OK, you might think I am an idiot and that is OK because I am a bit of an idiot sometimes. I don’t mind criticism. But Metcalf is my number one worry here because long-term I wonder how the offense under Shane Waldron fits Metcalf’s extreme skill. In the short term, I wonder if Metcalf is seeing how he fits and Waldron trying to figure out how best to use him.
The Rams offense, which Waldron is borrowing a lot of his ideas from obviously, did not feature one receiver but saw the ball spread around to a lot of different ones. While Los Angeles has some good receivers they are also receivers like Cooper Kupp who fit perfectly in what Sean McVay wants to do. Kupp is a good receiver but he is better being with the Rams.
Metcalf rightfully wants the ball. In the first half against the Colts Indy was so afraid that Metcalf would get his hands on it they left Tyler Lockett more open which was a huge mistake. But we also could see Metcalf get a little frustrated on the sidelines as he was never targeted in the first half and also had a 15-yard penalty called on him as well. Metcalf got frustrated against the Rams in the playoffs too and that basically caused Russell Wilson to throw a pick-6 trying to force the ball to Metcalf.
And to be fair, Metcalf deserves to get the ball as he is incredibly talented. But does he fit well in this offense? Or do his skills simply transition more to deep throws which is not truly what Waldron’s scheme is meant to do. If the Seahawks can’t get Metcalf involved again early in week two, there might be an issue.