Rost: What Seahawks making playoffs would mean for future of QB spot

Aug 5, 2022, 2:57 PM
Seattle Seahawks players huddle after pregame warm-ups before the game against the Chicago Bears at Lumen Field. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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Few expect the Seahawks to seriously contend for a playoff spot this upcoming season.

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The roster looks much different than it did a season ago, mainly because star quarterback Russell Wilson was traded to Denver while All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner signed with the Los Angeles Rams after being released.

Additionally, the Seahawks didn’t do much at the quarterback spot this offseason as they re-signed Wilson’s backup Geno Smith and got Drew Lock, who has struggled as a pro, from the Broncos in the Wilson trade.

With Seattle not having invested much at quarterback, many see the Seahawks as a team that will likely command a top-five or top-10 draft pick come next season, in addition to holding Denver’s first rounder, meaning the organization could be equipped to take a top quarterback early or even trade up for one should they choose.

But what if the Seahawks finish the 2022 season not only better than expected, but as one of seven teams to make the playoffs in the NFC? Stacy Rost discussed what that could mean for the Hawks, especially as it pertains to the quarterback spot during Friday’s Bump and Stacy on Seattle Sports 710 AM.

“If you make the playoffs this year, it most likely will mean that your defense and/or run game took off,” she said. “And while you’ll miss out on a top pick – you’ll probably miss out on No. 5 through No. 10, or what have you, where you might have been able to trade up and get the quarterback that you wanted for the future – No. 1, you aren’t guaranteed that that guy is going to work out.”

“So yes,” she added later, “you do miss out on a better shot at your franchise quarterback, but it also means that whenever you finally get that guy, you’ve got something set up around him to help him succeed.”

“One problem the Seahawks kept running into with Russell Wilson is not only that they had a ton of money sunk into Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, so they couldn’t spread it around the rest of the roster, it’s that they never got a shot at some of those high draft picks that the rest of the NFC West did,” Rost added. “So they saw the rest of the NFC West build up these defensive lines full of first rounders or trade all these first-round picks for all these great players. Instead they were left looking at pick number 26 through 30 pretty much every single year. I think that being able to make the playoffs – likely it means a Wild Card, likely it means getting knocked out early and that’s not as fun – but it also means that when you find your guy, you’ve got a pretty good foundation and that’s something you haven’t had for a while.”

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