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Half of the Seattle Seahawks list is very good and deserves to be discussed as a legitimate contender for the Super Bowl. The other half is a complete disgrace that undermines confidence in the franchise̵
Jekyll and Hyde’s team is easily recognizable on which side of the ball is on the field.
Quarterback Russell Wilson and the attack continue to play extremely well. The division accumulated 572 yards during the 37-34 overtime loss on Sunday from Arizona Cardinals rival. The defense, on the other hand, continues to disappoint at every possible turn.
“I don’t care what happens. It doesn’t matter. There’s nothing we can do about those five games that have already happened, the yards or the plays or nothing,” head coach Pete Carroll said. told reporters during bye week of the Seahawks. “But we have the ability to do something about what lies ahead.
“To start a better level of our performance in all aspects of our game, when we have a good start behind us, it can make us really dangerous to go down the schedule.
“But we need to improve. We need to improve.”
Instead of presenting a revived defense with better schemes after the dismissal in the middle of the season, the Seahawks did not do much better even with an extra week of training.
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Seattle built a 27-17 lead at halftime, but could not hold back Kyler Murray and the Cardinals’ foul.
From a superficial point of view, watching two of the best and most dynamic quarterbacks being upgraded is amazing.
Wilson deserves the attention of the MVP. His 22 touchdowns are tied for the most in NFL history in six games, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Before that, three quarterbacks—Payton Manning (2013), Tom Brady (2007) and Brett Favre (1996)– There was thrown for 20 or more touchdown passes in the same time frame. All three were named MVPs this season.
There is no doubt about what Wilson is capable of doing. He is also the best passer in the game, while constantly showing that he is a magician inside and outside the pocket. It is also not a single group.
Wide successor Tyler Lockett, who caught 15 assists for 200 yards and three results on Sunday, is the game’s most underrated performer. With his three touchdowns, he became the first player since 2015 to have more than one game with three touchdowns per season, according to NFL Research. So much attention is paid to DK Metcalf’s impressive presence that many ignore the fact that Lockett is both a Seahawks WR1 and Wilson’s favorite target.
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Powerful crimes are tempting. Violations with players of superstar caliber in critical positions always attract more attention than the alternative. After all, this is a first league and a game based on a violation.
While this skewed approach fell to Seattle in the first five games, the Seahawks will not be able to outrun any opponent they face, as the team’s defense is so poor that there is no guarantee that it will stop at any time during the match. competition. Some may say that the previous statement is hyperbolic, but this unit has not shown any signs of life this season.
Against Arizona, the Seahawks allowed a total of 519 yards, with 360 passed into the air. So far this season, Seattle has allowed a whopping 368.7 yards to pass a game.
Some will point to a bad secondary game, aggravated by injuries – and rightly so. The organization is trading two future freshmen choices to acquire Jamal Adams to make a difference in safety. Unfortunately, Adams continues to deal with prolonged groin injuries. All-Pro has not played since week 3.
To make matters worse, the top corner of the cover of Seahawks, Shaquille Griffin, left the race on Sunday and was rated a concussion.
However, the rear end forms a symbiotic relationship with the defensive front. The Seahawks at the same time do not play well at the secondary level until they receive little or no pressure from their previous four.
To be honest, Murray was struck by lightning when Arizona head coach / calling player Cliff Kingsbury called a projected run or the quarterback created outside the structure. As such, the potential rapid surge makes sense for defense commanders to maintain their pass paths and try to limit Murray’s effectiveness.
Yes, none of that happened.
The signal for the second year leads the Cardinals with 67 fast yards and once found its way to the end zone. But the worst accusation of Seattle’s defensive performance is that Murray stepped back to pass more than 50 times, and Seahawks failed to hit a single sack or quarterback. None.
Seattle have only nine sacks as a team in six games. Injured Adams, who played in only half of the matches, is equal to the team’s lead by two.
Again, injuries come into play. Bruce Irwin, Branden Jackson and Rashim Green are in injury reserve. But the front still includes LJ Collier from the first round of 2019 at a defensive finish line, defensive gadgets at Jarran Reed that garnered 10.5-bag performance during the 2018 campaign, and a capable veteran at Benson Mayowa.
While staff certainly want their defensive crews to win their share of one-on-one matches, defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. can be a little more creative and aggressive in his game. Ordinary dogs and blitz zones can and will be exploited by quarterbacks.
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Somehow the Seahawks need to generate more pressure to help the secondary, while the protective backs could help with a more sticky coating. At the moment, the connection between the two levels remains life-sustaining.
However, a relatively soft schedule is expected. Outside of opponents in the Seattle division, the team will still face the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, New York Jets and Washington Football Team. The Seahawks will almost certainly benefit from all these meetings.
But beating those light weights won’t necessarily help the Seahawks. In all likelihood, bad violations will cover up the shortcomings found in the defense. The results against those in NFC West – and then in the playoffs – can be very different.
Wilson is to blame for Seattle’s first loss, of course.
“It starts with me,” the quarterback told reporters. “I have to be better.”
Despite a few mistakes, Wilson had his team in a position to win. The defense let him down. Instead of relying on the quarterback to start cooking every week, the other side of the ball should provide a little hiss before the Seahawks can be considered a complete meal.
“I am confident [the defense can turn it around]. There are 10 games left, “six-time Pro Bowl defender Bobby Wagner told reporters.” We have a lot of talent … we just have to decide. No more talking. Just do it.
“Either we do it or we don’t.”
Brent Sobleski covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @brentsobleski.