Some silly reporter asked Richard Sherman about the Seattle Seahawks gaining control of their own destiny.
“We never felt like we were ever out of control of our own destiny,” Sherman quickly corrected.
Yes, Sherman is the ultimate football existentialist, realizing that destiny is decided by gang-tackling, and flattening the guy who is trying to flatten you, and keeping teams from moving the ball and scoring points.
And when a team does that enough, the way the Seahawks have the past four weeks, destiny’s got nothing to do with it.
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Sunday, it was another dominating performance, the Seahawks pulling away to a 17-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers in front of a record crowd at CenturyLink Field.
It was their seventh win in eight games, and with a 10-4 record, wins in the final two games would give them the NFC West title and a likely shot at homefield advantage through the playoffs.
The last time they did that, it led to the Super Bowl win.
“We’re at our peak now,” linebacker K.J. Wright said. “We’re not letting teams breathe out there now. We get these last two wins and get homefield (advantage) again, I expect nothing but going to the top again.”
On the topic of control, the Seahawks gave up just 10 points in 120 minutes of play against the Niners this season. They’ve allowed Arizona, Philadelphia and San Francisco (twice) 27 points in the past four games.
When they held the potent Eagle offense to 139 yards and 14 points last week, Sherman said he wasn’t surprised by the scant yardage, but was alarmed they gave up 14 points.
Can you live with seven points out of the Niners this week, Richard?
“No, we gotta clean that up,” Sherman said … and it didn’t sound like he was kidding. “We should have stopped them on that drive and they should have gotten nothing. We could have held ‘em down more than we did.”
In a beneficial development, Buffalo topped Green Bay on Sunday, leaving the No. 1 seed in the NFC a possibility for the Seahawks if they can beat Arizona and St. Louis in the final two weeks.
Safety Kam Chancellor said the defense wasn’t concerned about some missed assignments and tackles in the first half, as they “recommitted” and put out “a maximum group effort” in the second half.
It was particularly so of the defensive front seven, which was largely responsible for the six sacks of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“Those guys up front are savages,” Chancellor said.
The Seahawks hadn’t paid much attention to the Green Bay outcome, and it will draw little or no conversation this week, Chancellor said.
“We’re focused on the next game,” Chancellor said. “We’re not worried about what’s going on later.”
Once again, the defense was led by middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, whose return four weeks ago coincided with the Seahawks’ resurgence. He finished with 10 tackles, but it looked like he was in on nearly every snap.
“I tried … I try to make every single tackle,” Wagner said. “That’s my mindset. We had some adversity (trailing early) and we’re still battling through it. That’s the making of a great team. (We’re) on the rise … still on the rise.”
The Seahawks still face 11-win Arizona, and must play host in the regular-season finale to St. Louis, a team that topped them in October.
And there are concerns. Their quarterback, Russell Wilson, got sacked five times and hit 10 times. At times, he looked like the rabbit at a greyhound track, running for his life. They continued to have protection issues and untimely penalties.
But when you don’t let the opponent score, you win games.
Coach Pete Carroll wouldn’t look past next Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.
“(Playoff consideration) is so far out of what we’re concerned about,” Carroll said. “I don’t care about that stuff right now. We have two more games to play, and we have one more game that’s at hand right now. The rest of it doesn’t matter.”
Given the way they’ve choked off offenses for a month, regaining the form that led to near historic defensive numbers last season, some of the Hawks were asked about creating a lasting legacy.
Safety Earl Thomas put an end to that.
“It’s not about the legacy, it’s about now,” Thomas said. “We’re in the present.”
Right, legacy is a lot like destiny. It’s something that sorts itself later when you play the way the Seahawks are now.