What has occurred to the Seahawks?
The franchise’s perennial excellence has been on pause by means of 10 video games this season. The Seahawks enter Monday night time’s recreation at Washington with a surprising 3-7 file and are reeling, having misplaced 5 of their previous six video games.
Courting again to 2012, Seattle has had 9 consecutive profitable seasons, making the playoffs in eight of these whereas profitable one Tremendous Bowl and dropping one other.
Sitting in final place within the NFC West is international territory for the Seahawks, who’re a loss away from just about eliminating themselves from the playoff race.
The final time Seattle didn’t make the playoffs was in 2017, once they went 9-7. The final time the Seahawks have been 3-7 was 2009, the 12 months earlier than Pete Carroll grew to become head coach and turned the franchise into one of many mannequin profitable franchises within the NFL.
Of late, Carroll, who’s at all times romped the sidelines with the youthful exuberance of a golden retriever operating round at a park, has at instances appeared much more just like the oldest head coach within the league, which he’s at 70.
After final Sunday’s 23-13 dwelling loss to a Cardinals crew that was with out beginning quarterback Kyler Murray (changed by journeyman Colt McCoy), an exasperated Carroll abruptly walked out of his postgame press conference solely to return about 20 minutes later and apologize to reporters.
“I’m simply not any good at this,” Carroll mentioned of coping with dropping after returning to the interview room. “I’m not ready for this. It’s new territory.’’
The day after the sport, Carroll performed a crew assembly to ask a few of his veteran gamers — reminiscent of linebacker Bobby Wagner, quarterback Russell Wilson and offensive lineman Duane Brown — to talk up and air their emotions.
“We’ve obtained a problem that we’re dealing with that we’ve obtained to show,’’ Carroll mentioned. “We wish to flip this factor as quick as we are able to. And we don’t have a second to waste.’’
A lot of the Seahawks’ slide could be attributed to Wilson being out of the lineup for a month with a finger damage. However he has been again the previous two video games, one among which was a shutout loss towards the Packers (the primary time in a decade Seattle has been shut out) and the second was final Sunday at dwelling, the place Seattle scored just one landing.
These two losses marked simply the third time in Wilson’s 10-year profession that he’s gone two consecutive video games with out throwing a TD go.
The offense is changing simply 32.4 % of its third-down conversions and the Seahawks are averaging simply 55 offensive performs per recreation, which is tied into their poor manufacturing on third downs.
That, too, is carrying down their protection, which has been on the sector a mean of just about 73 performs per recreation. Possibly it’s associated, perhaps it’s coincidence, however the Seahawks have been outscored 78-50 within the fourth quarter this season.
Possibly it’s too early to declare this the top of an period in Seattle. However perhaps it’s not, with basic supervisor John Schneider seemingly misplaced his contact unearthing terrific expertise within the draft.
The Seahawks don’t also have a 2022 first-round draft decide, as a result of it was dealt to the Jets for security Jamal Adams — who hasn’t been the difference-making participant Seattle hoped he’d be when the crew made that all-in, win-now commerce.
“We’ve obtained to be higher,’’ Wilson instructed reporters. “The reality, too, is we’re higher than what we’ve been taking part in. And the reality is that we additionally consider in that we could be higher as a collective group. And the reality is, we obtained seven video games to go.’’