In 1993, Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith held out. He missed the first two games of the season, Dallas lost both, and then Emmitt got paid.
In 2015, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor has held out for the first two games of the season. The Seahawks have lost both. So what happens next?
As PFT has reported, the two sides haven’t talked since September 8, five days before a season-opening 34-31 loss to the Rams in St. Louis. Now, the morning after a 27-17 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field, will someone make a phone call?
In 1993, Dallas owner/G.M. Jerry Jones blinked. In 2015, Seattle owner Paul Allen hasn’t. As Peter King of TheMMQB.com noted on last night’s edition of NBC’s Football Night in America, G.M. John Schneider enjoys the full support of ownership in connection with the team’s decision to hunker down.
For Chancellor, the total cost of the holdout has now gone north of $2.1 million. For the Seahawks, his absence has helped contribute to an uncharacteristically porous defensive performance.
The Seahawks led the league in scoring defense the past three years, the first time that has happened since the 1969-71 Vikings. In 2012, Seattle allowed 15.3 points per game. In 2013, they surrendered 14.4 points per game. In Seattle, the average was 15.9.
Through two games, the 2015 average sits at 30.5. Advantage Chancellor, in theory. But until the Seahawks blink, it doesn’t matter. So far, they haven’t.