Russell Wilson says Seahawks need to find way back beyond second round of playoffs

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Despite their nearly annual presence in playoff games each January, the Seahawks have been unable to advance to the NFC Championship round or Super Bowl since their back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014.

Seattle has bowed out of the playoffs in the Divisional Round three times (2015, 2016, 2019) and suffered a first-round loss a year ago to the Dallas Cowboys as hopeful campaigns have fallen short of their intended goal. Quarterback Russell Wilson said Monday following another Divisional Round exit that the Seahawks have to find a way beyond the second weekend of the playoffs.

“A lot of people think that we overachieved. I think we underachieved, in my opinion, because I think the goal should be always winning the Super Bowl. That’s got to be our standard. That’s got to be our focus,” Wilson said.

“The reality is that we’ve been very, very good for the past eight years or so, and to go to the playoffs seven of the eight, and to do all those things are special, special things, to go to two Super Bowls, to win one. We’ve got to capture that throughout the whole entire season going into next year. We’ve got to find ways to get better. We’ve got to find ways to get past just the first or second round of the playoffs and get to the final push. That’s the reality. I know that’s why I play the game. I know that’s why a lot of guys in this locker room try to play the game (is) for that. We’ve got to find ways to get better and we’ll try to do everything we can to figure that out.”

The Seahawks have fallen behind by significant margins in each of their three most recent Divisional Round playoff losses. They trailed 31-7 against the Carolina Panthers in 2015 early in the third quarter before rallying back in a 31-24 loss. Against the Atlanta Falcons the next year, Seattle would end up in a 26-10 hole into the third quarter before losing 36-20 and they faced a 28-10 deficit midway through the third quarter on Sunday night before being unable to complete a go-ahead drive with five minutes remaining.

This Seattle team probably did end up with more victories than expected given a point-differential of just plus-7 for the regular season. Many key late-season injuries left Seattle short-handed, especially at running back. The Seahawks have managed to earn consecutive playoff berths while undergoing a reset with the roster post-Legion of Boom. However, Wilson clearly wants his team to find a way to get back over the hump and have another shot at a Super Bowl.

“To be the best in the world, you’ve got to do all the necessary things to get there. I think that we have a lot of those things and we need a few more things here and there to get that done,” Wilson said. “I think that’s just the reality. It’s a good one to be in because we’re not far off, but it’s also not a good one to be in because we’re sitting here today and I don’t want to be sitting here today anymore.”

98 responses to “Russell Wilson says Seahawks need to find way back beyond second round of playoffs

  1. There is a good reason why Russell Wilson was considered MVP candidate, because most football experts can see that their team is not good, and Seattle is not supposed to have one of the best records in the league. When Wilson had bad games (e.g. against Baltimore, New Orleans, and Arizona), Seattle lost. From this point forward, unless Wilson has a perfect season, and a perfect postseason, Seattle is not going to return to the Super Bowl any time soon. There are badly needed improvements to Seattle’s roster, especially in the secondary, but poor drafting, poor trades and the salary cap are standing in the way.

  2. As a patriot fan, who doesn’t like to give any other QB credit for being great, other than Brady, Russell has earned a great deal of my respect these last few years. While players like Mahomes, Watson and Lamar has freakish athletic talent, Russell has done more with less around him and seems to be able to will his team to wins that shouldn’t happen. He does have the heart of a champion.

  3. Definition – Pete please let e run the offense from the start of the game and not the second half when we’re down big only to try and ball you out once again which I’ve done over and over and over. Also please get a new defensive coordinator as the one we have consistently uses a game plan to let receivers go wide open and have us hope they drop the ball.

  4. Definition – Pete please let me run the offense from the start of the game and not the second half when we’re down big only to try and bail you out once again which I’ve done over and over and over. Also please get a new defensive coordinator as the one we have consistently uses a game plan to let receivers go wide open and have us hope they drop the ball.

