Commentary: Seahawks chemistry driving team success
We start with another chemistry lesson. Because, in all honesty, that’s what this Seahawks season has been all about – with the two Rams games serving as the perfect benchmarks.
I stood here the night of October 18th after a Seahawks loss in St. Louis, and, to the dismay of skeptics, said the Seahawks were still a good team playing average football. The Hawks were 3-and-3 – and everyone was still digesting the unconscionable move of trading Percy Harvin.
Ten weeks later, on the heels of a second straight divisional title, we can say that the Hawks ARE a good team – playing exceptional football.
It also begs the question of whether Harvin might’ve been one of those combustible elements, threatening the chemistry the Hawks were seeking.
Who knows whether the Seahawks would’ve won 9 of their last 10 games with Harvin. But it’s an impressive sample set that once again proves that the collective whole is greater than an individual talent. There’s no taking away that Harvin helped the Hawks win their first Super Bowl in franchise history once they got there – but there’s also a satisfaction that they’ve positioned themselves to do it again, and might be even better, without his help.
More importantly, this Seahawks chemistry revolves around a bond that came two weeks after the Harvin trade. An impressive show of maturity from one of the youngest teams in the league.
They returned from the “Show Me State” after a Kansas City Loss – and proceeded to SHOW US what they’re really made of.
While every NFC West Championship is special – this one is the most impressive, given the way they played down the stretch against some of the toughest teams in the league. We called their late-season schedule, “The Gauntlet.” The Hawks made it look like “Child’s Play” instead. Seattle didn’t just survive the last two months – they full-on conquered it – and deserve the spoils of home field advantage.
Yes, there’s a lot of work left. But all the right elements are there – Leadership. Obsession to detail. And most of all – Belief.
That’s another “LOB” we all can embrace….
It’s a lesson in chemistry the Seahawks continue to pass with flying colors. Let’s all hope the Final Exam comes on February 1st.