4 winners and losers from Seattle Seahawks first four games of 2023

  • One DL is playing amazingly well
  • One coach is likely to be replaced soon for a positive reason
  • One edge rusher still struggles
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Loser No. 2 - Edge rusher Darrell Taylor

Darrell Taylor just can't seem to get over the hump of consistency. He has gone from great to terrible to good to bad during his three years playing in the NFL. This year, however, he lost his starting job before the season to Boye Mafe. While many players would use that kind of diss to play harder, Taylor doesn't seem to have taken up that challenge yet.

Taylor did get a little dinged up in Week 3, but he played 40 snaps against the New York Giants in Week 4. That is 53 percent of the snaps. In Week 2, Taylor played 70 percent of the snaps. Against the Giants when the Seahawks were getting a franchise record-tying 11 sacks along with 14 quarterback hits, Taylor had zero QB hits and zero sacks. While everyone else was having fun at the party, Taylor was in a corner of the room by himself.

But the issue with Taylor in Week 4 is the same as his issue for the rest of the year. He has no sacks or QB hits. He's been healthy enough to play but he hasn't been productive enough to warrant more playing time. According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Taylor ranks 102 out of 112 edge rushers so far in 2023. The only reason he doesn't rank lower is because his coverage grade is decent yet Taylor's job isn't to play coverage.

But Taylor can go through spurts where he collects 5 or 6 sacks in five games. Maybe Taylor will be much better the rest of the season. But he still can't play the run well and if he cannot get to opposing quarterbacks then there is no real reason to play Taylor.

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