  5. Maybe they should just stop talking about how great they are and show up on game day. They are turning into the modern day Buffalo Bills and will be remembered for their post season futility.

  6. A lot of Seahawks’ fans in defending Pete Carroll have been pointing out how the team exceeded expectations. Russell Wilson is so transcendently good that going to the big dance should be part of every year’s expectations (written by this 49er fan who hates the Seahawks). Russell has bailed Carroll out of countless bad coaching decisions. If Carroll didn’t have Wilson as his QB he’d have been fired long ago.

    Carroll is a great teacher and motivator. He is a terrible coach in game planning and game day decision-making. I hope the ‘Hawks keep him around forever. .

  7. You’re going to need a new coach, Russell. One who doesn’t suffer from brain lock at the goal line and doesn’t punt with the game on the line.

  8. Paying you just $660k/yr again (lowest paid starter QB in 2013) instead of being the NFL’s highest paid player, would be a good start. It’s also why Chiefs-Mahomes window is closing.

  9. With all due respect, Russell Wilson is wrong. It is not their “standard.” It is their goal. It is the goal of all 32 teams. But they haven’t played in a Super Bowl in about five years.

    There is one team that making the Super Bowl is their “standard,” and they won’t be in it this year because they lost in the first round to Tennessee. Not a fan of theirs, but I respect what they’ve been able to do. Let’s not cheapen it by acting as if the Seattle Seahawks are in that class. They’re not, and quite frankly, none of the rest of us are, either.

  10. That secondary on defense NEEDS A LOT of work to begin with! The offense starts most games too slow and has to play catch up all the time. They need to figure out those 2 most GLARING problems in the off-season.

  11. He should join the Texans. Their ownership/management team is completely satisfied with never getting past the 2nd round.

  12. “…the Seahawks have been unable to advance to the NFC Championship round or Super Bowl since their back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014.”

    Gee, I wonder why?

    Russell Wilson’s salaries:
    2013: $526,217
    2014: $662,434

    And in April of 2019 he signed a $140M, 4-year extension with a $65M signing bonus – $107M of which is guaranteed.

    As hall of famer Jerrah would say, “Not enough pie to go around…”

  13. So strange how the team’s earlier playoff exits seem to mirror exactly when they decided to stop being a defensive team, stop focusing on the run game, and throw tons of money at Russell Wilson.

  14. In the salary cap era, few teams could win multiple Super Bowls. New England has is that rare exception, and they did it with prudent cap management AND with help from their franchise quarterback, who is content with a low salary compared to lesser talent like Russell Wilson and Kir Cousins. By demanding to be paid 35 million a year, Russell Wilson has made it difficult for his team to build a compettive roster. Even before the current contract, he has been making more money than Tom BRady. As a result his team had to trade Frank Clark, and let Jimmy Graham leave as a free agent. It may be poetic justice that if they have Jimmy, he would probably have muscled past the 49er defender into the end zone to allow Seattle to have the number 1 seed, and Green Bay would not have gotten a first down against them to kill the clock. They would not have to travel to the frigid Mr. Rodgers’ neighborhood where Russell Wilson does not play well. Wilson therefore has no one to blame if he wants to win Super Bowls. But because of his greed, he now has a lot of money but no more Super Bowl rings than the one he got.

  15. Didn’t end the way we wanted but it was a good year, congrats to the Packers. Hopefully next year we can stay healthier than we did this year, no way to know how it would have ended but I definitely feel injuries were a factor. Congrats to the 49ers on winning the division as well, not rooting for you this weekend though..😂

  16. That’s on Pete Carroll and the Front Office. It certainly isn’t cause of lack of effort by Wilson. But he shouldn’t have to carry them so hard. Their OC needs to learn how to make adjustments and have more creative packages beyond fall behind in the first half then let Wilson freelance in the second.

