I have to make an admission right at the onset here: this is the third version of this article. The first two were not, shall we say, family friendly. I was very frustrated watching an undisciplined team shoot themselves in the foot all game long. The defense which allowed no points couldn’t get off the field on 3rd downs. I counted 5 times that the Rams were in a 3rd and greater-than-10 situations, and all 5 times the Rams passed for a first down.
Even with the problems noted above, the Seahawks still had a few chances to win this game. That is when the typically undisciplined Pete Carroll decided to call plays like this was USC vs. Portland State. Why he called an onside kick to open the second half is a mystery worthy of FOX News and Geraldo Rivera. It has been speculated that maybe he was embarrassed by getting beat by the fake field goal at the end of the half. I really hope he is not that easy. Coach Carroll needs to quit being cute with the play calling. He no longer is the biggest bully in the yard. This is a team that needs to play smarter and more disciplined and if not, the thermostat in Carroll’s office chair will start to move from “What, me worry?” to “Hey Lane, need a D coordinator”? I’ll now leave that game in the past as my blood pressure is starting to rise again.
This Sunday the Seahawks travel to Carolina to face Cam Newton and the Panthers. The Panthers are 1-3 on the season and have ran into a little controversy. WR Steve Smith publicly undressed QB Cam Newton after a game a couple of weeks ago. Smith let Newton know that his sulking on the bench instead supporting back-up QB Derek Anderson, who was replacing Newton during a blow-out loss to the Giants. This once again called into question Newton’s maturity. The Panthers are also a little banged up. Starting RG Jeff Hangartner, LB Jason Beason and CB Chris Gamble all missed practice in Thursday and may not play on Sunday
The Seahawks are in good shape, as far as injuries are concerned. Seattle has rarely played well on the East Coast but this game is at 1:05 and not the dreaded 10 am start. I think that the start time difference and my hopes that Coach Carroll has seen the light and needs to either give Wilson the offense and call plays like an NFL coach or try to figure out an exit strategy and give the team to Flynn. While there are no must wins in week 5, this game might be a fork in the road for the 2012 Seahawks…and quite possibly beyond. If you stick with Wilson and open up the offense go to page 34, if you put Wilson on the bench and start Flynn, go to page 12. My question to you, mighty 12th man…which adventure would you choose?