Jump to content

This season, Seahawks have crossed the line from brash to just plain unlikable


fuego
 Share

Recommended Posts

And this is one of their own writers. Brutal.

__________

Matt Calkins

Michael Bennett’s postgame tirade in Atlanta was just the latest example of how many Seahawks have shown a lack of grace during the 2016 season.

 

They were once a brash collection of misfits. They are now a dismissive group of egomaniacs.

They were once known for the resolve they showed in victory. They are now known for the grace they lack in defeat.

The Seahawks have been everything from dominant, to mesmerizing, to maddening to heartbreaking — all points on an emotional gamut that has compelled fans for years. But one thing they aren’t is likable.

Not anymore, at least.

About 20 minutes after Seattle’s 36-20 loss to Atlanta on Saturday, Q13 reporter Bill Wixey asked defensive end Michael Bennett why the pass rush struggled to pressure Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Bennett responded with a profanity-laced tirade centered on belittling Wixey for never having strapped it up in the NFL.

“You non-playing (expletive). What did you do with your life?!” Bennett screamed. “What did you do with your lifetime?!”

Then came the kicker, when Bennett asked “What injury you play through?! What adversity you went through?!”

 

Actually, Wixey survived Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

It’s doubtful Bennett knew that the target of his outburst spent years battling cancer. But it speaks to how out of touch an athlete who just signed a $31 million extension must be to think a playoff loss trumps everyone else’s problems.

 

The diatribe epitomized the sense of entitlement the public has come to loathe in today’s sports stars, and as always with Bennett, it came without an apology. Which brings me to Richard Sherman.

 
 

Before this season, Sherman was the smack-talking shutdown corner whose bravado generally came with a wink. He was a stud on the field, a self-promoter on social media and to many people’s surprise, a sweetheart behind the scenes.

Then came 2016, when he was blasting his defensive coordinator one day, trashing his offensive coordinator’s play-calling the next, and when questioned about his antics, threatening reporters’ careers. And as has become tradition with high-profile athletes, his cover-up amplified the crime.

Despite Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s words to the contrary, Sherman insisted he was justified in criticizing OC Darrell Bevell. And despite expressing “regret” for saying he would ruin radio host Jim Moore’s career, Sherman shut down his weekly news conferences because it was a “privilege” to talk to him.

Mix insubordination with arrogance and defiance, and you’re all but assured to alienate fans whose closets aren’t teeming with “12” jerseys. But this isn’t just about how the Seahawks handle criticism — it’s about how they handle losing, too.

 

There was Jeremy Lane, who slammed into Packers receiver Randall Cobbduring a kneel-down in victory formation last month. There was Bennett and Jarran Reed, who did the same thing to Falcons offensive linemen in the closing seconds of Saturday’s game. And there was Earl Thomas, who reacted to the Seahawks’ ouster by blasting Tom Brady on Twitter, saying Brady “has the easiest route … put his (behind) in our division and see how he does!”

What? Even if the NFC West didn’t have fewest wins in the NFL this year, that’s just a bizarre, random cheap shot.

People on social media have said that the Seahawks need to win if they’re going to act this way, but I think that misses the mark. Winning doesn’t justify this behavior, it just cloaks it with a half a pound of makeup.

Besides, dignity in defeat is generally the true measure of character. What’s that saying again? “Anyone can steer a ship in calm seas.”

The worst part about the Seahawks’ more regrettable moments is that it takes away from some of the locker room’s legitimate role models. Whether it’s Cliff Avril with HaitiDoug Baldwin with local police or Russell Wilson with Seattle Children’s, you have players dedicating significant portions of their personal lives toward serving the greater good. Whether it’s Tyler Lockett, Bobby Wagner, or K.J. Wright, you have athletes who are perpetually polite despite their rising stars.

Kevin Pierre-Louis is an all-time nice guy who had the courage to publicly discuss his battle with depression. The equally warm Thomas Rawls has made it his mission to give all he can to his crumbling hometown of Flint, Mich. And, yes, it would be unjust to discuss Sherman and Bennett without mentioning the positive things they’ve done for the community, too.

But fair or not, the Seahawks’ image has become one of malice and narcissism lately. And considering their misconduct generally goes unpunished, it appears to reflect the culture Carroll has created.

Right now, the team’s focus is on making the moves necessary to get Seattle another Super Bowl ring. But it should also take steps to ensure that, if the Seahawks do hoist another Lombardi Trophy, people will actually be happy about it.

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/this-season-seahawks-have-crossed-the-line-from-brash-to-just-plain-unlikable/

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The absolute lack of class to blast our O-line in the closing seconds Saturday when we were DEMONSTRATING class by not dropping 40 on them ...

That said it all.

They did the same thing in the Super Bowl against the Pats. They were furious they'd had the win intercepted from them in that case, furious that they'd been manhandled the whole game in our case, and rather than taking it like men, they responded like children.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 minutes ago, BCEagleATLFalcon said:

The absolute lack of class to blast our O-line in the closing seconds Saturday when we were DEMONSTRATING class by not dropping 40 on them ...

That said it all.

They did the same thing in the Super Bowl against the Pats. They were furious they'd had the win intercepted from them in that case, furious that they'd been manhandled the whole game in our case, and rather than taking it like men, they responded like children.

1) Really liked that Quinn took a knee but after seeing all that pushing and shoving they were doing I halfway wanted us to punch it in.

2) Haven't seen anything about Matt talking to the team but it seems almost certain he was telling them not to get baited into some nonsense.

3) Like Michael Robinson said...bullies don't like to be bullied and I started to feel pretty good when it was clear Bennett and others were losing it because they couldn't just beat us.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well I don't watch any team but the Falcons so this article was actually "news" to me: thank you for posting it.  As a former athlete I can identify with their frustration, but in the high profile world on the NFL they sure came across more like frustrated children than pros.

More and more I think Michael Irvin said it best: we did not just beat the Seahawks, we broke them.  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 minutes ago, slamee101 said:

1) Really liked that Quinn took a knee but after seeing all that pushing and shoving they were doing I halfway wanted us to punch it in.

2) Haven't seen anything about Matt talking to the team but it seems almost certain he was telling them not to get baited into some nonsense.

3) Like Michael Robinson said...bullies don't like to be bullied and I started to feel pretty good when it was clear Bennett and others were losing it because they couldn't just beat us.

1.) Heck, I wouldn't have minded Matt pretending to take a knee and then just tossing it in for a touchdown after that foolishness from Seattle.

2.) Yup, that's EXACTLY what he gathered his offense to discuss. He didn't use those exact words, of course, but he made it clear in his post-game presser that was the gist of the talk.

3.) Hands-down my favorite quote coming out of the weekend is the one referenced in the post right above mine: "If you want to beat a team, attack their weaknesses. If you want to break a team, attack their strengths." We broke Seattle's defense. And they didn't take it well.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What bothers me is their clueless-a$$ don't see how poorly their team, the players' antics, and the cocky fans look to the rest of the NFL. 

I hate them more than Pats, right under saints. We are going to see more of this next year and if Pete doesn't get control of it some heads will roll. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, BCEagleATLFalcon said:

The absolute lack of class to blast our O-line in the closing seconds Saturday when we were DEMONSTRATING class by not dropping 40 on them ...

That said it all.

They did the same thing in the Super Bowl against the Pats. They were furious they'd had the win intercepted from them in that case, furious that they'd been manhandled the whole game in our case, and rather than taking it like men, they responded like children.

The Seattle Seahawks are conceited aholes with delusions of grandeur. I see that team trending sharply down from this point onward.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...