By Austin Payne
So, breaking news Seahawks fans, Josh Gordon has been suspended for violating the leagues substance abuse and PED policy, yet again.
At this point, is it really breaking news to us? Gordon has been suspended by the league six times already, and that includes five for PEDs before. (espn.com) At this point it’s fair to ask, is this even on Josh, or does the league just have it out for him? While we remain in the dark as to what exactly tripped the violation, we can’t help but think about the likelihood that there are possibly and even likely other players in the league knowingly and unknowingly utilizing trace amounts of banned substances.
With this in mind, and all the struggles Josh Gordon has had throughout his life and career, i feel as if it’s appropriate to give him the benefit of the doubt for time being. While it may very well be self inflicted and something he could have prevented, it could also be something that was just caused by a slip up. So although we may be quick to fire up the memes and make harsh remarks, let us keep these things in mind while further information comes out.
With Gordon out of the lineup, does it really affect the Seahawks offense that much? I mean, he’s racked up a total of…139 receiving yards in his time in Seattle. This likely isn’t due to his inability to play or supposed loss of a step, but simply the fact that the Hawks really don’t even have a true number one receiver and rely heavily on their run game. While Lockett is the guy for them, they’ve been known to spread the ball around rather gratuitously with Russell Wilson under center. (Depth Chart)
Pete Carroll echoed this sentiment with his remarks on the situation, saying that “We’re in good shape right now at the position. I love the position group.” (Quote) With guys like Tyler, rookie DK Metcalf, Jaron Brown, David Moore, and even the trio of backs Seattle will likely be using, this offense should be in good shape despite the big name loss.
So while this may not have much of an affect on the offense or teams success as a whole this post season, that turns our attention to Gordon’s health and well being. Even if this does happen to be self inflicted damage, we shouldn’t do anything but wish him the best and hope against hope that he finds a way to turn it around.