ESPN put out its list of NFL teams with the best chances of going worst-to-first next season. The Seattle Seahawks had the best chance of turning things around next year.
Of course, eight teams will finish last in their respective divisions every season. The Seahawks haven’t finished last in theirs since 1996 so that makes this season even stranger. It honestly doesn’t feel like Seattle is a bad team; They just aren’t a good one. Plus, they play in a division where every other team in the NFC West is going to make the postseason.
If Seattle didn’t have Russell Wilson get injured this year nor play 6 games against the tough NFC West, they might once again be in the postseason. This is basically the crux of the reason ESPN ranks Seattle first among last-place teams with the best shot at getting to first place in 2022.
ESPN thinks Seattle Seahawks could move back to first in NFC West in 2022
One question that ESPN has (and that we all do) is whether Bobby Wagner will still be with the team next year. He is really expensive. Seattle would save $16.6 million by releasing Wagner. While he is still second in the NFL in tackles with 170, tackles are a lot like RBI in baseball.
If a batter comes up to bat with players on base quite a bit, that player is going to knock in a lot of runs almost by accident. If an opposing team faces the Seahawks, they are going to run a ton of plays since Seattle allows teams to keep the ball for 60 percent of the game then Seattle is going o have more opportunities to make tackles. Wagner is now second in tackles but his linebacker mate Jordyn Brooks is third. Seattle has a lot of opportunities to make tackles.
ESPN assumes Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll will be back next year and that’s a safe assumption. With Wilson and Carroll, the Seahawks have been one of the most successful teams in the NFL over the past decade. Maybe 2021 is just a one-off bad year? If so, Seattle should be considered a threat to get back to the top of the NFC West in 2022.