Normally, I am not one for paying attention to guarantees. Most of the time when a player makes a guarantee, it feels forced.
For example, Mo Williams of the Cleveland Cavaliers guaranteed the Cavs were going to win their series against the Orlando Magic, which didn’t happen.
Players, more often than not, shove a fatal nail into their team by using guarantees. It’s a death sentence, a way of ensuring your team will not fulfill those lofty promises your big mouth spouted off early into the season.
No way a player on any of my teams would do that, ever.
Then this past week, Seahawks wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh made a guarantee that the Seattle Seahawks will go back to the post season and he and Matt Hasselbeck will go to the Pro Bowl as a tandem.
As I read his comments, I felt a sharp pain in my chest. I thought I was having a heart attack. No way did he just jinx the Seahawks by "guaranteeing" a playoff spot.
But the more I thought about it, the more I loved his prediction.
The Seahawks needed a player like this.
Finally, they have a player with some swagger. A player who makes predictions and who, we know, will go out and back up what he said.
This team was in desperate need of that type of player. Now will the Seahawks back it up?
Seattle has the ability to make the postseason this year. After stubbing their toe in the 2008 season, the 2009 version of the Seahawks have key components coming back from injuries this season.
Deion Branch and Nate Burleson are back to compliment Houshmandzadeh, Patrick Kerney is back to shore up the defensive line, Walter Jones and Mike Wahle are back to help jump-start the running game, and Matt Hasselbeck is ready to take back the reins in Seattle.
The Seahawks need to have a combination of the running game they had in 2005 and the passing game they had in 2007 in order to make the push for the playoffs this season.
In 2005, the Seahawks had the third best rushing attack in the NFL. In 2007, the Seahawks had the eighth best passing attack in the NFL.
Houshmandzadeh has some control over that, but he doesn’t have control over the other side of the ball—the defense.
The Seahawks will rely heavily on their ability to generate a consistent pass rush in order to offset their lack of size. Patrick Kerney’s return to the defense should help generate a pass rush that could be in the top of the league in sacks.
With the ninth-easiest schedule in the NFL (Seahawks' combined opponents' winning percentage is .459) all signs are positive for the Seahawks' quest to return to the playoffs.
I just hope Houshmandzadeh doesn’t start predicting Super Bowl wins and MVP awards.
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