Gone were the Super Bowl aspirations and expectations that had become commonplace in the last half-decade or so. Instead, those sentiments were replaced by curiosity and apprehension about how or even if that level could be reached again with Pete Carroll and company still roaming the sidelines. Questions about how, or if, the front office and staff could reboot, replace and replicate the talent and skill so evident over the last five years was in the forefront of Seahawks fans thoughts prior to the first game this season.
I believe Seattle Seahawks fans, are still wondering about that very question. The team is currently headed into week 15, and the fanbase still isn’t sure which team will show up from week to week. Will it be the team that throttled Minnesota or the one that laid an egg at Levi Stadium last week? For every strong performance, this season there’s been a polar opposite. For every defensive gem, there’s been a game where Seattle can’t get out of its own way.
In essence, 12s don’t know what team they have. Is Seattle the team that seems to cost coordinators and coaches their jobs and looks like they can not only get to the postseason but make noise once there? Or are they the team that makes practice squad players look like the second coming of Joe Montana?
The truth is, I don’t think we know. Even after 14 games, we are still waiting to exhale. It felt that day and continues to feel as though, we are locked in limbo. Hoping each week to see the signs that promise a quick rise back to the promised land, but leery that instead, we’ll see another mistake-riddled debacle like the one last week in Santa Clara with the most on the line to date. So we wait, and we watch, and we root and we pull…. but we do so with a reserved apprehension.