Every new NFL is vital for every franchise, but 2021 feels to me like it could be a pivotal season for the Seahawks.
A successful season for the Seahawks would mean that the main pieces would remain in place and the franchise would just need to make a few additions to maintain and improve the performance levels.
An unsuccessful season could lead to a strategic re-think by the front office and even the start of a partial or complete rebuild. If this is the case for the Seahawks franchise, then it certainly is for some key individual members of the Seahawks family.
Russell Wilson to remain the face of the Seahawks franchise?
The Seahawks star and face of the franchise, will be entering his tenth season with the Seahawks and arguably also enters the second half of his NFL career. Wilson was understandably frustrated at the end of last season, seeing that another year had passed without reaching or winning a Super Bowl.
This led to his going public with these frustrations and even possibly questioning his future with the franchise.
A successful 2021 would reassure Wilson he is in the right and best place to continue his personal quest for glory and to cement his place as a truly great QB. Thus bringing trophies, recognition and a probable hall of fame enshrinement.
Another season of perceived failure to achieve the required success could lead to both Wilson and the franchise considering alternatives. Wilson has clearly set the benchmark as at least winning one playoff game in 2021, as the failure to do so in 2020 led to his public airing of his frustrations.
If the Seahawks can achieve this they can expect Wilson to remain onboard until at least the end of his current contract at the end of the 2023 season. If they fall short of this, both parties may decide it is time for a change and Wilson could be traded for an awful lot in return that would enable the franchise to make a fresh start.
It seems almost inconceivable that Wilson could leave, but he is driven by winning and therefore the Seahawks to meet his levels of aspiration in order to retain his services for the remainder of his career.