Why the Seattle Seahawks need to let DK Metcalf continually be himself

Amidst similar struggles with bonehead penalties, the Seattle Seahawks need not change who DK Metcalf is.

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf once again finds himself front and center in maturity conversations. As it currently stands, he leads all wide receivers in penalties (5) thus far in the 2023 season. While penalties are certainly a part of the game, especially in an offensive system that puts a heavy emphasis on running the football, the questions surrounding Metcalf come on unnecessary penalties.

Just last week against Cincinnati, DK Metcalf got flagged for unnecessary roughness on a block that took place very far from the action of the play. A 15-yard penalty that didn't cost his team in this particular position, but sparked ongoing conversations about Metcalf and what this indicates about his behavior.

We know Pete Carroll had a lengthy conversation with him after Week 1, but was that enough? Should other action be taken? I believe not. I think the Seahawks need not change who DK Metcalf is as a player, and that includes the intensity he brings to the game.

Why the Seattle Seahawks need not change DK Metcalf

We know that 10 of 10 times, DK Metcalf is the bigger, stronger person when being matched up against a cornerback. In fact, he's embraced his role as the Hulk and loves to get his hands on defenders when given the opportunity. His physical mentality has helped him overcome a lot. It's helped him get to where he is, get a big contract, and will continually help him as he progresses in his NFL career.

I get the criticism. 15-yard penalties set your team back. Two of them in one game can result in you getting tossed. Putting that on film shows other defenders you are receptive to their trash talk, potentially allowing them to get in your head. We've seen this story before with Metcalf. A lack of receptions or offensive rhythm can result in frustration. Let's be honest, that's all this was, frustration. He was frustrated he wasn't getting the ball and even displayed that anger when Geno Smith missed him on a big play opportunity.

I want my team's wide receivers to play with that chip, with that anger. In this particular conversation, it's about controlling your emotions. Containing that frustration and not allowing it to work against you. Way easier said than done. This isn't a DK Metcalf problem. It's an NFL problem. It's a violent sport that requires a lot of physical and mental emotion. Trying to change DK Metcalf isn't the solution. It will honestly just make him less of the player he is.