Earlier in the week, I was on the phone with Eric discussing (arguing) the Seahawks and their chances for the rest of the season, along with some stuff about covering for him while he's on furlough.
While I didn't think 2-4 was the end of the world, I didn't think it would be possible for the Seahawks to make the postseason.
The offensive line is being held together with duct tape, super glue and a guy named Damion McIntosh. And as Greg Knapp admitted the other day, it's limited them in what the they can do offensively, particularly in the run game.
Remember when Knapp said that the zone-blocking scheme would really start clicking about week six or seven. Well we are at week six, and Knapp admitted that prediction has now been pushed back.
"That was if the same starting five linemen were in control," Knapp said. "There's no way it's going to be like that now. It's going to take longer. Two starting centers, three left guards, four left tackles, maybe on our fifth in seven games? You can't develop the running game and/or the protection game consistently if you change the parts."
It also limits how much they can do offensively as well as using all of the playbook and game planning.
"As a game plan, you don't game plan as much in the run game. You get more specific, alright here's the core runs we're going to do and we're going to make those work. And not try to have too much because you have the parts changing. And from the protection standpoint, you gotta be sensitive to finding different ways to help the tackle or guard out. Either chip help, keep the tight end in, or moving the quarterback. "
That's not exactly inspiring.
Along those lines on the offensive line, some of you have asked about big Walt. My answer: No, I don't believe Walter Jones will play in a game this season.
Some may say: "What the hell do you know?"
Well, I know enough to not trust a quick recovery from microfracture surgery. And this whole talk of a "non-weight bearing bone" is ridiculous (as Hass would say). Absolutely ridiculous. As I said on the podcast a few weeks ago, the man weighs 350 pounds, name a bone in his legs that is not weight-bearing.
Eric was a little more pragmatic and logical - not surprising. Obviously, he believes the line has issues and that is major reason this team is in trouble, but then he also pointed to the remaining 10 games on the schedule. Realistically to have a chance the Hawks would need to go 9-7 to even have a slight chance. And with Hawks at 2-4, Eric said he didn't know if there were seven wins out there in the remaining 10 games to make it interesting, because six of those games are on the road, a place where the Seahawks have been just 5-13 since the 20o7 season.
He does have a point.
And so I told Eric that I would throw out a post about it, taking a look at the remaining 10 games and assessing their chances. Remember I'm doing this with an unbiased opinion. I'm not a Hawks fan. Sure it's better if they win, but I'm not a fan.
Somewhat frequent poster "Hellomouthbreathers" had a similar comment - breaking down the schedule - in one of the posts earlier in the week.
Feel free to breakdown the remaining 10 games with your thoughts on which ones they will win, and which ones they won't.
A few things ... I'm looking at this breakdown under the assumption that Hass stays healthy all season, Sims and Locklear come back (though I figure Locklear will get hurt again) and Lofa not being a factor since we haven't heard anything on his situation.
Nov. 1 -- at Dallas: The Cowboys are not good. They should have lost to the Chiefs, but Miles Austin bailed them out. Romo might have to get back together with Jessica Simpson to start playing better. DeMarcus Ware has a stress fracture in his foot, but even at 80 percent he still could cause problems for the line. It sounds as though Felix Jones will be healthy by then. Having Trufant back in some capacity should help, but I'm going Dallas 28-14.
Nov. 8 -- Detroit: It doesn't sound as though QB Matthew Stafford and his partially dislocated knee will be ready to play for that game. Too bad. I'd love to see a rookie QB deal with the 12th man. Instead, we'll get Daunte Culpepper, who is so large he appears to be with child. That's a win for the Hawks, 24-3.
