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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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Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 8:56 am

You are a moron!

I am a niner fan and I HATE the seahawks, but they proved they deserved to be in the playoffs.

The regular season matters because that is how you get to the playoffs!

You can't take any team lightly. Period. end of story.

They play the game for a reason.

I hope CBS doesn't pay you to write this crap because you prove that YOU don't deserve to be here.

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 8:49 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

This is one of the worst articles I have EVER read, you should be fired for writing this crap, the only thing worthwhile you did was create a lot of discussion about how ignorant you are!

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 7:46 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

SO by Benoit's logic the team with the best regular season record should always win the super bowl to maintain the elagues integrity??  why even have the playoffs then?  we should just crown the team with the best record at the end of 17 weeks as the champs.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 7:42 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

That is not how the college basketball tournament works....

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 6:57 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

The Seahawks' win is what playoff football is all about. As long as the NFL has divisions, there will be teams with better and worse records getting into the playoffs. KC also won their Division and are underdogs to the Ravens. Using the Benoit logic, Only teams 11 -5 or better deserve to win the SB. Maybe we should do it like the soccer leagues of Europe and the team with the best record at the end of the season wins the championship. That way we can guarantee that only NE will win, since only they deserve to win.

Seattle won with a plan. Are they the better team on paper ? NO. Were they the better-prepared team on Saturday ? YES !!

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 4:03 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

The Seahawks win should make the NFL execs happy because it makes people think that they all have a chance to win. If I was a billionaire I might have second thoughts on purchasing a football team if I did not think it could be successful (get into the playoffs) within a few years. I'm incredibly rich, but I'm not patient. I want to win as soon as possible. Knowing that anything thing can happen in the playoffs will help convince me in buying a team no matter how bad it was the past few years. Case in point. The Rams were 3-13, 2-14, and 1-15 from 2007-2009 year and most experts are already penciling in the Rams to play in the 2012 Super Bowl based on their 7-9 record this year. 
You don't throw out the regular season. The regular season play and stats gets you into the playoffs and and helps prepare for the playoffs. The revenue from tickets and concessions sold in regular season games are used to overpay the athletes. 
I'm surprised that no cbs writer has brought this up. If you throw out the regular season and everyone is in the playoffs from the get go then how do you seed all 32 teams? You can have the 4 teams in each division square off against each other and then continue until you have a division winner. The four division winners from each conference will then play against each other until you have one team remaining from each conference who will then play in the Super Bowl. This tournament has bee a huge success for college basketball. I think it can work for pro football, hockey, basketball and baseball. 
Let's forget about the regular season and the money the owners will collect from concessions and selling tickets...lets just go straight to the playoffs. Lol..yeah right! There is too much money to made playing regular season games. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:40 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

This article was tipical. Don't give credt to a team from the NFC West.
One thing this guy didn't mention is since 2005 two NFC West teams have been in the Super Bowl.
What does that really say about the division? To me that tells me these teams are very scrappy
they all do what they have to in order to win.

I think with Seattle in the playoffs and playing well actually helps the NFL.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:29 am

Andy Benoit you are a moron.

Adroc34 said it best with his post title "Andy Benoit you are a moron."

If you don't like how the system works, don't watch the game. No team controls the division they play in, or the quality of their division... but the rules are what they are: Win and you're in.

Well, the Seahawks won their division and earned the right to be in. On top of that, they beat the defending Super Bowl Champs. Guess what? If the Saints were so much more deserving they would have won and they would still be in the playoffs. But they didn't win, did they?

What's worse than being the worst playoff team in NFL history? Losing to the worst playoff team in NFL history. No disrespect meant toward the Saints... but they didn't get it done, and the Seahawks proved they belonged. Obviously if the Seahawks didn't belong than neither did the Saints, even though they were the defending champs. After all, they lost to a team that didn't belong.

Changing the system would just devalue the divisions. You win your division and you get a home game. Period.

As a Seahawk fan, when week 17 hit and the Hawks had the chance to make dubious NFL history I wasn't sure I wanted my team to be apart of that... but after watching the game and reading all the comments on here, I realize the only ones that are complaining about the system are the media and the fans that feel wronged by it.

But the true fans, the ones that truly love this game love it the way it is now, regardless of what's happening this year. As a Hawk fan I can say getting the win tonight was one of the most memorable moments as a fan that I've ever experienced and I'm glad my team is in the thick of it, regardless of how they got in.

I'm also glad that there are plenty of fans out there that see the system as fine the way it is, and like the way it is despite the flaws. We have enough pansies running around controling things without letting them dig their claws into the sports we love and making changes so that people can feel better about the game rather than accepting the game for what it is.

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:12 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I think Benoit wrote this just to stir up a contraversy.  Dude, the rules are: you win your division, you get a home game.  You win your conference, you get all your playoff games at home.  Stop crying.  You sound like the "every little league kids deserves a trophy PC mush brain"!!!  Get over it, the rules are the rules.

However, I do think the the next round should be based on records, so 7-9 worst record wins guarantees a trip to Atlanta no matter what GB-Philly do.   But not for the opening round, leave it as is.

What next, you want Oakland in 'cuz they went 6-0 in their division????

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:56 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Hey man, don't you know that these good team bad team in bad divisions come in cycles. There are many teams that started out very bad, but a coach with a message turned around many a franchise. The Bears never won a Superbowl until one of their former players became their coach (Mike Ditka). The Packers were lousy until Vince Lombardi arrived. And let's not forget the (prior to Sean Peyton) 'Aints'. The fans used to wear paper bags over their heads with no eye holes. One coach turned it around. (Peyton). The Seahawks were in a Superbowl in 2005. They won their division that year. I believe they were 13-3 or 12-4. They lost to a Steelers team that was 9-7 and had to travel on all road playoff games. All that matters is 'Get in to the tourney and may the best team at the time, win.

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