The Seattle Seahawks have been among the most consistent teams in NFL over the past decade, posting a winning record in each of the last eight seasons.
However, the NFC West continues to get tougher and tougher, and Seattle’s core continues to get older and older, leaving the team in a perilous position heading into 2020.
As part of his nine bold predictions for the upcoming season, NFL.com columnist Adam Schein predicted the Seahawks will miss the playoffs, which would be just the second time in the last nine seasons they failed to reach the postseason.
“I know that Russell Wilson is a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Schein wrote. “And I never want to bet against fellow future gold-jacket wearers Bobby Wagner and Pete Carroll. But I have serious questions about the overall quality of this roster — especially when compared to a host of rosters across the NFC.”
The 49ers and Cardinals have each worked hard to improve their roster this offseason, while the Seahawks have not addressed their biggest need – an impact pass rusher – in any kind of meaningful way.
The team did add a potentially great fit in Quinton Dunbar, if his legal issues don’t cause him to miss any time, and some of the additions up front should help protect Wilson in the pocket.
Still, it’s going to be a battle in the NFC all year long, and this likely won’t be the only prediction that has the Seahawks out of the playoffs to kick off the new decade.