Warren Moon: Seahawks still have a Super Bowl XLIX hangover

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Last week’s ESPN The Magazine article regarding the dysfunction in Seattle included plenty of focus on the inability of some Seahawks to get past the stunning loss in Super Bowl XLIX. Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who works for the Seahawks Radio Network, acknowledges that, more than two years later, the final offensive play from the lost championship continues to be a problem for the team.

“They are still having a hangover from two years ago, if you can believe it or not, about losing that Super Bowl in the last minute with the interception on the one-yard line,” Moon recently told Brian Webber and Kordell Stewart of NFL No Huddle on TuneIn. “And with a lot of guys, it just kind of rubbed them the wrong way and they just haven’t gotten over it. This team will not be able to move on and really do what they want to do which is win another Super Bowl unless they can somehow put that behind them. There are certain guys on the team that just haven’t been able to do that and until they are able to do that they are going to continue to keep having a very good football team but a team that is going to probably come up short of their goals because of not being able to let go of the past and letting those things become a hindrance to their success.”

Cornerback Richard Sherman clearly is one of the guys who haven’t been able to get past Super Bowl XLIX. Which explains why the Seahawks have considered moving on from him.

“I think you just can’t have these negative things in the back of your mind,” Moon said. “You have to be focused and be all in on what’s going on in front of you and not worrying about what’s behind you because those just hinder your teams success. It can become a huge distraction. It can become something that separates your football team and you don’t need that when your trying to go against some of the best football teams in the league and trying to unseat them as either NFC champions or Super Bowl champions. You definitely have to make sure everybody’s minds are clear and focused on what the goal is at hand and you have to leave everything that has happened in the past.”

Any player who can’t do that needs to become part of the team’s past, sooner than later. If Sherman truly can’t do it, the team needs to ultimately plant the “For Sale” sign back in the yard and take the best offer it gets.

51 responses to “Warren Moon: Seahawks still have a Super Bowl XLIX hangover

  1. That’s one explanation. Another is that they finally have to actually pay all their players more than rookie contracts, which means they can’t have a team full of superstars, but rather a team with a few stars and a few young guys on cheap contracts who will never become stars.

  2. The trick is to use it as a “chip on the shoulder” or incentive to work/play aggressively to get that bad taste out of the mouth. I know that Winning another SB would help the bad taste go away.

  3. Could that be the minisoda barney’s problem? They’re still suffering a Super Bowl hangover from 1978.

    But we should all feel sorry for them cause cus cus cus dey hat a stupid bol stolt frum dem.

    SKOLOL!!!

  4. You gotta love the New England Patriots. Not content with simply beating other teams, they will actually break them for years to come. Amazing.

  5. I’m a pats fan and I don’t think that’s it they just haven’t been as good when it counts. They came close to coming back against the panthers a few years ago and Atlanta was just a better team this year so it’s not like they are still the most talented team in the NFC like they were. If they won the super bowl this year I don’t think any of us would be shocked.

  6. I kept waiting for Warren Moon to blame whitey for Seattle’s dysfunction but he didn’t. This time.

  7. If Kearse didn’t pull a typical Kearse and drop that perfect pass along sidelines with Hawks up 10, there would have been no last minute INT. But Kearse is Kearse.

  8. The striking part about that article was that they weren’t even getting along when they were champions. That main story about Sherman throwing the ball at Wilson and telling him he sucked was in the offseason after they WON. Hard to imagine any other team having that sort of animosity right after winning a Super Bowl.

  9. Dear Mr. Sherman.

    I believe your skills are top shelf. Your intellect is superior and your physical talent is undeniable. That said, if your next home is in Tennessee, please leave your mental offensive playbook in Seattle. Our rushing attack is elite and we have the best Red Zone QB in the league. Interference is bad–both at your position and with our offensive coaches. … That said, you sir, could be exactly what we need to round out our defense.

    – Titans Fan

  10. So winning playoff games in both seasons preceding the lost Super Bowl is considered a hangover… haha… so basically if don’t win the Super Bowl again after you lost it, it a hangver.

