Y ou know how bad things happen to good people? Well, bad things also happen to good football teams. And not every downer of a play is worth an angry tweet. With the Seahawks, plays that seem atrocious are sometimes just consequences of the team’s style of play. So . . .
Don’t get mad when: The Seahawks give up a touchdown drive of more than 10 plays.
The Seahawks play a “bend-but-don’t-break” defense. The goal is to force offenses to execute perfectly on many plays in a row to reach the end zone. Usually the opponent will screw up a play and have to punt. Sometimes they will score. But if it took 10 plays, Seahawks defenders actually did what they were supposed to. Hug a friend!
Do get mad when: The Seahawks give up a play of more than 30 yards.
The “bend-but-don’t-break” strategy is designed to prevent big plays. Seahawks defenders are trained to be disciplined. When big plays happen, someone screwed up. Punch a wall!
Don’t get mad when: Russell Wilson is tackled for a loss.
Most NFL quarterbacks are taught to throw the ball away when pressure comes. But Russell Wilson is quick and throws well on the run, so it makes sense for him to try to escape oncoming defenders. Sometimes he spins away and makes a big play. Sometimes he gets sacked. It’s a risk the Seahawks are willing to live with. Kiss a cat!
Do get mad when: Marshawn Lynch is tackled for a loss.
The Seahawks running game is designed to gain positive yards on every play. Running backs like Lynch are instructed to hit the line of scrimmage quick, rather than stutter-step behind the line looking for the perfect moment to burst. If Lynch or any other running back loses yardage, it’s because he ignored instructions or someone missed a block. Throw a chair!
Don’t get mad when: The refs call the Seahawks for holding or pass interference.
Seahawks offensive linemen and defensive backs play a physical style that intentionally toes the edge of illegality. Occasional penalties are an inevitable consequence of this style. In fact, if the Hawks don’t get at least one holding or P.I. during a game, they probably aren’t being aggressive enough. Do a cartwheel!
Do get mad when: The refs call the Seahawks for a false start.
False starts are purely mental mistakes indicative of lassitude or fatigue. No strategic advantage pertains since refs rarely miss them. Kick an appliance!