The Seattle Seahawks are not going to the postseason this year. 12s have certainly gotten so used to making the postseason every year they can’t be blamed for feeling like the team should assume the team will be good enough to do so.
2021 started off with a nice feeling as Seattle defeated the Colts with ease in Week 1. This seems difficult to believe now as the Colts are playing great and Seattle is not. If these two teams played again, Seattle would likely not get the victory.
But 2022 could be better for Seattle, as they have been successful with Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson for a decade so maybe this season is just a one-off bad one. But here is why 2021 has been a bad one.
3 reasons why the Seattle Seahawks are missing the playoffs in 2021
1. The Seahawks could not replace Shaquill Griffin or K.J. Wright
Griffin was vital to the Seahawks success in the secondary and was much better in pass coverage than his replacements this year. Seattle tried to replace him with Ahkello Witherspoon in free agency, but Witherspoon never played a real down with Seattle and was traded before the season started. The Seahawks then acquired Sidney Jones from Jacksonville, but he eventually lost the position to rookie Tre Brown.
K.J. Wright was a veteran presence in the Seahawks locker room the past few years. He was key to helping the defense adjust at the line of scrimmage and he was clearly missed this year. He also blew up screen passes brilliantly and Seattle has missed that skill this season.
The Seahawks did see growth from a pair of young players in Jordyn Brooks and Tre Brown at linebacker and cornerback, respectively. However, without Griffin and Wright, the Seahawks defense really struggled early in the season at keeping opponents out of the end zone.