The Seahawks and every other successful NFL team needs its start power, obviously, but sometimes those guys nobody talks about make the real difference in whether a team makes the playoffs, missest the postseason or makes a Super Bowl run. It’s easy to forget that when Seattle won the Super Bowl in 2013, backup linebacker Malcolm Smith was the MVP of the Super Bowl.
This preseason the Seahawks seemed to prove that if the backups had to play a lot, Seattle would be lucky to win any games. But it is like this for every NFL team. However, one or two backups need to make a difference every year.
Not only that but starters who aren’t named Russell Wilson or D.K. Metcalf or Bobby Wagner also need to make just as big of an impact. Luckily, Seattle has several players on the roster who could do that this season and most NFL fans may not know these names. Yet.
Three unsung Seahawks who could change the outcome of the season
I am a big Bellore fan. Maybe it’s because he isn’t the star but makes the team better overall by doing whatever is asked and doing that to the best of his ability. In other words, he is like the rest of us 12s in many ways. Most of us aren’t the Russell Wilsons of our workplaces, but we could be the Nick Bellores and that is OK.
But Bellore does play at a high level. He was a Pro Bowler in 2020 as a special teamer and could be again in 2021. Need him to line up at linebacker as he did in the preseason? Boom! Done! And done at a very good level. A level good enough to help his team win games.
But Bellore is listed as a fullback and I have a feeling that in Shane Waldron’s offense he will see more reps there than in previous seasons. This likely means better protection for Russell Wilson and more holes to run through for Chris Carson.