Seahawks voice frustration with their own play and with the officials' calls

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

DETROIT -- No appreciation or consolation in Seattle for the Seahawks, at least not yet.

Nope, they were still stuck in frustration.

The post-Super Bowl parties went into early Monday morning as the Seahawks at least tried to celebrate their season, instead of their somber Sunday. Later, coach Mike Holmgren tried to refocus the team, momentarily, on what it had done and what it still may do.

"We're all a little disappointed this morning," Holmgren said at the team's hotel in suburban Dearborn, just before the team returned to Seattle and hours after the Seahawks' mistake-filled, 21-10 loss to Pittsburgh. "But I'm very, very proud of our football team, what we accomplished this year. We're going to come back firing away next year."

After flying home, they went directly to a rally of a few thousand fans at Qwest Field. They came to celebrate a franchise-best 15-4 season, a team-record 11-game winning streak and their first playoff win since 1984 as best they could.

The civic pick-me-up was intended to move the team and its city past Seattle's Super Bowl implosion. But because the Seahawks feel they squandered the NFL championship, the future isn't foremost in their minds.

"It's hard, man," defensive tackle Rocky Bernard said. "I mean, if a team just goes out and overpowers you, then you're like, 'Hey, we got beat.' But I think we beat ourselves," Bernard said.

So did most of his teammates -- and even Holmgren.

"I know they're not OK with it," the coach said of his players. "I wanted them to keep their heads up. There's no need to apologize for anything. We lost the football game and we lost it because of the reasons you lose most games ... mistakes."

The best team in Seahawks history was in no mood to revel in its accomplishments.

"Nah, man," linebacker D.D. Lewis said. "I thought about that last week.

"I'll spend the next weeks thinking about getting back here."

And the Seahawks were still stinging from a few officials' calls that went against them, such as Darrell Jackson's touchdown catch that was taken away by a penalty and a disputed TD run by Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger.

"We knew it was going to be tough playing against the Steelers," Holmgren said. "But I didn't know we were going to have to take on the guys in the striped shirts, too."

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