End of an era?
After disheartening back-to-back losses, I know many 12s are thinking to themselves, where do we go from here? The good news is that there are 7 games left on the Seattle Seahawks schedule. As I have mentioned in weeks past, most of them are very winnable games. While their playoff chances are now marginal, they do at least have a chance to close out the season strong and head into the offseason with some optimism.
Obviously, the largest storyline surrounding this team will be the future of Russell Wilson. If Seattle doesn’t close out the season strong. If they aren’t able to hit their offensive stride, we should expect major turnover in the offseason. It is my belief that Wilson wants to remain a Seahawk. If anyone goes, it will be head coach Pete Carroll. Perhaps, the biggest lesson of the 2021 season has been how much we should appreciate Russell Wilson.
As I have said, Russell Wilson has done a better job of masking a teams flaws than anyone else. He’s the best magician in the NFL. This year in particular — due to his injury — one can argue the Seahawks have been exposed. They are on pace to have their first losing season under the Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson era primarily because of Wilson’s absence. With him sidelined for three weeks, it was apparent this team wasn’t much good at anything else. His dynamic playmaking ability has kept this team afloat for the last 5-6 years.
If the Seahawks are able to close this season winning 6 of 7 or at least 5 of 7, maybe Pete Carroll stays but loses some of his power. If not, I believe that Seattle will look for a young progressive offensive coach — keep an eye on Kellen Moore — to replace Pete Carroll. Many have argued that Russell Wilson is limited in what he can do in an offensive system. But, the flip side is that we’ve never really seen him in a different system.
Right now, the Seahawks need to focus on Washington in Week 12 as they are not totally out of things. One week at a time and see where this thing goes. I do not believe the locker room has been lost. Seattle played with a great sense of urgency in Week 11 and I’d expect the same in Week 12. The leadership on this team is unquestioned and if they are able to string a couple of wins together, who knows what happens.