Good morning Cougs, and a happy Monday to you and yours.
As for yours truly? Well, I'm bummed. After the craziness of yesterday's Seahawks playoff loss, it stings. After falling so far behind, looking so dreadful for long stretches, only to come all the way back like that....and then let them get that last second field goal? Brutal, and a tremendous heartbreaker with the finality in all of it.
I still am in disbelief as to how it all came down though. They looked so bad early, where they just couldn't get out of their own way and once again got off to a lousy, WTF is going on start to it all. An early fumble by Marshawn Lynch, going for it on 4th and inches in easy field goal range, not getting points right before the half, and falling behind even further in the 3rd? I sure thought it was over and was tweeting that I hope ATL plays like this next week vs. the hated Harbaugh's and San Fran! But what a fourth quarter, what a comeback, what a disappointment, and finally, what a QB the Hawks have right now.
I am still amazed at how far, how fast, Russell Wilson has come on in the NFL. Early in the season I was just not buying him, I just didn't see it. He just didn't look good enough early on, looked a little too uneasy in the pocket and the accuracy wasn't there yet, things were not clicking. After they lost vs. St Louis early on when Wilson threw an INT on the last possession, I was ready for Matt Flynn. But they stuck with the kid QB, took the growing pains and all that, all the while knowing what they had. And then he played huge in the comeback vs. New England, and things just sort of took off from there. And wow, here we are! And it's not just me being a D-Bag HOMER on Wilson either. Check out some of this stuff on Wilson from Mike Sando at ESPN.com. Pretty impressive, even in defeat!
Anyway, it's tough. Today I can sit here and say "Hey, this is one of the youngest teams in the NFL, they have their franchise QB now and a young, hungry defense. THEY'LL BE BACK!" But will they? There is no guarantee of anything going forward. And a lot of very good/great QB's have broken through early in their careers, only to never get back when things looked so promising early on. Dan Marino went to a Super Bowl in his second season, but never got a taste again. Brett Favre went to a couple of Super Bowls in his first five seasons, but despite getting really close after that and many deep playoff runs, he never made it back either. It's just so damn tough to get to the promised land, and you never know what the future will hold. It's hard to be disappointed with an 11-win season and a road playoff win with a rookie QB who tied Peyton Manning's rookie TD pass record. But at the same time they were THIS CLOSE to playing in the NFC championship game! So today is truly a "mixed bag" of emotions. Sad and disappointed that it's over, yet hopeful (cautiously) for what lies ahead.
Anyway, on to the morning links......no comments