Matt Calkins: The Seahawks offense is completely broken, and that's why this season is over

Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times on

Published in Football

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. — It is completely broken.

Not "bad" or "struggling" or "going through a rough stretch" — just flat-out broken.

The Seahawks' offense has become a portrait of despair. It is devoid of all potency — as fearsome as a Labradoodle.

The return of an eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback has done nothing to resurrect it. One of the most gifted receivers in football has gone all but silent.

Don't let Seattle's final drive Monday night trick you into thinking it made some kind of breakthrough on that side of the ball. There was some suspense in the Seahawks' 17-15 loss to the Washington Football Team, but more so there was a confirmation: They can't move up in the standings because they can't move the ball.

"The results just aren't coming," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "There are so few plays that every single play counts so much, and we're just not getting it going."


The Seahawks (3-8) have failed to score more than 15 points in three straight games — all of which saw Russell Wilson as the starting QB. They were shut out in a loss to Green Bay and held to 13 points in a loss to Arizona before Monday's offensive fiasco.

Maybe Wilson is still reeling from the finger injury he suffered on his throwing hand last month. His once divine accuracy has been blatantly absent over his past three games.

But the Seahawks' offensive ineptitude goes beyond the guy throwing the ball. They can't run; they can't block — they simply can't perform.

Washington possessed the ball for 41 minutes and 40 seconds Monday night compared to the Seahawks' 18:20. The Seahawks possessed it for 19:38 against the Cardinals and 20:51 against the Packers.


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