After winning the NFC West division crown last year, the Seattle Seahawks will now face a tough challenge to stay out of last place in the division.
Seattle has some of the best fans in the NFL in their city and deserve a quality product to match fan support. No matter the opponent, the 12th man in Centurylink Field is always rocking in support of their beloved Seahawks.
Over the last couple years, the fans have upheld their end of the bargain and the team did it's best to match pulling a division crown out of nowhere with a 7-9 record and the right to host the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
With their less-than-.500 team preparing for what was likely to be a slaughtering at the hands one of the league's top offenses, Seahawks fans had Seattle buzzing and the stadium packed. In the week leading up to the game, you could feel the pulse of the city.
The entire city was excited for the team even facing a Goliath-type of match. With the amazing crowd support, the Seahawks delivered a performance that was worthy of the incredible fan support.
As Marshawn Lynch decimated the Saints defense on his iconic touchdown run, the city of Seattle went absolutely bonkers. Deep in the downtown area at the Fox Sports Grill, Seahawks fans unable to score tickets to the game erupted as their team completed the unlikely upset.
Following the game, the streets of downtown were flooded with people coming out of the stadium and exiting bars to join with other fans on the joyous occasion.
Eight months removed from that inspired performance, the City of Seattle now has to suffer through a season of Tarvaris Jackson and atrocious offensive line play. Playoff success appears completely out of reach as the Seahawks look to just get their first win and avoid entering the bye week at 0-5.
There were positive signs during their Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but the negative play on the offensive side of the play overshadowed most of them. Tarvaris Jackson struggled mightily and failed to get Zach Miller involved outside of two catchers for 19 yards.
If the performance against the 49ers is indicative of what fans will see for the remainder of the year, it will be another extremely long and frustrating season which fans have sadly grown accustomed to while cheering for the Seahawks.
History hasn't been kind to the Seahawks, but the fans have remained true throughout all the troubled times. In the 35-year history of the franchise, the Seahawks have less than half the seasons with double-digit wins than Peyton Manning has in his 13-year career with the Indianapolis Colts.
The city of Seattle and the Seahawks fans deserve better from that organization. They deserve a competitive team that they can not only cheer for, but also expect to win games throughout the season.
The offseason decision to let Matthew Hasselbeck walk was a horrendous one for the team. A player that certainly would have accepted a hometown discount, if not for the organization throwing him under the bus late in the year, was allowed to find a new home with the Tennessee Titans.
With their quarterback of nine years apparently headed elsewhere, the Seahawks decided against drafting a quarterback in this year's draft. Instead, they brought in a player that has faltered in each season that he has been a starting quarterback. Surely, Tarvaris Jackson is not the future at the position.
If you look at the most successful teams in the league, like the Packers, Patriots, Saints and Eagles, you can pretty much picture where they will be in the three years and which players will be still be key pieces. For the Seahawks, the future is dim and there is little development happening for the future.
It is time for this organization to rise to the occasion and uplift it's end of the bargain to provide the city of Seattle and Seahawks fans everywhere a perennial contender. This franchise needs the solid direction that Pete Carroll was supposed to deliver, but has failed to this point.
The city of Seattle deserves a team headed completely in the right direction that will work just as hard as the fans are cheering in support of their team. It is time for the Seahawks organization to get it together and put this franchise on the track for the championship that the Seahawks fans and the city of Seattle deserve.