Bill OBrien fell on his sword Saturday night, as NFL coaches are expected to. He wasnt going to throw his quarterback under the bus, even though his quarterback looked as bad in the Texansplayoff loss at New England as he did on opening day, and in their previous game against the Patriots, and in game after game all year long.
It was on him, O’Brien repeated after the 38-16 AFC divisional playoff elimination. I know I need to do a better job. It needs to start with me,he said, a theme he kept pushing, even though Brock Osweiler looked on the surface to be the bigger, more immediate problem.
But OBrien was right because a year ago, the Texans exited for the same reason after falling apart at the wrong time just with a different quarterback, Brian Hoyer. Four interceptions and a fumble by himself, and a 30-0 bludgeoning by the Chiefs.
They can’t let their line shortcomings keep holding them back.
This goes beyond the Seahawks running into a stretch of key players, including Wilson, who were in line for big contracts in a short span of time. This goes to neglect, at least, and arrogance at worst.
This has not snuck up on the Seahawks either. Before last year, the price they paid for Graham was center Max Unger; the line hasn’t been the same since. Then the tackle they felt sure they could get along without, Russell Okung, left as a free agent, and they havent come close to replacing him.
The Seahawks got away with it in the wild-card round each of the last two seasons, against the Vikings and Lions, respectively, only to get exposed the next week by the Panthers and then, on Saturday, the Falcons.
As long as theyre so cavalier about keeping Wilson upright, and expecting his legs to make up for their personnel mistakes, this Seahawks team that went to back-to-back Super Bowls a few years ago shouldnt plan for any others soon.