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FAN Take: Winless in Seattle

Posted on December 31, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Well, here we are again, two years later. Writing another Fan Take on what Seattle could have done differently, and we really wish we weren’t. Up until Sunday night, we were excited to see Team Owner | Fan Captain Marshawn Lynch return to the NFL, to face off against former teammate and fellow Team Owner | Fan Captain Richard Sherman, no less. The fans went wild for the return of Beastmode and even threw Skittles on the field after his TD. But then Pete Carroll happened. Pete “how do I not have an endorsement with a chewing gum brand” Carroll, mismanaged his play clock at the end of the game, pretty much destroying any chance the Seahawks had at beating the Niners. Seahawks fans – and frankly, Saints fans as well – couldn’t believe the train wreck happening right in front of them. For those that missed the final game of the NFL Regular Season, the Seahawks were down 26-21 with 23 seconds left in the game, and managed to make it to the 1-yard line. Russell Wilson spiked the ball and Marshawn ran on to the field – a moment of redemption was coming and it was going to be glorious. Except it didn’t. Because the Seahawks wasted too much time getting players on and off the field, and were ultimately hit with a delay of game penalty, sending them back to the 6-yard line. They managed to get right up to the endzone on the fourth down and were literally INCHES away from having this game in the bag. But they weren’t close enough.

While some fans are losing their minds on a missed PI call that would have put the Seahawks back at 1st and Goal, Richard Sherman has already shut them down with some sound logic. Meanwhile, we need to know what the fans would do if they were running the show in Seattle. First of all, would you get rid of Pete Carroll as head coach for not managing the clock properly? It’s one thing to get a delay of game penalty, it’s another to have it cost you the NFC West title. Or would you wait see if he redeems himself during the wild card round? And after getting hit with that penalty, would you have gone for as many passes as Russell Wilson did? Or would you have let Marshawn do the thing you brought him back to do, and run it in for a touchdown? What about TE Jacob Hollister? Will you think twice about putting him in charge of getting you the win? With how insane that game was, we need to know what you think!

Power To The Fans!

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How Many Tight Ends Does It Take To Replace Gronk?

Posted on July 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Answer: more than five, apparently. Earlier today, the New England Patriots signed Lance Kendricks to fill the Gronk-sized hole on the roster. But it should be noted that he certainly was not the only one signed for that position. The folks at For The Win! put together a timeline of all the transactions (and other notable events) the Pats have made:

  1. Signed Matt LaCosse, March 15
  2. Signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins, April 10
  3. Traded Jacob Hollister to the Seattle Seahawks, April 29
  4. Signed undrafted free agent Andrew Beck, May 4
  5. Signed Ben Watson, May 10
  6. Watson gets suspended for four games, Late May
  7. Released Seferian-Jenkins, June 4
  8. Traded with the Detroit Lions for Michael Roberts, June 13
  9. Trade for Roberts falls apart, June 14
  10. Signed Lance Kendricks, July 24

With 43 days left until the start of the regular NFL season, we wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few move moves made by the Patriots to replace Gronk. Now, we know the fans won’t go this HAM in an effort to replace one of their players after they hang up their jersey for good, but we do think they’ll be extremely thorough in the scouting process. It’s one thing to watch along with the draft and throw in your votes for who will make the cut, but it’s another to make sure the best talent ends up at the draft! So keep those eyes peeled fans, make sure you’re scouting out the best talent to end up on your team!