Seahawks need to bust these three myths to be successful in 2022
By Lee Vowell
Myth 3: Seahawks can’t win without Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson missed three games with an injury in 2021 and Seattle went 1-2 but was in every game until the end. With Wilson, the team was 6-8. Would Seattle have won all three games with Wilson had he not missed them? Probably not. The issue was both the Saints and Steelers are able to play two-high safeties and that kind of defense seems to give Wilson fits.
I don’t want to come across here as even hinting that the Seahawks will be better without Wilson. There is no surety of that. But there also is no surety that just because Seattle doesn’t have Wilson anymore that the team is going to fall off the proverbial cliff.
Wilson over the last 10 years did keep Seattle in games that maybe the team otherwise would have had a chance to win. But Wilson also seemed to be getting worse over the last couple of seasons with not seeing open receivers in the middle of the field and he still held on to the ball too long. The team was flawed and still is, but Wilson wasn’t perfect either.
Whether the Seahawks can win without Wilson probably won’t be decided until 2023 because Seattle will have a ton of young players playing important snaps this year and those guys will make mistakes. But let’s not assume Seattle is going to win only 4 or 5 games. Pete Carroll made the playoffs before Wilson arrived in 2012 and the foundation was being built at that time for Super Bowl runs on the defensive side mostly.
In other words, just like the 2022 team is. If the defense is very good this year, Seattle will win a bunch of games. If the defense is bad, Seattle will lose a bunch. The same would have been said whether Wilson was still the quarterback for the Seahawks or not.