This week’s Seahawks mailbag is a whole lot of fun, and so I’m not going to waste any of your time with a preamble before diving in. Thanks, as always, to those who asked questions.
Extending Tyler Lockett should be a priority for the Seahawks this offseason. He’s the perfect complement to DK Metcalf and remains Seattle’s most reliable chain mover. Lockett’s versatility to handle volume on underneath routes while possessing the speed to beat a defense deep makes him invaluable to Seattle. Add in his selfless approach and remarkable ball skills, particularly in traffic, and you have a cornerstone player.
The purse strings are about to get tight in Seattle with Jamal Adams, Shaquill Griffin, Ethan Pocic and Chris Carson all in line for new contracts, but I don’t see how the Seahawks decide they can live without Lockett.
Trading him should only become an option once Seattle’s front office is absolutely convinced that reaching an extension is impossible based on Lockett’s demands and the Seahawks budget.
The unfortunate reality is that it’s far more common to criticize specialists than praise them. The expectation, save for 50+ yarders, is to make every kick. That’s an unreasonable expectation, of course, but it makes it less noticeable when a guy never misses.
Still, you’re right, Jason Myers is having a Pro Bowl-caliber season and deserves praise as such. He’s 15-for-15 on field goal attempts this season and has been a stud for the Seahawks.
Seahawks tight ends as a whole have been unproductive this season. Part of that has to do with having two elite wide receivers. Seattle has gone games where it can’t even get both DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett involved, let alone the tight ends.
But Will Dissly has been especially quiet with just 14 receptions for 163 yards and one touchdown. He has been limited to one reception in six games, two receptions in four games and he was shutout against the Eagles with Greg Olsen out of the lineup. Dissly is yet to catch three or more passes in a game this season.
It’s very possible that Dissly is still making his way back from his torn Achilles. While his leg is structurally sound, he is probably lacking some of his range of motion and explosion. That would make sense given he spent his entire offseason rehabbing rather than strictly strength and agility training in preparation for the season. My guess is that he will tell us next season that he feels like a completely different player. That’s commonly the case when guys are two years removed from an Achilles tear. The exact same thing happened with Richard Sherman in San Francisco.
Outside of the Rams game, I think a bit too much has been made of the offense’s decline. If the Seahawks converted the first fourth down of the game against the Eagles, that puts them at 30 points in the game. I don’t think you can ever argue with scoring 30, no matter the opponent. It was always going to be a challenge to keep up the torrid pace to start the season as defenses around the NFL settled in and figured out how to throw a counterpunch.
Injuries to Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and Brandon Shell haven’t helped much. Now that Seattle seems to have solved its turnover woes, it’s time to clean up the clock management issues. As I wrote in this week’s overreaction column, I think the Seahawks need to start operating out of an up-tempo pace more frequently.
I thought this was an interesting question. Here’s a game-by-game look at the result of Seattle’s first possession:
Falcons – TD Patriots – Interception Cowboys – three-and-out Dolphins – TD Vikings – Punt Cardinals – TD 49ers – three-and-out Bills – three-and-out Rams – TD Cardinals – TD Eagles – Downs
That’s a touchdown percentage of 45% and a three-and-out percentage of 27%. It’s a bit surprising that the Seahawks are yet to kick a field goal on their opening drive.
I think they will. The Seahawks should win their next three games, which means at the very least they’d have the chance to clinch the NFC West in Week 16 with a win over the Rams. Additionally, it’s not a guarantee that Los Angeles beats Arizona this weekend. Another loss by the Rams would mean that Seattle could lose to Los Angeles in Week 16, beat the 49ers in Week 17 and still win the division (this still assuming the Seahawks go 3-0 against the Giants, Jets and WFT, of course). Point being, Seattle is in the driver’s seat, and it would be a disappointment if the Seahawks somehow lost the division.
I suppose this is possible, but I have a hard time believing that John Schneider and Pete Carroll would guarantee a contract for a 33-year-old pass rusher. Dunlap’s cap number in 2021 is $14.1 million and includes a $3 million roster bonus that stemmed from taking a pay cut this season. How much would you have to reduce that number in order to make it worthwhile to guarantee his salary in 2022? I don’t see how the two sides could get to an agreement of this nature.
I’m not sure it’s a certainty that Quinton Dunbar (knee) is nearing his return. Even if he does, Tre Flowers has probably done enough to keep the job for now. Pete Carroll indicated a few weeks back that Dunbar freelances a bit too much, which means he likely trusts Flowers more within the confines of the scheme.
Fantastic question. Here are my picks:
Duan Brown – If you asked me, “which player do you think could fight a grizzly bear and win?”, my answer would undoubtedly be Brown. I don’t see why that brute strength wouldn’t also serve us well in a zombie apocalypse. Brown has also shown this season that he’s still plenty fleet of foot.
Chris Carson – He’s as tough as they come while being perpetually even-keeled. I’m going to be losing my mind at the first sight of a zombie, and so I’m going to desperately need his calming presence around.
Will Dissly – He’s a Montana native, and so I’m banking on a number of valuable skills here. One, I’m hoping Dissly can be the mastermind for our survival plan. Secondly, I’m hoping he’s equipped to hunt and fish. Third, Dissly seems like a guy with some ingenuity to create weapons from whatever we might have at our disposal. Now that’s a zombie apocalypse MVP right there.
You might be asking yourself, “Hey Joe, what do you bring to the team?” The answer is nothing. I’d be a mental midget that those three guys would be better off throwing into the zombies as a diversion. Nobody got time for dead weight in a zombie apocalypse, and that’s exactly what I’d be.
It’s at 13, sadly. I really need to get it at or below 10 in 2021. I’ve become obsessed with doing so haha.