Well, it was nice while it lasted.
A four-game winning streak provided a month of excitement. The Seahawks were the feel-good story of the league. Geno Smith was being talked about as a possible MVP candidate. The defense appeared fixed.
Could they win the NFC West? Were they even in a rebuild any more?
It turns out — yes they are. Very much so.
But it goes far beyond the need to keep adding talent.
The Seahawks defense has been a shambles for weeks now, returning to the early season disaster zone it was showing to be. It raises all sorts of questions about the future.
For example — if you’re going to build a defense, are you best adding talent to fit this particular scheme? If this is the wrong plan, will you make the situation worse doubling-down on a bad system?
For weeks now, despite the glaring problem and the very clear need to fix it, teams just run on the Seahawks with ease. You can’t keep playing this way. It can’t be this easy for a team to come to Seattle — especially a team like the Panthers — and ram it down your throat.
The Seahawks look brittle, finesse and soft. They have done since Germany. Look at the last couple of drives by Carolina. A 10-play, 74-yard churn including 68 rushing yards that took 5:26 off the clock in the fourth quarter, ending in a touchdown.
Then, to finish things, Carolina ran all over Seattle to allow time to expire.
They ran for 223 yards despite having a very unexciting passing game to balance things out.
On the other side of the ball, the Seahawks can’t run the ball themselves. Sure, the injuries didn’t help this week. But what about previous weeks when Ken Walker was healthy?
Pete Carroll’s philosophy is completely broken if you can’t run the ball or defend the run. It’s a broken formula that creates what we’re seeing currently. A mess.
It gets worse. The Seahawks are now 3-3 at home this season. Since 2018, they are 23-15 at home. That’s a problem that still warrants a broader question. Why has one of the previously most difficult venues to come and play in, actually become quite a welcoming stopover for many teams?
Amid all the relentless ‘pay Geno Smith’ talk on Twitter, a game today is why you wait it out. Games with multiple interceptions won’t help his marketing pitch. Yes, there’s a lot on his plate at the moment with the defense being dreadful and no running game. If you want to be a $30m man, however, you’ve got to find a way at home against the Panthers.
The Seahawks, as we’ve talked about quite a bit, have money tied to players next year who aren’t getting it done. Case in point, Quandre Diggs — who has an $18m cap hit in 2022. How can you justify that? Yet if they move on, they just start collecting dead money again. A habit that has been way too prevalent in recent years.
There’s a lot to do here. The 2022 draft class was a nice start to a major rebuild. The four-game winning streak occupied our minds for a while. This arse kicking was an embarrassment that exposed many warts. It hints that a back-door playoff run would simply spoil draft position — which is back on the menu as the priority with games like this.
We were hoping the Seahawks might be pushing forward, as the Lions are currently doing. Instead, they are regressing badly.
Making the matter all the more worse was Fox constantly advertising the World Cup semi-finals.
Hey, at least Denver lost and Seattle currently owns the #2 pick as a consequence. The way they competed against the Chiefs, however, suggests that might only be a temporary benefit.
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