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Week 14 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch against the Rams

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Week 14 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch against the Rams

The Seattle Seahawks (10-2) are on primetime yet again in Week 14, on the road in a divisional matchup against the Los Angeles Rams (7-5). It’s a massive game for both teams as Seattle continues its pursuit of an NFC West Championship and Los Angeles is just a game back of Minnesota for a wildcard spot.

The last three games between these two teams have been decided by a combined eight points, so there’s no reason why this one shouldn’t go down to the wire as well. Here are five Seahawks players who will play crucial roles in whether or not Seattle is able to get the win Sunday night.

1. WR Tyler Lockett

Lockett has just four receptions for 64 yards over his last three games. Most recently, he was blanked on Monday night against the Vikings. Seattle’s No. 1 wide receiver has had a tough go of it recently with a bad leg contusion followed by a nasty flu bug that was still clearly hampering him in the Minnesota game.

He should be nearing 100 percent if he’s not there already. Seattle’s passing game needs Lockett to regain his early season form where he racked up 767 yards and six touchdowns in nine games. It won’t be easy on Sunday as there’s a strong chance Jalen Ramsey shadows him on primetime.

2. LB Cody Barton

Barton played 11 snaps in place of Mychal Kendricks against the Vikings. Now Kendricks is doubtful to play with a hamstring injury which would give Barton his first-career start. It should be a tremendous challenge for the rookie as the Rams are still loaded with offensive playmakers even though Los Angeles’ offense has been up and down in 2019. Pete Carroll suggested that the Seahawks would play more nickel in Kendricks’ absence, but Barton will still be a factor on base downs.

3. CB Ugo Amadi

Speaking of nickel defense, this might be the game we finally see Amadi covering the slot. Akeem King played against the Eagles and Vikings but both of those teams utilized two tight end sets. That won’t be the case against the Rams with Gerald Everett listed as out with a knee injury. Amadi should be a better matchup against Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods out of the slot. It will be interesting to see who Carroll opts to deploy.

4. RB Rashaad Penny

Penny has been on fire of late, and Seattle is banking on him continuing to roll. Over his last two games, the second-year running back has 203 rushing yards with three touchdowns and is averaging 7.0 yards per carry. He’s also caught four passes for 33 yards and another score. Chris Carson will continue to start but Penny could earn up to a 50/50 split if he has the hot hand early. They’ve formed a 1-2 punch that the Seahawks believe is sustainable.

Los Angeles has been susceptible against the run at times this year. In Week 12, Baltimore ran for 285 yards and averaged 5.9 yards per carry. Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson combined for 206 yards on just 23 carries (8.95 average).

5. S Quandre Diggs

Carroll called Diggs’ crushing hit against Irv Smith Jr. his favorite play of the game “by far” in Seattle’s win over Minnesota. It’s an oversimplification to give Diggs all the credit for the drastic uptick from the Seahawks defense – Ziggy Ansah, Tre Flowers, Rasheem Green, Jarran Reed and others have been playing much better of late – but it would be foolish to assume that it’s just a coincidence. Diggs’ speed, veteran savvy and playmaking ability has clearly had a trickledown effect throughout Seattle’s defense.

In Week 5, the Rams gashed the Seahawks for 477 total yards. Diggs should be the difference maker who changes Seattle’s fortunes this time around.

Rookie report card: How the Seahawks draft class fared in 2019, including future outlook

Rookie report card: How the Seahawks draft class fared in 2019, including future outlook

The Seattle Seahawks got a mixed bag of production from their 2019 NFL Draft class this season. There were a few rookies who made noticeable impacts, others who fans clamored to see more of and a few who were complete non-factors for one reason or another.

Here’s a recap of what Seattle got out of each of its rookies in 2019.

1st round (29 overall) – L.J. Collier, DE, TCU

2019 overview: Collier played in 11 games but mustered just three tackles. He spent several regular season contests as a healthy scratch as well as both of the Seahawks playoff games. I’m always wary about throwing around the term “bust” after just one season, but there isn’t any reason for optimism with Collier. Seattle lacked quality defensive line depth all season, both from a pass rush standpoint as well as setting the edge in the running game. The fact that Collier couldn’t even make the gameday 46-man roster, let alone crack the lineup, was alarming.

