Among the many questions posed about the Seahawks this season is this — are they having fun anymore?
Times columnist Jerry Brewer asked that question today noting that:
At their best, the Seahawks are dominant and silly. They compound the beating they deliver by having more fun than should be allowed. From the defense’s sack dances to coach Pete Carroll’s sideline animation to Marshawn Lynch’s casual touchdown celebrations, they’ve often been a comedy show on Sundays.
This season, they’ve been more burdened. They’ve trailed quite a bit over their first seven games, which tempers emotion. Their sacks are down, and they’re not forcing turnovers like they usually do. Sometimes, when they make a play, they seem more relieved than fired up.
That’s not the way the Seahawks play football. The emotion has to be high. Fun is a necessity.
Interesting thought that I know leads some to wonder if it’s a chicken-and-egg question — does fun lead to winning or winning lead to fun? Regardless, Seattle would like to again have both, as they so often did last season.
Here are some more Friday morning links. …
— Jayson Jenks wrote about the maturation of Kevin Pierre-Louis the last few weeks.
— And here’s our notebook leading off with some injury news.
— Seahawks.com wraps up Thursday in Hawkville.
— Here’s the NFL Films video preview of Sunday’s game.
— ESPN’s preview.
— The Sports Network picks the Seahawks 31-12.
— Kevin Patra of NFL.com picks the Seahawks to miss the playoffs.
— SportsonEarth lists Darrell Bevell as one of the assistants most likely to be a head coach next season.
— Charles Woodson still getting it done for the Raiders.
— A breakdown of the Seaahawks from the San Jose Mercury News.
— Rookie LB Khalil Mack will be a handful for Seattle Sunday.
— This Wall Street Journal power ranking still thinks the Seahawks are a pretty good team:
— WSJ Sports (@WSJSports) October 31, 2014