Sources: Seahawks are bracing for Russell Wilson to miss at least a month and possibly 6-8 weeks with his ruptured middle-finger tendon that likely requires surgery. Seattle thinking about Wilson’s long-term health. Barring an unexpectedly swift recovery, it’s Geno Smith’s show.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 8, 2021
My reaction to this news was this…
The Jamal Adams trade keeps on giving.
The Seahawks do not own a first round pick in 2022. They now face the prospect of Geno Smith starting multiple games. They’re already 2-3.
A quick reminder. The Seahawks were 2-3 in 2009 too. Matt Hasselbeck had injury issues. They finished 5-11 and ended up with the #6 pick.
This current Seahawks roster isn’t as bad as that Seattle team. It’s a scary prospect though, isn’t it?
Imagine a situation where the Seahawks get their highest pick since the 2010 draft and they pack it off to the Jets for a safety with a lousy 55.5 grade according to PFF. He just had a horror show performance against the Rams. The trade and salary already look like a complete bust.
When the Adams deal was completed, we highlighted how desperate it was and called the price tag ‘unjustifiable’. The Seahawks had only added Benson Mayowa and Bruce Irvin to a bad defense, while losing Jadeveon Clowney.
They overpaid in a desperate attempt to add impact and talent right before training camp. The price tag reeked of a team saying, ‘let’s just get this done’.
It was a glaring sign of a franchise that was losing its way. Reactive instead of proactive. Waiting to address issues rather than fixing them swiftly and effectively.
During the 2020 season, we highlighted how Adams’ production was severely manufactured by specifically designed blitzing. The sack record was a red herring masking the fact that for every sack he generated (by blitzing Bobby Wagner a career high 100 times to shift protection) there were numerous plays where he didn’t get home and left the defense exposed. We talked about his issues in coverage too.
We discussed in the off-season how they should’ve chalked the whole thing down to experience and just moved on. Then we repeated that call in March. He wasn’t a good fit. He wasn’t worth the big money. Just get what you can and move on.
All the talk of being a ‘unicorn’ or a ‘weapon’ was unjustified. His performances were a tell. Greg Cosell called him a ‘glorified linebacker’ and questioned his fit in Seattle. Hugh Millen frequently offered a reality check on Adams.
They then proceeded to pay him $17.5m with $70m guaranteed after a protracted holdout. And we called it the worst trade of the Carroll era (which almost doesn’t feel strong enough at this point).
Now, his 2021 stat line and grade is a disaster. You don’t need to be a football savant to see he’s struggling badly or that the Seahawks don’t know what to do with him. Meanwhile the defense is on pace to set records for yardage conceded and the unit is ranked amongst the worst in the NFL.
The one final kick in the teeth is going to be Seattle potentially having a losing record for the first time in a decade and not even getting the high draft pick as a consolation prize.
The trade has been a franchise changing decision. Forget everything else. The ineptly coached defense, the consistent issues on offense, the bad drafts, the poor use of resources, the unfilled holes, the lack of identity, the drama surrounding the future of the franchise quarterback.
This trade alone should be viewed as a fireable offense.
There are only two silver linings to this. Firstly, if this does go south as appears likely — it increases the likelihood that change will happen.
I’ve been saying for some weeks now that Pete Carroll’s body language and media appearances give the impression of a man no longer enjoying himself. I think he will retire. I suspect it’s just a matter of time and big change is coming in the off-season.
The Seahawks should then go out and land a dynamic offensive-minded Head Coach such as Joe Brady and pair him with an experienced defensive coordinator.
The other silver lining is this. Maybe they can convince someone to take Adams off their hands in the off-season and just eat the $16m dead hit to move on? To an extent, it’s easier to deal someone when they have a contract versus needing to trade and then negotiate with them immediately. You know what you’re getting and you don’t run the risk of holdouts. It’s what happened when Jimmy Graham came to Seattle with three years left on his deal.
They won’t get much in return. Yet it’s looking increasingly like everyone just needs to move on. It’ll cost the Seahawks a fortune but can you salvage this? Will a new staff be able to do that?
It’s sad that it’s come to this with the Seahawks. That we’re having to talk this way.
Yet it’s all felt so predictable.
For once, the only winners here are the New York Jets.
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