Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole said he is not feeling the love as is team heads into Sunday’s contest as 10 ½-point underdogs against the reigning Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.
The Seahawks are the first team in a non-strike year to make the postseason with a losing record, but seven teams since 1985 have made the playoffs at 8-8, and the past three have won their opening round games – St. Louis and Minnesota in 2004 and San Diego in 2008.
“Everybody in America is against us. What can you say? There’s no other way to say it but us against the world. Everybody’s picking against us just like they did last week, so it’s all up to us what we do.
“Most people like an underdog, but most people like a sure thing, too. It’s the defending Super Bowl champion going against the first team to make the playoffs with a losing record. Who would you go for?”
Greg Gabriel of the National Football post, a former scout, evaluates Russell Okung and Sam Bradford’s performance against St. Louis.
Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated writes that the Seahawks making the playoffs proves the system isn’t perfect.
According to Forbes magazine, Pete Carroll is the third highest paid coach in the league, with a five-year, $33 million deal.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that Carroll has changed the culture in Seattle, and winning has followed.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers these photos from Sunday’s game against the Rams.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about defensive end Raheem Brock and his father, Zach Dizon, who returned kicks for the Seahawks in 1983-84 and watched his son play as a Seahawk for the first time on Sunday.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes about Seattle’s sack duo of Brock and Chris Clemons.