    Look at Andy Reid. He has plays for every occassion. Not saying Schott is anywhere close to Reid but if the insize zone/hb dive isn’t working, try something else to get your running game going, or get your rbs some momentum. Wheel routes, toss, screen, curl, put in the slot, etc. Because in the last game and the first quarter of this game, everybody knew when Lynch came in it was a run up the middle because that’s all they predictably did. It took him getting stopped 3 times near goal for them to realize that maybe Lynch should be in the backfield even on plays where he isn’t the ball handler.

    And I know this because I was specifically paying attention to their plays when he was in just to see what Schottenheimer would do.

  17. I’m very confused by the “Many key late-season injuries left Seattle short-handed, especially at running back.”, statement.

    I thought the NFL has been pushing a narrative that RB is a completely plug and play position and not really that important to the Offense. I mean you can grab a great RB at any spot in the draft and for chump change in FA. So, if RB is such a replaceable spot, how can their be “key” injuries to the RB position?? That is a paradox.

    It’s all about the QB folks!! I mean Ryan Tannehill doesn’t really need Derrick Henry, he would most certainly be throwing for 500 yards and 5 TD’s every game if Henry wasn’t greedily taking all the glory for himself!!!!!

    Russell only needs himself – it’s a QB league folks. The rule makers have ensured that.

  18. That is because instead of acknowledging the greatness of the dynasty in New England and admitting they were beaten they blamed a play call in the SB. They failed to realize that was not why they lost. Brady torched the legion of boom with 321 yards and three TD including overcoming a 10 point deficit in 4th quarter. The legion of boom had not surrendered a 10 point 4th quarter lead in 3-4 years until they played Brady. They also forget to get down to the one yard line at end of game took and extremely lucky catch to Kearse. Butler had the pass deflected towards ground and it bounced off Kearse’s leg and popped up in air and he then caught easy popup. Go watch the tape it is a very lucky catch and should have been incomplete. Butler made up for it with defensive play of game. But real reason Patriots won is Brady throwing 2 TD passes in 4th quarter against one of best secondaries in history. Seattle should have close it out. But Brady is a legend. And Brady not Butler won the MVP off the SB. Seattle made excuses for the game. Excuse makers never get better to keep competing. Brady made more legend when he carved up Atlanta after being down 28-3 late in 3rd quarter. Before the comeback the Falcons and their owner were dancing and celebrating on the sideline before they had won anything yet. Big mistake against Brady. Watch the tape. Brady is visibly pissed.
    disrespect a Dynasty and they will destroy you. Just ask the Deflategate Colts the whining Rams and the Pittsburgh squealers. All excuse makers and all mediocre teams after disrespecting a dynasty. Play with fire and they will burn your ass.

  19. This is what happens when you break the bank to re-sign an established quarterback. Of course Wilson had more talent around him in 2013 and 2014 because he was on his rookie deal. The team could afford to spend on other positions. But it’s so much harder to do when one guy is making $34 million or whatever a year. I don’t blame him for taking the money. He earned it. But his contract makes it extremely hard to surround him with elite talent.

  20. RW3 is not the problem. Pete Carroll revolve the offense around RW3 and not his runningbacks. RW3 is a top 3 QB. They need to start acting like it

  21. The reality is that team is just not that good!

    Just for perspective.

    The Eagles were missing 2 Pro Bowl OL, every WR , they lost the best DE on the team, Wentz, the QB they used had a torn hamstring, Zach Ertz had fractured ribs and a lacerated kidney, they lost a couple guys in the secondary, Sanders at RB, and that doesn’t even mention all the guys who were on IR.

    You barely beat us when we played half our team, sorry your just not a good team!

    FACT

  22. This guy will be a average QB once those legs get a little older , then there will
    be no more cheese yards for him.

