Per week earlier than Falcons video games, I have interaction to protect discontinuance the choice to be triumphant in out to a counterpart at the opponent’s SB Nation NFL living and bag their brains. This week, I had the glory of talking to Mookie Alexander at Discipline Gulls, inarguably one in every of the acceptable football web sites our network’s ever produced.
My five questions and his solutions are beneath. Read and learn noteworthy more about the Seahawks heading into 2020, in the event that you just can.
Dave Choate: Russell Wilson is one in every of the acceptable quarterbacks in the NFL, nonetheless as a minimal to outside observers it seems esteem Seattle tries to lean on the hotfoot more than him. Is that a diminutive bit of a myth, and if not, will we salvage a truly unleashed Wilson in 2020?
Mookie Alexander: It’s section myth and section truth. In 2018 they absolutely relied closely on the hotfoot and that became as soon as an instantaneous response to having a speeding assault so execrable (now adjusted to 32nd in the most modern DVOA update) it proper about broke Pete Carroll’s mind. Wilson became as soon as closing in circulate makes an are attempting that season and then in the playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys each Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer waited till it became as soon as too slack to search out out that utilizing Wilson’s abilities as a passer became as soon as certainly a bigger option than running proper into a brick wall over and all but again. Final yr there were video games a lot like the time past regulations thriller against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the save it became as soon as sure that the Seahawks were more entertaining to “Let Russ Put together dinner.”
What has irked a important section of Seahawks fans is that the circulate are attempting distribution is so closely shifted against the 2nd half, the save the Seahawks spent too noteworthy of 2019 taking part in have interaction-up. Mix the dearth of 1st half makes an are attempting — most regularly to “place the hotfoot” — with Carroll’s preferred slower-paced model when Wilson seems to work finest in uptempo and it in actuality seems to the outside observers that Seattle’s beget teaching workers is letting their philosophy salvage in the strategy of brilliance. With that said, I negate he’s confirmed that he could maybe maybe also just peaceful salvage a chance to manipulate the game noteworthy sooner than in years past and my hope is that he’ll salvage those alternatives. They don’t hang to desert the hotfoot nonetheless they attain must bag their battles better and not shatter everyone’s time with 2nd and 10 energy runs that power obvious passing eventualities.
If “absolutely unleashed” potential Seattle’s circulate-hotfoot gash up is nearer to what in model NFL analytics counsel it ought to be, then that ain’t happening. Nonetheless I attain imagine Schottenheimer’s adaptability is most attention-grabbing than it’s given credit for and the game script will seemingly be adjusted accurately… and if not, log onto Twitter and expertise the weekly expose that is Seahawks Twitter.
Dave Choate: Now not that I in actuality hang a vested myth hobby or anything, nonetheless how hang the RB and WR depth charts shaken out in Seattle? Is this a correct committee backfield, or is Carson going to dominate touches?
Mooke Alexander: Carson, Carlos Hyde, Travis Homer, and Deejay Dallas) touches against the Falcons nonetheless I wouldn’t read too noteworthy into that for the prolonged timeframe. Carson is peaceful clearly the lead help and the most efficient issues of discipline concerning him are his neatly being (coming off of a cracked hip) and his in actuality caring fumble complications from closing yr. In every other case he’ll salvage the lion’s allotment of carries while Hyde is the important backup uh… help. One among Dallas or Homer could maybe maybe dwell up rotating third-down duties all over the season.
At huge receiver, Tyler Lockett is the #1 in conception while DK Metcalf is #2 nonetheless if Metcalf continues his vogue it will per chance maybe be 1a and 1b as a minimum. From there, Josh Gordon is the presumptive #3 nonetheless till he’s reinstated those honors belong to Philip Dorsett (who’s injured). Seattle’s depth chart at each positions is in actuality as proper because it’s ever been and that bodes neatly for an offense that figures to be amongst the acceptable in the league all over all but again.
Dave Choate: The offensive line has been a punchline for some time now. Is this an improved unit this yr, or is it more of the identical for Seattle?
