest piece here.
And then there’s the butter fingers of Michael
Well, it seems that for two years in a row, our speculative questioning of what PC/JS were thinking in the War Room may be right.
Michael can’t seem to hold onto the ball. Yes he’s a power runner a la Marshawn Lynch. Yes he can, and will pick up the extra yardage at the end of the run.
But what’s the point of having a rusher who can blow through the d-line if he’s going to cough up the ball upon any sort of contact?
I’m not trying to sound down on the boys, but what I am saying is this season isn’t going to be the gimme season that a lot of people are claiming it will be.
We will still be one of the stronger teams in the NFC. We will still challenge the 49ers for the NFC West championship. And we should still make the playoffs.
It will be fun, and it will be tough. But the most important thing is; football season is back!