Are we back to speaking normally yet? Reason I ask is after a kick to the nuts like that on Sunday, you could be forgiven for being a little high-pitched for most of the week. But if nothing else, that game brought a vague problem into full clarity. The immutable law of averages has reared its ugly head lately. This team made its living with amazing comebacks in the 4th quarter. Pom Pom Pete has always admonished us when we dare to suggest that maybe scoring more points in the first half wouldn’t necessitate these 4th quarter miracles. Going to 2 straight Super Bowls certainly is ample evidence that he’s right. However, starting with this past Super Bowl, cracks have certainly developed in that theory. In each of the Seahawks last 4 losses, they’ve had the lead in the 4th quarter only to see it vaporize. The big plays are no longer there, and that’s both on offense and defense. When you’re depending on miracles, I hate to say it, sometimes they don’t come. It’s almost to the point of counting on winning the lottery as your retirement plan.
This latest loss has the 12’s picking sides and that’s never good. You’ve got one side blaming the defense for this. Pretty simple to see why. The offense didn’t give up 17 points in the 4th quarter. The other side blames the offense. I get that too. When your last 5 drives result in a total of 42 yards and 5 punts, it’s easy to lay blame at the foot of Darrell Bevell and the offense. Personally, I have to lean on the side that blames the defense for no other reason than the amount of money that’s been spent to put that defense together. As Hugh Millen has said, we’ve got a Wal-Mart offensive line with receivers from Target. Using that analogy, you’d have to say we at least thought we had a defense from Nordstrom. After Sunday, I don’t even think Nordstrom would take them back.