2019 grade: F

2020 outlook: Again, I’m not sure where to find optimism with Collier. Pete Carroll said he wants Collier to play some inside, some outside in 2020. That tells me that the Seahawks aren’t quite sure where he might be most effective. What is his best trait that Seattle can tap into? Does he have one? Those are all valid questions after Collier’s invisible rookie season. I’m also a believer in the “young defensive linemen need to mature into their bodies” rationale. Unfortunately, some of that (most of that?) goes out the window for Collier. He’s uncharacteristically old and will be 25 in Week 1 of 2020. Nobody is rooting against Collier. Everyone, myself included, would love to see him flourish and be a productive player. That’s just hard to envision at this point. The best-case scenario is that Collier has a Rasheem Green-type jump in Year 2. Green posted four sacks and three forced fumbles in 2019.

2nd round (47 overall) – Marquise Blair, S, Utah

2019 overview: Blair showed promise with a handful of big hits, two forced fumbles and one pass defended. He started three games, played in 14 and posted 25 tackles. Fans’ biggest gripe is that Blair took a back seat to Lano Hill late in the season. It was Hill who started two games at free safety when Quandre Diggs (ankle) was out of the lineup. Carroll cited experience as the lone reason why Hill played over Blair, which to the credit of angry fans, did seem a bit peculiar.

2019 grade: B

2020 outlook: As things stand right now, even if Blair jumped Hill, he’d still be behind Bradley McDougald and Quandre Diggs on the depth chart. That would relegate his role to dime package situations. It will be interesting to see if Blair is able to beat out McDougald at any point in 2020.

2nd round (64 overall) – DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

2019 overview: No need to spend too much time here. Metcalf was an absolute home run of a pick and is the crown jewel of this draft class. He posted 900 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season before exploding for 160 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles in the Wild Card Round.

2019 grade: A

2020 outlook: Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have the potential to be one of the more formidable 1-2 punches in all of football. His biggest challenge will be continuing to develop his route tree and add a bit more consistency to his game. Metcalf should be a lock for 1,000 yards next season and a good bet for double digit touchdowns.

3rd round (88 overall) – Cody Barton, LB, Utah

2019 overview: Barton’s shining moment came in the Wild Card Round against the Eagles. He posted one sack and defended two passes. Barton also posted his first-career game with double digit tackles against the Panthers in Week 15. His four starts (playoffs included) will pay dividends in the future.

2019 grade: C+

2020 outlook: His added versatility to play SAM linebacker should help the Seahawks down the road. It also will likely keep the Seahawks from bringing back Mychal Kendricks in 2020. Seattle is likely still penciling Barton in to take over for K.J. Wright at WILL at some point in the next few years as well.

4th round (120 overall) – Gary Jennings, WR, West Virginia

2019 overview: Jennings was nearly cut out of training camp and again when the Seahawks promoted Adrian Colbert off the practice squad early in the season. He was officially shown the door when Seattle claimed Josh Gordon off waivers. Jennings was claimed immediately by the Dolphins but was placed on Injured Reserve shortly thereafter. He ended his rookie season without a single catch and was never active for a single game with the Seahawks.

2019 grade: F

2020 outlook: Should Jennings breakout and turn into a stud, it’ll make the Seahawks regret claiming Gordon. That feels like a longshot at this point.

4th round (124 overall) – Phil Haynes, G, Wake Forest

2019 overview: Haynes spent most of the season on PUP following sports hernia surgery in July. He stepped in for Jamarco Jones (concussion) in the Divisional Round against the Packers and showed promise.

2019 grade: incomplete

2020 outlook: I expect Jones and Haynes to compete for the starting left guard job next season.

4th round (132 overall) – Ugo Amadi, DB, Oregon

2019 overview: Most of Amadi’s work came on special teams. He did start the final few games at nickel and played pretty well overall. Unfortunately, the lasting impression from his rookie season will be getting beat by Davante Adams on that crucial third down play late in the fourth quarter against the Packers.

2019 grade: C
2020 outlook: Amadi is the likely Week 1 starter at nickel next season.

5th round (142 overall) – Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington

2019 overview: Burr-Kirven played in all 16 games, but mostly from a special teams standpoint. He did force a fumble in Week 1 on punt coverage. He only played four defensive snaps all season.

2019 grade: incomplete

2020 overview: Barring an injury, Burr-Kirven’s role will likely be the same as it was in 2019.

