• Jordan Babineaux: We are not the Seattle Cinderellas

    Don't ask safety Jordan Babineaux about the (7-9) Seattle Seahawks and their improbable Cinderella ride through the NFL playoffs, because to him there's nothing surprising about his team's position.

    "To us those are just great story lines. I don't care what our record said throughout the first 16 games of the season. It doesn't matter anymore. We are playing better football (now), and we are showing that on game day," said Babineaux in a phone interview Tuesday morning.

    "We have put together some really good back-to-back weeks of football. We are not worried about who or when we are playing. The thing that matters to us is how we play."

    After a ground shaking run by Marshawn Lynch sealed the Seahawks' 41-36 victory over the New Orleans Saints, the only team in history to make the playoffs with a losing record moves on to face the Chicago Bears Sunday.

    In week six, the Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-20, handing Chicago and its more pass-happy offense one of five losses on the season. Seattle was immensely effective in disrupting Bears quarterback Jay Cutler then, sacking him six times while limiting his completions to less than 50 percent.

    "As a defense our objective is to make sure Jay Cutler is uncomfortable. We have a great pass-rush duo. (Defensive end Chris) Clemons has done a great job rushing the passer, and (defensive end) Raheem Brock has also been a great compliment to Clemons. Now people have to recognize that. They have to deal with us," said Babineaux.

    While Mike Martz's offense is more balanced now, and Babineaux still credits Cutler as being a big-play threat, does Babineaux feel Cutler is improved? The Bears quarterback cut his 2009 interception total nearly in half, but also registered a career-high nine fumbles this season as well.

    Let's just say the veteran safety's focus is on adapting his own game now so that Cutler's playoff success doesn't make headlines after the game.

    "Is he a better quarterback than last year? Maybe we should compare the numbers and see. I don't know, I really don't look at it like that. That has no interest to me. Week-by-week I need to work on my technique to make sure that he doesn't see any flaws in me, because if they do they will attack me. But (Cutler) is a second-round second-seeded quarterback in the NFL playoffs, and right now we have to go into their field, into their house, and take what we want," said Babineaux.

    As far as defending the running game..

    While the Seahawks were successful in containing the Saints to 77 net yards on the ground, losing running backs Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas was costly to New Orleans and limited what they could create out of their back field.

    Now, when you look ahead to their next challenge in Matt Forte, a regular season review shows Seattle held the Bears star running back to a season-low 11 yards, but Forte only had a season-low eight carries as well.

    Forte has been more involved, averaging 16 carries for 76 yards since.

    Babineaux seems unfazed.

    "I don't care what running back, Hall of Fame career running back, rookie running back, young running back--it doesn't matter. Team defense is going to get it done. Take a look at the games (last) Sunday and how the (Baltimore) Ravens went into Kansas City and they played great defense. That is what you need in a time like this."

    Having a quarterback in the midst of a mid-winter revival doesn't hurt either. Last week quarterback Matt Hasselbeck went from uncertainty in his status as a starter, to throwing a career playoff-high four playoff touchdowns again the Saints. Hasselbeck reportedly didn't get the call until last Thursday and juggled his preparation while draining fluid from his hip.

    "Everyone acts like they are so surprised by his performance. I don't understand why everyone is so surprised by his performance. That is what I expect of him. Let's not forget that this is the same guy who took us to the Super Bowl, took us to a franchise winning season the year we had the Super Bowl run, and gave us a great chance in doing that. The guy has made multiple Pro Bowls, had a bunch of wins, and broken all kinds of records here. That is what I expected Hasselbeck to do last Saturday, and it is what I expect him to do against the Bears," said Babineaux.

    Yet even while Hasselbeck endured health and durability questions, while the team maneuvered through first-year leadership, Babineaux affirms that head coach Pete Carroll has been in control all along, and that Carroll's confidence holds them together.

    "It's not like this is (Carroll's) first rodeo. You can tell by the transactions that were made since he took over the job that Pete was trying to push things into the right direction right now. When you look back to the beginning of the season compared to now, the mindset that (Carroll) had is starting to make sense. Pete has really made his stand, and he gathered the respect of the guys from day one. He has been our compass. He really has."

