Here’s 10 bold predictions for the 2022 Seattle Seahawks

These predictions vary on the audacity scale from piping hot to “don’t touch that because you’ll burn your hand on the stovetop” hot.

SEATTLES — Editor’s Note: This story is part of KING 5 Seahawks Season Preview Series.

There’s nothing sports fans love more than bold predictions.

It’s the best way to put a stamp of approval on your hot take, only for the most audacious predictions that are (inevitably) way off the mark at the end of the season.

But that’s kind of the point. These predictions are bold with a capital B. They’re meant to be improbable, which is what makes this exercise so fun.

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Moving on to our 10 bold predictions for the Seahawks’ 2022 season, which ranges on the audacity scale from piping hot to “don’t touch that ’cause you’ll burn your hand on the stovetop.”

Drew Lock starts at least 3 games

He may not have won the starting job from training camp, but Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has maintained all along that he believes Lock is a capable No. 1 quarterback.

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Smith might have been a safer choice, but it won’t be long before a lackluster offense sees Carroll give Lock a chance as a starter. Whether through injury or product on the field, Lock will get his chance to prove himself in 2022 after COVID-19 and a terrible preseason final kept him from winning the off-camp job.

Pete Carroll retires at the end of the season

This will be Carroll’s 13th season as head coach of the Seahawks. He won the franchise’s only Super Bowl in 2013, nearly won another in 2014, and led the team to the playoffs in nine of 12 seasons. The Seahawks have averaged 10.5 wins per season under his tutelage, one of the highest marks in the entire NFL.

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It goes a long way to simply say that Carroll achieved everything he could during his tenure in Seattle and has nothing else to prove.

He’s also the NFL’s oldest coach, and the Seahawks are positioned for a multi-year rebuild after Russell Wilson’s trade.

Does he really want to continue coaching non-playoff teams?

Seahawks go winless in the division

Most fans don’t expect more than a win or two against the very deep NFC West. The disappointing preseason on offense and youth defense ultimately keeps the Seahawks from a single win against the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams or the San Francisco 49ers.

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Fear not, the Seahawks will have many winnable games outside of divisional competition. Don’t expect much success against division opponents, however, at least not until the team improves quarterback position.

Jamal Adams sets all sorts of career highlights

Adams has yet to live up to the performance the Seahawks gave the New York Jets in acquiring safety, not to mention the significant contract the team signed him the following year. To give him some credit, injuries have kept Adams from playing more than 12 games in his first two seasons in Seattle.

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One of the team’s fiercest competitors, Adams not only finds a way to stay healthy in all 16 games, but also manages to eclipse many of his career bests. Expect more tackles, interceptions and pass deflections as Adams works to prove he was worth every penny the Seahawks put into him.

Seahawks finish last in total passing yards

That audacity varies depending on your perspective on the Seahawks’ quarterback rotation. Do you believe in Lock’s physical talent? Do you think Smith can have a career renaissance?

If you do, you will find this prediction suitably bold. But here’s the case: Seattle was already 23rd in total passing yards (3,432), with Wilson starting in 14 games last season.

The teams that finished in passing yards behind the Seahawks have either improved their quarterback this offseason (Colts, Browns, Panthers) or can expect a modest improvement from a young quarterback who understands offense (Eagles and Bears) .

Meanwhile, the Seahawks were downgraded to Smith and/or Lock by Wilson, one of the league’s most efficient passers who unlocked offense. No Seahawks quarterback has ever finished an NFL season with 3,100 passing yards.

Tyler Lockett will not reach 1,000 yards

We’ve ranked Lockett as the Seahawks’ top player for the 2022 season, but he’ll struggle the most with Smith as quarterback.

Lockett has rushed for over 1,000 receiving yards in three straight seasons, largely because he’s a wizard with his footwork in the end zone. This allowed him to connect with Wilson even when faced with impossible chances and narrow windows of space between defenders.

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Wilson’s preferred areas for throwing the ball across the field reflected Lockett’s strengths as a receiver. Smith, a game manager-type quarterback, doesn’t use that part of the field nearly as often.

Expect Lockett’s overall goals to fall this season and his chances for another 1,000-yard season to drop significantly.

Kenneth Walker III leads the team in rushing yards

Yes, despite a preseason injury that could sideline him for the early part of the regular season. This is a bet on A) Walker’s amazing talent and B) the durability of Rashaad Penny, who is yet to go through a full season injury-free.

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In the second half of the season, Walker III can establish himself as the team’s main ball carrier – as long as his injury doesn’t worsen.

Tariq Woolen gets at least 4 interceptions

We have said that this is the case bold predictions.

The Seahawks had two rookie cornerbacks who had significant playing time this summer in Woolen and Coby Bryant. Woolen, in particular, received rave reviews after being drafted in the fifth round, and has even been cited as a potential pick by former Seahawks players.

Woolen’s combination of height, speed, and vertical leaps made him one of the most intriguing rookies in the 2022 draft. Opposing attacks like to target rookie cornerbacks, but Woolen will win far more battles than the rest of the league might like to believe. His length helps him shed at least 4 interceptions this season and solidifies him as part of the secondary move forward.

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Much of the Seahawk’s atypical approach to scoring focused on Wilson’s unique ability to be hyper-efficient with the limited number of passing attempts he was given.

Here’s where the Seahawks have ranked in passing yards per attempt over the past nine seasons:

  • 2021: 8th (7.7 yards per attempt)
  • 2020: 13th (7.5 yards per attempt)
  • 2019: 8th (7.9 yards per attempt)
  • 2018: 6th (8.1 yards per attempt)
  • 2017: 12th (7.2 yards per attempt)
  • 2016: 6th (7.8 yards per attempt)
  • 2015: 2nd (8.3 yards per attempt)
  • 2014: 6th (7.7 yards per attempt)
  • 2013: 2nd (8.4 yards per attempt)

Smith’s career average in yards per attempt is 6.9 while Lock’s is 6.7. Wilson’s one-yard drop (7.7 yards per attempt last year) might not seem like a huge difference, but that would drop the Seahawks from 5th to 23rd in passing efficiency.

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A bottom fifth finish in yards per attempt is well within reason.

Will Dissly will surpass 500 receiving yards

Dissly has steadily improved in his first four seasons with the Seahawks and should now be in line for another surge in production. Smith’s familiarity with Dissly could make him a more favorable target on the tight end than newcomer Noah Fant.

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The UW product eventually doubles its career high, taking advantage of all the attention focused on DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett in the passing game. Here’s 10 bold predictions for the 2022 Seattle Seahawks

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