  23. I think it might be time for some fresh blood at head coach. I’ve always kind of been a Pete Carroll supporter, but anymore it seems like he just proves me wrong time after time…

  24. I didn’t expect Seattle to be a Super Bowl contender this year and think they had a great year…the offense will really good next year with TE Will Dissly, C Justin Britt, and RB Chris Carson returning…the main issue with Seattle is their defense…they need to resign Clowney and draft a solid defensive end and cornerback…Seattle had to rebuild their defense after losing Michael Bennett, Earl Thomas, Cliff Avril, Cam Chancellor, and Richard Sherman…look for GM John Schneider to do some serious digging in the draft this year or trade for an elite player….

  25. Step 1, gets players around Russell who don’t suck.

    Step 2, get a coaching staff who can manage games.

    Please continue to never take these steps, I am loving the way you are wasting Wilson’s career.

  26. The reality is that team is just not that good!

    Just for perspective.

    The Eagles were missing 2 Pro Bowl OL, every WR , they lost the best DE on the team, Wentz, the QB they used had a torn hamstring, Zach Ertz had fractured ribs and a lacerated kidney, they lost a couple guys in the secondary, Sanders at RB, and that doesn’t even mention all the guys who were on IR.

    You barely beat us when we played half our team, sorry your just not a good team!

    FACT

    —————

    And Seattle was missing all 3 of our running backs (which is a problem in a run-first offense), two TEs (which is a problem in a run-first offense), our starting Pro Bowl C and starting LG (which is a problem in a run-first offense), a starting LB, a ton of guys on IR, and a bunch of guys playing through injuries. Guess what, injuries happen to everyone. It’s not Seattle’s fault you guys had no depth. And we didn’t “barely beat” you, we kept you out of the end zone for the entire game and won by a TD+.

    We may not be a great team, but apparently we were better than you. 8 points better to be exact.

    FACT

  27. Four of the last five SB winners have had highly paid QB’s. The Pats 3 times, and Denver with Manning.

    Garrapolo and Rodgers are highly paid.

    The salary a QB makes shouldn’t be that much of a detriment to putting other good players on the field.

    If you disagree, then I assume that you also think that once Mahommes, Jackson, and Watson get paid, then their teams will not contend?

  28. Russell most successful plays are sandlot kind where he and receivers scramble and those plays work well when defense are tired which is in 2nd half of the game
    So it’s logical that unless their defense keeps them close in the game in 1st half they will be down big In 2nd half

    Those same sandlot plays are not nearly successful in the first half when defense is fresh

    So Unless Russell can be successful running traditional plays the team will be down big in 2nd half the solution to that is building a strong defense which can’t be done unless you draft well like legion of boom because Russ takes so much Of the cap ttat they cannot sign premier free agent on the defensive side

    So this is a cycle that can’t be broken

  29. Well, he’s getting $35 million a year so there is a limited pool of money from free agency. He has Tyler Lockett and now DK Metcalf so it isn’t a lack of WR talent (the Eagles would gladly swap their top two receivers). Carson and Penny are both good backs and the OL seems to generally give Russ plenty of time to throw. They need help on defense but if the offense is going to be Russ runs around in circles and then heaves bombs, it’s going to be hit and miss even if it results in him putting up big numbers.

  30. Only fans of New England, Pittsburgh or NYG can be critical of RW and Seattle. Because those are the only teams to actually WIN more than one SB in the last 13 years, and the only teams besides Seattle to appear in three SB’s or more during that stretch.

    Which means the rest of you can only PRAY that your team gets to three SB’s in 13 years, goes to the playoffs 8 of 10 years, and has a QB who plays at an MVP level year after year, consistently. Throw stones from that glass house of NFL mediocrity, though.

  31. It is really simple. They need to have home field throughout the playoffs. Yes they were 8-2 on road games and 4-4 at home. However, every year they went to the NFC championship and the Superbowl they were the #1 seed in the NFC. What they need is a strength and conditioning coach that knows what they are doing to stay healthy and get a RT in the draft or let George Fant play that spot. If they can keep Russell clean, they will win more games and be back.