  11. You have to have the “we’re on to Cincinnati” attitude when it comes to losses, especially bad losses. Bill Belichick is great at instilling that “we’re on to the next game” attitude in his team. If Seattle doesn’t get that then they will always be just another very good team but never a great team. It’s one thing (among many) that separates the Patriots from the rest of the league.

  12. too much emphasis on the (excellent) play by Butler.

    sea gulls were lucky to even be down by the goal line…ball literally fell in kearse’s lap to get down there. sea gulls wasted all their timeouts. sea gulls couldn’t even slow down TB12 in the 4th quarter. you were simply beat by the Pats…it happens…a lot…

  13. What would Moon know about a Super Bowl hangover? He was horrible in every NFL playoff game he ever played in. Maybe he meant “Grey Cup” hangover. He did win 5 of those.

  14. Boy, if the Seahawks are suffering a hangover after losing the game on their last offensive play, imagine how long the hangover the Falcons are gonna have given the crushing second half they absorbed. Losing on the last offensive play vs. blowing a 25 point lead is like drinking a six pack vs. a liter of vodka.

  15. If the D hadn’t gone belly up in the 4th quarter and let New England take the game away from them it wouldn’t have taken one of the half dozen luckiest catches in SB history to get them close enough for everything to have become so dramatic. It wasn’t a bad play call but it was a horrific result. Wilson should have thrown that ball away. Belichick showed Carroll, Bevell and Wilson what they expected to see and baited Wilson into throwing that ball. But without the defensive collapse and Kearse’s preposterous catch none of that happens and the story of the game becomes the legion of boom going bust instead of the D getting to point fingers. If the players on that D still need to get past it then they need to have a serious look at the man in the mirror because Carroll, Bevell and Wilson didn’t allow 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter. They should also take a look back at who was on the opposite sideline. Like their fans the Hawks tend to forget they aren’t the only ones out there. Sometimes the other guys get it right and nobody has gotten it more right more often than Brady and Belichick.

  16. Any hangover the Seahawks have from that game isn’t due to the Patriots, but to the absolutely stupid decision to throw the ball on the Patriots one yard line.

    They could have given the ball the Marshawn Lynch or had Wilson roll out and run to the pylon. There was no reason to call that play at that time. The Seahawks had that game won, and did the only time they could have done to lose it.

  17. One of the most underrated aspects of Brady and Belichick is how they bounced back from not one but two flukey SB losses to the New Jersey Giants. Who is laughing now?

  18. yeah, Seattle has a hangover. The difference between them and our players, is after Super Bowl 42/46 you have to KEEP PLUGGING. Watch America’ s Game on the 2004 Patriots. Tedy Bruschi mentioned opening night with the super bowl 38 patches and belichick says “the circus is in town.” As painful as it is, YOU HAVE TO GOT TO MOVE ON. I STILL can not watch the Helmet catch by Tyree, or the Manningham finger grab on the side line. Another aspect is now Seattle will be paying guys more than rookie deals is not going to help.

  19. Pete Carroll leaves every program he touches in a mess, Jets, Patriots, USC, and soon Seattle. Hopefully in the future teams will learn not to hire the overrated clown.

  20. The sports media loves propping up Sherman as this thoughtful, intelligent evolved guy (mainly bc of Stanford). He’s not. He’s a whiny baby prima donna that only cares about himself. Locker room cancer, move on Pete.

  21. “If Kearse didn’t pull a typical Kearse and drop that perfect pass along sidelines with Hawks up 10, there would have been no last minute INT. But Kearse is Kearse.”

    The what if game never works because there’s always a counter.

    In this case if I think it was Balwin hadn’t made that bobbling circus catch that Butler had batted into the air they never would have been down at the goal line to get intercepted.

    See how it works?

    What happened happened, what ifs don’t matter.

  22. Seahawks D should be thanking Carroll/Wilson for that play call/execution. Had it been a touchdown, Brady would still have come back and won. And then the criticism would have correctly been all on the D.

  23. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 12:27 PM
    “If Kearse didn’t pull a typical Kearse and drop that perfect pass along sidelines with Hawks up 10, there would have been no last minute INT. But Kearse is Kearse.”

