The Washington Huskies/Seattle Seahawk were whipped by a combined 92-20 score this weekend.
Washington lost 48-14 to Arizona, on Saturday in the desert, which left the Dawgs 0-5 for first time sine 1969.
A day later, the Seahawks were manhandled 44-6 by the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, a defeat that showed just how far the Hawks have fallen from NFL elite status. The Giants averaged better than 10 yards per play in the first half and rolled up 523 yards against a defense that was touted as one of the league’s best at the start of the season.
This is Mike Holmgren’s final season, and, yes, there’s still time to salvage it. But the Hawks (1-3 for the first time since 1997) have been shaky in all phases.
Meanwhile, there’s no hope for the Huskies.
Former Husky quarterback Hugh Millen, during the post-game “Husky Honks,” radio show on KJR radio, called the current Washington team the worst he’s ever seen.
I’d have to agree, and I started watching Husky football in 1968. After the 28-27 loss to BYU, I thought the team had a chance to win four or five games. The team has regressed every game since. Saturday, it looked like the varsity (Arizona) was playing the junior varsity (Washington).
Columnist Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star wrote: “… if the opposing team’s helmet wasn’t adorned with a big purple W, you’d have sworn the Wildcats were playing Idaho or Toledo. That’s how bad the Huskies were. That’s how bad the Huskies are.”
He later compared the Huskies to “those 1-10 Oregon State teams of yesteryear, the 1-11 Stanford team of 2006 and the 1-10 Cal team of 2001.”
Athletic director Scott Woodward went on record, saying he wouldn’ fire Ty Willingham in midseason. Should Ty resign? And if you think he should, who do you replace him with? Who would you like to see running the Husky program in 2009?
The national media’s starting to wonder about the Seahawks, too. Mike Banks of SI.Com writes this:
“Another couple game days like Sunday’s 44-6 shellacking at the hands of the Giants and Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren might not make it through his entire swan song season in Seattle. At 1-3, with his team surrendering 33 points or more in three of four games, this can’t be fun for a guy who has led his Seahawks to the playoffs five years in a row.
“Maybe Holmgren will just prematurely toss the keys to Seattle secondary coach Jim Mora — who has already been named his successor in 2009 — and call it an early retirement. Doubtful, but could you blame him if this keeps up?”