The Seattle Seahawks may have been the biggest surprise in the entire NFL last season as they were led by a stalwart defensive unit and unexpectedly led by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson to the playoffs and fell just short of making the NFC Championship. Considering last year’s success and the upside of this young team, many people believe the Seahawks can expect big things in 2013.
One big thing that might unfortunately be coming their way, though, is a fine from the league. After defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended by the league for a positive test for a banned substance, the NFL is now considering coming down on the Seahawks organization in the way of fines because of the number of players Seattle has had suspended for those reasons.
Irvin’s positive test makes his the sixth Seahawks player since 2011 to test positive and his suspension is the fifth for Seattle in that same time frame. John Moffitt, Allen Barbre, Winston Guy and Brandon Browner all also were suspended for four games while the much maligned Richard Sherman submitted an appeal and had his suspension overturned.
Though it feels a bit weird to punish the organization for the behavior of individuals, any fines or whatever else that may come the Seahawks’ way are deserved. It’s understandable why one would believe otherwise, but this is just too many incidents isolated within one franchise for the NFL to just turn their heads and look the other way. In no way is that an indictment or an implication that the Seahawks knew about the use of banned substances, but it’s just the way it is.