    The what if game never works because there’s always a counter.

    In this case if I think it was Balwin hadn’t made that bobbling circus catch that Butler had batted into the air they never would have been down at the goal line to get intercepted

    Not Baldwin, Kearse. Yo your point, Kearse was the guy who was supposed to push Browner back into Butler to give room for the catch at the goal line. Live by the Kearse, die by the Kearse. It happens.

  24. The team has dysfunction and drama yet you hope beyond hope that they sign Kaepernick.

  25. In my mind the issue is Pete Carroll. He’s the HC and should set the tone. He’s too much of a cheerleader and not a coach. Instead of telling his team to get over it, he’s allowed this whiny behavior – led by Sherman – to consume it. If he’d put down his pom-poms and try coaching it might have been different.

    Shows how smart Robert Kraft was in letting him go.

  26. rootpain says:
    Jun 1, 2017 12:30 PM

    Seahawks D should be thanking Carroll/Wilson for that play call/execution. Had it been a touchdown, Brady would still have come back and won. And then the criticism would have correctly been all on the D.

    __________

    Really? If the Seahawks had scored, there would have been about 22 seconds left For the Pats. After kickoff, less than 20 seconds. Brady’s good, sure… but c’mon, man.

  27. This hasn’t been their problem. People saying it wouldn’t bother them (Moon included), never worked that hard and lost at the end a championship. I don’t care if they won 3 more titles in a row, they’ll never forget that one. It’s the same for New England who have won 5; that one in 2012 and especially in 2007 I’m sure keeps Brady and Belichick up at night. They have lost the last couple of years because they weren’t as good, last year explicitly when they suffered some huge injuries to Earl Thomas and had Wilson limping through the year after matching Cam Newton pretty much stride for stride coming down the stretch in how well he played the year before. We’ll see if the new additions can fix this and if Thomas can come back strong, but that’s been their problem the last 2 years. No need to overanalyze it.

  28. peppy62 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 1:19 PM
    In my mind the issue is Pete Carroll. He’s the HC and should set the tone. He’s too much of a cheerleader and not a coach. Instead of telling his team to get over it, he’s allowed this whiny behavior – led by Sherman – to consume it. If he’d put down his pom-poms and try coaching it might have been different.

    Shows how smart Robert Kraft was in letting him go.
    =======================================
    Not sure about your last line. Do you think that Seattle is upset that they hired Carroll? Far from it. He’s built a Super Bowl Champion and perennial playoff contender.

    That is the type of locker room that Carroll wants. If Sherman doesn’t fit, they should clear him out. Faulting Carroll just doesn’t make sense here.

  29. I think Seattle is beginning to be upset about Carroll’s act. They have a great defense and a so-so offense with an outstanding QB. They should have been in more than just those 2 SBs, but in my mind Carroll got outcoached. Not necessarily in game (although watching that SB and the NFC championship game against Green Bay to get to the SB makes me think he’s not great in game), but in getting his team ready to play.

    This is the type of locker room he wants, but it’s not for the long haul. Pro players need and want more structure not rah rah. My guess is they will probably make the playoffs again (although I can definitely see them falling short) and losing in the first round.

    As a Pats fan, I’m glad his cheerleading uniform has a Seattle logo on it and we have the Hoodie. Maybe the Sea Gals can sign him up after he gets fired.

  30. Only Goodell can reopen the SB window by telling referees not to call defensive holding on Richard Charmin and the Legion of Bust again.

  31. Nothing to see here. Anyone could say the same about the Pats 2 losses to the Giants. In fact, New England should have won both those games and lost 2-3 others including the infamous “tuck rule” against the Raiders.

    With the current NFL strategy to insure more balance in the league, almost every game is closer than before. The difference between winning and losing is a razor’s edge. The Pats record 5 SB titles come with a 2 point advantage in scoring compared with the 49er’s 20-point margin of victory.

    Montana and the 49ers dominated their competition while the Pats have just slightly outperformed their statistics due to great quarterback play, great coaching and a little luck 😉

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