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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 9, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I agree.



Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I agree.



Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

The writers on this site were the most vocal in their incredulity at the 7-9 seahawks being in the play-offs, to the point of ridicule.  Now that the seahawks won, I'd like to hear from the writer who said there was no chance the Seahawks would win.  The writers on this site, at least with the NFL, do not know how to be impartial.  I'll go to other sites for real reporting.  This site does have a nice fantasy football league.  



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

The seahawks won the west and deserved to be in the playoffs period. Debating that issue is just stupid. the only issue you can debate in all if this is the seeding process. Does a team which wins its division deserve to be a higher seed than a wild card with a better record. Look at the NCAA basketball tournement you have teams that win their conf championships and get automatic bids to the tourny. However, they do not get a seed which is higher than many of the at large teams from better or bigger conf.
The main advantage in changing the seeding in the NFL is that it would make the week 17 games meaningful for almost all the teams still in the playoff hunt or those which have clinched a spot but could still be playing for a higher seed and a possible bye.



Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

"Fundamentally sounder" ???? I think you meant fundamentally more sound, you moron. I know a 10th grade English tutor that could help you out, you imbecile. FYI, You WRITE for a living!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

OK well then let's scrub the playoffs all together and just crown the team with the best record at the end of the season champs. The NFL execs are pumped because everyone was saying how flawed it was for letting a team with a losing record in the playoffs.  The fact of the matter is WIN THE DIVISION and your chance of being in the playoffs is increased (note Raiders 8-0 division no playoffs) NFC West Champs SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ... they thumped the Saints and are going on.  They deserved to be in because they did what the execs told them to, which is win the division. What are you going to say should they go on and win the Super Bowl?



Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Andy's team didn't make the playoffs. Should be end of story but, like most cry babies that have a job they shouldn't, he won't let it go.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

What a complete moron - maybe we should just play these games on paper w/ your east-coast biased tinge - or just award W's to NYC teams - like the media did rooting for the Jet's win last night and ignoring the blatant offensive push-of by Braylon Edwards on the final Jets drive. I for one am tired of media bias on what should/shouldn't happen. The NFL playoff systems corrects what is so wrong w/ what college football does not have - a true playoff system. There will always be stronger/weaker divisions & conferences - let the teams play/advance & see what happens. The Seahawks did to the Saints what the Huskies did to the Cornhuskers - deal w/ it!



Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 11:52 am
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I suppose the US Hockey team didn't deserve to be in the Olympics in 1980, and Villanova didn't deserve to be in the NCAA tournament in 1985.  The sub-500 Seattle SuperSonics didn't deserve to make the playoffs in 1978 before going all the way to the NBA Championship game (and losing to the Bullets).

I think every division winner still gets to go to the playoffs, right?  And the Seahawks won the NFC West?  Why are we still having this conversation?

Ask Chicago if it thinks the Seahawks are a worthy playoff team. 



Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2011 10:57 am
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

This country was founded by underdogs and this is why sports are great!  Who Dat?lol



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