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Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:07 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 8:46 pm
 
M. Williams (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

Let’s make one thing clear: the Seattle Seahawks deserved to win Saturday afternoon. They had the better game plan (offensive approach: attack Roman Harper through the air; defensive approach: play zone and trust that your ends are better than the subpar Saints offensive tackles). The Seahawks were fundamentally sounder (the Saints missed six tackles on the Marshawn Lynch touchdown run alone). And the Seahawks capitalized on their unparalleled homefield advantage.

And so the Seahawks deserved to win. But that doesn’t mean they proved they deserve to be playing. Analysts all over the country will issue mea culpas this week. They’ll claim the Seahawks proved that, despite a 7-9 record, they were indeed a worthy playoff team.

But this team was still 7-9 during the regular season. That has to mean something. If the NFL trumpets the Seahawks and lauds them as lovable underdogs, the league will tacitly be telling its fans that the regular season really doesn’t matter.

This is a very dangerous sentiment – one that sports leagues have a hard time shaking once it catches on (just ask the NBA or MLB). But look at the results of the past five NFL postseasons. In 2008, the 9-7 Cardinals reached the Super Bowl. In 2007, the 10-6 Giants WON the Super Bowl (knocking off the perfect Patriots in the process). In 2006, the No. 3 seed Colts hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. In 2005, the Wild Card Steelers won three straight road games to earn rings.

And now a 7-9 team has advanced to the second round (with the 10-6 Bucs team that blew out Seattle in Week 16 was home watching). Perhaps it’s great for the NFL. After all, anything can happen come playoff time. And parity rings true. That makes for great television. But what does it say about the importance of the other 17 weeks we just spent watching this league?

The Seahawks deserved to win Saturday. Too bad they still didn’t deserve to play, though.

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Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:07 pm
 

This aritcle should bother CBS executives

Seriously Andy,  had you wrote this article about a NY team you would now be standing in line at your local unemployment office.  Thank goodness I can go somewhere else to get REAL sports jounalism.



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:59 am
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

I could go through all the good reasons I have for not touching the playoff system as it is know, and call you a boob or some such for my own thinking. What I am going to do is use the stupid ubber competative money mrongers motives to tell you why it wont happen. (thank god) If what you want is what the big boys wanted they would have baseball in two boring divisions rather then broakin it up into the monster it is know. The only why you could exclude a 7-9  division champ, would be not to have divisions. The  farweather fans would stop watching and the uproar begins.

I will say one thing about why I dont like your thinking a few years ago seattle got off to a horable start. about halfway through the season they caught fire and won six straight games the hotest team in football. I would have loved to see that 10-6 team in the playoffs, but 10-6 was not good enough. well this year 7-9 good enough. and I know we have a great chance. Thats what its all about.



Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

you are a moron



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Andy Benoit is a hack

Great job Andy. 11 pages of comments about how much you suck. Bravo moron!



Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Seahawks win should bother NFL executives

Dammit, Safari.  I agree with this post:

"The seahawks won the west and deserved to be in the playoffs period. Debating that issue is just stupid. the only issue you can debate in all if this is the seeding process. Does a team which wins its division deserve to be a higher seed than a wild card with a better record. Look at the NCAA basketball tournement you have teams that win their conf championships and get automatic bids to the tourny. However, they do not get a seed which is higher than many of the at large teams from better or bigger conf.
The main advantage in changing the seeding in the NFL is that it would make the week 17 games meaningful for almost all the teams still in the playoff hunt or those which have clinched a spot but could still be playing for a higher seed and a possible bye."





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