Three most disappointing Seahawks through preseason so far
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks kicker Jason Myers
The idea by the Seahawks coaching staff, I presume, is that Seattle is going to play a bunch of close games that they find a way to win in the end. This makes Jason Myers even more important. 3 points might many times be the difference between a Seattle win and a Seattle loss. And Myers is a good kicker but so far in the preseason, he should be making 12s very nervous.
In 2020, Myers spoiled us all a bit by not missing any field goal attempts. Seattle had an issue with inconsistency from their kickers for about three seasons before Myers arrived. He was solid in 2019 and fantastic in 2020. Seattle gave him a ton of money (for a kicker) to make sure he stayed around for a few years and kept resolving any kicking concerns the Seahawks had.
In 2021, however, Myers wasn’t the same. His touchback percentage went down to 37.3 percent (one of the worst numbers in the NFL) which was a career-low by about 20 percent. And through Week 13, Myers was just 9 of 14 on field goal attempts. He was much better in the final five games and it seemed whatever issue he was having was corrected.
But so far this preseason, while Myers is 2-3 on field goals, his first attempt from 33 yards clanged into being good – literally as his kick went off the left upright and bounced through the goal posts – and his second attempt was a 46-yarder that went wide right. At least his 27-yard attempt against the Bears looked solid.
But Myers is making $5 million this year. If Seattle releases him before Week 1 the team would save $4 million. Are there other kickers who are currently free agents Seattle could bring in to replace Myers? Probably. Michael Badgley is one. But Myers is still capable of being really good and better than he has in preseason. Or he could be terrible this season and cost the Seahawks three games.