A year ago, the Seahawks got off to a 0-2 start and soon found themselves at 2-4, two games behind Arizona in the NFC West.
They never made up that ground, failing to win the division for the first time since 2012, and ended up going on the road for both playoff games. It ended with a lackluster loss to Carolina in the divisional round.
Pete Carroll would like to avoid all of that this year by getting off to a better start. What’s that, you say? Too late? They are a mere 1-1, coming off a dud 9-3 loss to the division rival Rams?
In his Friday interview with Dori Monson, Carroll pointed out that all four NFC West teams are locked at 1-1 (it’s the only division where every team is tied) and this week is basically a restart for the teams in the division.
“When we started the season, we were all evened up; everybody’s all evened up right now,” he said. “It’s what are you going to do about it now that counts.
“We’re fortunate after not really playing the way that we like to play for two weeks and we’re still tied with everybody in our division,” he said. “We’ll see if we can pick up our game, get ourselves a win and get moving and start making some progress.
“It’s a long, hard year. There’s a lot of challenges and rigors. Nothing that happens right now tells you the story of what the rest of the season is going to be like. It’s just the beginning of it. So we need to see if we can get going.”
The Seahawks started 2-1 in 2014, but they faded to 3-3 before winning nine of the last 10 to secure the NFC’s top seed.
Last year, they started 1-2 and 4-5 before winning six of the final seven to get back to the playoffs.
“We’d like to start better than we have the last couple of years,” Carroll said. “That means getting the win this weekend.”
If history has anything to say about it, they will. Carroll’s Seahawks are 6-0 in the third game.