Brock Huard’s warning for Seahawks’ season: ‘It’s not going to be seamless’
There is plenty of reason to think the 2021 Seattle Seahawks season is going to be an improvement from last year.
The offense has most of its key players returning and has made a few upgrades, notably at tight end and on the offensive line.
Young players like linebacker Jordyn Brooks and right guard Damien Lewis are on an upward trajectory.
Third-year wide receiver DK Metcalf is on the cusp of superstardom.
Things don’t always go to plan, however, and for 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard, there is one thing to keep in mind going into the Seahawks’ campaign.
“It’s not going to be seamless from Day 1, offensively,” Huard said Monday morning during the daily Blue 42 segment of Danny and Gallant.
Huard, a former NFL quarterback who is now a color commentator for NFL on FOX broadcasts, was specifically pointing to the fact that Seattle has a new offensive coordinator in Shane Waldron. Not only is Waldron new to the Seahawks, making the leap from Los Angeles Rams passing game coordinator, but he has never called plays above the high school ranks.
“Just prepare yourself for some stops and starts, for some bumps in the road, for a little friction possibly between quarterback, head coach and coordinator with a first-time play-caller,” Huard said, alluding to how QB Russell Wilson and coach Pete Carroll will interact early on with Waldron.
“That’s not to be Debbie Downer and Mr. Negative, it’s just the reality that when you have a new system come in – and this is a new system, this is new verbiage, this is new language – to think that it’s going to be humming and going to be efficient and going to be just easy (right away), that’s just not going to happen.”
The Seahawks’ season-opening matchup against the Colts will especially be a tough test for their offense.
“Indianapolis is a good team right out the gate Week 1 in their building with a good front seven,” Huard said.
While patience may be important early on, Huard isn’t worried about how things will go after a few weeks to work out the kinks.
“There’s going to be some bumps in the road early. Those should benefit them, though, over the long-term.”
You can hear Huard’s full thoughts in the podcast at this link or in the player below.