While recording segments for this week's SeahawksFTW Weekly podcast, Adam and I got into a discussion
regarding what we should expect to see this Sunday when the Seahawks take on the Jaguars at the CLink. Paraphrasing, Adam said something to the effect of "Pete's not going to run up the score on Gus. They have too much respect for him." I was, to say the least, a bit taken aback.
I retorted, "Are you trying to tell me that the man whose mantra is 'Always Compete' is going to coast through this game because an ol' buddy of his is now across the sidelines?!"
Since then, Adam has softened his stance a bit, but I've heard more than one local radio analyst make similar comments. Now, don't get me wrong, I know that Pete isn't the only member of the Seahawks organization with tremendous respect for the first-year head coach of the Jags, Gus Bradley-- but I absolutely refuse to believe that they'll modify their game plan in any way as a gesture of respect.
Sure, I doubt we'll see them go for two unnecessarily. It's safe to say they probably wont go for it on 4th down unless they absolutely have to. Perhaps we might even see backups get some time or questionable injuries held out to err on the side of caution-- but believe me, they will do their best to win on every single play.
From what we know from Coach Bradley's time here-- that's exactly how he'd want it to be.
Let's be real, even if Seattle win's 62-0, losing to a championship caliber team in Seattle isn't nearly as embarrassing as losing to the perpetually awful Raiders. I think it's safe to say that the Seahawks will cover the 20 point spread-- even if the backups see extending playing time.
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