  32. Russell Wilson is a great QB, no doubt, but he’s also the highest paid QB in the league at $35M per year.

    When a team spends that much on one player, there is less to spend on a supporting cast. That’s why Brady took a pay cut every time a new contract came around. It gave BB the money to get good players.

  33. They need to stop using game plans that involve keeping one foot on the brake. Their goal in every game is to be conservative, keep the game close, and then let Wilson pull out the win. Put the game in his hands from the start…keep your foot on the gas..and try to score on every possession. Enough of the run/run/pass, especially when the o-line can’t protect him on obvious passing downs.

  34. Franchise QB’s calling for help,..yet you suck up all the salary cap money with your outrageous salary demands. How can any GM give you support when you want all the money? So Dak expects to get more then you and then Mahomes gets more then Dak.

    Then you guys turn around and complain that you have no help??? If your so interested in getting some help, take less so the GM can put a legit team around you. If you don’t want to take less, then shut your mouth and take getting pummelled by the opposing defense like a man.

  35. Under Carroll,the Seahawks blueprint has always been to somehow hang around in a game ,wait for mistakes by the opposition ,or some spectacular special teams play,and then try to eek out a win in the end.True they are almost always never it of a game,but this formula will never take you to the promised land.Seattle football has always been strange to me.

  36. I know a lot of people criticized Wilson and other quarterbacks for taking large salaries but how much could they actually reduce it if they even wanted to? The Players Association would probably not allow for much of that. So it remains an enigma: make as much money as you can but deplete your team of the ability to compete over an extended period of time.

  37. I’ll give it up to Lamar as a running QB they actually call designed run plays for him , these other running QBs are no more than run everyone on a route then when it’s covered down field they just take off for cheese yards. Can’t be hit to discourage it so why not. If a QB drops back for a pass they shouldn’t be able to run pass the line of scrimmage , scramble behind it all you like behind it to buy time … now if it’s a designed run play then yeah run all you like. But this is turning into chicken salad football.

  38. Hawks beat the undefeated Niners in SF – and were 10-2 after 12 games. Had the look of a SB contending team. They had weaknesses sure, but with Russell at QB, and Carson/Penny looking strong in the backfield – they had one of the better and more balanced offenses in the league. Some years you get luckier than others in the injury game – and this year they took it pretty hard (they’re not the only team to get injuries, I know) – especially the loss of both Carson and Penny on a team that needs to run to be successful.

    All that is to say – that while they’re not a crazy talented roster (it’s of course true what others have noted – having a top QB on a rookie deal gives you the best financial structure) – they’re not that far away either. They didn’t have much of a talent cushion, so when the injuries hit, they took away all of the margin.

    They were a play away from beating the Niners and winning the division; and their game against the Pack also came down to the last possession. I look at this year as basically a success.

  39. I get a kick out of fans who blindly say things like..’once we have Dissly, Britt, Carson, Penny, a healthy Brown back at LT….the offense will be stacked. Look, they had them all at one point, but then injuries happened. They happen every year.

    Same with the preseason and the thoughts of Poona Ford, Reed, Ansah, and Clowney on the Dline week 7 when Reed returns from suspension week 7. At almost no point did these 4 play together for more than a game. I doubt we even make the playoffs if Schneider hadn’t of picked up Diggs mid season because Lang Hill and Flowers were a disaster. The common theme in Seattle is Pete Carroll and his outdated coaching philosophy and schemes. The NFC West is stacked, and Arizona owns the Seahawks in Seattle so I don’t see a bye week playoff trip anywhere in the future for the remainder of the Pete Carroll era…..and we all know that’s the only way the Seahawks will ever advance beyond the divisional round.

  40. Maybe Russell Wilson has just been lucky in the postseason.

    2012: Opposing QB gets injured during wild-card game.
    2015: Opposing kicker misses a 28 yard game-winning FG during wild-card game.
    2019: Opposing QB gets injured during wild-card game.

