Seahawks news weekly roundup: Seattle gets spicy
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks are not still playing football in 2018. But they are still making news. Here is how.
The Seahawks are in weird territory. They are no longer playing football for the 2018 season but they are making real moves and have actual news. Or, at least, some of the news surrounding Seattle happened to some players or coaches they once knew well.
Darrell Bevell becomes the OC with the Lions
Bevell had a spicy relationship with 12s when he was the Seahawks offensive coordinator from 2011 to 2017. He was judged harshly for his sometimes too-laid-back attitude towards Seahawks personnel. For instance, former cornerback Richard Sherman (who to my knowledge never played offense in Seattle and should have focused more on defensive inefficiencies) called out Bevell several times on and off the field. Sherman, like many 12s, did not like Bevell’s play-calling.
The Lions announced this week that Bevell was becoming their offensive coordinator. Three times in Bevell’s tenure as OC in Seattle the Seahawks were in the top ten in scoring in the NFL. That isn’t bad. But his final two years he got away from running the ball and this didn’t make head coach Pete Carroll happy. Now Bevell will try to teach the Lions to have a more balanced offense. Good luck, Darrell!
Mychal Kendricks gets his court date pushed back and this affects K.J. Wright
Kendricks was pretty decent in limited time with the Seahawks this season. And the fact that Seattle took a chance on him when other teams wouldn’t due to his impending suspension for insider trading might mean something to him if he doesn’t serve any jail time. That Seattle signed him in 2018 means Kendricks could want to go back to play for the team that showed faith in him. Maybe.
Kendricks came back from suspension and was subsequently injured, though. This might be enough for Seattle not to risk re-signing him. The other issue is that Seattle has to weigh whether to try to bring back K.J. Wright or not. Both Wright and Kendricks are free agents.
Kendricks still could serve jail time. But to make matters more stressful for Wright and Kendricks and the Seahawks, Kendricks had his court hearing pushed back to April 4th. Before that date, Seattle will likely need to make a decision on whether to re-sign Wright or Kendricks or someone else.
Paxton Lynch is the new Brett Hundley
Ok, so there is a chance that Lynch doesn’t ever play in Seattle. But his signing with the Seahawks to a futures/reserve contract this week means Seattle may not try to re-sign Hundley. Luckily, Russell Wilson has never missed a game in his Seahawks career and hopefully never will. But this is the NFL and nearly every player eventually gets injured. Wilson will need a solid backup.
The long-term answer to whomever backs up Wilson may not be Hundley or Lynch but 12s all hope we never have to see the back up. Better heard than seen is the way to go in Seattle with any other quarterback not named Wilson.