First, we look at the news that Josh Portis was arrested for DUI on Cinco De Mayo. Come on now Josh. You have to know that Cinco De Mayo is right up there with New Years Eve and St. Patricks Day for the amount of police presence that will be out on the highways. You also have to know that a mistake like that for someone who was hanging by a thread to be on this team anyway, would result in your immediate release.
On that topic, there has been much hand-wringing for the way Portis was treated versus how Marshawn Lynch's DUI arrest was handled. Many calling into sports radio this week decried the fact that it's not fair that Portis was let go while the Seahawks are waiting to see what will happen with Marshawn and haven't publicly disciplined him. Well I got news for those who feel that way. Life ain't fair. Let's be honest. The Josh Portis's of the world are a dime a dozen. There are not many better than Marshawn at what he does. High producers will always be given more chances and more leniency than low producers. When I worked in banking years ago, we had a guy who constantly fell asleep at his desk (in full view of everyone else). When he was awake, he worked like he was asleep too. As you might guess, he was let go without much warning. On the flip side, I worked pretty hard, did extra projects, added roles, and was generally a good team member. It built up the political capital I needed when I'd come in hung over on occasion after Seahawk home games. It was worth more to them to keep me around for the good work I did and just deal with the occasional slow day.
Second, and more importantly, there is an obvious drug problem at the VMAC. With the suspension of Bruce Irvin announced over the weekend, that now makes 5 Seahawks who have been suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy the last 2 years, tops in the NFL. That doesn't include Richard Sherman who probably should have been suspended but for someone getting his piss on their hand and invalidating the test. This whole issue brings up one big question for me. How damned stupid are these guys? I realize that when we're talking about football players, it's not as if they're off to their Mensa meetings after practice. But when you have your teammates continuing to get popped for essentially the same thing, why would you purposely put yourself in the same position? Personally, I think it's worth some kind of outside investigation. Multiple guys being suspended for the same thing makes me think there's a supplier on the roster or there's a local doctor who's guilty of prescription fraud. Someone needs to find out which.
Ultimately, and this gets back to my reservations about Pete when he was hired, I think this is a culture issue. When Pete and Jon took over, there was massive change in the roster. If you farted and it drifted in the wrong direction, you were gone. With that mantra of "Always Compete" and players knowing they could lose their job at a moment's notice, it's only logical that some would do what they thought necessary to keep their jobs even if it risked suspension. So we shouldn't be surprised that guys tried to get away with stuff, particularly when nobody is made an example of when they get caught. They serve their suspension, but there's no obvious external consequences. The media all but give them a pass. They're just a little lighter in the wallet. While I'm not of the thinking that we need to go back to the old regime's requirement that we have choir boys, we definitely need a higher maturity level on this roster. I'm thinking guys like Russell Wilson can lead in that respect, but we need defensive guys to step up like that too