The Seattle Seahawks won the Super bowl last season despite having the second youngest roster in the NFL, but one former player is concerned that the team’s youth may work against them this coming year.
Fullback Michael Robinson has not yet signed a contract with an NFL team for 2014 and is openly contemplating retirement. Perhaps his recent comments on Dave Dameshek’s show are meant to serve as a warning to the Seahawks front office: as in hey guys, you need me.
Here’s what Mike Rob had to say:
“My question for the Seahawks this year is…there’s a lot of young guys in that locker room with new money… When issues come up in the locker room, who is the veteran that settles it? I mean, last year you had guys like Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, myself that they can rely on.”
You can listen to the complete audio here.
There’s a couple ways that you can read this: either Robinson is peeved that the Seahawks haven’t made him an offer and wants to remind them that he’s a worthy addition, or he could simply concerned for his former teammates and wonders how they will manage all of the added fame, money and hype that goes with being a defending Super bowl champion.
I think Mike Rob makes a fair point – this offseason a number of veterans have left the team who had been around for many years. After the addition of Kevin Williams I’m less concerned about what will happen on the field, but there’s no qualifying what leadership brings to a locker room.
As I mentioned at the top, Seattle had the second youngest roster in the league in 2013 (only St. Louis was ahead of them.) When you combine youth, money, success and fame the results can often be tragic.
But the Seahawks don’t seem like the kind of guys who would go Hollywood, so to speak – clubbing and drinking on Friday and Saturday nights is the easiest way to guarantee a loss come Sunday afternoon. Most of the Seahawks core players are self-described nerds; Doug Baldwin and Russell Wilson don’t drink and Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are more likely to get caught sneaking in to the film room in than a strip club. We know that Marshawn Lynch likes his Fireball and Mary J, but it’s never affected his play on the field and he was reportedly the main guy who broke up the fight at practice last month.
By the end of that practice it seemed like no big deal and the players involved were seen laughing about it – but it’s possible that there are small rifts in the locker room. Any and every problem that a team has can be coated over by winning – but if the Seahawks go on a losing streak in 2014 it could rip those rifts wide open.
Having veteran leaders like Mike Rob and Big Red always helps to bring teams together in those moments. If there is locker room drama on the horizon, who’s going to play Obi-wan and keep the Seahawks on an even keel?