More Boye Mafe respect and the Seattle offensive line
Boye Mafe simply shows up and does his job well every week. He is currently on a six-game run of getting a sack in each game. Mafe is in the top 20 in the NFL with 6 sacks and many of the players with more sacks have played two more games. He missed Seattle's second game with an injury and Seattle has already had its bye week.
So why is Mafe better in his second season than his first? According to three Seahawks via Michael-Shawn Dugar of the Athletic (subscription required), it's because Mafe works harder than most. Safety Jamal Adams said, "(Mafe is) just consistently doing what he does best. He’s getting better." Pete Carroll said, "He’s come such a long way, you can see him so comfortable and so assertive now, it’s just different." And quarterback Geno Smith said, "You can tell he really hit the weights in the offseason."
Seattle is going to need Mafe to maintain his level of play. Many times he is Seattle's best defensive player and that could continue for the next five years.
What might be better in five years is Seattle's offensive line. Not that the problem for the unit is all inability. The Seahawks have been without right tackle Abraham Lucas since Week 1, for instance. Most other players have also missed time with injuries.
But Seattle still isn't ranked as the worst offensive line in the league, per Pro Football Focus (paywall alert). In fact, Seattle is ranked 27th entering Week 10. While that isn't great, the unit could be much worse with all the injuries they have had. Plus, Lucas should be back by Week 11. Once he returns then we can reexamine just how good the Seahawks offensive line really is.