Mookie Alexander: It’s a astronomical ol’ ask impress as a result of the roster turnover. Justin Britt is long past at center and replaced by Ethan Pocic, who’s finally healthy and able to play at his pure save. DJ Fluker became as soon as released and replaced by rookie honest guard Damien Lewis, who’s drawn rave reviews esteem no totally different Seahawks offensive lineman in most modern seasons, which I’m not even faded to. Lastly, Brandon Shell replaces Germain Ifedi at honest type out and given how noteworthy criticism Ifedi bought (some of it unwarranted) for his a gargantuan collection of penalties and blown blocks, Shell doesn’t hang a high bar to sure to be regarded as an development. Mike Iupati stays the left guard and he’s a folks mover in hotfoot-blocking off, while left type out
Duane Brown is the most carried out and most skilled (aka “weak”) player on the line. I in actuality hang excessive issues about Brown’s neatly being and the chance that, as we most regularly scrutinize with linemen his age (35), his performances proper descend off a cliff. Seattle lacks a official backup type out option following George Fant’s departure, and I am unable to examine a discipline the save this offense can survive both Jamarco Jones (who’s too insensible and better suited for guard) or Cedric Ogbuehi (a known liability) for an extended timeframe. The upside to Seattle’s OL is indubitably Pocic and Lewis, nonetheless the aptitude downsides are the increasing outdated Brown and Iupati on the left facet and Shell at honest type out. I’m peaceful looking out forward to plenty of Russell Wilson running for his lifestyles, nonetheless I’d gladly protect discontinuance improved hotfoot blocking off so Chris Carson and the assorted backs don’t hang to work as onerous for their yards.
Dave Choate: Defensively, I’m strange to verify up on what you have confidence you studied is that this team’s ceiling in 2020, namely for the circulate walk. Will they have the option to put the brakes on this Atlanta offense, or is that this closing yr’s Matt Schaub debacle nonetheless with Matt Ryan healthy?
Mookie Alexander: Our beget John Morgan did a diminutive analysis that showed that it’s in actuality onerous to hang an elite defense if the circulate walk is weak. With rookie Darrell Taylor on NFI for half the season, that leaves the team with a front reliant on Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa as the important guys to salvage after the quarterback, while the hope is Rasheem Inexperienced (closing yr’s sack chief with four!), Alton Robinson, and namely LJ Collier can step up. I’m not exactly too optimistic that the Seahawks will have the option to consistently generate stress with four, so they’ll hang to blitz more and blitz smarter and more creatively.
Their strengths on defense are clearly at linebacker with Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright at the helm, while the oft-criticized secondary of 2019 bought a astronomical boost with the Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar trades. Add that to the promising hype surrounding Marquise Blair’s ability to play nickel corner as well to security and all of sudden the Seahawks ought so as to expend faraway from the hell that became as soon as taking part in so noteworthy inappropriate defense closing yr. In conception, this Seahawks defense is ample to insensible down the Falcons offense nonetheless I’d somewhat not give Matt Ryan ages to search out Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley.
Dave Choate: What are your expectations for the game and for the season? Can the Seahawks protect discontinuance the NFC West this yr, and could maybe maybe also just peaceful they?
Mookie Alexander: For the game: I search info from the Seahawks to gape in actuality insensible as they repeatedly attain in Week 1, which implies both a frustratingly discontinuance protect discontinuance or an outright loss. For the season: I in actuality search info from them to protect discontinuance the NFC West and if they don’t then I’ll be in actuality damn upset because that will seemingly be the longest drought they’ve had with out an NFC West title since absorbing help over in 2002. Failure to beget the playoffs ought to lead to firings, namely when the growth to 14 groups potential that you just can just peaceful most efficient need 9 wins minimal to salvage in.
The Jamal Adams alternate represents a level of “protect discontinuance now” that we’ve in actuality not seen out of them for totally different astronomical offseason strikes. The offensive and defensive strains awe me deal attributable to lack of depth and in actuality an absence of top expertise, nonetheless Russell Wilson has overcome execrable offensive line play earlier than and as prolonged as the offense stays roughly lovely noteworthy as good as closing yr’s, the total defense needs to be is realistic to above-realistic and that could maybe maybe also just peaceful put them in high save to contend.