12s have rightfully gotten used to the Seahawks being a successful football team for a decade now. But this week might have been the worst since head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider came to Seattle in 2010. While the last decade-plus hasn’t always been perfect, they haven’t had a week quite like this one currently.
There are several reasons for this and Seattle has or had control over every issue. The 1-2 start the Seahawks are going through isn’t because a bunch of players are injured. No player counted on to be a huge difference-maker in 2021 has missed time. Russell Wilson hasn’t been dinged up nor has Bobby Wagner or Jamal Adams.
But there are three reasons why this is likely the worst week the Seahawks have had since Carroll and Schneider started running the football team.
This might be the Seahawks worst week ever under Pete Carroll
Sunday: Seahawks lose badly to a Vikings team that had not beaten Carroll/Russel Wilson
Seattle and Minnesota was not competitive for most of the second half. The pass defense looked as bad as it did against the Bills last year where every receiver seemed to be wide open by 10 yards. The problem is, last season against Buffalo Seattle had a bit of an excuse in that corner Shaquill Griffin was hurt and others were hobbling.
Versus Minnesota, Seattle’s second loss in a row, the offense was extremely ineffective again in the second half and the defense was terrible again the whole game. The scariest part about it is that it does not seem like the Seahawks will get much better at this point as the coaching will remain the same and it’s likely injuries will become some kind of issue during the season.
Free agents don’t choose Seattle
Seattle has a dire need of a very good cornerback to allow the others to be better. Plus, while D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are good once opposing teams have adjusted to covering them within a game, one or both have been limited in production. Freddie Swain has had some decent catches but many on blown coverages and not his great skill.
This week two former Seahawks that would have been good additions to the current team chose to sign elsewhere. Receiver Josh Gordon signed with the Kansas City Chiefs even though he has stayed in the Seattle area and seemed to have a good rapport with Russell Wilson. Gordon likely saw the Chiefs as having a better chance of having a great year than Seattle.
And then cornerback Richard Sherman signed with the Buccaneers and basically said just that. Yes, Sherman may have gone with the best offer but he also said the best “opportunity” which means winning and not money. Sherman signed for $2.25 million max. Seattle should have offered more.
Seahawks could set some negative records with Russell Wilson
Seattle have already set some negative records for the team this year but Russell Wilson has not yet lost three straight games as a member of the team. But here we are just three weeks into 2021 and heading into week four against a tough division rival Seattle is on the verge of their third straight loss. The 49ers are favored by 3 points. Russell Wilson is number 3 for Seattle. The numbers aren’t adding up for a Seattle victory.
This means after this week the Seahawks could be 1-3 facing an extremely uphill battle to make the playoffs with three teams better than they are ahead of them in their own division. If Seattle has a losing season there will likely be major changes to the team. This might mean we don’t worry about Russell Wilson starting another three-game losing streak in 2022 with Seattle because he might not be a member of the team anymore.