What would the Seahawks options be after trading Wilson?
This of course is the biggest question for 12s. We will be rooting for the Seahawks not only if Russell Wilson goes to a different team but years after he retires no matter where he retires from. Most of us hope Wilson retires as a Seahawk after leading them to at least one more Super Bowl title and that isn’t out of the realm of possibility; It just seems to be a fleeting hope.
But the truth is trading Wilson would mean a true rebuild of the team. Seattle can win games without Wilson but they can’t win important ones at this point and that means no postseason victories. Seattle’s defense isn’t good enough – at least not the defensive coaching – and who would throw the balls to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett? This is with the assumption that running back Chris Carson returns healthy and Rashaad Penny stays healthy next year and is re-signed.
Without Wilson in 2022, Seattle turns more into a running team behind an offensive line that run blocks better than it pass protects and relies on a defense that will underwhelm because of Ken Norton, Jr. 2022 would be worse than 2021, much worse.
But beyond next year? Seattle could possibly find a younger quarterback who manages a game that allows the run game to be effective and keeps the defense off the field. Jamal Adams is a good player made better with a different DC and he is young enough (he is still 26 years old) to be better under a different DC. Poona Ford is a long-term anchor on the interior of the defensive line. Darrell Taylor should be a very good pass rusher for years and Jordyn Brooks should be a starting linebacker for 10 years more in Seattle.
The Seahawks would just need a young quarterback to come in and help a good run game with a very good defense in a best-case scenario. In other words, a lot like Russell Wilson did when he joined the team in 2012. Seattle just needs to make sure they make the smart pick in the draft at quarterback. Whether Pete Carroll and John Schneider are capable of choosing two Wilsons in one regime is the main question.