Russell Wilson is not the problem – Seahawks stuck ‘in the middle’
The Seahawks’ offense is the obvious thing to stress when discussing their two losses in a row, or even the five losses they have suffered in their last six games. What is most concerning is that Seattle’s offensive problems continued even with Russell Wilson returning from a finger injury in mid-season.
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Wilson struggled for the second straight game in Sunday’s 23-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, throwing 14 of 26 for 207 yards and no touchdowns, with several of his incompleteness coming through deep attempts while ‘he had options to kick off shorter wins.
Mike Salk on 710 ESPN Seattle posted a poll to its Twitter account on Sunday night asking where the fault lies for Wilson’s loss of three straight starts for the first time in his career, and as of 12:30 p.m. on Monday the main response was the own Wilson’s decisions and ego.
Russell Wilson has now lost three straight starts for the first time in his career and has really not looked very good all year.
What do you think is the problem (please explain if you can)?
– Mike Salk, 710 ESPN (@TheMikeSalk) 22 November 2021
When Salk was joined by the former NFL quarterback Brock Huard On Monday morning, however, the pair agreed that’s not what they say for the Hawks’ offense being at such a low point.
“What I saw there are people who say it’s his ego that won’t let him give up. That it’s his ego that gets him throwing deep all the time, and a lot of bad decisions come from Russell’s ego and have to take the big bucks rather than what’s available, ”Salk said.
Huard replied, “Well, I don’t see that too often. I certainly don’t see a lot of opportunities that they’re getting. You talk about his greatest strength, the deep ball that was still in DK (Metcalf) ‘s hands. I know it was a double blanket, but I mean, come on, DK, go up with your hands and grab it. … I don’t want to limit (Wilson’s) greatest force in any way, which is the deep ball.
Huard then pointed to the biggest offensive play of the game, a deep ball from Wilson to Tyler Lockett who tallied 48 yards in the fourth quarter and led on the Seahawks’ lone touchdown.
“My vote wouldn’t have been with decisions either,” said Salk. “I actually thought the offensive line protection was so bad that it never seemed to have enough time to do anything – and I know what you’re going to say so I can say it for you, because you’re gonna say, ‘Yeah, but then move the pocket, and when they do all of these things, they’re a lot more successful.’ “
Salk clearly knows his longtime co-host Brock and Salk.
“Yes, they do,” Huard continued. “And that’s exactly what this guy was brought in here (first year offensive coordinator) Shane Waldron for.”
So what has Huard seen as he watched the Seahawks’ offense run into trouble on several occasions in recent weeks?
“They are just temporary. (Wilson) is provisional, the pattern is provisional, they’re just totally in between. I mean, it’s the worst place to be in sports, ”he said. “… There is a temporary passivity towards the ploy and its play which is difficult to watch, especially when you have a defense which cannot play either. So you combine these two (factors) and that’s why you are at the lowest.
You can hear the full conversation between Huard and Salk in the last segment of the podcast in the player below or at this link.
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