The Seattle Seahawks are a franchise that thrived in consistency.
They’ve only had three head coaches since 1999: Mike Holmgren, Jim Mora, and Pete Carroll.
Even their quarterback situation has been relatively stable with Matt Hasselbeck being their starter for the better part of ten seasons from 2001 to 2010.
During that stretch, they played in Super Bowl XL but lost to Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, the good times continued in Seattle since 2012, as Sunday Night Football on NBC pointed out.
Starting QBs in the NFC West since 2012. 👀
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) March 9, 2022
SNF on NBC’s tweet reminded that since 2012, Russell Wilson started nearly every game for the Seahawks.
However, he relinquished that spot to Geno Smith for three games during the 2021 season after getting surgery on a dislocated finger on his throwing hand.
The games he missed proved costly for the team’s playoff hopes.
If he played all 17 games, there’s a chance that the Seahawks could have had a better record than their 7-10 finish.
In contrast, other teams in the NFC West had a total of 29 starters since Wilson took the field for Seattle ten seasons ago.
An Era Of Excellence
Before he came to Seattle, the franchise only had five seasons of at least ten wins since their establishment in 1976.
But when Wilson started playing, the Seahawks had eight seasons of double-digit victories from 2012 to 2020, including five straight from 2012 to 2016.
During that stretch, Wilson and the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII by dominating the Denver Broncos, the team he will be joining starting the 2022 season.
With him gone in Seattle, the 12th Man must face the harsh reality of not having consistency in the quarterback position.
Smith and Drew Lock would be their top options if they don’t make a move to bring in another play-caller.