The Seahawks fell to 2-3 in 2022 with another bad showing defensively. Who stood out for Seattle as being the worst in Week 5?
Seattle is a Jeckyl and Hyde team. The offense is good. The defense is very bad. Special teams have basically allowed three touchdowns this year or at least set up other teams for easy ones.
This isn’t just a coaching issue. Heck, if the Seahawks had many other coaches besides Pete Carroll, this team might have tanked. But Carroll is good at coaching young players and Seattle has a lot of young guy playing in key spots.
Still, this team likely isn’t headed for the playoffs and they lost a winnable game in Week 5. Here are three players who helped the team lose 39-32 to New Orleans.
Three Seahawks who were not good against the Saints in Week 5
Center Austin Blythe
For most of the season, Blythe has been a needed veteran presence along the offensive line. Rookie tackles Abe Lucas and Charles Cross would not be where they are if they didn’t have a guy in their starting unit who knew Shane Waldron’s blocking system. But on Sunday against the Saints, Blythe looked like a rookie himself. On one key snap in the second half, Lucas was called for a false start but this was because Blythe messed up the snap.
In fact, Blythe did that twice against the Saints. Not knowing when the quarterback wants to receive the snaps or creating your own linemen to jump because they think the snap is happening should rarely happen. But for a vet like Blythe? That is inexcusable.
Pro Football Focus (subscription required) gave Blythe a pass-blocking grade of 27.0 against New Orleans. He had allowed 2 pressures in 15 pass-blocking snaps. Blythe has been decent this year. But moving forward he needs to be better than he was in Week 5.