  41. Russell Wilson is STILL underrated. Without him, they win maybe 5-6 games this past season. The defense is swiss cheese and the OL is lousy. Without so many key players he *still* took GB to the limit.

    I am a 49er fan for life, but I so admire Wilson.

  42. wilson and seahawks should always strive for the ultimate goal but their success is just that. very, very successful and shouldnt be considered failures at all. what patriots did during their dynasty is absolutely UNheard of and argue it will never happen again.

  43. A healthy Seattle team would be playing next Sunday. To many injuries at the most inopportune time did them in…

  44. I don’t understand how/why folks are confused about how this season turned out for the Hawks.
    It’s this simple, folks –

    Look at these stats. Not a single team has ever made it to the Super Bowl in a salary capped league, that has an over paid Quarter Back.

    Connect the dots. A team needs more than just that one elite QB.
    THE WHOLE TEAM has to be paid, not just Russell Wilson. Russ Wilson’s pay check is almost 20% of his teams’ salary cap.

    Don’t believe? Watch next Sunday, Packers & the 49’s.
    Over paid Packers QB Arron Rodgers and the rest of his team will get beat by the 49ers. Elite players are needed all over the field, and elite players cost money.

    Greed by the elite QBs screws the rest of the team.

  45. Wilson and this team are such contradictions. He’s incredible at extending plays, and thus game outcomes. But I also see him kind of spraying the ball all over the place, with his receivers having to do most of the work on many catches. If you watch long enough, you see it’s a whole different type of throwing compared to much better pure passers (like, say, Mahomes or Rodgers). I see a lot of it with Lamar Jackson as well (who may turn out to be an even better version of Wilson – some of the plays he makes are just outrageous).

    And the team – they seem to have such glaring weakness each year, that seem to take so long to get addressed, if they ever do. Offensive line & running game are two good long-running examples with the Seahawks. They just can’t seem to patch together a complete team, yet they overcome it and remain dangerous against any and every opponent.

  46. When the franchise QB demands to be the highest-paid player in the league, that makes it almost impossible to field a consistently competitive team, especially as you have to rely on pretty good backups to get you through the season. If all you have left for those guys are crumbs, those guys won’t get you through the season.

    This is probably never going to be solved unless the league and union agree that no single player can consume more than X% of the cap in any given year. That simple change would provide a lot of stability for a lot of teams. But it will never happen because…agents…and divas.

  47. This is probably never going to be solved unless the league and union agree that no single player can consume more than X% of the cap in any given year. That simple change would provide a lot of stability for a lot of teams. But it will never happen because…agents…and divas.
    —-

    Something needs to be done. Your solution definitely has some merit.

    Or, maybe you could remove the QB salary from the salary cap and limit it to a certain percentage of the overall payroll. The owners would have to spend more on salaries, but they’d be able to keep more of their players each season.

    Over the weekend I heard a pundit say the Chiefs have to win this year because Mahomes salary may hit 40 million this off-season and will significantly alter the current team roster in the years ahead. That’s a ridiculous amount of money to pay one player in a capped league where you have to pay a roster of over 50 players. Next years cap is between 196.8 and 201.2 million. One out of every 5 dollars spent would be going to pay Mahomes!

  48. Learn how to operate in the pocket and execute a crisp offense. Relying on broken plays isn’t good sustainable playoff football.

  49. Ok so now people are saying something has to be done on the QB pay and cap. No sir. Those are the rules and whoever abused the economics and overpaid their QBs just have to live with it or get rid of the overpaid QB.

    Everyone told the Seahawk fans they wouldn’t win after Wilson’s big contract. Wilson is not under rated. He’s over rated and unable to give his team sufficient value to justify his cost to the team.

  50. They finished right where they belong! They’ll never recover from that horrible call in their last SB!

  51. They’re in a tough spot, much like GB with Rodgers the last few years. A ton of salary cap going to the QB and a defensive star or two. You keep making the playoffs so you never have a high draft pick unless your QB gets hurt like Rodgers did the last couple of years.

