The Seahawks have nearly had a decade-long run of relative success. But in 2022, there are several reasons not to trust Seattle will be good.
We all hope, of course, that the Seahawks are going to far exceed expectations this year. There is talent on the team but there are also more questions about the squad entering Week 1 than in more than a decade.
For Seattle to be good this year, a lot of things are going to have to go right. Seattle is going to have to get lucky bounces in games more often than not. And some veteran players are going to have to have career seasons.
But the most likely outcome is that this year’s team isn’t going to be one that wins the majority of its games. Here are three reasons why.
There are several reasons not to trust the 2022 Seahawks to be good
Relying on rookies is a mistake
I realize the Seahawks made a concerted effort to get younger this year. After having just three draft picks in 2021 (none of whom have yet to really successfully pan out), Seattle ended up with 9 in 2022 and the class seems to be a very good one.
In fact, at least three of those picks – left tackle Charles Cross, right tackle Abe Lucas and cornerback Coby Bryant – should start in Weel1 against Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. There is a very real chance that at least five of the rookies are starting by Week 8.
But Seattle seems to be wanting to go from 0-60 in a matter of weeks instead of a rebuild over an entire year or two. If Seattle had decided to sign a veteran or three to help bridge the gap between players like D.J. Reed and Tariq Woolen, the team would be better and the rookies would have had time to learn a bit.
Rookies are going to make mistakes and hopefully learn from them. But they also need time to build confidence and I am not sure that is the case with the 2022 Seahawks. The team might be sunk by Week 5 and the rest of the season just one ugly, mistake-filled mess.