6th round (204 overall) – Travis Homer, RB, Miami

2019 overview: Homer’s best game came in Week 17 against the 49ers when he posted 62 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards. He showed he’s capable of playing in the NFL, but not enough to suggest he’s a difference maker at the position.

2019 grade: C-

2020 overview: Homer isn’t likely to have a role on offense unless there are a number of injuries as there were in 2019.

6th round (209 overall) – Demarcus Christmas, DT, Florida St.

2019 overview: Christmas spent the entire season on PUP with a back injury.

2019 grade: incomplete

2020 outlook: It’s hard to envision Christmas having a sizeable role on defense, at least not immediately.

7th round (235 overall) – John Ursua, WR, Hawaii

2019 overview: Ursua is much like Blair in that fans are baffled as to why he didn’t play more as a rookie. He was buried on the depth chart by Malik Turner, Jaron Brown, David Moore, and, for a few weeks, Josh Gordon. His one catch was an 11-yard grab against the Niners in Week 17.

2019 grade: incomplete

2020 outlook. Carroll sounded hopeful that Ursua could be a factor out of the slot for the Seahawks next season.

Of course Marshawn Lynch is already selling "take care of yo'chicken" t-shirts

Of course Marshawn Lynch is already selling "take care of yo'chicken" t-shirts

Last Sunday, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch went viral when he spoke about his advice to his younger teammates about financial responsibility.

"Take care of y'all chicken."

Well, it appears that Lynch wants some more chicken of his own.

Three days after losing to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round, Beast Mode has put "take care of yo' chicken" t-shirts on his website, beastmodeonline.com. 

The quote on the t-short isn't the exact quote from the press conference but "yo'" flows better than "y'all" so it makes sense. 

[RELATED Marshawn Lynch to his younger Seahawks teammates: 'Take care of y'all chicken']

The shirt is selling for $39.95 and only available in black. 

Now it's up to you if you want to save your chicken, or send it Beast Mode's way.

Tyler Lockett looking to the future: 'This season has already begun'

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Tyler Lockett looking to the future: 'This season has already begun'

The Seattle Seahawks 28-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs hurt.

Before exiting through the tunnel, brothers Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin took a moment to digest the final outcome, wiping away tears from their eyes. Pete Carroll watched the snow fall onto Lambeau Field long after the game ended and admitted it was hard to leave that opportunity behind.

“We did talk about it’s worth feeling the pain,” Carroll said. “It’s worth feeling the shock of it because some of the guys, that will motivate you. Not everybody, but some guys, it’ll motivate you to work harder and be more in tuned and committed and all that. Use that if you can. I’m not real worried about them. They got plenty of time to get turned around. These guys will come roaring back.”

Not even 24 hours following the devastating loss, wide receiver Tyler Lockett was looking toward the future. 

“This is not our last meeting,” Lockett said in a video interview with DK Metcalf via the Seahawks. “This is the last meeting of the last season. This season has already begun and we’ll be back.”

2019 was a season of accomplishments. The Seahawks went 11-5, made the playoffs and were an impressive 8-2 on the road. Seattle finished just inches short of an NFC West title over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17. But for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle still has unfinished business. 

"A lot of people think that we overachieved," Wilson said. "I think we underachieved, in my opinion, because I think that the goal should always be winning the Super Bowl. That’s got to be our standard. That’s got to be our focus. I think the reality is we’ve been very, very good for the past, in reality, the past eight years or so. I think to go to the playoffs in seven and eight and do all those things. Those are special, special things. To go to two Super Bowls, to win one. We got to capture that throughout the whole entire season going into next year."

DK Metcalf's beastly physique could give Terry Crews a run for his money

DK Metcalf's beastly physique could give Terry Crews a run for his money

Terry Crews has ridiculous muscles.

The former NFL player shared some “back inspo” on his Twitter Monday to get fans excited about the return of America’s Got Talent, which he is the host of.

While Crews’ post quickly vent viral with fans making memes of his jacked up body, it also caught the eyes of Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf. Metcalf sent out this tweet to the 51-year-old in response:

Like Crews, Metcalf has gained some attention for his chiseled physique and freakish 1.6 percent body fat measured at the NFL Combine. Just last week, former NFL receiver Chad Johnson tried to one-up Metcalf's ripped figure.

Metcalf could in fact give Crews a run for his money and it seems like his followers agree. 

