Feeling a pit in my stomache everytime I read about another team signing a big name free agent, even though they may be over priced or not right for our scheme or organization, made me start to wonder where this feeling might be coming from. The more I thougth about it, this jealousy, or "pigskin envy" could be deeply rooted in the seasonal excercise in futility of being a Seahawks fan.
It's like being the younger Baldwin brothers, seeing the older one get all the choice parts, Kim Bassinger, fancy houses and stuff. I'm sure they just expect to always come in second when compared to big brother Alec.
It seems as Seahawks fans, we're also rapt with this immediate sensation of jealousy as soon as we see any other team do something that we think our team should. Instead of beliving in our own abilities, and concentrating on maximizing our own strenghs, we're constantly measuring ourselves against other teams, which not surprisingly is not providing the good warm feeling that we seek.
* 30 years of mediocrity will do that.
* Countless first round QB picks that fall on their faces will do that.
* Crazy bastard owners who can't pick talented staff and players, and try to move the team to Cally will do that.
* Continual coaching carousels will do that.
* Phatom touchdowns, giving up 17 points in 8 minutes, blowing the biggest MNF lead, more phantom touchdowns, and blowing two critical on-side kicks will do that.
* Having to endure the hollow sympathy of your friends and family, and the scorn and ridicule from football devotees from other teams will do that.
The question is, HOW DO WE TURN IT AROUND?
There's a saying that goes "Insanity is doing the same thing, the same way, over and over again, and expecting different results!" That being said, WHAT is it that we can do differently as a franchise, to elicite diffent results?
I'm not sure what the ultimate answer is, but I hoping that we're on the right track. I think as an organization, we need to ask ourselves "what would the Seahawks do LAST year", and then do the exact opposite thing.
Last year we threw as much money as possible at the biggest free agent names available....and it appears we're trying very hard not to do that again.
Last year we allowed 15 of our STARTERS to reach their free agency year AT THE SAME TIME...hopefully we can structure deals so that this does not happen again.
Last year we got KILLED by the injury bug....so hopefully this year guys will pag a little more attention to conditioning.
Last year we lost at least TWO games do to special teams blunders, and kept several inferior teams in games due to long returns.....this year we have a new Special Teams coach who is focused on STs and not trying to use the gig as a stepping stone to a coordinator or head coaching position.
Sorry for the long and winding post, but this is something I've been thinking about for a long time.
And no, I'm not a psychologist.....but I DID stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!
(repurposed content from ST fan forum post)