The offseason has begun. Trade Felix or spend some cash. No more lollygagging.
The ‘Hawks are just shy of the half way mark on the season. Their record is currently 2-6. Sports radio is ready to storm the VMAC to take out Pete Carroll and staff. I’m not ready to jettison another coach less than a year and a half into his tenure. So what if he gets a little “hormonal” and goes for it on 4th down. Big ‘effing deal. We need a coach with some balls. The players will respond.
Yes, the offense is horrible: We have Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst taking snaps… THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE! We also have a young offensive line. The combination of those two things makes discussing the rest of the offense irrelevant. Let’s look at the D.
No, the defense isn’t horrible: I have a huge crush on Cam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. Those guys are so fun to watch. They are the future of the team. The corners are young and angry which is how I like them. The linebackers are a nice mix of veterans and rookies. The D-line lacks depth, but if they stay healthy, they will be productive. The D will continue to do well barring injuries.
In general the team will be fine. Probably finish with 4 or 5 wins. Fellow 12’s… manage your expectations and you will be able to enjoy this football season. It’s a young team looking to win in 2012 or 2013.
The Sounders had a productive; and what I’d call a successful season. They won the US Open Cup and had a great run though the regular season. Unfortunately they played their worst game of the season when it mattered most. The boys lost to Real Salt Lake (real name) and were bounced in the first round of the playoffs. Now to a bunch of ignorant Americans, winning the US Open Cup isn’t a big deal. Pay them no mind. This team attempted something most US professional franchises would never dream to attempt. They tried to win everything. Between the regular MLS season, the CONCACAF tournament and US Open tournament, this team held nothing back. They almost pulled it off too. It would have been soccer’s equivalent to the Triple Crown. It’s going to be hard to keep a team this talented though the offseason.
2011 Team Most Valuable Players: Kasey Keller, Alonso and Freddie Montero (safe, obvious picks I know)
2011 Team Least Valuable Players: Fernandez, Jaqua.