The Seahawks, despite nine losses and plenty more flaws, are NFC West champs following Sunday night’s 16-6 victory over St. Louis. And whether the rest of the country is OK with it or not, the 7-9 Seahawks are going to the playoffs, and they’re not going to apologize to anyone for it.
“Listen, there are no apologies for making the playoffs,” safety Lawyer Milloy said. “The easiest way to get into the playoffs is to win your division, period, point blank, and we did that.”
As for those 10-6 teams who missed the playoffs–Tampa Bay and New York, both of which thumped the Seahawks this season–well they should have won their division, the Seahawks say.
“The playoffs are set up the way they’re set up,” defensive end Chris Clemons said. “If you don’t win your division and you don’t go, you can’t complain. It is what it is. Everybody says, ‘Oh, they’ve got a losing record.’ But we’re playing next week and all those guys are at home.”
Of course the big news today (aside from the Seahawks’ win) was the decision to go with Charlie Whitehurst over Matt Hasselbeck even though Hasselbeck was healthy enough to play. Carroll said Hasselbeck lobbied to get the start, but that he was worried Hasselbeck’s lack of mobility because of the hip injury would leave him vulnerable to the Rams’ pass rush. Whitehurst obviously responded well, and now the big question is who will get the start next week.
Carroll said nothing has been decided yet.
“We’ll just figure it out,” he said. “I don’t even know. You’re asking me about next week? I don’t know. It’s not next week yet.”
For now, the Seahawks will enjoy a win and make no apologies for it.
“I don’t give a crap about that,” Carroll said. “We just played it out and this is what happened. I’m sure some other teams are a little disappointed in that. But, there’s some teams that are disappointed in the BCS system as well. But, you just play it out the best that you can. I don’t have a suggestion on how to fix it. This may never happened again, it’s never happened before. Who knows. This is our way in and we’re thrilled to be coming back and playing next week and I understand it’s a Saturday game and we’re looking forward to it.”