Heaps: What about Seahawks was exposed in latest disheartening loss

Nov 23, 2021, 8:59 AM
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Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs reacts after a touchdown by Cardinals running back James Conner. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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There were a lot of things learned from the Seahawks’ Week 11 loss to the Arizona Cardinals that set them back to a 3-7 record, and none of them were positive.

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There are problems with scheme to point to or the offense’s general ineffectiveness, and the likely season-ending injury to impressive rookie cornerback Tre Brown certainly doesn’t help matters.

But in a game where the Seahawks faced the leader of their division, the now 9-2 Arizona Cardinals, 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake Heaps saw a gap between the rosters of the two teams that should be alarming to the Seahawks and their fans.

“The thing that stood out to me and that was so apparent is that the Arizona Cardinals are so much better of a football team than the Seattle Seahawks, it’s not even funny. You talk about depth, you talk about strength of roster,” said Heaps, a former Seahawks quarterback, during Monday’s edition of Jake and Stacy.

What made that jump out is how the Cardinals were able to outplay Seattle even with a number of key players, including but not limited to stars Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt, out of action due to injury.

“The Arizona Cardinals walk into that game with their backup quarterback (Colt McCoy), without their best receiver (Hopkins), without their best running back (Chase Edmonds), without their starting left guard (Justin Pugh), without J.J. Watt, and they’re able to win that game – and win it handily,” Heaps said. “That’s depth, that’s roster building, that’s roster construction. That is also a great job by Steve Keim, their GM, in the offseason to go and make the right acquisitions – trading for center Rodney Hudson, going and acquiring A.J. Brown.”

When you compare that all with the state of the Seahawks, whose playoff hopes are now slim at best even with a handful of stars on both sides of the ball, it’s pretty clear how Seattle’s lack of depth has hurt this season.

“I just think that (the Cardinals) did a lot of things this offseason, as well as the way that they built this roster up, that have put themselves in this position where they have good, quality depth, and they are a better team roster-wise, top to bottom (than the Seahawks),” Heaps said. “And that is that is a hard pill to swallow.”

You can hear Heaps’ full thoughts in the Four-Down Territory segment of Monday’s Jake and Stacy in the podcast at this link or in the player below.

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