Seahawks own 27th overall pick in 2020 draft; here are a few best-case scenarios

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Seahawks own 27th overall pick in 2020 draft; here are a few best-case scenarios

Another shoe that drops following the end of a season is a team’s place in the draft order. After losing to the Packers in the Divisional Round, the Seahawks now know that they’ll pick 27th in the 2020 NFL Draft.

That’s the very same pick Seattle used to select Rashaad Penny in the 2017 NFL Draft. Fun fact, the Seahawks haven’t made a draft pick higher than No. 27 since 2012, when they took Bruce Irvin 15th overall. A lot of that has to do with John Schneider’s affinity for trading back in the first round or out of the first round all together.

For that reason, there’s a good chance this article ends up being irrelevant come April. Still, let’s explore some of the best-case scenarios for what Seattle’s 27th-overall pick could turn into. There are some good ones.

From most recent drafts working backward:

2019 – Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State (Raiders)

Abram showed promise before a shoulder injury ended his season after just one game.

2017 – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU (Bills)

This is the dream for Seattle. White was named first-team All-Pro in 2019 after leading the NFL with six interceptions. The Seahawks have a need at corner after Tre Flowers’ shaky end of the season.

2016 – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA (Packers)

Clark continues to be a starter for the Packers, and he has posted back-to-back six-sack seasons.

2015 – Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut (Cowboys)

Jones has been starting since his rookie season and is a one-time Pro Bowler.

2013 – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (Texans)

Like White, this is the pipedream for Seahawks fans. Hopkins is a four-time Pro Bowler and has been named All-Pro three years running.

2012 – Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin (Bengals)

Zeitler was a Day 1 starter in Cincinnati and has made 118 career starts in his eight seasons. He was part of the deal to the Giants in exchange for Odell Beckham Jr. after spending 2017-18 with the Browns.

2011 – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (Ravens)

Smith, surprisingly enough, has never made a Pro Bowl. But he’s won a Super Bowl, and he’s been a mainstay in Baltimore’s secondary since he was drafted. He’s struggled with injuries but still has 14 career interceptions.

2010 – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers (Patriots)

McCourty is a two-time Pro Bowler, making one as a corner and one as a safety. He’s also got three Super Bowl rings.

2005 – Roddy White, WR, Alabama-Birmingham (Falcons)

White was named All-Pro once, made four Pro Bowls and had six 1,000-yard seasons in what was a very successful career in Atlanta.

2004 – Jason Babin, OLB, Western Michigan (Texans)

Babin was a bit of a journeyman. He played for seven different teams, including a stint in Seattle, but he still made two Pro Bowls and ended up with 64.5 career sacks.

1983 – Dan Marino, QB, Pittsburgh (Dolphins)

The Seahawks obviously aren’t going to take a quarterback in the first round, but now you have a fun fact that might be useful someday in bar trivia. You’re welcome!\

Fann: I still think the Seahawks should have gone for it on 4th-and-11

Fann: I still think the Seahawks should have gone for it on 4th-and-11

Twitter continues to discuss the Seahawks crucial fourth quarter decision to punt the ball on 4th-and-11.

Here's a quick recap of the situation (not that you need it). Russell Wilson was sacked on 3rd-and-5 for a loss of six yards. That set up 4th-and-11 from Seattle's 36-yard line. The Seahawks, trailing 28-23, opted to punt the ball back to the Packers with 2:41 remaining rather than go for it.

Many of my colleagues agree with the decision -- Jake Heaps, Aaron Levine and Gregg Bell, most notably. I have tremendous respect for all three of those gentlemen. I just happen to disagree with them in this particular scenario. Rather than jump into the Twitter discourse, I decided to put pen to paper and explain my thought process, understanding fully that I may be in the minority here. (This is also beside the fact that Seattle wasted 41 seconds getting the punt team on the field and getting the punt away. That lack of urgency is for another story on another day...)

For starters, I understand why Seattle punted. The Seahawks had all three timeouts. They had faith that Michael Dickson would be able to pin the Packers deep and then their defense would be able to force a quick three-and-out. Dickson wasn't able to do so (his punt went into the end zone for a touchback), and the defense also failed to get a stop (Aaron Rodgers converted two key third downs). Thus, Wilson stood on the sideline as the clock ticked to 0:00 and the Seahawks season ended.

