Wyman’s Football 101: Telling the story of the Seahawks’ defense this year

Dec 24, 2019, 12:05 PM

The Seahawks’ 27-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals is about as disappointing of a defeat as you can find in recent memory for the team.

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It cost Seattle the NFC’s No. 1 seed that it came into the game holding onto, and it makes it that much harder for the Seahawks to finish in the conference’s top two and get the first-round playoff bye that would come with it. Not only that, but the 11-win Seahawks fell to an Arizona team that had won just four games and currently ranks in the bottom five in the league both in points allowed per game and yards allowed per game.

It wasn’t Arizona’s defense that had trouble in Week 16, though. It was Seattle’s.

For a team with an 11-4 record, the Seahawks have struggled quite a bit on defense in 2019, and Sunday’s game may have been the unit’s poorest showing of the year. Of course Seattle was short several key players due to injury, including defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, safety Quandre Diggs and cornerback Shaquill Griffin, as well as defensive tackle Al Woods, who was suspended for four games by the NFL last week.

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In this week’s Football 101, former NFL linebacker and current Seahawks Radio Network color commentator Dave Wyman tells the story of the Seahawks’ defense as he sees it this year, then breaks down what was arguably the worst play of Sunday’s game for Seattle – an 80-yard touchdown run by Arizona running back Kenyan Drake.

The Seahawks will wrap up the regular season at home Sunday against the 12-3 San Francisco 49ers in a game that will decide the NFC West championship. Wyman will be on the call with play-by-play man Steve Raible on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. Coverage begins with the pregame show at 2 p.m., and kickoff will follow at 5:20 p.m.

Click any of the links below for more video breakdowns from this Seahawks season by Wyman and former Seahawks quarterback Jake Heaps.

Week 15

Heaps: Tyler Lockett gets re-established in the offense
Wyman: LBs show their value in defending the pass

Week 14

Wyman: Breaking down Seahawks’ defensive struggles with the Rams
Heaps: Seahawks had 3 big missed opportunities on offense

Week 13

Heaps: How Hawks set up David Moore’s 60-yard TD
Wyman: What went wrong and right for Seahawks secondary vs Minnesota

Week 12

Wyman: Why Quandre Diggs is already important part of Seahawks’ defense

Bye week

Heaps: Why you should want Russell Wilson to win the MVP award

Week 10

Heaps: The keys to new WR Josh Gordon’s 2 critical catches
Wyman: A 3rd DL deserves credit for Reed strip sack, Clowney TD

Week 9

• Wyman: Are Seattle’s problems against the pass fixable?

Week 8

• Heaps: What was so impressive about DK Metcalf’s 2 TDs
• Wyman: How LB Mychal Kendricks made right read on INT

Week 7

• Heaps: How Lamar Jackson beat Seattle time and again on 3rd down
• Wyman: Why Ravens scored on Hawks with 4th down TD run

Week 6

• Heaps: Why Tyler Lockett is so valuable when Russell Wilson scrambles
• Wyman: Don’t point the finger on Hawks giving up 2 straight big plays

Week 5

• Wyman: Seahawks can get run game going with this technique
• Heaps: Why DK Metcalf and Will Dissly are feasting in Seattle’s offense
• Wyman: 4 plays the Hawks won by inches to defeat the Rams

Week 4

• Heaps: What Hawks did vs Cards that could lead to more success

Week 3

• Wyman: Linebacker K.J. Wright is ‘having his best year’
• Heaps: Why Will Dissly has emerged as valuable offensive weapon

Week 2

• Wyman: Russell Wilson’s historic game and perfect pass to Metcalf
• Heaps: How Russell Wilson read Steelers’ defense so well in 28-26 win

Week 1

• Heaps: How Tyler Lockett got so open for go-ahead TD
• Wyman: Hawks already trying new things with Jadeveon Clowney

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