End of an Era, Not A Team

Hawk on Hawk Action

March 9, 2018

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What's up 12s,

 

Well, we knew it was coming, and the day is unfortunately here. Our unbreakable defense took the big hit, and we lost a couple strong players. Let's break it down, I think it's better to start with the bad.

 

The Bad News: we lost some seriously impactful players this week, but I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that losing Richard Sherman hurts more than the loss of Michael Bennett and here's why. While Michael Bennett has been a massive power house on the Seahawks' defensive line, he took a big dip this last season. I heard a theory that I think has some truth, that the loss of Cliff on the other side of the ball effected his tenacity this season. While that may be partially true, it also just didn't feel like his heart was in it this season. A man that used to be a pitbull of the defense, seemed to turn into a lackadaisical sauntering horse that almost didn't want to get the sack. Regardless of which side of his politics that you stood (heh heh) on, I think it's safe to say that the man's run in Seattle was pretty well done anyway, HOWEVER...

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The loss of Richard Sherman is something that a lot of us could already see writing on the wall for, but just really wanted to ignore. It's not a slight against the man at all, he gave us a number of incredible years, and we will long for the care-free corner that he was covering for years and years to come. Injury aside, he's still one of the best corners in the game, and will come back after recovery and still have an uncanny ability to cover half the field in a safety blanket so nice that people could take a nap right there on the field without worry. But more than being an amazing player, the man is one of the best cheerleaders we could ask for. As one of the founding members of the Legion of Boom, the man demanded excellence of his defense and did more to teach than to put down and discourage. Cutting him loose had to be one of the hardest decisions that the organization has made in a long long time. 

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Now then...

 

On a Positive Note: The Seattle defense had to live without Sherman since week 9, and they did manage to fill the gap, albeit not as well as we'd like, but we didn't turn into the Browns either. Frank Clark on the front line was a great fill in for Cliff Avril while he was out injured, and finding his equal on the other side of the ball to be the 1-2 punch duo that we know and love is something I think Pete can do. As far as the corner, Shaq Griffin was one of the biggest breakout players of last season, and I think he'll become our top guy in no time. 

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This team is going through a huge change. The team that we knew and love is dissolving, and it hurts. It's okay to mourn the loss of some incredibly talented players, but this is what Carol does. We need to put our trust in the man that put that team together in the first place, you'll remember when he first came into Seattle, he cleaned house and demanded players survive on ability and not name. These trades allowed for a massive bank account that they can use to put some quality rookies in and some already established players to fill the gaps. Don't lose faith 12s, we'll see the Lombardi once again. With that...Mike Hawk is OUT