Three quick changes Seahawks need to make this offseason
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks are not far off from being the kind of team that makes it to the Super Bowl. If they make these three changes, they could get there sooner.
The Seahawks made the playoffs again in 2019. Over the last decade, they have missed the postseason just twice. A lot of teams should feel so fortunate. But to make the Super Bowl for the 2020 or 2021 season, they need to make these three changes.
Get a new defensive coordinator
I understand Ken Norton Jr. is a likable guy and the world could use more people like Norton Jr. But this is about football and he has no track record of success. When he was the Raiders defensive coordinator they regressed every season and the same has happened since he joined the Seahawks in 2018.
Making a permanent move to a 4-3 base with no ability to adjust otherwise was a big mistake. Norton Jr. failed to find a way to help the defensive line with the pass rush and honestly, he appeared to either not know how to do so or not care. Seattle would be better with a better DC.
Get Russell Wilson the help he wants
At the Pro Bowl, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made it known how much he wants to recruit better players to Seattle. Getting Jadeveon Clowney is key, but so is getting Wilson the third receiver he needs. Imagine yet another option at wideout to go with Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. Seattle still wants to run a lot, but how much better would it be to run than if the Seahawks get Wilson a third viable option at receiver?
Draft a cornerback early
Last offseason I was excited about Tre Flowers. But his growth in year two was non-existent. In his rookie season, he didn’t turn his head around often enough and got beat sometimes. But in year two he had the same issue and then started getting called for pass interference. Flowers may not be a long-term answer at cornerback but his opposite mate, Shaquill Griffin, is. In the limited window that is NFL success, the Seahawks need to get Griffin some high-quality help and now.