Heller’s Three Burning Questions 3.0: Seattle Seahawksby Joe Heller July 2, 2021 1 comment
With the 2021 NFL Draft over and the schedule officially being released, it’s time for my third annual 32 part series where the top three questions will be posed for each NFL team. Here are those three questions for the Seattle Seahawks.
Be sure to check out all of Heller’s Three Burning Questions.
Is Russell Wilson All-In?
The 2020 season for Wilson was a tale of two seasons for the veteran signal called in Seattle. In the first half, Wilson was playing lights out, like the guy he’s been throughout his career, and was the early front runner for the MVP award. As the season wore and as the Seahawks offensive line became less effective due to injuries, his landslide win vanished to where he wasn’t even in the conversation for the Most Valuable Player.
Wilson was sacked 47 times, he was also pressured and hit at an alarming rate and his performance suffered as a result. Numbers-wise, Wilson finished the season with over 4,200 yards passing and 40 touchdown passes, and another 513 yards coming on the ground. Most of his ground yards came as a result of protection breakdowns, as opposed to designing runs.
Wilson was so frustrated, that he asked to be traded. But either the Seahawks couldn’t find an acceptable return or weren’t willing to trade the face of the franchise. But reports are that Russ is back, happy, and ready to cook once again. In a division where he has to face Nick Bosa, Aaron Donald, and now J.J. Watt two times each he has a right to be concerned about the offensive line.
Is this the Year the Running Backs Stay Healthy?
Chris Carson led the team in rushing last season with 681 yards and five touchdowns. Rashaad Penny, who spent most of the season battling back from a torn ACL he suffered late in 2019, which at the time led to the return of Marshawn Lynch for the postseason run. Penny is healthy but is rumored to be on the trading block, so Carson’s carries may increase as a result.
Are they the Favorites to Win the Division?
With the moves made by the other three teams in the NFC West, this could be the toughest division in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams are still one of the league’s best defenses while the Arizona Cardinals added Watt to their defense. The 49ers were decimated by injuries on both sides of the ball last season but are now healthy. This means the offensive line in front of Wilson will see the likes of Watt, Nick Bosa, and of course the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Donald each twice. With the playmaking receivers, D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Wilson just needs time to get the ball out. If the line can do that, there’s no reason that Seattle isn’t contending to win the division.
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