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)
(Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Few expect the Seahawks to seriously contend for a playoff spot this upcoming season.

Bump’s Seahawks Breakdown: Who’s leading the QB competition?

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.”

Listen to the full second hour of Friday’s Bump and Stacy at this link or in the player below.

Huard: 3 most intriguing Seahawks after first week of camp

Bump & Stacy Show

Bump and Stacy

Seahawks Coby Bryant...
Brandon Gustafson

Bumpus: How Seahawks’ Julian Love addition can help Coby Bryant

The Seahawks added a unique DB in Julian Love last week, and Michael Bumpus thinks that signing will greatly impact Coby Bryant.
6 hours ago
Seattle Kraken Adam Larsson Vince Dunn...
Brandon Gustafson

Kraken Breakdown: Forslund on impact of missing Burkovsky, road success

The Kraken are in the final stretch of a playoff push. Announcer John Forslund discussed that and more with Seattle Sports' Bump & Stacy.
1 day ago
Seahawks huddle...
Stacy Rost

Rost: With No. 5 pick, Seahawks are most interesting team in the draft

The Seahawks can go for big long-term impact by taking a QB 5th overall, or more immediate with a defender. Stacy Rost explains both sides.
1 day ago
Seahawks Jarran Reed Bobby Wagner...
Brandon Gustafson

‘It’s home’: Jarran Reed talks returning to Seahawks, Bobby Wagner, more

Veteran DL Jarran Reed joined Seattle Sports' Bump & Stacy to discuss his return to the Seahawks, Bobby Wagner and much more.
2 days ago
Seahawks DT Al Woods...
Brandon Gustafson

What does Al Woods release tell us about Seahawks’ defense?

The Seahawks surprisingly released veteran nose tackle Al Woods on Monday. Bump and Stacy react to the move and explain what it means.
2 days ago
Mariners Jarred Kelenic...
Brent Stecker

Mariners Spring Training: Aaron Goldsmith breaks down 3 M’s standouts

Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith shared his observations on Jarred Kelenic, Robbie Ray and Cooper Hummel with Bump and Stacy.
3 days ago
Rost: What Seahawks making playoffs would mean for future of QB spot