The Seattle Seahawks have one of, if not the best locker room cultures in the NFL, and it’s been that way since Pete Carroll has been the team’s head coach.
The Seahawks play with unwavering effort no matter the opponent or what the scoreboard says. The same can’t be said for every team. Seattle has an unbreakable confidence and optimism that something good is always about to happen. There’s a level of accountability that must be adopted by everyone – players and coaches included. Most importantly, everyone has each other’s back.
We saw that earlier this season when the team supported Chris Carson after he lost a fumble in three-straight games to open the season. Now we have another example with Seattle’s commitment to Jason Myers.
Pete Carroll said all last week that there was no consideration to making a change at kicker following Myers’ pair of missed field goals in Week 9 against the Buccaneers, including a 40-yarder that would have won the game in the final seconds of regulation. Not a single player badmouthed Myers or threw him under the bus after that performance.
And then a week later, Myers was one of the heroes in Seattle’s 27-24 win on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. His 42-yard field goal sailed through the uprights as the final seconds ticked away in overtime. Had Myers missed, the game would have ended in a tie. Myers made both of his field goal attempts and all three of his extra points against the 49ers.
Instead, the kicker was hoisted onto the shoulders of his teammates and carried off the field at Levi’s Stadium. The celebration continued in the locker room.
It was another perfect illustration of what makes Seattle so unique. The Seahawks, while often a heart attack-inducing team, have been able to achieve such sustained success due to their culture.
“It’s important,” Bobby Wagner said of the team’s support of Myers. “If you watch the kickers, and they miss a field goal, everybody in the world gets to see him miss a field goal and everybody in the world gets to get on him. With us, when we miss a tackle, or we miss a block, people might miss that and so it’s important to let them know that we all mess up. Just like you have our back, we have his back. He came through for us.”