Nov. 15 -- at Arizona: Obviously, they can't start as bad as they did at home against the Cards. Or can they? Trufant should be healthy by now, but I don't know if it will make a difference. Right now, Larry Fitzgerald is the best receiver in the game and he will hurt you regardless of who covers him. Sims and Locklear would ideally be back by then, so I think the protection should be better for Matt. But I don't know if the defense can stop the Cards offense. They haven't shown me that they can. Seattle will score points and it will be close, but I don't think they'll win. Cards, 31-27,
Nov. 22 -- at Minnesota: Back to back road games against two top teams. It's an early game in Central time. Perhaps the Hawks can hope that NBC doesn't like the game between the Eagles and Bears and use the flex scheduling and to have Brett Favre on in primetime. Regardless of time played, the Vikings look legit. Favre isn't the Favre we saw at the end of last season. Vikings 24-14
No. 29 -- at St. Louis: The Rams could easily be winless going into this game, unless they find a way to win at Detroit. How bad would it be to lose to a winless team? Like getting stuck in an elevator with Chris Berman and Stuart Scott bad. St. Louis will get better under Spagnulo, but not good enough to beat the Hawks. Seattle, 27-10
Dec. 6 -- San Francisco: Hmm, I don't know what to think here. The Niners could come into this game with a 7-4 record or a 5-6 record. I'm leaning toward the latter. I'm not a disciple or a believer in Rev. Singletary just yet. You grate on guys that hard, eventually they learn to tune it out. Yes, they are getting Crabtree, who will have about six games under his belt. But its still Shaun Hill throwing it to him. The big key will be if Frank Gore is healthy coming into that game. Still, the Hawks are at home. I'll give the Hawks, and more importantly the 12th man, the benefit of the doubt for this one game. Seattle 21-17
Dec. 13 -- at Houston: If Larry Fitzgerald is the most dominant receiver in football, Andre Johnson might be the second most dominant. The guy is a stud. The Texans also have a solid tight end in Owen Daniels. Matt Schaub can cut you up if you give him time, and so far we haven't seen Seattle establish a consistent pass rush or even a consistent scheme for getting pressure on the quarterback. The Texans can score points, but they can't stop anyone either. I don't know if the Hawks have the same troubles traveling south as they do traveling east. It will be an early start for them though. I'm going to be optimistic, the line will be healthy by then (no Walt though) and the Hawks win in a shootout, 34-31.
Dec. 20 -- at Tampa Bay: To describe the Bucs in a word: "sucktastic." They are flawed. I don't know who the hell they are starting at QB, and neither do they. And the disgusting thing is that they have a Super Bowl title and the Hawks don't. If the Bucs don't prevail in the "Toilet Bowl" game against Carolina, they will be winless coming into this game. They will also leave the game winless. I don't care if its on the east coast, what time it starts.
That game could be played in China at 6 a.m. and the Seahawks should win. If they lose this game, then I will wear one of those goofy sweater vests Eric always wears to the final home game of the season. Hawks 34-13
Dec. 27-- at Green Bay: Hmm, let's think about the last time the Hawks played in Green Bay. I'll give you a second to swallow the vomit that came up from inside. I actually don't think the Packers have a great team, but I think they have a better team than the Hawks. Green Bay's defense has been better. Aaron Rodgers is solid, though with the punishment he's taking this season, he could be out with injury by this game. Still, Seattle has lost their last three games at Lambeau so I don't see it changing. Packers 28-17
Jan. 3 -- Tennessee: I guarantee you the Titans won't be winless coming into this game. They won't be winless after next week. And they also have St. Louis and Buffalo on their schedule. I truly expect that Vince Young will be Tennessee's starting QB by then. But the guy who scares me is Chris Johnson. The guy is lightning fast. He's faster than Frank Gore and we saw what he did to the Hawks. So hopefully Lofa is playing by then and Jordan Babineax's understanding of basic geometry, particularly proper angles has improved, or else Johnson will be running wild. Still, the Titans quit last week against the Patriots, who's to say they won't have quit on the season by then. Seattle, 27-21
So let's see that's 6-4 over those 10 games, which would leave them 8-8 at the end of the season and out of the postseason. Suddenly that crapfest last week against the Cardinals is looking pretty costly. Also, I was pretty optimistic with the wins over the Niners at home and Houston on the road - both games that could easily go the other way.
Obviously, much can change. Injuries to the Hawks or to their opponents could greatly change things. If Kurt Warner goes down and Matt Leinart goes in, that can change things not only for that one game but for the whole NFC West.
Anyway, it was just something I thought I would kind of take a look at. Feel free to critique my predictions (try to be kind). Or offer your assessments and predictions. This is a community and I'm just as interested in reading your opinions.