Many people are viewing the Seahawks as early Super Bowl favorites. Some even put them ahead of the Broncos and Niners to name a few. One main problem holding back the Seahawks lies with the man hard to see under center, their QB Russell Wilson. At 5’10 Russell Wilson was carried by the talentd Seahawks defense, insanely loud crowd, and run game en route to the playoffs. Wilson has the talent and work ethic that people love to see in a QB. However, after watching him week in and week out he continuously had to roll out of the pocket to see over his offensive line. It’s unfortunate he lacks this key aspect because he truly can be a decent quarterback if he was taller.
Seahawks management and fans are being fooled at this very moment thinking they have a franchise quarterback in hand. Situations like has always been around in the NFL, most recently seen in Mark Sanchez with the Jets. A franchise believes they have their QB for the future and starts to build around him, like the Seahawks did this past offseason, but when the QB is unable to perform, the rest of the team goes down. No matter how good the defense or the rest of the team can be, this is still a quarterback’s league and without one the team is doomed. Wilson will set the franchise back once defenses figure out his weakness after watching tape. It is rare to see Wilson stand in the pocket for more than 2 seconds without rolling out because lack of height. Deep passes hardly ever come from him standing tall in the pocket because quite frankly, he can’t. He will not be able to roll out and pass/run his whole career as defenses will learn to make it difficult for him to do this time and time again. Wilson’s stats look good on paper but when you see him play you will often notice a dink and dunk offense because of his difficulty to see over the line. His yards per completion are also skewed as he will get occasional long plays from his roll out throws.
The Seahawks future is also hindered by the Seahawks coach Pete Carroll who still thinks he is coaching college players. The team’s immaturity is truly mind boggling. During his tenure many players have been disciplined for PEDs including their start cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman (later found not guilty but who really believes that?). Currently their first round draft pick of 2012 Bruce Irvin is also serving a 4 game suspension related to PEDs.
Their defense and offense both contain the talent but lack the leadership and seriousness needed to win a championship. It can be questioned if the Seahawks as a whole are more into trash talking their opponents or winning a Super Bowl. This view starts with their coach who is mainly into fun and games with his team.
Russell Wilson will never be a franchise quarterback, yet alone a star quarterback which is practically essential in today’s NFL to win a super bowl. Tag this along with the Seahawks growing up problems there chances for a Super Bowl seems very dim until a change is made. Russell Wilson is well beyond done growing and is really unfortunate because the Seahawks have never won a championship in its history. Maybe new shoes will come out to fix this main problem, but until then, expect the Seahawks to simply be television entertainment for those fooled Seahawk fans.
Authors: Kevin Harmon & Richard Tang