How Week 13 impacted the Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks now have a playoff spot AND a top-three draft pick
The Seattle Seahawks were the envy of no other franchise or opposing fans headed into the season. Now 12 games into Geno Smith’s first year as a starter since 2014, the Seahawks have every right to brag about their place in both the NFC standings and the 2023 NFL Draft: A wild card team with a shot to win the division, plus a good opportunity to pick the top position player in next year’s draft.
All the way back on March 17, I wrote that Pete Carroll had earned the right to build the Seahawks in his vision again. Then in October, after we had seen some of the fruits of said labor, I wrote that Pete’s rebuilding plan is a masterclass to be taught to other coaches and executives. Seattle doesn’t just have a respectable 7-5 record. Seattle doesn’t just have Denver’s first and second round picks in 2023.
They also have one of the best cores to any roster in the NFL thanks to their two tackles, Tariq Woolen, and plenty of other reasons for long-term optimism.
Seahawks fans have so much worth monitoring over the next five games, not only because of Seattle’s push to win the division now that the San Francisco 49ers have hit the “deja vu” button with Jimmy Garoppolo, but also thanks to their draft picks and the status of their young star players. Every week, Seaside Joe adds a bonus post for Regular Joes on how every other game has impacted the Seahawks.
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Bills 24, Patriots 10
Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick essentially have the same job (which I think is a much different role with a lot more responsibility than 95% of coaches) and I think that the Patriots head coach has clearly earned the title of “Greatest”. But as far as transitioning into the era that comes after losing the best quarterback in franchise history, Pete is running laps around Belichick. First with the sad display of Cam Newton in 2020, then these past two years of bore with Mac Jones. To be fair, I wouldn’t pluck a single supporting cast member off of New England’s roster for Seattle’s offense. Except for adding running back Rhamondre Stevenson at this current moment of need.
We need to start a campaign for the NFL to keep the Patriots and Bill Bore-ichick out of the playoffs.