The 2021 edition of the Seattle Seahawks wasn’t what they, or the 12s, expected. When you drop from 12-4 to 7-10, the final grades are going to reflect that. Frankly, it wasn’t easy grading such an inconsistent range of production. Except for one group. I bet you can guess which part of the team wasn’t so hard to grade, can’t you, 12s?
Since the NFL made the brilliant decision to play an uneven amount of games – and who does that, anyway? 17 games, really guys? If you all thought we had to get mathy before with 16 games, let me tell you; it’s about to get arithmemathy in here! Okay, not so much; but you have fair warning for the future.
As for the Seahawks, it’s still useful to break the season down into quarters, just as if it were a single game. We’ll just count game 17 as overtime, I guess. Stupid NFL. Briefly, the Hawks were decent in the first and fourth quarters, and absolutely awful in the second and third. I think it will help to view the entire season as if it were a single game, and then move on the grades from there.
Seahawks were wildly inconsistent throughout the season
In fact, you could say the only thing consistent about the team was its inconsistency. Except for a couple of players, the Hawks were all over the map – and not all over the field. We’ll get to those exceptions soon enough Here are the total scores for each quarter season, followed by the single-game equivalent.
1st Quarter Sea 103 Opp 100 Sea 26 Opp 25 WL 2-2
2nd Quarter Sea 78 Opp 69 Sea 19 Opp 17 WL 1-3
3rd Quarter Sea 58 Opp 80 Sea 14 Opp 20 WL 1-3
4th Quarter Sea 156 Opp 117 Sea 31 Opp 23 WL 3-2
Pretty easy to see that the middle of the season was a nightmare for the Hawks. It’s no coincidence that Russell Wilson was injured in game five, then clearly came back too soon to start game nine. In this example, he should have waited to come back until the fourth quarter. Yes, I know he played well against the Niners, but he was atrocious in his first three games back.
The defense was just as inconsistent as the offense but moved in the opposite direction. While the Seahawks could move the ball early and late in our “game”, the defense starter out weak, more than help their ground in the first and second quarters, then surrendered too many points in the final stanza. This mirrors what we actually saw in far too many games – Chicago, anyone? Well, enough of the tomfoolery; on to the grades!