After Nightmare Game, Seahawks’ Blair Walsh Still Confident
Walsh left 9 points on the field after going wide left on misses of 44, 39, and 49 yards on Sunday when Seattle lost 17-14 at home to Washington.
Still, Walsh believes he can contribute to the team in a positive way moving forward, despite his struggles on Sunday.
“I didn’t help my team today, that’s for sure,” Walsh said of his performance, via ESPN.com.
“The thing is, though, is that this is the first time this year where I haven’t really come through, and I’ve got to remember that. As much as it sucks, and as much as I want to be there for my teammates and help us win, I’ve got to remember that I’m capable of doing good things here.”
“Those kicks were all me.”
And while fans won’t hesitate to blame Walsh for the loss and while the media will focus on Walsh’s failures as a headline topic, Walsh’s teammates aren’t levying the blame all on the kicker.
“You don’t want to be a finger-pointer,” Seattle lineman Michael Bennett said.
“Every point in the game, somebody could have made a better play and did something better, so you don’t want to point fingers. You want to always be able to always be behind your teammates, whether they played good or played bad.
They’re still your teammates, and Blair is a great kicker. Sometimes things happen, and you want to be able to constantly believe in him, and I believe in him in every facet of the game.”
Seattle coach Pete Carroll sympathized with Walsh’s struggles.
“I’m disappointed for him. He had trouble in the pregame, when [the wind] was blowing. The weather was kind of nasty early on. I’m disappointed for him. If we had a shot, I was totally counting on him to kick the game-winner. I wasn’t thinking anything but that.”
Now the question becomes just how much time Seattle will hold onto Walsh before deciding to go a different direction.