Seahawks: 4 observations about DK Metcalf’s 2022 season
By Lee Vowell
DK Metcalf is good for the Seahawks but needs to be great
In the early 2010s when the Seahawks were making their championship bones, the roster had many players who weren’t afraid to voice their opinions on the field. Seattle liked to talk smack and that partly led to the reputation of the Legion of Boom. Yes, the players hit really hard, but they also liked to talk about it after they hit a player. Seattle had never really had a team like that.
And for all the lore that Pete Carroll likes players that play with chips on their shoulders, Seattle hasn’t added many of those players lately. Maybe that’s partly due to sustained success. A young and hungry player wants to prove himself until he feels respected and then he starts to get respected when the team starts winning conference championship games.
Metcalf is one of the few players on the current roster who is veteran enough and unafraid to speak his mind. He will do that to fellow players and referees alike. It doesn’t always work out well as Metcalf gets called for far too many dead ball penalties. But off the field, Metcalf is one of the most effervescent players the Seahawks, or any team, has ever had. He seems naturally nice and quick to smile.
But on the field, Metcalf needs to produce a bit more. He did have a 1,300-yard season in 2020, but he hasn’t come within almost 300 yards of that in his three other seasons. Metcalf has the size, speed, and talent to 1,200-yard season every year. He needs to do that in 2023.