As if things weren’t bad enough for the Seahawks, now Tyler Lockett will miss at least the next few games. Wow, Merry Christmas to you too, Krampus.
The Seahawks have been reeling this past month, and there didn’t seem to be any end in sight. After nine games, the Hawks were an improbable 6-3 and in great shape to make a playoff run. Over the past six weeks, we’ve seen that four-game win streak was an illusion. Seattle managed a 1-4 record since then only by beating a Rams team that was missing their top three offensive players. And even that game was a struggle.
Just a few weeks ago, I wrote how the Seahawks were in great shape to win the division. It was a fact that Seattle was facing a three-game run against teams that were 9-22 at that time. It’s also a fact that Seattle couldn’t beat either the Raiders or the Panthers, now both 5-8. They were steamrolled in both games, surrendering a mindboggling 506 yards rushing combined.
The defense has been atrocious, the offensive line can’t block, and now we have the worst blow of all to Seattle’s chances to sneak back into the playoff picture. Tyler Lockett will miss time after surgery on his broken hand.
Tyler Lockett will miss at least two weeks for Seahawks
As John Boyle reported on seahawks.com, Tyler Lockett is expected to miss at least two weeks. With just three games to go, that is hardly the cheery greeting we 12s needed heading into the holidays. I literally can’t think of a worse injury for the Hawks to suffer, and that includes Geno Smith. Yes, he’s been great for most of the season, absolutely. But as great as he is on the field, Tyler Lockett is far more than just a player for the Seahawks.
That two-week estimate is the most optimistic picture for Lockett. With just three weeks left in the season, it’s more likely that we won’t see number 16 back on the field this year. As Lee Vowell wrote, an offense without Tyler Lockett simply won’t work as well. Now, that doesn’t mean we should abandon all hope. In the same article by Mr. Boyle, he shared this quote from Pete Carroll:
"Asked about replacing Lockett, who leads the team with 964 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns, Carroll said, “Give us a chance to work on that, but you don’t replace him. He’s such an extraordinary player that we’re not going to ask guys to do the same thing and hope they do it just like Tyler does. We’re going to use our guys to their strengths, so that’s how we’ll do that.”"
Carroll is right, of course. There is no way to replace Tyler Lockett, not even for three games. I’d say it would be a great idea to get Dareke Young more opportunities. Maybe his next toe-tapping catch won’t get called back. Having said that, I don’t want to put undue pressure on the rookie. No one can do what Lockett can do, not even DK Metcalf, as amazing as he is.
For those of you who may not be up to speed on the personage of Krampus, he does not bring glad tidings for good little girls and boys. He’s the guy who shows up to punish the naughty ones. I’m not sure what the Seahawks have done to deserve a visit from the nasty old monster. I know for certain Tyler Lockett deserved better.