The Seattle Seahawks are still the most talented team in the National Football League. When you have been to back-to-back Super Bowls and you have such a talented roster it seems that anything less than a Super Bowl victory in February is a disappointment. When you have high expectations, you can be set up for a letdown. This season has had its share of crushing losses as we have watched as the Seahawks crumble in the 4th quarter of games. I believe thus far the lack of success has had less to do with the talent on the Seahawks and more to do with the mental toughness of the individuals that play for the team. Beating the 49ers was a great step in the right direction.
Today I faced my fear and watched Super Bowl 49 from start to finish. I could write a book on the psychological aspect of a team going forward after losing a Super Bowl in the fashion that they did. This season we have witnessed the Seahawks lack of confidence and trust in each other, especially at the end of games. Instead of the 4th quarter being an opportunity to dominate, this team has looked scared of making a mistake and overthinking instead of making a play. As much as I hate talking about the Super Bowl, I truly believe it can be used as a way to motivate and make the Seahawks a stronger team. But, it can also be something that could cause a team to crumble and fall apart in times of adversity.
I can be annoyingly optimistic about the Seattle Seahawks even in tough circumstances, but I truly believe the Seahawks will get into the playoffs and make a run. Pete Carroll has worked hard to developed a winning culture, and it will continue. If the Seahawks choose to use the adversity from the tough losses to make them stronger as a unit, then they will be hard to stop. Love Our Brothers (LOB) is one of the many mottos of this team and in order to start to making some noise they will need to come together and start playing for each other. If they can do that, we will see the team that we all know and get excited about. This season is far from over.