My take isn't one of hindsight. I believed the Seahawks should have gone for it in the moment as well, and my thinking is pretty straightforward. I believe it was unwise to take the ball out of your best player's hand (Wilson, obviously) and put your trust in a defense that didn't deserve it. Seattle's defense was shaky for most of the 2019 season and ranked 18th in DVOA. The Packers routinely whipped the Seahawks on third down and although Seattle had a few second-half stops, betting on that defense to beat Aaron Rodgers with the game on the line was unwise.

"But all the Seahawks had to do was get one stop on two separate third-and-longs."

I get it. But are you really that surprised that Rodgers converted? Seattle was satisfied to let Ugo Amadi go 1-on-1 against Davante Adams on the most critical play of the game. Advantage Packers... by a landslide. Green Bay finished the game 9-of-14 on third down.

My biggest point of confusion with the "punting was the right decision" crew is the notion that going for it would have put the entire game on one play. Let's pretend the Seahawks didn't convert. Two first downs still would have ended the game anyway. Had Seattle gotten a stop and Green Bay kicked a field goal, it would have been an eight-point game and the Seahawks still would have had the chance to force overtime. There's also a realistic chance Green Bay would have missed a long field goal attempt.

Now for the optimistic outlook. Why is it so crazy to think Wilson could have converted 4th-and-11? In the playoffs alone, the Seahawks were 4-of-7 converting on plays of 3rd-and-10 or longer. FOUR OF SEVEN. That's 57%. Wilson carved up the Packers the entire second half by engineering three-straight touchdown drives. He averaged 8.94 yards per pass attempt in the game and 9.14 yards per rush attempt. Especially given his ability in the scramble drill, converting on 4th-and-11 was far from an impossible feat. I promise you there were Packers fans who were relieved to see Seattle bring on the punting unit in that situation.

Let me conclude with this. The decision wasn't egregious. As ESPN's Seth Walder pointed out, the decision to punt didn't change Seattle's chances of winning from an analytical standpoint. In fact, for other teams with different personnel, it would have been the clear-cut correct decision.

To me the biggest takeaway is the added evidence to Pete Carroll's peculiar approach to the entire season. He continually put faith in Seattle's defense without recognizing he no longer possessed an elite group on that side of the football. Contrarily, Wilson was an MVP candidate and carried the Seahawks for most of the season. To take the ball out of his hands with the season on the line remains confusing to me for that reason.

Forecasting which Seattle Seahawks free agents are likely to be back in 2020

Forecasting which Seattle Seahawks free agents are likely to be back in 2020

The NFL offseason arrives as abruptly as a Monday morning after a weekend bender in Las Vegas. Following their Divisional Round loss to the Packers, the Seahawks must immediately shift gears into planning for 2020.

Seattle went 12-6 overall in 2019, including a win over the Eagles in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs before Sunday’s loss at Lambeau Field.

There’s potentially going to be a large amount of turnover this offseason for the Seahawks as they have 19 unrestricted free agents and four restricted free agents. That’s nearly half of a 53-man roster. Beyond that, Seattle will have north of $60 million in cap space once free agency rolls around in March. That’s ample cash to make significant upgrades throughout the roster.

We’ll eventually do a full free agency preview, but for now, let’s take a look at which of Seattle’s players might remain Seahawks in 2020 and which have probably played their last snaps in the Pacific Northwest. (h/t to my big brother Brady Henderson for compiling the lists.)

Defense UFAs:

DE Jadeveon Clowney

I’ve written all season that the Seahawks need to bring Clowney back. Pete Carroll said on Monday that the goal is to retain Clowney and that the talented edge rusher wants to be in Seattle. Clowney shared Sunday that he wants to join a contender who can help him win a ring as soon as possible. If that desire truly outweighs money, then it’s possible the Seahawks can retain him without completely breaking the bank. Clowney will still be expensive regardless. Where he lands is Seattle’s top offseason storyline.

DT Jarran Reed

Reed told reporters on Monday that he has no idea what’s going to happen this offseason. He added that his goal is to remain with the Seahawks as he considers Seattle home. It would be wise for Seattle to re-sign Reed, especially since his cost should have come down following a subpar 2019 season. Reed posted just two sacks in 12 games (playoffs included), a far cry from his 10.5 sacks in 2018. My guess is Seattle signs him to a cheaper short-term deal at Reed’s request so that the interior defensive lineman will have the chance to reclaim his value in 2020.

