It’s not yet official, but the Seattle Seahawks are out of playoff contention.
That’s a major disappointment for a team that won 12 games last season and had double-digit victories in eight of their previous nine seasons.
Winning one of two Super Bowls played was the pinnacle of their successful run under head coach Pete Carroll.
Unfortunately, it looks like that era is in its final games.
How Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks hit rock bottompic.twitter.com/hZ1Z2vsWeR
— Parker (@ParkerLewes) November 27, 2021
The Seahawks look like a disjointed roster, and the long-time mentor might not have the support of his team anymore.
That said, it’s time for Seattle to push the reset button and start anew.
Here are three reasons the Seahawks need to refresh next season.
3. Carroll Is Doing More Harm Than Good
He has two roles in the organization, and he’s not the best person for both positions anymore.
His rah-rah style of coaching isn’t working with this roster anymore.
More importantly, the 70-year-old is failing in his role as Executive Vice President of Football Operations
The Seahawks have a General Manager in John Schneider, but Carroll has the final say on roster decisions.
Change is coming for the Seahawks:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 30, 2021
Therefore, he takes the blame for their lousy drafting and free-agent decisions.
Both men came to Seattle in 2010 and had success selecting the players that made them competitive for a long time.
However, their decision-making took a hit when they failed to draft a Pro Bowl-level player in the 2013, 2014, and 2016 drafts.
.@ShannonSharpe on the Seahawks losing 3-straight games:
"I don't see a scenario where Russ is back in Seattle next year. They've done an awful job of putting together an offensive line and just letting Russ cook. He's getting out of there." pic.twitter.com/9lXM6Pj3sE
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) November 30, 2021
They had some good picks as years went by, but Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf are the only ones left on their roster.
Unfortunately, this head coach destroyed the squad he built.
2. Their Defense Is Faltering
Wagner remains the lone bright spot on their defense as he leads the league in tackles.
Beyond him, the Seahawks defense is a mess.
They can’t generate enough pressure, averaging 1.6 sacks per game, tied for third-worst this season.
Seattle ranks 30th in total sacks with 18, leading only the Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals.
— Alan Pan (@alanpan1995) November 30, 2021
The inability to rush the opposing quarterback makes the Seahawks the worst team in total yards allowed per game (399) and second-worst in passing yards given up (274.1).
The whole team also has five interceptions, courtesy of Adams and Quandre Diggs only.
They give up 20.5 points per game as a consolation, tied for the sixth-best mark after Week 12.
However, the points they surrender are still enough for them to lose eight of 11 games.
1. Their Offense Is Going Nowhere
The Seahawks were optimistic that they would make a playoff push once Wilson returned from surgery on his injured finger.
But he doesn’t look the same All-Pro quarterback he once was.
He only has one 300-yard passing game this season and averaged only 205 yards during their last three games.
As he struggles, the Seahawks averaged a paltry 9.3 points per game.
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the Seahawks 3 and out..
— voun-tears💧 (@vountee) November 30, 2021
Worst, Wilson suffered the first shutout loss of his career against the Green Bay Packers despite coming off a bye week.
Carroll also takes part of the blame here because his play-calling looks outdated.
There is little to no variety in their plays, and their offensive line still has glaring concerns.
That said, a revamp on that side of the ball is imminent for the Super Bowl XLVIII champions.