The Seattle Seahawks made the playoffs once again in 2019. How good was the offense this season? Here are the final grades.
So the Seahawks didn’t make the Super Bowl for the 2019 season. They lost to the Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs. But Seattle was a team that kept fighting for respect throughout the season even through a myriad of injuries.
Seattle went 11-5 in the regular season and won another game in the playoffs. A lot of this success was due to the offense, even though at times it struggled. But here are the overall grades for Seattle’s 2019 offensive unit.
Russell Wilson. What else would you want him to do, 12s? Maybe he isn’t always perfect, but at the end of the day, he is better than nearly every other quarterback in the league, if not the very best. In 2019, Wilson had his lowest interception rate (1.0 percent), threw for his most 1st downs by far (215 to next-highest 193 in 2016), had his best touchdown-to-interception ratio (31-5), had his second-highest amount of yards thrown (4,110), completion percentage (66.1) while leading the Seahawks to an 11-5 record and a playoff win. It was arguably Wilson best season out of a lot of great seasons.
This is a bit of a mixed bag. Chris Carson was great and was the fifth-leading rusher in the NFL with a career-high 1,230 yards. But then he got hurt in week 16 and was lost for the rest of the year. Rashaad Penny was beginning to come on after a slow start but then he got hurt and was out for the season. C.J. Prosise got hurt again and wasn’t good when he was healthy. By the end of the season, Seattle was being led by an out-of-retirement Marshawn Lynch and rookie Travis Homer and the results showed.
Grade: Carson A; The rest: C
Tyler Lockett signed a big contract that would pay him to be the number one receiver with the Seahawks and in 2019 he was just that. He had a few weeks where he wasn’t great after getting hit by the flu and having a bad leg bruise, but otherwise, he was worth every penny. Lockett had his first season with over 1,000 yards receiving with 1,057. He had 8 touchdown receptions and now sits 7th all-time with the Seahawks as far as that category goes. Lockett has 27 in his 5 years. If he catches 10 next season he will be tied for fourth in Seattle history.
D.K. Metcalf exceeded what most thought he was capable of in his rookie season and was getting better as the year went on. In the regular season, Metcalf had 900 yards receiving on 58 catches. He averaged 15.5 yards a catch. Metcalf also had 7 touchdown receptions. But in the two games Seattle played in the playoffs, he had 219 yards receiving, 14 catches and averaged 19.9 yards a catch. He is going to be really good.
The problem was the rest of the receiving group was inconsistent. Seattle needs to find a good third option at wideout this offseason that will only enhance the offense.
At tight end, Will Dissly showed great promise again before getting injured early in the season (again). Dissly had 23 catches on just 27 targets through 6 games along with 4 touchdowns. Jacob Hollister was good after coming from the practice squad and ended up with 41 catches. If Dissly and Hollister stay healthy for 2020, Seattle is set at tight end.
At times, the Seahawks were a mish-mash unit on the line. Center Justin Britt got hurt and out for the season in week 8. Joey Hunt replaced him and wasn’t terrible but simply did not have Britt size and strength and that limited Seattle’s running game. Duane Brown was solid again but missed a few games late in the year. Guard Mike Iupati may have been a one-year rental because second-year pro Jamarco Jones showed promise and could replace him. D.J. Fluker was inconsistent. The only starter who played all 16 games was Germain Ifedi and he is a free agent after this season ends.