DT Al Woods

The Divisional Round marked the end of Woods’ four-game suspension, which means he’ll be eligible to return for Week 1 in 2020. Woods played well for the Seahawks in his 14 games in 2019, and he’s a candidate to re-sign for a one-year deal this offseason. Woods will be 33 by the time next season rolls around, but he’s still a quality option for depth on the interior of Seattle’s defensive line.

DE Ziggy Ansah

I can say with confidence that Ansah has played his last snap for the Seahawks. This was a prove-it deal gone terribly wrong. It’s not like Seattle invested huge money in Ansah, but the team still expected for him to be a much bigger factor in an overall underwhelming pass rush. Ansah posted just 2.5 sacks in 12 games (playoffs included) and struggled to stay healthy for most of the season.

DL Quinton Jefferson

Jefferson was quietly Seattle’s second-best defensive lineman behind Clowney. He posted 5.5 sacks in 16 games (playoffs included). The Seahawks would be wise to bring back Jefferson, and I think they will.

LB Mychal Kendricks

Pete Carroll loves Kendricks as much as any player on the Seahawks roster. He raved about him at every opportunity throughout the 2019 season. For that reason, I could see them bringing him back (assuming his legal trouble doesn’t result in any notable disciplinary action). I could also see Seattle letting Kendricks walk so that Cody Barton can be a full-time starter to open the season. It’s a coin flip, but I’d lean on the side of Kendricks playing elsewhere in 2020.

CB Neiko Thorpe

Thorpe is a locker room favorite and has been a captain a few years running. I think Seattle brings him back for special teams purposes without any expectations of him playing on defense.

CB Akeem King

My guess is Seattle lets King walk.

LB Dekoda Watson

Watson was a last-minute roster filler with all of Seattle’s injuries. He won’t be back in 2020.

Offense UFAs:

LT George Fant

Fant may be a challenge for the Seahawks to re-sign, though there’s no doubt Seattle wants him back. Fant said on Monday that he wants the opportunity to compete to be a starting left tackle. As it stands, Seattle can’t offer that with Duane Brown still under contract. There’s a chance that Fant ends up back in Seattle, but like Clowney, he’s almost sure to test the open market first. He showed he’s a capable option at left tackle in his four starts in 2018 and should have plenty of suitors willing to meet his demands.

RT Germain Ifedi

I genuinely have no idea what will happen with Ifedi. On one hand, he’s a middle of the road tackle. On the other, he’s dependable and played every single snap in 2019. Ifedi is another player I expect to test the open market. I may be in the minority here, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ifedi back with the Seahawks in 2020 on a contract worth about $5 million annually. Carroll indicated on Monday that he doesn’t want to see a ton of turnover on the offensive line during the offseason.

LG Mike Iupati

I’d be surprised if Iupati returned in 2020. I think Jamarco Jones and Phil Haynes will compete to start at left guard for the Seahawks next season.

WR Jaron Brown

I also think Brown has played his last snaps in Seattle.

WR Josh Gordon

Gordon isn’t likely to ever play in the NFL again following his latest suspension.

RB Marshawn Lynch

Lynch won’t be suiting up in Week 1. But will I rule out another late-season reunion with Beast Mode? Absolutely not.

RB Robert Turbin

My guess is Turbin has also played his last NFL snaps.

RB C.J. Prosise

I think the Prosise experiment is over in Seattle.

QB Geno Smith

Smith may return, but my guess is he’ll explore the open market first in the hope of signing somewhere without a franchise quarterback already in place.

TE Luke Willson

Willson may re-sign with Seattle, but it wouldn’t be until a few months into the new league year. My guess is that he begins next season as a free agent and then becomes an injury replacement somewhere.

Restricted free agents:

TE Jacob Hollister

Seattle would be wise to bring Hollister back. Hollister caught 41 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season and showed he can be a viable pass catcher in this league. However, he’s not a true No. 1 tight end. I expect the Seahawks to sign a tight end during free agency and potentially draft one as an insurance policy for Will Dissly (Achilles).

WR David Moore

The Seahawks are likely to want to keep Moore around for one more year to see if he can develop. He was uninspiring in 2019 but is still just 24 years old.

