The Three Word Game: A debriefing of the 2020-2021 Seattle Seahawks Season
Brody Sodon, Staff Writer
Fox Sports analyst Colin Cowherd believes that every single National Football League (NFL) game can be accurately and succinctly described in just three words, but here we are going to do him one better and describe the entire 2020-2021 Seattle Seahawks season in just three words:
“What the ****?”
It does not matter what four-letter expletive you choose; any should suffice. To begin the season, Russell Wilson broke NFL record after NFL record, and with 14 touchdown passes by just week three, Wilson was on pace to throw 75 touchdown passes throughout the season if his strong performances continued, which would have dominated Peyton Manning’s NFL record of 55 passing TDs in a season.
Unfortunately for the Seattle Seahawks, they faced an X-shaped season. Starting with one of the league’s elite offenses while holding one of the worst defenses in NFL history and finishing with a surprising turnaround on defense, the offense began to fall flat on its face going into the playoffs. According to D.K. Metcalf on the, I Am Athlete podcast: “Teams just started to figure us out,” which surely seemed to be the case following the brutal massacre given to Seattle by the up-and-coming Buffalo Bills. However, after comments from the Seahawks front office stating that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was fired over “philosophical differences,” one could only speculate that the Seahawks dysfunction on offense could also be a result of friction between Pete Carrol and Schottenheimer in terms of offensive game plans and play calling.
While the future may look bleak for the Seahawks, who currently have just $1M in cap space and zero first-round draft picks, there are plenty of bright spots for Seattle in the future. For example, D.K. Metcalf emerged as an elite wide receiver in just his second season in the NFL and is still on his rookie contract, meaning he will not be an issue in terms of cap space for the next two years until he signs a new contract. Some other emerging young talent on the Seattle Seahawks includes second-year defensive end, L.J. Collier. Collier was injured through most of his rookie campaign in 2019 and many NFL analysts were quick to label him as a bust. But Collier showed major promise in 2020 and solidified his case as a first-round draft pick, finishing the 2020 season with 22 tackles and three sacks, including a game-winning play against Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in Week 11.
As far as the 2020 draft class, the two most notable Seahawks were the first-round linebacker Jordyn Brooks and third-round offensive lineman Damien Lewis. Many analysts questioned the pick of Jordyn Brooks in the first round with Seattle’s desperate need for help at the defensive line and offensive line, but Brooks shined through his rookie season with 53 total tackles and two pass deflections despite playing in just 11 of 16 games and being third on the depth chart. Brooks more than proved himself as a potential successor for Bobby Wagner whenever he decides to retire in the future. Damien Lewis had an excellent rookie season at Guard, starting in all 16 games over the season. On 633 passing plays, Lewis was beaten by his man just 28 times. While there are still issues at the offensive line, Lewis wound up being an absolute gem of a draft pick and will protect the Seahawks quarterback for years to come.
Finally, after falling rapidly out of the MVP conversation following three losses in just four weeks, Wilson managed to put together one of the best seasons of his NFL career, finishing with 4,212 passing yards and 40 touchdown passes to 13 interceptions. Of course, Wilson could not have done this without help from Tyler Lockett, who posted 100 receptions and D.K. Metcalf, who finished the season with 1303 receiving yards, both Seattle Seahawks franchise records. All of this led to Seattle’s big win of the postseason, which was Russell Wilson receiving the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, for both his excellence on the field as well as his contributions to the communities around him.