The day after sending out last week’s newsletter, some big news broke last Friday as the Seahawks traded away Percy Harvin to the New York Jets. The trade seemingly came out of nowhere, but the word starting coming out after the transaction about some issues within the locker room that had not yet come out in the news.
Michael Robinson confirmed a report that Harvin had punched Golden Tate in the face right before the Super Bowl and that he was the one who broke up the fight. Other rumors were swirling around that Harvin was potentially dividing the locker room and brewing a “mutiny” against Russell Wilson.
It’s tough to know what’s true and what isn’t with a lot of the recent stories coming out of Seattle. One thing appears to be certain is that the team made a move that was best for the team moving forward.
We can hope that Percy’s departure is one of those things that brings a team together and propels them through the season. Six games in and the Seahawks aren’t catching the same kind of breaks that they were getting last year. It seems as though some fans are getting a bit frustrated, but in reality this team is just a couple plays away from being 5-1.
The Rams had been a team on the verge of winning a big game. Against the Cowboys and 49ers, they were out to early leads only to fold in the second half. St. Louis almost did the same against Seattle after jumping out quickly 21-3. In the end, a fake punt kept their offense on the field.
The Rams almost fumbled it away at the end. Richard Sherman seemed to fall on the football in the final minute, but apparently wasn’t able to come out of the pile with the ball. For some strange reason, the play wasn’t even reviewed by officials and the Rams were able to kneel down on the final play to tick the finals seconds off the clock and earn the 28-26 win.
Taking on the Carolina Panthers is just what this team needs right now. Although the Panthers were the #2 seed in the playoffs last year, they’ve been decimated by injuries, offseason departures, and just aren’t playing well.
The Hawks have been in every game they’ve played this season. That hasn’t been the case with the Panthers, although they share a similar record at 3-3-1.
The next few games might be considered the easy part of the schedule, so this would be the perfect time to start a nice run of wins and get Seattle back up on top of the division.
Trips across the U.S. make for a long trip for Seahawks players, but for Seahawks fans in Afghanistan it means they get to watch the game at a (somewhat) reasonable time.
The game is set to broadcast live on AFN Sports and DTS Sports at 1000 PT, 1700 GMT and 2130 in Afghanistan.
Sea Hawkers podcast: Rams Recap, Panthers Preview, Norm Johnson Interview
Russell Wilson has a record-setting performance this week in a 28-26 loss to a division rival. Adam and Brandan talk about some of the special teams plays that sunk the Seahawks this week, problems with the Seahawks pass rush and the sudden departure of Percy Harvin.
The Carolina Panthers are next up on the schedule and might be just the right team for Seattle to play to get back into the win column. A Panthers defense that was the strength of the team last season is now struggling and they have injuries among other problems on the offensive line. Sound familiar. A bit, but things seem to be much worse in Carolina.
The guys interview former Seahawks kicker Norm Johnson and talk about everything from his recent work in creating a craft beer for Seahawks fans — The 12 Man Pale Ale — to one of his best memories in helping the Seahawks reach the playoffs for the first time back in 1983.
With the recent Percy Harvin trade, Norm talks about the difference certain guys can make in the locker room as Brian Bosworth was one of his least favorite guys to play with in Seattle. He discusses how he had the exact opposite experience with Deion Sanders during his time with the Falcons.
The guys give this week’s picks and talk about plans to add a second show to the week by breaking out the pick’em segment into a show scheduled for release on Thursdays tentatively titled “SHP: NFL Full 32.”
Earl Thomas and Peyton Manning get “do better” nods this week and DeMarco Murray and Russell Wilson are “better at life” for each accomplishing something no player has ever done in the NFL.