Why did the Seahawks lose?

Jan 16, 2011, 7:10 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

We lost John Carlson early on, we underestimated Chicago’s quarterback Jay Cutler, we didn’t blitz enough. Those are some of the reasons already being kicked around to explain the Seahawks defeat at Soldier Field.

The Chicago Sun-Times describes their Bears as “defiant” as they “easily defeated” the Seahawks. The Chicago Tribune is barely writing about the Seahawks game and instead is looking ahead to the Bears vs Green Bay.

Local sports writers offer their thoughts on why the Seahawks lost. What do you think?

I think the team didn’t seem adjusted to the time change. I also think they should have had long-sleeve shirts on, they looked cold. I’m a mom and I always think that.

There’s a lot of talk about this on Facebook, where Erv Kuebler says, “The Hawks did not make plays when there were opportunities. Matt Hasselbeck was sharp again but nobody seemed capable of making a catch! The fact that John Carlson went out early really didn’t help matters. His absence took away a threat when our other real threat (Williams) couldn’t get moving for some reason. The defensive game plan was a little puzzling since pressuring the QB made a difference against NO last week and there wasn’t much blitzing at all today. Overall, this team overachieved and gave us two extremely fun weeks! Thanks Hawks!”

David Kaufer says, “Unfortunately, the Seahawks were true to their season character in this game. Lets not forget they lost 9 games by double digits during the year and only won 2 road games. They missed some early opportunities – dropped passes, missed coverage and bad tackles – and dug themselves into too deep a hole to climb out of, especially in a hostile environment like Soldier Field. Hawks fans should enjoy the memory of last week’s big win against the Saints. It was basically a fluke, but made football fun for another week and hopefully gave Seahawks fans reason to hope for the future under the Carroll regime.”

“We couldn’t get going,” says Pete Carroll. “We ran into difficulties when we lost both tight ends in the first half. We were scrambling and we were out of sync.”


Matt Hasselbeck reacts to throwing an incomplete pass against the Bears. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Doesn’t matter now. We had a great end of the season from the Seahawks and high hopes for next year.

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Why did the Seahawks lose?