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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: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:02 am

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Amen. In the NFL, any team can beat any other team, especially at home and a team that is incessantly mocked for weeks is more dangerous than most. That doesn't mean the Seahawks deserve to be playing. It's just symptomatic of how bad the NFL is nowadays.

The scrappy underdog stories were cute when they started, but now they've become a trend. It's become less and less inspiring to watch these Rocky stories play out. We all know that these disrespected crap teams are "dangerous." That doesn't mean they should have a chance to get all jacked up and knock off the real contenders. The refs should have told Pete Carroll at the end of the game that his team was still eliminated.

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:33 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

ThinkerT I totally agree with this statement, but I still feel that the home field should go to the team with the better record.  Heck the NFL should go to a BCS format "sarcasm".  Congrats to the Seahawks, and good luck the rest of the way.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:32 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

This article, summed up:

"The Seahawks made me look stupid after I said they shouldn't be there, so I'm going to keep badmouthing them"

Seriously, Mr. Benoit: eat your crow and shut up.  Win your division, make the playoffs: that's how it is, and that's how it always should be.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:29 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Everyone who complains about lower-record division winners making the playoffs seems to forget that the whole idea of playoffs originally was to decide the champion among the division (conferences originally, actually, until expanded) winners - not the teams with the best records, the division winners. In other words, only the teams that had actually won something (their division) were allowed to advance. Changing the playoffs to ignore winning the divisions would eliminate the entire basis on which the playoffs were formed in the first place.

If you want to restructure the playoffs to decide home games based on record, fine. But to propose a situation where the division winners don't even make the playoffs is just a ridiculous disregard for history and the entire division system. After all, if the playoffs are going to be decided by record only, why even have divisions in the first place?

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:24 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I don't know who you talking to about what's your point, but I think the Seahawks deserve to be in the playoffs, but I don't think they deserved to have home field advantage.  That is my point. 

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:23 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Why does anyone care what the stupid media says screw the media none of them even speak there mind anymore they just say what they think the network suits wanna hear (Mike Greenberg) lol there were all told to flood the news with the story of how the NFL needs to change the playoff system b/c of a team getting a homegame @ 7-9 give me a break it was the first time in 75 years it happened

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:18 pm

Any type of playoff means regular season is over

Where's the news here? Once the playoffs start, the regular season doesn't matter. Unless you are offering some kind of proposal, like what  - add 1 point to the scoreboard for every win you have in the regular season - I don't know understand what you would do about it. You only want deserving teams in the playoffs? That's what the regular seaon is for. That is what the Seahawks accomplished in the regular season. That is why they are in the playoffs. Their win today is why they are still playing and the Saints aint. What's your point?

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:16 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I agree, the team that wins their divison does deserve to be in the playoffs, but they should not be granted home field advantage.  This is the NFL and any team on any given day could beat one another.  I mean they are professionals, they should be able to win no matter what the records are.  Divisons are there for a reason and like I said division winners should be in the playoffs, but I think a team that has a better record should host the game, that is what you play the full season for.  This is just my opinion!!

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:15 pm

Find something else to write about

Why should this win bother executives? Okay. So it messed up the odds in Las Vegas. Who cares.


Who cares?

The playoffs are more interesting when teams like Seattle pull off an upset.

If #1 always has to play #2 in the final of any sports series, it's boring in any sport. Rarely, if ever, does something like that happen. Look at college basketball.

David beating Goliath is a riveting story for the same reason that Seattle beating the Saints is interesting: nobody expected it to happen, and that's not only good for the sport, it's good for everyone.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:10 pm

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Screw the NFL execs -- shouldn't homeland security be swarming New Orleans right now to deal with the carnage left by an un-natural disaster? Maybe we should have a national day of mourning because the media's beloved "feel good" story doesn't feel so good any more. Let's change some rules because folks didn't get the result they wanted. The fact of the matter is that every city and all sports fans could use a little pick-me-up with success by their sports teams, so a little random-ness is a good thing. Sometimes the SuperBowl winner is the best team in the league, sometimes it isn't. But if the goal is to pick a "deserving" champion and eliminate one-game flukes, then maybe the NFL needs to start awarding championships based on a BCS-like system.  I'm sure that would go over real well.

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