    Schneider didn’t really build the Title winning team; that was Scot McCloughan who picked those talents (like he built the S.F. team before that that sent so many guys to the All-Pro and Pro Bowl). We’ll see if Schneider is up for the task of rebuilding the roster. They do have the salary cap space for some additions that way, but the 26th or 27th pick in the draft is not gonna turn things around.

  52. “Everyone told the Seahawk fans they wouldn’t win after Wilson’s big contract. Wilson is not under rated. He’s over rated and unable to give his team sufficient value to justify his cost to the team.”

    They would probasbly be 4-12 without Wilson. He’s a true talent.

  53. Wilson can spend the offseason practicing hail Mary throws. I don’t believe he has ever completed one in his career. THe one he tried against Green Bay at the end of the first half was not enough close. Aaron Rodgers, OTOH, has completed at least 3 of them.

  54. What does the team expect when thy play on the most injurious field in the NFL. C-Link is a virtual roster reduction and cap hit.

    I said at the start of the season that success will depend on the health of the offensive line and backfield. You can’t win unless you score points, and all the injuries prevented Seattle from scoring enough points.

    BTW, Wilson is one of the few QBs who have some NAMED PLAYS —
    Fail Mary, and the Super Blunder. So yes, Wilson has completed a “Hail Mary” play.

  55. The Seahawks have been lucky. For years. Their vapid fan base ignores it, but its the truth. RW is great and he’ll continue to make amazing plays for the next several years. However, when your game plan revolves around luck and RW making a magical school-yard throw to save the day – every single game; defenses can scheme around it and that’s what is becoming evident. The Packers aren’t a great team, but they played the right style of D to eliminate the equalizer.

    RW is the greatest asset and the greatest detriment to the Seahawks. Pete Carroll is a buffoon. Remember when Darell Bevell was the problem? Or Kris Richard? Or Tom Cable? or myriad other coaches who caught the blame for not being able to keep up with the lucky baller?

    Forever 1-2’s

  56. thegreatjimbrown says:
    January 14, 2020 at 3:21 pm
    They’re in a tough spot, much like GB with Rodgers the last few years. A ton of salary cap going to the QB and a defensive star or two. You keep making the playoffs so you never have a high draft pick unless your QB gets hurt like Rodgers did the last couple of years.

    Schneider didn’t really build the Title winning team; that was Scot McCloughan who picked those talents (like he built the S.F. team before that that sent so many guys to the All-Pro and Pro Bowl). We’ll see if Schneider is up for the task of rebuilding the roster. They do have the salary cap space for some additions that way, but the 26th or 27th pick in the draft is not gonna turn things around.
    ==========================

    They are among the league leaders in cap space despite large extensions to Russ and Wagner last year. Certainly doesn’t mean they will ascend beyond where they’ve been stuck the last few years, but they aren’t cash strapped whatsoever.

    Also…the Scot McLoughan bit has become wildly exaggerated over the years. He had a role of course and deserves credit for it, but he did not solely hand pick every stud the Hawks drafted during his years there.

  57. pdway says:
    January 14, 2020 at 11:02 am

    They were a play away from beating the Niners and winning the division; and their game against the Pack also came down to the last possession. I look at this year as basically a success.
    ——————-

    Using that logic, the Seahawks were also one missed field goal (Niners) away from being swept by the Niners for the season. When so many games are within one score, it’s a coin toss as to whether they will go deep into the playoffs.

    Ironically, the only team that consistently beat their opponents by multiple scores was the Ravens….and they were one and done in the playoffs.

    It seems that we have really reached the point of parity. Anyone can win at any time.

  58. McGloughan deserves the credit for the rivalry becoming what it did in the early part of the decade. He was SOLELY responsible for Baalke receiving the ExOY award, and for the drafting of many notable players for the Seahawks SB roster. John Schneider has been good, not great. The talent pool from the drafts after SM left is evident of that.

