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Honestly, you would have thought the universal outcry following the Monday Night Football game against the Packers would usher the end of the world, but instead, it simply sped up the negotiations between the league and the real referees.
At the same time, the 'Hawks really couldn't afford to lose on Sunday in St. Louis, yet still fell into a trap.
Making this loss all the more frustrating is how the 'Hawks managed to run the ball effectively, play good defense, and still look utterly lost/ineffective for the last three quarters of the game.
Let's face it, the Rams deserved to win, but it was a game the 'Hawks should not have lost.
So what's next?
Do you blame Pete Carroll?
How about Russell Wilson?
Perhaps Anthony McCoy really just needed better shoes?
How about converting with greater consistency on third down?
Right now this team is 2-2, which is where I figured the 'Hawks would be months ago, as a team with a really good defense, a solid running game and questions along the offensive line and, of course, quarterback.
Is it time to panic?
No, oddly enough, what helps at a time like this is how well Pete Carroll as a politician can say so much without saying much of anything. I'll confess that my "love" for Pete Carroll can be fickle at times, but having him as the frontman works in helping deflect questions and dealing with brewing issues.
Will there be a quarterback issue in the next few weeks?
Hasn't there always been? Won't there always be?
Having Carroll field these questions prevents putting the players in awkward positions and simply let's them play the game. Sure, someone might provide an interesting sound bite on occasion, but what Pete says is the bottom line.
Besides, we live in a day and age where there is so much information out there that more often than not we forget what we had for breakfast by lunch time.
In other words, the hype and the furor over what has transpired these past few weeks will quickly fade if the team starts to win again, especially if they can take down either the Patriots at home in Week 6 or the 49ers in San Francisco during the short turnaround in Week 7.
If not, it will be Pete's choice to bench Russell Wilson, simply because it's easier to swap him for Matt Flynn as a means of potentially changing the momentum while appeasing the masses rather than admit to the fact that the receiving corps is a mess and the pass protection on the offensive line is suspect.
Either way, the one thing you can bet on is seeing Marshawn Lynch get the ball 20-plus times a game, week in, week out. Let's just hope that Lynch holds up and that opponents don't catch on to that fact too easily in the weeks to come while the offense hopefully irons out its issues.
Otherwise the defense really will need to start generating points...