It’s time for this week’s Seahawks mailbag, and with Seattle being 4-0, we have the opportunity to have some pretty fun conversations. There has been so much good through the first quarter of the season and any critique or criticism is through the lens of what it will take to win a Super Bowl.
That is to say that there are some serious champagne problems in the Pacific Northwest, which is always a beautiful thing for a fanbase. With that, let’s dive in. Thanks, as always, to those who asked questions.
(note: If you missed it, we launched a new weekly series called “overreaction Monday” that you might also enjoy.)
This continues to be the burning question. The Seahawks have gotten by with a mediocre pass rush thus far. The logic screams, “Go sign somebody!” And that may still be the best course of action. But clearly Seattle doesn’t view Clay Matthews or other free agent options as a clear-cut improvement over guys like Damontre Moore, Alton Robinson and Shaquem Griffin.
The Seahawks may be right in that belief, however, I’m of the thought that it couldn’t hurt to kick the tires on a more proven veteran. I think the reality that Seahawks fans need to accept is that no matter which course of action Seattle chooses, this is a team that will have a mediocre-at-best pass rush.
Seattle currently ranks 27th with just six sacks through four games, but missed opportunities have also plagued this team as the Seahawks rank 20th in pressure percentage (20.5%). That’s a higher percentage than the Bills, Cardinals, Packers and Saints, all teams that have double digit sacks.
So while I understand (and agree with) the sentiment of needing to add another player, there’s reason to believe that Seattle’s pass rush has been a bit better than what the team’s meager sack total would suggest.
One final thought on this: Who knows if the Seahawks will ever get Darrell Taylor into the lineup this season, but the second-round pick is probably Seattle’s best hope for reinforcements.
B.J. Finney wasn’t able to win the Seahawks starting center job, and he’s behind Jamarco Jones and Jordan Simmons on the depth chart at both guard spots. So I’m fairly certain that no team would be willing to give up anything of value for a player owed $4.5 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. This one is going to have to be chalked up to a misfire in free agency.
An optimist would say that everyone should be looking at this from the standpoint of Ethan Pocic emerging and winning the job, rather than Finney being a disappointment. In reality, both things are true.
This is a great question because I do think the Seahawks should beat the Vikings in Week 5. My gut says Seattle’s first loss comes on the road against the Cardinals coming out of the bye in Week 7. Arizona has looked awfully pedestrian the last two weeks, and Seattle should be as close to full strength as possible going into that matchup.
However, I can still see Kyler Murray torching Seattle’s defense, just as he did in Week 16 a year ago. The Seahawks had no answer for Murray in what was one of the team’s uglier home losses in recent memory (Arizona won that game, 27-13). So I’ll stick with that as their first loss.
The Seahawks will be in a great spot if they can beat the Vikings in Week 5 and then find a way to go 3-2 over a brutal stretch from Weeks 7-11 against the Cardinals (x2), 49ers, Bills and Rams. That would put Seattle at 8-2 before a four-game run against the Eagles, Giants, Jets and Washington.
I wish I had the answer to this question. Pete Carroll has repeatedly told reporters that he can’t share anything on the Josh Gordon front. The elongated reinstatement process should count as an added suspension for Gordon. That means if and when the NFL finally decides to reinstate Gordon, he should be allowed to play immediately.
I’m fascinated to see how this plays out. Chris Carson is one of, if not the most underrated running back in football. He’s got elite physicality and break-tackle ability. He’s also a fantastic pass catcher out of the backfield. There aren’t many runners in football that you can say are definitively better than Carson.
But when he comes looking for his Joe Mixon-esque deal (four years, $48 million), will the Seahawks pony up? They might if they view him as a rare irreplicable player at such an increasingly replaceable position. I genuinely have no idea how it will play out.
Alton Robinson has made clutch plays in each of his first two NFL games. He had a sack against Dak Prescott on the Cowboys final drive in Week 2. He also had a third-down tackle for loss against Myles Gaskin to hold the Dolphins to a field goal on a crucial fourth quarter possession.
Through two games he has a respectable 65.4 Pro Football Focus grade, 1.0 sack, four pressures, four tackles and three tackles for loss. That’s a damn good start for the rookie fifth-round pick.
Tackling these two questions at the same time. I don’t think there’s a chance Jordyn Brooks (knee) plays against the Vikings. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Mychal Kendricks is working out with Seattle on Tuesday. That could be an indication that Brooks’ knee sprain is worse than initially perceived. Don’t be surprised to see the team’s first-round pick land on Injured Reserve at some point this week.
I also think Jamal Adams (groin) and Quinton Dunbar (knee) are longshots. Both players are surely champing to get back on the field, but there’s no reason to rush either of them back with a bye coming in Week 6. Take the opportunity to exercise caution and get both guys as healthy as possible before the aforementioned gauntlet of games that come after the bye.