    Seriously, what had more impact on the season: Giving up a 5th for Diggs or a 3rd for Clowney? Clowney had a couple of good games and one great game on a D that was good at times, but not great.

    All this focus on RW, and keeping him happy, but the team would be well suited to trade him for as many high draft picks as they could get. The Seahawks were at their best when RW was cheap and the money could go other places.

  59. “This team would be better trading their franchise QB” – haha

    The only problem with the Seahawks is lack of secondary talent, and the fact that pete believes in his ‘way’ so much that he keeps russ handcuffed half the game until he has no choice but to let him play his game.

    And russ is a leader so he will respect pete and buy in.

  60. thegreatjimbrown says:
    January 14, 2020 at 3:22 pm
    “Everyone told the Seahawk fans they wouldn’t win after Wilson’s big contract. Wilson is not under rated. He’s over rated and unable to give his team sufficient value to justify his cost to the team.”

    They would probasbly be 4-12 without Wilson. He’s a true talent.
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    Who knows? Without Wilson, they would have a lot more money to spend on an O-line and receivers. A great QB needs great receivers to achieve that status. Great receivers either catch the ball or make sure that the defender doesn’t. Average and poor receivers make the QB look bad by allowing interceptions.

  61. dougiex says:
    January 14, 2020 at 2:45 pm
    Ok so now people are saying something has to be done on the QB pay and cap. No sir. Those are the rules and whoever abused the economics and overpaid their QBs just have to live with it or get rid of the overpaid QB
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    I don’t feel bad for Seattle at all. I feel bad for the owners who didn’t overpay their QBs but are forced to doing with the news deals that have “set the market”.

    You know when Mahomes and Watson get their deals they’ll likely be higher than Wilson’s. That’s how it is in the NFL. The QB with the big contract deal will be the highest paid QB in the game until the next big name QB is up for an extension. It doesn’t matter if he’s better, or even as good, as the guy who preceded. Every deal resets the market…but the cap on goes up in small increments each season. The QB salaries are way out of whack…in a capped league.

  62. Harry Palmer says:
    January 14, 2020 at 5:23 pm
    McGloughan deserves the credit for the rivalry becoming what it did in the early part of the decade. He was SOLELY responsible for Baalke receiving the ExOY award, and for the drafting of many notable players for the Seahawks SB roster. John Schneider has been good, not great. The talent pool from the drafts after SM left is evident of that.

    Seriously, what had more impact on the season: Giving up a 5th for Diggs or a 3rd for Clowney? Clowney had a couple of good games and one great game on a D that was good at times, but not great.

    All this focus on RW, and keeping him happy, but the team would be well suited to trade him for as many high draft picks as they could get. The Seahawks were at their best when RW was cheap and the money could go other places.
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    Wow. Just wow.

    Trade Wilson? So that those picks can turn in to players on a team who would then have a QB who is 99.99999% likely to be nowhere near Russ’ level?

    Clowney had ‘a couple good games?’ {obvious you weren’t a weekly viewer}. The guy pressured the QB constantly and wrecked the running game almost single-handedly despite having no real elite talent of note helping him out on that d-line. Just because he didn’t amass 20 sacks =/= him not having an elite impact on a regular basis.

  63. Wilson was supposed to be traded the day after he failed the shot at the goal line in Superbowl XLIX- that is the play that defines this lack-luster too small passive-agressive player. When in a critical game, a play is called, that you (the QB) KNOW you cannot possibly deliver on you hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch. Not Wilson. This QB must be traded or fired- for the Seahawks to win; Apparently there is a locker room issue with his close buddies that is injuring team moral- trade them too. They can run down to San Diego beaches slug a few beers, toss a few meaningless footballs as former Seahawks.

  64. Imagine how much more effective they could have been this year with Sherman and Clark. Bad decisions to get rid of stars without a plan to replace them.

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