Moore: 10 really random predictions for Seahawks’ 2020 season
Ten really random predictions for the Seahawks:
10) They won’t add another edge rusher. As much as everyone seems to think they need to sign Jadeveon Clowney or one of the veteran free-agent pass rushers on the market, general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll appear to be fine with what they have after acquiring Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa and drafting Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson. That wouldn’t appear to be enough to improve a pass rush that came up with 28 sacks last year and only 19.5 by defensive linemen – until you consider really random prediction No. 9:
9) The Seahawks will come up with 35 or more sacks in 2020 thanks to an improved secondary that will provide better coverage and give pass-rushers the split second more that they need to get to the quarterback. Why’s that? Because they’ll have 16 games with Quandre Diggs at free safety (he played in only five games in 2019) and 16 games with Quinton Dunbar at right cornerback, an upgrade over Tre Flowers.
8) Anthony Gordon will earn the backup QB job after battling some retread veteran in training camp as Carroll explains to reporters that they like the Coug’s upside more than the retread’s experience. I told you these were really random predictions.
7) This will be Bobby Wagner’s last year with the Seahawks. He’ll be 31 in 2021. As he starts to slow down, Wagner won’t be worth $18 million in 2021, especially when you have a potential Pro Bowl middle linebacker on your roster now in Jordyn Brooks.
6) At some point this season, the Seahawks will give up 158 yards rushing and 342 yards passing in the same game, but Carroll will still say he liked what he saw from his base defense.
5) Even though the Seahawks don’t seem to be positioning themselves for a blockbuster trade or marquee free-agent signing, I still think K.J. Wright will be a cap casualty and save the team $6.5 million. Just a really random guess that if you draft a linebacker like Brooks in the first round and have a second-year player that you like in Cody Barton, there won’t be as much of a need for Wright with his salary as a part-timer.
4) Greg Olsen will be the third-leading receiver behind DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. The veteran tight end had 52 catches last year with Kyle Allen at quarterback in Carolina. This really random prediction is based on continuing injury concerns with Will Dissly, increasing the chances that Olsen will get more playing time than he would otherwise.
3) Russell Wilson will be sacked 50 times this year, and this isn’t a really random prediction because it happens every year. In fact, 50 would be an improvement – he was sacked 54 times last year and 52 times in 2018. At the pace he’s on, if Wilson plays 12 more years, in 2032 we’ll be talking about him being sacked 1,000 times in his career.
2) After Brian Schottenheimer decides to open it up and let Wilson throw 45 passes against the Giants, only to see the Seahawks lose, the “Let Russell cook” people finally shut up and turn off the stove.
1) The last really random prediction: Metcalf becomes an All-Pro and joins national conversations about the best receivers in the league after a 1,200-yard season.