Annnnd there it is. Honestly, I thought this would have happened earlier. What's it been? Nearly a week now? As I was watching that game last Sunday I was preparing myself for every single complaint that was inevitably about to come from the mouths of Seahawks players postgame. Just from listening to the broadcast you would think that the subpar condition of Carolina's field was the most egregious act of gamesmanship you ever witnessed in your entire life. Almost like both teams weren't playing on the same surface, or like the Seahawks didn't have ample time in the pregame to test out their cleats. I got to say, I was rather impressed. Mum was pretty much the word after the game. Sure, every last '12' was incessantly whining on the internet, but the team itself seemed pretty accepting of the fact that they lost because they got outplayed.
Well, now it appears that that wasn't the case behind closed doors. Sure, some will say that I'm overreacting and that Seattle's equipment manager giving advice to Arizona's equipment manager is nothing more than an act of good faith. Perhaps I would agree with that thought process, if Seattle and Arizona weren't in the same division. Good faith isn't supposed to exist between rivals. Good faith should never be valued over bad blood. They may not have said it out loud, but there's not a more telltale sign of resentment than a member of a losing coaching staff giving advice to a DIVISION RIVAL right before they get their opportunity to do what the Seahawks could not. No one -outside of the Southeast- should be rooting more vehemently for the Panthers than the Seahawks, yet they are giving the Cardinals tips on how to better compete? Seattle's equipment manager let his frustration with the Panthers override his hatred for the Cardinals, and that leads me to believe that he acted in accordance with the overarching mood of that locker room once the cameras weren't around.