Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Super Bowl Buzz Kill: Seattle Seahawks

Anybody can pick winners. We at The Hater Nation like to predict the losers. And last year, who could match our accuracy? The Hater Nation went 31 for 32 in picking teams that would not win the Super Bowl. If you read through the lines, too, you would have saw that we were secretly picking the Saints to take the whole thing.

So here is the 2010 Super Bowl Buzz Kill. A feature so awesome, those (expletives) at Deadspin have blatantly ripped it off. Turns out the schmucks at the Bleacher Report did, too. Always imitated, never duplicated.

Why your team won't win the Super Bowl: Seattle Seahawks

I have long been torn on the NFL coaching career of Pete Carroll. There is a misrepresentation that Carroll was some kind of bust with the Patriots but he never had a losing record. Carroll also never was given a chance with the Jets, either.

However, Barry Switzer has a winning record in the NFL and he has a Super Bowl.

Carroll, like Switzer, took over a team coming off a Super Bowl appearance but did not reach the ultimate prize.

Is Carroll to rah-rah for the NFL? Too aloof? Maybe. But many of the players in the NFL right now either played for Carroll, or competed against him. So my guess is that Carroll has respect in the NFL. Something he did not have during his first two stints in the league.

So let's put that to rest.

The real questions for this team is can Matt Hasselbeck stay healthy for an entire season, and who is going to run the ball?

Hasselbeck will not stay healthy. The Seahawks have already dubbed Charlie Whitehurst as the quarterback of the future. The only real question is how long it takes Charlie to get in there, and what kind of quarterback will he be?

Whitehurst does have a chance to be really good. He is respected in the league, as evidenced by the somewhat steep sum the Seahawks handed over to a guy who was never going to supplant Philip Rivers.

Running back is a different story. Julius Jones has never really done must, and has made Dallas regret passing on Steven Jackson for a long time. Justin Forsett is one of those guys that you will always find on the sleeper list of fantasy cheat sheets, but has never been able to translate that to the real world of football. Leon Washington, well, is he able to walk?

Oh, and who is going to play receiver? Mike Williams -- yes, that Mike Williams -- is being talked about as a contributor this year. If this team does not get Vincent Jackson, as rumored, they are (expletive).

I would talk about the defense here, but the only thing I really know about them is what I read on the police blotter. They are either taking PEDs, beating up girl friends or dealing drugs.

Bottom line: I probably have more confidence in Carroll than most, but even if Carroll does come through, there are still a long ways away from filling in some key components of this team.


Diane said...

The curse of Elisabeth Hasselbeck is strong enough to spread to in-laws.

Matt's doomed.

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