While the Seattle Seahawks had a relative failure of a season, more than just Bobby Wagner should have made first- or second-team All-Pro. Wagner was terrific again this year but some of his teammates might have been even better on defense. Two of the players I have listed below are defensive players.
The argument could also be made that punter Michael Dickson should have at least been on the second-team All-Pro team. Dickson led all punters in punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line (Dickson had 40).
Maybe next season Seattle’s record will be better and the players who deserve to get recognition will get it. Here are three players that deserved honors this year, though, and didn’t get it.
3 Seattle Seahawks snubs in All-Pro voting
Jordyn Brooks instead of De’Vondre Campbell, First-team linebacker
Campbell isn’t a bad player. Not of the players who made the All-Pro teams are, of course. But Campbell benefitted more than Brooks by having a great offense and a better defensive scheme. Or maybe All-Pro voters just like the Packers more than the Seahawks.
Either way, Campbell played in 16 games and had 146 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and 6 quarterback hits. He did have 2 interceptions and 2 sacks. But why Brooks over Campbell? Brooks finished second in the NFL with 184 tackles, had 10 tackles for loss and was just behind Campbell in sacks (2 to 1). But nearly 40 more tackles and 4 more tackles for loss by Brooks over Campbell? Brooks would have been the better choice.
Travis Homer over J.T. Gray, First-team special teamer
Gray had more tackles on special teams than Homer (22 to 11) but that’s about all that Gray did better than Homer. Homer had more impactful plays. Homer forced a fumble (Gray didn’t), Homer had not one but two special teams touchdowns this season (Gray had zero). Homer returned one kickoff for a touchdown on an onside kick attempt and had another where he changed the call at the line of a punt attempt by Michael Dickson and turn the play into a 73-yard touchdown run that helped change the momentum of the December game against the 49ers.
Homer also affected a punt by the Cardinals in Week 18 which caused Arizona to fumble the ball and Seattle recovered deep in Arizona territory. Homer changed games more than Gray. Hopefully next year Homer will get the credit he deserves.
Quandre Diggs over Micah Hyde, Second-team safety
Diggs was probably the Seahawks best defensive player this season. While that doesn’t mean he should automatically make an All-Pro team he was better than Hyde this year. Each player had 5 interceptions and Hyde had a few more passes defended (10 for Hyde and 7 for Diggs) but Diggs played the run as well as the pass and did it better than Hyde. Hyde was in on 74 tackles but Diggs had 93.
Hyde had the benefit of playing on a better defense while Diggs was often alone in his ability to make plays. Diggs has been terrific since he came to Seattle in 2019 and, even though injured, will hopefully be re-signed in free agency this offseason.