Three biggest reasons for worry for Seahawks in 2020
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks are two players away from being a 3 win team
By the end of 2019, the Seahawks were running out of bodies on a couple of groups, especially when it came to the running backs. No offense to Marshawn Lynch, but he is not the player Seattle wants to lead their rushing attack anymore. But Seattle had little choice than to reach out to Lynch with injuries to Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. Plus, Lynch was running behind an offensive line that was without its starting center and left guard and sometimes without its left tackle.
Let us not forget that Seattle was a team that went 2-4 in its last 6 games. So a thin team was exposed. The problem for Seattle is that they have two players who they simply cannot win without and both are most likely future Hall of Famers. Russell Wilson will be 32 years old, though, during the 2020 season. And Bobby Wagner will be 30 when the season starts.
In Wilson’s case, a quarterback in today’s NFL can play at a high level well into his 30s. But Wilson has also taken a lot of hits in his career with mostly bad offensive lines and the fact that Wilson uses his mobility to create plays. Still, Seattle has been lucky that Wilson has never missed a game and that luck eventually has to end, right?
Wagner plays a position where if a linebacker loses a step he becomes much less effective. He will enter his 9th year in the league in 2020 and has only missed two games in the last five years. Oddly enough, though Wagner led the NFL in tackles last year, he did not seem to have the same effect on games. Maybe it was the overall defense or maybe Wagner is beginning to age a bit.
Either way, Seattle can ill-afford to go through the late-season health issues it had this past year if it wants to make a deep playoff run. But losing Wilson or Wagner to injury earlier in the season likely not only means the Seahawks don’t make the playoffs, but probably finish last in their division.