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Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:07 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 8:46 pm
 
M. Williams (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

Let’s make one thing clear: the Seattle Seahawks deserved to win Saturday afternoon. They had the better game plan (offensive approach: attack Roman Harper through the air; defensive approach: play zone and trust that your ends are better than the subpar Saints offensive tackles). The Seahawks were fundamentally sounder (the Saints missed six tackles on the Marshawn Lynch touchdown run alone). And the Seahawks capitalized on their unparalleled homefield advantage.

And so the Seahawks deserved to win. But that doesn’t mean they proved they deserve to be playing. Analysts all over the country will issue mea culpas this week. They’ll claim the Seahawks proved that, despite a 7-9 record, they were indeed a worthy playoff team.

But this team was still 7-9 during the regular season. That has to mean something. If the NFL trumpets the Seahawks and lauds them as lovable underdogs, the league will tacitly be telling its fans that the regular season really doesn’t matter.

This is a very dangerous sentiment – one that sports leagues have a hard time shaking once it catches on (just ask the NBA or MLB). But look at the results of the past five NFL postseasons. In 2008, the 9-7 Cardinals reached the Super Bowl. In 2007, the 10-6 Giants WON the Super Bowl (knocking off the perfect Patriots in the process). In 2006, the No. 3 seed Colts hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. In 2005, the Wild Card Steelers won three straight road games to earn rings.

And now a 7-9 team has advanced to the second round (with the 10-6 Bucs team that blew out Seattle in Week 16 was home watching). Perhaps it’s great for the NFL. After all, anything can happen come playoff time. And parity rings true. That makes for great television. But what does it say about the importance of the other 17 weeks we just spent watching this league?

The Seahawks deserved to win Saturday. Too bad they still didn’t deserve to play, though.

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Comments

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

"But what does it say about the importance of the other 17 weeks we just spent watching this league?"

The regular season eliminated 20 teams.  It would be one thing for you to make a comment like this if all 32 teams were allowed in, and the NFL did an NCAA tournament-style thing, but that is not happening.




Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

The credibility of Andy is in the toilet way more than the Seahawk's record. He should be questioning his own qualifications instead of theirs - especially since he had already writtent them off in the rudest manner possible. You should quit your day job.



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

and.... the fact that you had this articel ALREADY written based on how fast it was posted here, shows you had a bias REGARDLESS of how it actually turned out on the field. Idiot.



Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Um, they won the divison, you don't have to like it, but they earned it. This is a sad article, they did what the NFL asked them and now you get guys like you saying they "didn't deserve" it, just go away Andy.



Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Wow Andy. You so confidently stated earlier that there was no way that Seattle would win. (By the way, thanks for stirring up the fans even more). You also didn't seem to care much about their record at the time and said the only way that Seattle would win is if NO gave it to them. Wrong. Wrong, and wrong again. Now, instead of eating crow like you should and admitting you were wrong, you do a roundabout and complain about the rules. Who reallly is the lost today? The Saints or Andy. I say Andy.



Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I completely disagree with this article. The fact that the Seahawks won a playoff game could possibly make the league better by proving that teams need to play hard ALL season long, let the chips fall where they may and take advantage of every opportunity! Just remember, "Any given Sunday".



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I think this argument is for the birds, er (Sea)Hawks. It goes to a matter of semantics. While a team with a losing record may not have gone to the playoffs before, it's certainly nowhere near the first time a team with a better record has sat at home while a division winner went on to play. If your making a statement that the system has always been flawed and this makes the sport somehow unfair; fine, but of course the other 17 weeks matter. Ask the Saints how important it was to win their division and not have to make the trip to the Great Northwest now. Divisions give reasons for fans to root (for or against) teams come playoff time. As a Broncos fan (In John we trust) I make no bones about my distaste for the Chiefs, Bolts or Raiders, but at least I can watch the Raven's goin to play in KC an root for em to smash up KCLaughing . Otherwise that game would hold little interest for me. Everything you said about parity, good TV and the like I agree with as well. Any Given Sunday...or uh...Saturday...is still a relevant saying.



Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I wonder what they'll write if the hawks win next weekend. They just got lucky?



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

You're an idiot.  The fact is the Seahawks won the division, and made the playoffs.  They played great today, while the Saints suffered from the same thing that hurt the Seahawks all season - injuries in key spots. All the what-ifs, could've beens, should have beens and over-analyzing of the process is incredibley silly. Any team in the playoff "can win" on any given day, adn that's the beauty.



Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Just a Hater


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