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That call for a pass at the end of the SB when you had Lynch was widely heralded as one of the worst play calls in sports history.

But I also wonder if it was the end of the Hawks as we know it.

The next year they went 10-5-1 and then last year they were 9-7 and in fact it looks like the team is being step by step taken down.

They thrived on defense but this past year they lost two good linemen in Avril and Bennett.  Plus they also lost CB Sherman.  And Chancellor has been hurt.

You just think that maybe that call was even bigger than you thought at the time.

No, what happened was that Wilson got past his rookie contract, and they had to pay him. The defensive stalwarts also wanted to get paid a lot more. And the team just got a bit longer in the tooth. Schneider hit on some later round picks (Chancellor, Wilson, Sherman, for example), but that is not sustainable. Depending on later round picks to become Pro Bowlers is wishful thinking. It can happen on occasionally, and the Seahawks simply got lucky their later round picks became so impactful. Add in the decline of their OL, and Lynch, a key part of their offense leaving, and you have decline.

Perhaps the Seahawks tactic of trading their first round pick to move down FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS, is not panning out well for them.

I do like the idea of doing that, you can get a good return moving down in round one, but you have to hit on those lower picks and they haven't done a good job of that. The Packers may have done better trading down by getting an extra round one pick in 2019, but it will take a while to see how well that plays out.

I don't know what really happened, but the reported locker room friction esp. between Wilson and Sherman started shortly after that call.

The GM:
It was a combination of things. 

1.  After that call, Lynch's play and playing time started going downhill.  He was a huge part of their ball control offense.    Wilson no longer could hand off the Lynch, make 2-3 key throws a game and rely on their defense to win.

2. As mentioned, I think some members of the defense blamed the offense for that play and costing them another Super Bowl.   I also think some members of the defense  resented Russell Wilson and the lack of blame he received from the media for the throw. 

3.  Contracts.  This defense has basically been turned over.  You still have Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner and a couple others but for the most part this defense has had major changes going into next year.     

4. The OL is weak.  They had the worst OL in football last year.  Wilson was running for his life before he can even set up in the pocket.  Believe me, Jimmy Graham did NOTHING to solve that. 

This team is the perfect example of of how short your window can be to being a major Super Bowl contender.  This was a very young team after their first SB, and people were talking dynasty.  A few years later, they are under a rebuild.   

I think Wilson is overrated.   He came into the perfect situation in Seattle.  The top defense in the NFL, and great running back, and a home field advantage like no other in football.   Hes a good and exciting player to watch, but can carry the load with mediocre talent around him?   He's getting paid a lot of money, and Im not sure he's going to justify it in the next few seasons.  Fun to watch though.   JMO     


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