Golden Tate spent the first four years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks. A second-round pick out of Notre Dame, he helped the Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship in 2013 before bowling for Detroit in free agency.
Since losing in the Super Bowl in 2014, the Seahawks haven’t advanced past the divisional round. They’ve gone from 10-6 to 10-5-1 to 9-7. This year, Seattle missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Has the Seahawks’ championship window closed?
Tate isn’t sure.
“They’re going through a period where they’re making changes, guys are getting old, and they’re in a great division,” Tate said on The DA Show. “I believe in the guys. I know Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright and Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett – I know all those dudes, and all those dudes are great players. I feel like they can lead them to another championship, but it’s hard. It’s hard in this league. There’s so many variables.”
Like health. The Seahawks were plagued by injuries this past season. Part of that is luck; part of that is the natural attrition of the NFL.
“You got to be healthy,” Tate said. “Right now, that’s the thing. Kam is dealing with some things with his hips and neck. Sherman is coming off a (torn) Achilles. When I was playing (with them) – I was the same draft class as Earl Thomas and Russell Okung and Kam Chancellor, and I legitimately felt like we could never get hurt. I felt like I could run through a brick wall and be just fine. And right now, as you get older, that’s not the case.
“So I think they could (win another Super Bowl),” Tate continued, “but it’s going to be tough on them right now.”