    Now Babineaux and the Seahawks are steadfast about taking another step towards the Super Bowl.

    Just don't tell them they're doing so in glass slippers.

    Comments 40 Comments
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      The Seahawks aren't a Cinderella story. The Seahawks are Cinderella's ugly stepsister marrying the prince.

      Babineaux talking about team defense? Umm, the defense gave up 35 points. The only reason the Seahawks won is that the Saints defense failed to show up more than the Seahawks' D.

      The Seahawks' are still a losing team even after last week; they now have an 8-9 record. They have a chance to become the Houston Texans and get to .500 at Chicago next week because they've already beat the Bears once at Soldier Field. If they do manage to win I don't think it will be because of the defense. It will be because of Hassleback, Williams, Lynch and the Bears' defense imploding.

      Disclaimer: I hate the Seahawks
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      I think the Saints were the ones wearing glass slippers on that run.I think its great for the city of Seattle who have watched their baseball team struggle and their basketball team get stolen from them.Plus Pete Carroll is coaching a team where the players arent making as much as his players were at USC (had to throw that in there)
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by msclemons View Post
      The Seahawks aren't a Cinderella story. The Seahawks are Cinderella's ugly stepsister marrying the prince.

      Babineaux talking about team defense? Umm, the defense gave up 35 points. The only reason the Seahawks won is that the Saints defense failed to show up more than the Seahawks' D.

      The Seahawks' are still a losing team even after last week; they now have an 8-9 record. They have a chance to become the Houston Texans and get to .500 at Chicago next week because they've already beat the Bears once at Soldier Field. If they do manage to win I don't think it will be because of the defense. It will be because of Hassleback, Williams, Lynch and the Bears' defense imploding.

      Disclaimer: I hate the Seahawks
      You and your disclaimers. Lol. You have to admit though, if they beat the Bears for a second win a row in this post season that would be quite an accomplishment. Or could you muster that up if that happens? LOL.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Colts01 View Post
      I think the Saints were the ones wearing glass slippers on that run.I think its great for the city of Seattle who have watched their baseball team struggle and their basketball team get stolen from them.Plus Pete Carroll is coaching a team where the players arent making as much as his players were at USC (had to throw that in there)
      Straight cash homie. You are guys are too much. Seriously though, I am looking forward to watching that game. I'm sure plenty of people in Denver will pull out their Cutler voodoo dolls. So if he starts twitching you know why. Score predictions?
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Josina Anderson View Post
      You and your disclaimers. Lol. You have to admit though, if they beat the Bears for a second win a row in this post season that would be quite an accomplishment. Or could you muster that up if that happens? LOL.
      Once I'm done throwing up and burning Seahawk posters I'll give them props if they beat the Bears.

      Maybe.

      (yes, I know "props" is sooo last decade. I'm not hip)
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by msclemons View Post
      Once I'm done throwing up and burning Seahawk posters I'll give them props if they beat the Bears.
      More likely you'll just continue to call their fans fat b*stards.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by brauneyz View Post
      More likely you'll just continue to call their fans fat b*stards.
      Lol maybe use terms like "swag?" That will help to update the hateration? Lol No???
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Josina Anderson View Post
      I'm sure plenty of people in Denver will pull out their Cutler voodoo dolls.
      We have tried the voodoo dolls here on Curtis Painter for two years,sadly they just dont work.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Colts01 View Post
      We have tried the voodoo dolls here on Curtis Painter for two years,sadly they just dont work.
      Did you remember the chicken foot? Just playing. ha! Oh lord are you guys going to dig up a picture of a chicken foot now??
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      This is my breakfast of champions.

    1. Colts01's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Josina Anderson View Post
      Did you remember the chicken foot? Just playing. ha! Oh lord are you guys going to dig up a picture of a chicken foot now??


      Im still a little bitter about the loss to the Jets
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by msclemons View Post
      This is my breakfast of champions.

      Deep down pyscho hate?? Oh my gosh. There are lots of people I pray never get a hold of that brand. LOL. Plus the color looks as bright as Oregon's lime green highlighter socks. I do want a pair though. I'm just sayin.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Aw man Colts - you can't blame that loss on Peyton. He doesn't play on special teams.

