No one expected the Seahawks and Russell Wilson to fall this far

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When Russell Wilson went down with a finger injury after the Seahawks’ Week 5 loss against the Rams, the plan was straightforward – try to win as many games as possible with backup Geno Smith so that when he comes back, a playoff run is possible. Be.

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That didn’t happen, Smith only defeated the lowly Jaguar. But no one could have predicted that the Seahawks haven’t won a game since Wilson returned—a shutout against the Packers, a 10-point loss to the Cardinals without Kyler Murray, and, ultimately, 17 to Taylor Heineke. -15 defeat and the Washington football team on Monday night.

Seattle had just two scoring drives against Washington, which entered Week 12, placing 31st out of 32 teams in the defensive DVOA, allowing about 26 points per game. The Seahawks went three times six times – including a stretch where it took place over five straight drives between the second and third quarters. The team made only 45 offensive plays in total.

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“It is challenging right now, but at the same time, I know what we are capable of. We have to show what we are capable of. We have to do that,” Wilson said after the game. knows. I’m not one of those people who are down and out and don’t believe and give up; Give up and give up. I will keep working my butt off every day. This is the team too. That’s what we’re going to make sure.”

Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson
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Wilson had the best statistical game since returning from injury, completing 20 of 31 passes for 247 yards and his first two touchdowns since his return. Still, it was no longer enough to beat a 5-6 football team.

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“He has to do better, we all have to do better,” head coach Pete Carroll said of Wilson.

Seattle is now 3-8 on the season, the fourth-worst record in the NFL. It is almost certain to be out of the playoffs at this point in time. He would have a fourth pick in the 2022 draft – had he not traded his pick away to the Jets for Jamal Adams last year.

So now what? Rumors swirled all season that Wilson was unhappy in Seattle, famously naming a list of four teams—the Cowboys, Raiders, Saints, and Bears—for which he would accept a trade. It looked like they had done the job, but with the Seahawks now one defeat away from the first losing season of Wilson’s career, it’s inevitable that trade rumors will surface once again.

Of the four teams Wilson named last season, only the Saints look like they’d be in the market for a quarterback. The Giants, who were rumored to be tracking Wilson during contract negotiations in 2019, may also be on the lookout for how Daniel Jones ends the season.

Either way, it appears the Seahawks could be headed for an all-out teardown, even possibly leading up to Carroll. Who could have expected this?

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