I have come across a lot of posts on the Internet that criticizes Seahawks WR TJ Houshmandzadeh for signing with said team. Now, I know about the bias against West Coast teams, especially Seattle, and I truthfully don't mind it, I prefer it.
What confuses me is why so many fans from other teams and members of the media were somewhat surprised he would choose the Seahawks over the Minnesota Vikings.
Well to sum it up, the Seahawks are a better team.
It seems that everyone has forgotten that this Seattle team has made the playoffs 5 of the last 6 years. That up until the injury riddled debacle that was 2008, (where 158 starters 11 average per game were out) we were the NFC's most dominating team, and would be, by record, and not bias, considered an elite team. Even with the 2008 season put into play, we are still a top NFC team.
Just a quick comparison of the records over that five-year run I referred to:
Seahawks- 51-29, 4 Division Titles, 4 playoff wins, 1 SB Appearance (well robbery)
Vikings- 40-40, 0 Division Titles, 1 playoff win
Now, to further my point, let's compare the past decade; this includes some fairly dubious Seahawks seasons.
Seahawks- 86-74, 5 Division Titles, 4 playoff wins, 1 SB
Vikings- 82-78- 2 Division Titles, 2 Playoff Wins,
Seahawks= Better, no if's and's or but's about it.
We also boast the best fans in football. The atmosphere in the city is unmatched to any other game in other cities I have been to. Seattle fans are more loyal because of all of the bias we deal with.
We make the oppositions time in our stadium a memorable living hell. No other stadium comes close to how many false starts are committed here (since 2005, 78 false starts)
When your looking from TJ's perspective, your looking at the QB, the WR's, TE's, the overall passing game. The running game factors in also, I cannot deny that the Vikings have a great run game, but it is less of a factor.
Seattle has QB Matt Hasselbeck, WR's Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, newcomers TJ Houshmandzadeh, Deon Butler, and TE John Carlson.
Minnesota has: QB Tarvaris Jackson, WR's Bobby Wade, Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, newcomer Percy Harvin, and TE Jim Kleinsasser
I think the first one is the better one? It's only one of the deepest passing games in the league now, if you also account for QB Seneca Wallace, who could start on half the teams in the league.
It would be ignorant for you to choose the latter regardless of the loyalty to whatever team you support.
If you add Houshmandzadeh's production to the Seahawks passing game, it would boost the 2008 total to 3521 passing yards, that’s a pro bowl figure for a QB. Matt Hasselbeck is more capable of throwing for that figure.
The primary decision ultimately boils down to the QB. Now, im not going to be unfair to Tarvaris because he has not been around as long. I will just compare him to Hasselbeck's first three seasons as a true starter.
2001-2003 Matt Hasselbeck- 756 Completions, 1253 Attempts, 48 TD's, 33 INT's, 82.5 QBR
2006-2008 Tarvaris Jackson- 306 Completions, 524 Attempts, 20 TD's, 18 INT's, 76.5 QBR.
Even when he was just starting out, Hasselbeck blows Jackson's numbers out of the water. These stats were from just the start of the five-year playoff run.
If you want to argue that Hasselbeck played more, then lets slash the numbers in half.
Hasselbeck 2001-2003- 378 Completions, 626 Attempts, 24 TD's 16 INT's
The bottom line, Minnesota fans, media pundits, is that T.J. Houshmandzadeh chose Seattle for many various reasons.
A- Closer to his California home
B- Better WR's
C- Better QB
D- One of the best young TE's
E- Better team
F- West Coast Offense fits him perfectly
Pittsburgh fans whine about us whining about the Superbowl robbery. Minnesota, you already have Hutchinson, whose absence is the reason why we have not made another SB appearance since 2005. So why bicker about losing out on a guy who was never going to play for you.
I hear about this outrageous offer we made him of five years, $40 million. Well didn’t Plaxico Burress get a similar deal? Oh I remember now, yes he did, and he’s even a FA now, go figure...
The Bengal’s paid WR Laveranues Coles the same $8 million per year amount, now that’s outrageous.
Just a fun fact, our coach, Jim Mora, made him get on the flight to Minnesota. Houshmandzadeh had already made up his mind, but our coach actually told him to go explore his other option and live up to his commitment. Our coach risked losing a top FA because he wanted Houshmandzadeh to keep his word.
Your newspaper even tried to keep the hope of him going to Minnesota on life support by stating that he had stayed the night in Minneapolis. When in fact, he had returned home because he already had his mind made up.
I hope this generates some good discussion, I expect to have some angry Minnesota fans on my hands.
Sam Bradford Seahawks 2010!
No where in this article do I say the Vikings are bad, or "suck" :)