Heavy post, man. But timely.
Honestly, I cant even figure out where I am at. I need to find some time this afternoon and sort of "Seahawk center" myself.. find out my actual, objective opinion.
I certainly THINK I believe the window essentially cant close because we still check all key boxes you need to be a contender. You need these 3 things , plus at least a "C+" defense, depending on where you decide to spend.:
We have those. We still have some defense. So.. the team is a contender. Even this year, honestly. Weve beaten the two best teams in the NFC as judged by pundits and the "eye" test.. the Eagles (pre Wentz injury) and the Rams. So we know we can soar. But weve lost some horrible games, horrible as in "what a waste"..and weve lost some games where they showed up late or not at all. Injuries are piling up. Short term.. we can still make a playoff push and the NFC is now back to wide open because Wentz got hurt and I don't believe in Case Keenum in January. I will say this.. if you want to focus short term.. we needed to find a way to keep Freeney. He made the line better AND he had the cache to tell the younger or more hot headed guys to cool it.
Long term..I don't know where we are. Last year I wanted us to trade Kam to help us re load and took (take?) a lot of flak for it. But , sorry.. with him out the pass defense actually upgraded and he isn't as physical as he once was. A number of games this year this team has been out physical-ed.. the Titans for sure, the Jaguars probably. JS and PC shouldn't be done but I think they have to do some better self scouting and better guard against getting too sentimental. All of life is stats and economics essentially and there is no room for sentimentality unfortunately. I love Kam but I also would have loved getting picks for him when we could have gotten them. I don thave Bevel like some do, but its years now that we cant get the offense going in the first half.. which means always playing from behind, which isn't what the offense is designed to do and not what the defense does best. The DC isn't getting the most out of the talent he has been given either. So.. need to evaluate the coordinators, need to honestly evaluate the players. Is Bennett as good as we think he is? Is KJ Wright?
We need to find some playmakers. We need to find our way back on course because in my opinion, weve drifted off of it.