One NFC West GM love-hates what the Seattle Seahawks are doing
By Lee Vowell
I don't want to fool you with the headline. It isn't meant to imply that San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch is a bad guy. He seems to be a nice enough guy and he's done a good job with the 49ers. But San Francisco is also likely the Seattle Seahawks biggest competition in 2023 for the title NFC West champion.
While the Seahawks appear to have had another good draft (just don't ask CBS Sports that) to go along with a roster that was already good enough to make the playoffs in 2022, San Francisco still has a bunch of talent on their team and had a decent draft themselves (even though they took a kicker with their second choice). This means that Lynch and Seattle general manager John Schneider will probably be asked lots of questions this offseason about the other team. Can Seattle dethrone San Francisco? Time will tell.
But Lynch told San Francisco radio station KNBR's Murph and Mac show this week that he knows the Seahawks are "coming." According to Lynch, "...you always know you're going to have competition with (Schneider) and Pete Carroll, the way they work together, and they do it really well." That's true. While some 12s complain about the GM and head coach, there's no arguing that the Seahawks have been more successful than most other NFL teams since 2010.
49ers think Seattle Seahawks might be closing the talent gap
Lynch also said, "But yes, we feel the Seahawks coming. They're really good. They had a really good draft last year. I think they've repeated it this year."
But Lynch is also a competitor and feels his team is still getting better, too. Maybe they are. Plus, the games between the 49ers and Seahawks last year resembled a good college team (the 49ers in this scenario) versus a high school team (Seattle) trying really hard to not get embarrassed. Seattle and San Francisco played three times in 2022 (once in the playoffs) and the 49ers won all three and outscored the Seahawks by a combined score of 89-43. None of the games were close and the final score of the Week 15 contest (21-13) is very misleading.
So we hope that the Seahawks are closing the talent gap, and we hope that John Lynch is correct about Seattle getting closer to San Francisco. But Seattle needs to prove on the field they can compete with the 49ers. Lynch is probably also correct when he says about his team, "I'm really excited about this roster. There's not many holes in it, and we're excited about it coming together."