      I did laugh scotch out my nose though. That really, really hurts by the way.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Colts01 View Post


      Im still a little bitter about the loss to the Jets
      Poor Peyton. He is so cerebral. You really want a guy like that to be more successful around this time of year, but you cant control injuries and sometimes it's just not your season. Why the sun is always shining on Tom Brady who knows? But you know that irritates the heck out of big brother Manning, and it is what it is. oh well. Go Broncos!! Wait???
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      I dont blame Peyton,but he is the face/coach of the colts.I could have put Rex Ryan frothing at Peytons feet!Football brings out the worst sometimes
      Didnt mean to go off topic from your article Josina,I am a bad Ninja
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Great article Josina; Despite the Seahawks beating my Saints, that was a Good game and Hasselbeck's performance shocked people because he really hadn't been like that in a Long Time! They looked beasty on Saturday and can't hate that they came to play. I know there was a time difference but I still expected for the Saints to pull it off.

      After that loss given to the Bears during the regular season, this makes this game very interesting.
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      Josina, nice article.

      As for the Bears' foe on Sunday:

      Sorry, buddy, you are a Cinderella. You had to beat a team on the final week who crapped their pants playing with a rookie quarterback and playing with their 11th, 14th and 14325th string receivers when you ranked 27th against the pass this year. You beat a team playing the hot dog vendor at running back. Reggie Bush left for a period of time. Gregg Williams decided he did not want to coach anymore this season. Matt Hasselbeck did something he had never done before (4TD game). Marshawn Lynch looked better than he had in one run than he had in the last two years combined. THAT is Cinderella stuff. Oh yeah, even though the regular season does not matter now, The Bucs and Giants were easily better teams, you MAY have been 8th in the league and got to host a playoff game. I am glad that the Pete Carroll motivation tactics are working and you guys have bought in for at least one year; it makes it a good story.

      Finally, you had the home field in both those huge games when you are one of only a few teams (Minny when it has a roof, Atlanta, KC, Lambeau, etc.) that continue to have a home field advantage in the slightly less drunk, corporate version NFL.

      If my Bears lose on Sunday, these things will be said:

      1. Bad Martz returned when the Bears went down early.
      2. The Bears still did not defend a corner blitz as Seattle got 5 sacks.
      3. Forte had less than 75 yards combined running/receiving.
      4. Leon Washington did a Devin Hester impression.
      5. Cutler looked like he was a rookie in his first playoff start.
      6. Cutler threw two dumb picks.

      Any and all of those things CAN lead to a Seattle win. That would give them a pretty charmed run, just like Cinderella.
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Wow!

      Clem just underscored one of the great things about the NFL - every single team is hated by someone. To me, the Seahawks are like the Jags, Panthers and Cardinals - teams that are like tofu: bland, useless and easy to ignore.

      Babineaux is saying the right things, in fact, if he wasn't saying these things there'd be a problem. But when your defense has to start the oldest Lawyer this side of "Matlock", there's a huge problem.
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      Props to Hasselbeck, he played a career game at the most opportune time. Can he do it back to back weeks? The Seahawks better bring some defense to the table vs. the Bears because Urlacher & Co. will tackle light years better than the feeble effort the Saints gave last week. A big factor could be field position. Leon Washington and Devin Hester could be huge factors in determining that outcome. The Seahawks won't have that home crowd to feed off of, a huge element in last week's upset. Many of the Seahawks 9 losses were by double digit defecits. I don't feel good about this one for the Saehawks on the road. The biggest factor will be ball security. If Cutler self destructs.. turns it over, doesn't value the football and Hasselbeck takes care of the ball, the Seahawks have a shot. The big equalizer is turnover ratio.
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Colts01 View Post


      Im still a little bitter about the loss to the Jets
      For some reason, all I can think of when I see this is Jim Carrey in "The Mask" doing "Cuban Pete" to the words "Happy Feet."

      When Peyton gets happy feet
      It leads to a Indy defeat
      The season goes... "Tick, ticka boom, tick, ticka, boom..."