Earlier this week, you may have heard that Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks made it apparent to management that he wants more stars in Seattle next year. For the first time in a while, the franchise will have quite a bit of money to work with during the offseason, and for a team that made it to the divisional round of the playoffs this year, adding one or two more big names might be what they need to get back to the Super Bowl. The first order of business should be resigning defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who played a very important role in his first season in Seattle’s blue and green. After that, general manager John Schneider needs to give Wilson exactly what he wants – stars.
The main concern from Seattle fans over the last few years is that they haven’t taken full advantage of their future hall of fame quarterback’s prime years. Sure, they went to back to back Super Bowls in 2013 and 2014 when Wilson was still young, but these last few seasons there has been much less support for him, starting with the offensive line. Since Russ entered the league, he’s the only quarterback to face pressure on more than 40% of his dropbacks. Additionally, this season he saw pressure after 2.5 seconds on 26.7% of his dropbacks, which was only better than the bottom feeding Jets and Dolphins. Clearly, Russ needs a more competent offensive line, and he deserves one after years of running away from defensive lines and creating plays by himself.
After the offensive line has been helped, you would hope that Schneider thinks about adding one more big name player to the defensive secondary. This year, the defence as a whole struggled, with their pass defence ranking 27th in the league. However, with linebackers like Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright, Clowney on the line, and a blossoming Shaquill Griffin at cornerback, they already have some important pieces in place. Quandre Diggs also showed promise at safety, so it’s not a stretch to think that if they can stay healthy next year, Seattle’s defence may only be one or two new faces away from a much more successful season.
Even with the discouraging exit from the playoffs this year and the looming fact that Wilson is only getting older, us Seahawks fans have things to be excited for. Rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf could end up being a legitimate star in the league, running backs Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson could turn into a threatening backfield, and Russ wants to win now. Usually, when your franchise quarterback makes a request, it’s a good idea to listen up. So here’s to hoping that the Seahawks do exactly that, and make a few more great playoff runs in the 2020’s.