On hovering at .500
Ramblin’ Fan: Seattle seems to be hovering at .500 this season with three tough games still to come before closing out November. What is a fair grade for this team with the better part of two months to go?
Lee Vowell: The Seahawks have actually exceeded expectations. So much so that they kind of reset expectations for some fans to an unrealistic level. Seattle shouldn’t really make the playoffs this year and they reached 4-4 with some players performing beyond their pasts. Like guard D.J. Fluker and Fluker was great against the Rams in week five. But he may not play this week. I would grade Seattle with a B overall. They really could have only lost two games at this point but also really could have lost five. They’ve exceeded expectations but still aren’t a great team.
Are they rebuilding in Seattle?
Ramblin’ Fan: Are the Seahawks closer to being in a rebuild mode, or are they a team missing only a few pieces that would get them back to the top of the NFC West?
Lee Vowell: The Rams are a much better team than Seattle at this point and probably past next year too. The Seahawks shouldn’t be winning the NFC West in the next two seasons. But they aren’t totally rebuilding either. Russell Wilson is too good of a quarterback to have a team simply be bad. Plus, Seattle has good players like Bobby Wagner. And Pete Carroll is a good coach. Seattle might run the risk more of being a slightly-less than true championship quality team in the next three seasons, but they won’t ever be truly bad. And young players like Chris Carson and Shaquill Griffin will keep them competitive.