The 2022 NFL season is prone to be one of many worst in a very long time for the Seattle Seahawks. They took a few steps backward after buying and selling Russell Wilson to Denver, the final hyperlink to their championship protection, Bobby Wagner, was launched in March, and there’s a quarterback battle between two guys who can be backups on most groups.
It’s solely the preseason, however the Seahawks have misplaced their first two video games, with one remaining towards the Dallas Cowboys on Friday. The primary sport towards Pittsburgh wasn’t horrible, because the offense scored three touchdowns, led by Drew Lock and Geno Smith. Lock recorded two passing T.D.s, and Smith rushed for one. Each threw for over 100 yards on 15 makes an attempt. Not nice, however removed from horrible, though Seattle misplaced 32-25.
Within the second preseason sport towards the Bears, Smith didn’t have a great exhibiting in restricted time. Geno was 10/18 and handed for 112 yards. Lock missed this sport after testing constructive for COVID-19, so Jacob Eason stepped in and didn’t fare any higher than Smith. Seattle mustered up 11 factors with one T.D. on the bottom from operating again Darwin Thompson.
Following the sport with the Bears in Seattle, NBA star LeBron James was on the town making an look in “The Crawsover” ProAm league. It had been a very long time (15 years) since Lebron laced ‘em up and hooped within the emerald metropolis. So, Seattle’s social media workforce took this golden alternative to remind LeBron about an open supply to go well with up for the hawks.
Clearly, it is a tongue-in-cheek supply, however we’ve heard for years about how good James in all probability may have been if he’d chosen to concentrate on soccer over basketball. Consider him taking part in with the Seahawk cut up out huge on the alternative facet of D.Okay. Metcalf. Then you definately add Tyler Lockett to that blend, and also you’ve one awesome-looking huge receiver group. However even when Bron may’ve been an important soccer participant, it’s uncertain he would’ve been one of many prime three gamers within the sport’s historical past.
At this stage, that dream won’t ever turn out to be a actuality. However the social media posting reads nearly like an S.O.S. Please, ship assist! It makes me consider the Shannon Sharpe clip from years in the past when the Broncos have been pounding the Patriots and Sharpe pleaded for somebody to ship the nationwide guard.
Truthfully, it doesn’t matter who Seattle traces up at WR this yr. They may convey again Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, or Terrell Owens to play subsequent to Metcalf and Lockett. If the Q.B. can’t get them the ball on course persistently, and the offensive line doesn’t maintain up, they’d nonetheless be the workforce most anticipate they’ll be in 2022.
Two wins within the NFC West this yr can be an accomplishment for the Seahawks. The Cardinals, Rams, and 49ers are lightyears forward of the Seahawks. This was the one division the place three groups made the postseason, and the 49ers and Rams battled within the NFC title sport. The NFC West was additionally the one division to have three groups win double-digit video games. Seattle isn’t even in the identical universe as these groups.
Week 1 will in all probability really feel just like the Tremendous Bowl for Seahawks followers as Wilson returns to the town with the Broncos. If Seattle solely wins one sport all yr, followers will need it to be this one. Anytime a star participant decides to go away a workforce, we all know the response they get upon returning. And the NFL set this up completely for Week 1 of the season in Seattle. Even when the sport isn’t that nice, the storyline can have individuals in several elements of the nation trying ahead to this one.
Though it seems and seems like this could possibly be one other down yr for the Seahawks, there’s gentle on the finish of this darkish, dank tunnel. The 2023 QB class is projected to be a lot deeper than this yr. Some early mock drafts undertaking a number of QBs chosen within the prime 10 in comparison with just one taken in your entire first spherical this April.
Ought to Seattle land within the prime 5 of the draft, they need to have their selection between gamers like C.J. Stroud (Ohio State), Bryce Younger (Alabama), and Anthony Richardson (Florida), amongst others. For those who should undergo one other tough season to search out your franchise QB for the subsequent decade, then so be it.
The times of general shutdown defenses are lengthy gone. There are good defenses, however everyone offers up yards, and also you’re going to surrender factors. Offenses are too superior, and the foundations are too skewed towards them. So, groups that don’t have at the least an above-average QB principally haven’t any shot at critically competing.
You aren’t an actual contender in case your QB isn’t thought-about prime 10-12 within the league. The Seahawks don’t have a man within the prime 25. I’m not saying the Seahawks are going to lose each sport. In actual fact, there are probably 4 to 5 video games they need to have a great likelihood at profitable. Seattle performs towards each New York groups (each video games in Seattle), the Lions, Falcons, and Panthers. There’s acquired to be some wins that come out of dealing with that group of groups.
Except one thing loopy occurs for the Seahawks, just like the 49ers dropping their minds and handing over Jimmy Garoppolo to avoid wasting their season. Wanting that unlikely prevalence, it’s shaping as much as be a really lengthy fall within the Pacific Northwest.