On Sunday, Seahawks fans could come to Lumen Field, understandably eager to say good riddance to the 2021 season.
But those who attend could also say goodbye to a lot more.
And it’s that uncertainty about the team’s future that hangs over the game even more than any storm cloud that should make the day rainy, even snowy like last week’s against Chicago.
Could this really be the last game in Seattle as the Seahawks for quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner? Maybe even trainer Pete Carroll? The three key architects on the land of the greatest achievement in franchise history.
“You never know,” Wilson said Thursday of his own future.
That’s about the only answer one has right now and is likely to have until after the season finale next Sunday in Arizona (and boy, isn’t that a suitable place to end season as the site of Wilson’s first game as the Seahawk and then the most unfortunate play call in team history, if not NFL history, that will forever color the perception of this era of Seahawks football).
For now, Carroll says the goal is only to try and win two more games and put a happier end to a disappointing season, having been officially knocked out of the playoffs with the stunning 25-24 loss. under the snow last Sunday against the Bear.
Or, as Wilson also said on Thursday, the Seahawks just want some more fun before this season is over.
“Most importantly, we want to celebrate,” Wilson said. “We want to be able to go to the locker room and win together, no matter how it goes. We want to be able to win and that’s the fun part of this game, when you can then celebrate with your team. I think it will be huge for us.
Seattle has only done it five times this year, and only twice since Oct. 31, having lost five of its last seven games, all since Wilson returned from finger surgery.
What the Seahawks also want to do is avoid the humiliation that would be lost on a team that for much of the season threatened not to win, starting 0-10-1 before winning two of their last four games. , including a 30-12. rout of Arizona, then leader of NFC West.
Carroll called the collapse to Chicago “about as disappointing a loss as we’ve had.”
A loss on Sunday would overcome that indignity, especially since the Lions will likely have to accompany Tim Boyle to quarterback as Jared Goff is listed as questionable with a knee injury. Goff, who led the Rams to a win over the Seahawks in a wildcard playoff game last January before being traded to Detroit, injured his knee in the Lions’ 30-12 win over the Arizona two weeks ago. Boyle started last week against Atlanta with Goff on the COVID-19 roster, and if he is due to play on Sunday, it would only be the third start of his career.
Not only are the Lions rebuilding under rookie coach Dan Campbell, Detroit is also 0-4 at Lumen Field, including the playoffs, the only NFC team to never beat the Seahawks there.
But this is the season when a lot of streaks have been broken.
Indeed, the one guaranteed to be broken with last week’s loss was a streak of 12 consecutive seasons without a home loss record.
The loss to the Bears dropped Seattle to 2-5 at Lumen, the first time the Seahawks have lost more than four home games in a season since going 2-6 in 2008.
In fact, Seattle has won just four of its last 11 total home games, dating back to December 2020, nearly a quarter of Seattle’s total home losses since Carroll arrived in 2010. Seattle has now. 66-29 at home since 2010.
Nothing in play on Sunday is the kind of goal the Seahawks were hoping to shoot for this time of year. But Carroll insisted on Friday the Seahawks continued to train with a goal.
“I know this will sound crazy to you, but we’re training like it’s a championship opportunity and this is our playoff opportunity (opportunity),” Carroll said. “Finish this thing right, win a few matches and do it the right way. It just happens to be a good NFC game, so here we go. The players brought it. I get a chance to say what it looks like – these guys are going. That’s all I could ask for as a coach. We had a great week at work. It was fun, that was quick, and we had a lot of guys responding to us. The feedback from the guys was kind of a boost throughout the week. It all fed into a really positive week.
However, Seattle has had too few positive Sundays this year, fueling speculation about the future of just about everyone with ties to the franchise.
Which, for everyone involved, might mean taking a few minutes to look around, savor the present, and remember some of the glories of the past, just in case.
Sidney Jones placed on COVID-19 list
On Saturday, the Seahawks put cornerback Sidney Jones IV on the reserve / COVID-19 list, which means he will miss Sunday’s game.
Cornerback Bless Austin remains on the list, but Seattle has removed DJ Reed from the list. So that means Seattle’s starting cornerbacks on Sunday will likely be Reed on the right and John Reid on the left.
Guard Damien Lewis also remains on the COVID-19 list.
Also on Saturday, Seattle activated Jamarco Jones off the injured reserve while putting linebacker Jon Rhattigan on IR. This means Jones could be in line to start left guard in place of Lewis – he started there against the Saints earlier this year – although Seattle could go with Kyle Fuller as well. Jones could also factor in the right tackle with questionable Brandon Shell with a shoulder injury. Rookie Jake Curhan has started the last three games on a straight tackle and could get the green light there as well.
Seattle has also called up three players from the training squad to replace COVID-19 – cornerback Mike Jackson, safety Josh Jones and linebacker Edmond Robinson.