Seahawks Nation: Always in the mix
Here are your 2019 Seahawks Final Stats:
Result: NFC Second Wildcard
2019 Regular season record: 11-5
2019 Scoring Offensive Rank: 9th 25.3 PPG
2019 Scoring Defensive Rank: 22nd 24.9 PPG
2020 Draft First Pick: 27
Coach: Pete Carroll
The Offseason Scenario
After a 2019 season that featured far more ups than downs despite a really narrow point differential for an eleven-win team, Seattle will think about what might have been. Late in the season, Seattle beat San Francisco by twenty-seven points, and the Chiefs by a touchdown. If not for an overtime field goal loss to the Niners in week fifteen, Seattle would have been the number two seed, and a very likely Super Bowl contender.
Russell Wilson pulled so many rabbits out of his hat this season that I’ll have a hard time refraining from calling him Dumble-Score next year (I still might). The addition of a legitimate red zone threat (D.K. Metcalf) turned a dangerous offense deadly and helped an already potent running offense by stretching the field. There’s a lot to build on here if they can shore up that defense, especially in the secondary.
Free Agent Frenzy
There’s a lot to unpack here, with nineteen unrestricted free agents on the roster at the moment, and approximately sixty million in projected cap space, but I’m going to whittle this down to a few key moves.
Number one. Resign Jadaveon Clowney. No, it won’t be cheap, but there are few players in the league that can be as disruptive as the former Texan. No, the Seahawks weren’t a top ten defense with him, but it would be wiser to build around him that trying to get a bargain basement replacement that might match his sack total, but not his overall game. Don’t even think about letting him go and trying to get Ndamukong Suh. Just don’t.
Offensively, it’s all about the offensive line here, with Mike Iupati, Germain Ifedi and George Fant ready to test the market. Ifedi seems the best investment, as he didn’t miss a single snap all season, so maybe the Seahawks get his contract done, then see how the rest of the pieces fit.
I’d love to see Seattle add a few weapons on offense. Maybe a less injury prone back, like Carlos Hyde who seems to be a third wheel in Houston. They could also look to add an EDGE/OLB-type player like Dante Fowler from L.A. The Rams are going to need to pare back salary all over the field, and I’d bet that the experienced pass rusher will become available. He’d be a great addition with Clowney, who needs to be doubled at all times. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Fowler top his career-high 11.5 sacks next season if he lands in Seattle.
Seriously Premature Draft Hunches
With all of the free agent offensive linemen testing the waters, I expect Seattle to look really closely at this year’s class of tackles and guards, but if they can maintain stability there, they will. More pressing, in my view, is that the Seahawks ranked twenty-seventh in passing yards allowed and simply couldn’t pressure opposing quarterbacks this year, only the putrid Dolphins got to the quarterback less.
If they choose to go for an Edge rusher, Yetur Gross-Matos out of Penn State might be available at 27th in the first round, as might be Wisconsin’s Zack Baun. In the secondary, I’d like to see them pick up a versatile defender who could be molded by coach Carroll. Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene comes to mind, as does LSU’s Kristian Fulton.
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