Seahawks are not enjoying their new bottom-dwelling status

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What has happened to the Seahawks?

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The franchise’s perennial excellence has lingered through 10 games this season. The Seahawks entered Monday night’s game with an impressive 3-7 record and are losing five of their last six matches.

Dating back to 2012, Seattle has had nine consecutive winning seasons, eight of which have made the playoffs, while winning one Super Bowl and losing the other.

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Sitting last in the NFC West is foreign territory for the Seahawks, a disadvantage from nearly eliminating themselves from the race for the playoffs.

The last time Seattle failed to make the playoffs was in 2017, when they went 9-7. The last time the Seahawks were 3-7 was in 2009, a year before Pete Carroll became head coach and turned the franchise into one of the model winning franchises in the NFL.

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Of late, Carroll, who has always been romanced with the youthful enthusiasm of a golden retriever running around in a park, at times looks like the oldest head coach in the league, which he is at 70.

After a 23-13 home loss to a Cardinals team last Sunday that was without starting quarterback Kyler Murray (replaced by travelman Colt McCoy), a desperate Carroll suddenly returned about 20 minutes from his postgame press conference and spoke to reporters. Suddenly went out to apologize.

“I’m not good at it,” Carroll said of dealing with losing after returning to the interview room. “I’m not ready for this. This is new territory.”

The day after the game, Carroll held a team meeting to invite some of his veteran players – such as linebacker Bobby Wagner, quarterback Russell Wilson and offensive lineman Duane Brown – to vent his feelings.

“We’ve got a challenge we’ve got to face,” Carroll said. “We want to get this thing up and running as quickly as possible. And we don’t have a moment to waste.”

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Pete Carroll walks off the field after the Seahawks’ loss to the Cardinals.
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Much of the Seahawks’ slide can be attributed to Wilson being out of the lineup for a month with a finger injury. But he has returned in the last two games, one of which was a shutout loss against the Packers (the first time in a decade that Seattle were locked down) and the other was last Sunday at home, where Seattle scored only one touchdown. Was.

Those two defeats marked just the third time in Wilson’s 10-year career that he had played two games in a row without throwing a TD pass.

The offense is converting only 32.4 percent of his third-down conversions and the Seahawks are making only 55 offensive plays per game on average, which is tied to their poor production on third-downs.

That, too, is undermining his defence, which has averaged about 73 plays per game on the field. Maybe it’s related, maybe it’s coincidence, but the Seahawks have been bowled out 78-50 in the fourth quarter of this season.

Perhaps it is too early to announce the end of an era in Seattle. But that’s probably not the case, with general manager John Schneider losing his touch to unearth the brilliant talent in the draft.

The Seahawks don’t even have a 2022 first-round draft pick, as it was offered to the Jets by safety Jamal Adams—who hasn’t been the difference-making player Seattle hoped to be when the team did all that— In, win-now business.

“We have to get better,” Wilson told reporters. “The truth is that we’re better than what we’re playing. And the truth is, we also believe that we can be better as a collective. And the truth is, we have to play seven games.” ‘

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