C Joey Hunt

Hunt showed you can do much worse for a backup center. He played admirably well through a stress fracture in his fibula. I expect him back in Seattle.

DE Branden Jackson

He could re-sign with Seattle and would then be a bubble player come roster cuts next August.

A look at the Seattle Seahawks 2020 home and road opponents

A look at the Seattle Seahawks 2020 home and road opponents

Now that the Seahawks are eliminated from the postseason, it's a good time to revisit who and where the Seattle Seahawks will be playing in 2020.

Seattle will play the NFC East next season as well as the AFC East. The Seahawks then have games against the second-place finishers in the NFC South and NFC North.

Home: Rams, 49ers, Cardinals, Giants, Cowboys, Patriots, Vikings and Jets

Road: Rams, 49ers, Cardinals, Bills, Dolphins, Eagles, Redskins and Falcons

A few takeaways:

- The Seahawks loss to the 49ers in Week 17 makes their road schedule a little less advantageous for fans wanting to travel to see their team. A win would have meant that Seattle played in New Orleans next season. Now the Seahawks will travel to Atlanta for the second-straight season instead, which is a bummer for fans who were hoping to enjoy a weekend on Bourbon Street.

- Seattle’s loss to San Francisco also means that the Vikings, not the Packers, will visit CenturyLink Field in 2020.

- Barring primetime or late-window games, it looks like the Seahawks will be playing five East Coast games in the early window: Bills, Eagles, Dolphins, Falcons and Redskins. That’s an exhausting travel schedule. Seattle was an impressive 6-0 in the Eastern Time Zone in 2019.

- The Cowboys and Patriots stand as Seattle’s marquee home games. It will be the Seahawks first look at the Mike McCarthey-led Cowboys. What will New England look like after the offseason? Will Tom Brady still be the Patriots starting quarterback?

- There's a noticeable absence from next year's schedule: The Carolina Panthers. That felt like an annual matchup for Seattle. However, the Seahawks will still see Ron Rivera when they travel to Washington as he's the Redskins new head coach. Seattle will play three first-year head coaches in total with Joe Judge and the New York Giants being the third.

Russell Wilson is a terrific quarterback -- but he's going to need some help

Russell Wilson is a terrific quarterback -- but he's going to need some help

Watching Russell Wilson almost single-handedly carry the Seattle Seahawks over the Green Bay Packers  -- but fail -- at Lambeau Field Sunday brought to mind all that talk about the greatness of players in all sports, not just football.

Wilson is terrific. But he needs help.

So many people today want to simplify their evaluations by making their case built on the number of championships a player has won. And that's just wrong.

Wilson is a very, very good quarterback -- one of the best in the NFL. But watching him try to win a game behind a porous offensive line, with no running backs and an inconsistent defense shows how difficult it is for a quarterback to win without help. I saw the same thing with John Elway in Denver. He was an incredible athlete with a big arm -- but until he got a full team and quality coach, he didn't win a ring.

I apply the same argument to basketball players, even though there are fewer players in the game and the value of each player is thus magnified. Still, it takes more than one player to win championships,

But a whole lot of NBA "experts" want to base their greatest-player arguments on the number of rings a player has won. They seem unaware of how long it took Michael Jordan to win a title before the right pieces were around him. It's so circumstantial in the NBA, because of where certain players land on their first team. The draft very often sends the best college players to the worst pro teams, where they can often languish for years with a franchise that not only has no talent, but doesn't really know how to acquire it.

And oh yes, when people talk about "winning rings" they usually have a limited knowledge of history. They usually skip over Bill Russell's 11 championships in 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics. It doesn't fit the "Jordan vs. LeBron" narrative, you see. And they don't mention Robert Horry's seven rings because, really, who is ever going to menton him as one of the greats? Some of the knuckleheads who believe rings are a measure of a player's greatness even want Horry in the Hall of Fame -- which is pure nonsense.

There are all kinds of metrics to judge players and I think they probably all have some merit. But I have watched everyone's idea of the "greatest quarterback of all time," Tom Brady, for years now and still haven't been able to convince myself that he's better at the position than Elway. Great players help, but they don't do it by themselves. Elway was more athletic, had a better arm and was ahead of his time as a runner. But he'll never get his due because his early teams were good enough -- thanks to him -- to win a lot of games but not go all the way.

Championships are the goal for every team and every individual player. But they are a measure of a team, not an individual.