“Postponing judgment is a powerful tool.” – Pete Carroll
As much as some fans might want to put the nails in Seattle’s coffin after just six games, the simple fact is the Seahawks (2-4) are still breathing – the season is far from over.
But they are going to need to win their next two home games if they want to stay in the playoff hunt.
Continue reading At 2-4, season is not over, but Hawks have no room for error now
Pete Carroll has a history of fixing his defense on the fly, and he is going to have to do it again — NOW.
In his day-after assessment of his defense’s total meltdown against the Rams, Carroll bemoaned his defense repeating the same mistakes. Carroll is ticked off, which means more changes should be coming to Seattle’s defense during this mini-bye.
“We have to clean stuff up across the board so the same issues don’t show up,” Carroll said on 710 ESPN. “When we’re really not doing well is when you see the same problem continue to show, and that’s something that pisses me off.”
Continue reading Irked Carroll should make more changes
For some fans, the sky is always falling. So, you can imagine the reaction after the Seahawks lost to the Rams yet again – and Russell Wilson got hurt along the way.
The Hawks are now 2-3, and some people are writing their 2021 obit. But the season is far from over.
The Hawks were not expected to beat the Rams – not this time, not with an inconsistent offense and discombobulated defense. The only surprise in the 26-17 loss was the finger injury to Wilson, which actually improved the offense as Geno Smith led the Hawks to more points in one quarter (10) than Wilson had in three (7).
Smith’s steady performance – minus the unfortunate interception at the end – assuaged any concerns that the Hawks cannot win without Wilson. In some ways, Smith was better (e.g., he worked the middle of the field and threw a successful screen pass).
The big problem Seattle must fix over the next 10 days – before a Sunday night game in Pittsburgh – is a defense that once again is off to a historically bad start. Pete Carroll and Ken Norton Jr. have got to seal up the cracks – again.
Continue reading Forget Wilson; priority is fixing the defense
After a great start to the season in Indianapolis, the Seahawks have been a mess the past two games. And, if they don’t fix it ASAP, they will quickly find themselves in a hole too deep to climb out of.
A week after the offense played deep ball too much and kept the defense on the field all game in an overtime loss to Tennessee, the defense returned the favor by not stopping Kirk Cousins and the Vikings in a demoralizing 30-17 defeat.
It has been a full team failure the past two weeks, and Seattle has to figure out how to fix the NFL’s worst defense while also getting the offense to do something in the second half. There is no break in the schedule, so Pete Carroll and his staff have to figure it out on the fly as they head to San Francisco this week, then host the Rams next Thursday and travel to Pittsburgh in Week 6.
So, what are the problems?
Continue reading What are the problems & how do they fix them?
“We screwed that up.” – Pete Carroll on 710 ESPN
The Seahawks’ first two games have taken the fans on an emotional rollercoaster. They had everyone’s hopes up after a great Week 1 win in Indianapolis, only to follow that up with one of the worst home losses of Russell Wilson’s career.
The pathetic 33-30 overtime loss to Tennessee was right down there with Washington in 2017 and the Giants in 2020 for Wilson’s worst home setbacks.
Continue reading ‘We screwed that up’
“It’s a critical time.” – Russell Wilson after another early playoff exit in January
A dramatic offseason and largely uneventful preseason are behind us, and we are finally about to see whether the Seahawks are any better than they were in 2020, when their offense and defense went in opposite directions over the course of the season and they once again failed to move past the first playoff game.
After a 3-5 record in the postseason over the past six years and two one-and-dones in the past three, the pressure is on to go deep into the playoffs and make a strong Super Bowl run in 2021.
Continue reading State of the roster as season begins
Everyone was so excited Tuesday to see which third-stringers would make the Seahawks, but the big news was Quandre Diggs assuaging any concerns that he might extend his so-called “hold-in” and sit out games.
Diggs reportedly is getting an insurance policy, and he said he will be ready to go soon.
“As soon as this little business thing (is) done — signed, sealed, delivered — I’ll be back at practice,” Diggs said. “I think it should be cleared up pretty soon. Me and my team are handling that. At the end of the day, I’m grateful to be a Seahawk and I’m going to be here. I think I’ll be out there ready to play the first game of the season.”
Continue reading Diggs will be back, with insurance
Not counting gameday radio quick-hitters, you can count on three or four fingers the number of times a year John Schneider speaks publicly: At the Combine, the week before the draft and right after the draft.
Rich Eisen added another interview today and got a little from Schneider on the Jamal Adams deal, Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson and more.
Continue reading Schneider on Adams contract: ‘We’re glad to get it done’
The Seahawks reportedly used a cap mechanism for Jamal Adams that they used for Tyler Lockett earlier this year and we were going to suggest they use for Duane Brown: The option bonus.
With so much uncertainty over the 2022 cap and the Seahawks needing to plot for two or three more big extensions, the option bonus is the way to go.
Lockett got a $13 million option bonus, and Adams reportedly has a $12.44 million option bonus that pairs with a $2 million salary in 2022. That will keep his cap number at $9.11 million (instead of something over $16 million).
Continue reading Cap-wary Hawks using option bonuses for 2022