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Seattle Seahawks: Maybe Losing to Arizona Is a Good Thing

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Running back Leon Washington #33 of the Seattle Seahawks returns a punt for 52 yards past defensive tackle Dan Williams #92 and defensive back Michael Adams #27 of the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter of the season opener at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Seahawks 20-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Todd PheiferAnalyst IIISeptember 10, 2012

I am trying to stay positive.

Do not get me wrong.  I am disappointed that the Seattle Seahawks lost their opening game, particularly against a very beatable team like the Arizona Cardinals.  The Hawks should be 1-0 and tied with the San Francisco 49ers.  Unfortunately, Seattle is already in a hole.      

Russell Wilson generated a definitive buzz leading up to this game.  For a moment at the end of the game, it looked like he might kick off a legendary career with a last-second victory in his professional debut. 

It was not to be.  The Seahawks were literally inches from victory. 

Wilson was not great in his debut, but he certainly showed promise.  I imagine there were a few moments during the game when fans said, “Oh, right, he is a rookie.”  Granted, Robert Griffin III is also a rookie, but he was a little more effective in his debut.   

Perhaps this loss will start a chain reaction that leads to a failed season.  However, sometimes an early loss reminds a team that life during the regular season is very hard.  The preseason is interesting, but no one cares who goes 4-0. 

If everything we have heard about Wilson is true, this loss will spur him on and inspire him to play better.  Maybe he just needed a game to get out the jitters.  He may be confident and poised, but I would not blame the guy if he were just a little nervous about his first professional game. 

Wilson is still human in addition to being a rookie.  His first victory will have to wait. 

This is the blessing and curse of being a fan.  As mentioned, Wilson has generated a lot of excitement and he made the signing of Matt Flynn an almost forgotten event.  Fans want Russell to succeed, but in the back of their minds, they know he may display a great deal of inexperience on the field.

Next week, Dallas comes to Seattle.  Would you rather have an overconfident Seahawks team that barely got past Arizona, or a humbled squad that was reminded that they have more work to do? Some fans probably predicted a win against Arizona and a loss against Dallas.  Would it not be ironic if those results were reversed?

Maybe, in this case, losing is a good thing.  It does not feel good right now, but perhaps it will help in the long run.  

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