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Seahawks End Of Season Mailbag, Part II: Draft Needs, Hall of Fame Chances & More

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Welcome to Part II of our end-of-season mailbag. If you missed the first part Wednesday, you can find it here. Thanks to all who contributed to mailbags throughout the season. While we won't have them every week during the offseason, there will be occasional mailbags scattered throughout the next few months, so stay tuned.

Randy Hanson from Seattle asks, "What's the probability the Seahawks draft a quarterback who emulates Russell Wilson's style of play?"

A: The Seahawks have drafted only two quarterbacks since Pete Carroll and John Schneider took over in 2010—Wilson in the third round in 2012 and Alex McGough in the seventh round in 2018—so based off of that, the odds would seem relatively low that the Seahawks go that direction in the draft. That being said, Schneider has said repeatedly over the years that he likes the model he saw first-hand in Green Bay of drafting and developing quarterbacks even when you have a franchise QB in place, not just to have quality backups, but to also develop potential trade chips. And Carroll has also noted in the past that, while not a requirement, having a backup who is similar in style to Wilson would be ideal. All of that being said, Wilson just signed a contract extension last spring, and he has never missed a game in his eight seasons, so focusing on his backup probably isn't the No. 1 priority in this draft.

@Lougheed_E asks, "What position should Seattle address first in the 2020 draft?"

A: Figuring out what the Seahawks will do in the draft has been nearly impossible over the years, so I'm not going to pretend to have a good idea of what the Seahawks will do with the 27th pick in the first round… OK, well they'll probably trade it, but if we're talking about their first pick, whenever that is, I don't have a good guess. The Seahawks have tended to draft linemen, offensive or defense, with early picks, and Carroll pointed to the pass rush on Monday when talking about things he'd like to see his defense improve upon, so that wouldn't be too surprising to see the Seahawks go that direction. But again, the Seahawks have been notoriously unpredictable in the draft, so short of trading back to get more picks, I don't have a good guess. 

@djentle_jake asks, "What do you think the odds are that Pete Carroll and some of his key players make the Hall of Fame?"

A: While another Super Bowl or two certainly wouldn't hurt, Carroll already has a pretty good resume he only figures to improve upon going forward. Not only does Carroll have impressive regular season (133-90-1, multiple playoff appearances with two different teams) and postseason records (11-9, two Super Bowl appearances), he also has had a big influence on the game in this era, from the handful of teams running similar defenses to Seattle's as his former assistants have moved on to other jobs, to a shift in how team's evaluate tall, lengthy cornerbacks.

And this wasn't part of the question, but while we're at it, let's get Mike Holmgren in the Hall of Fame, already. The guy has a 161-111 career record and took two different teams to the Super Bowl.

As for players, two current Seahawks, Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson, seem like they're well on their way to Canton if they keep things up. Wagner in particular has already built a borderline Hall of Fame resume, earning first-team All-Pro honors five straight seasons. Marshawn Lynch also has an intriguing case. His overall numbers aren't quite as impressive as some other Hall of Fame backs, but his peak with the Seahawks was spectacular, he is tied for the fourth most postseason rushing touchdowns in NFL history with 12, and he unquestionably was a player who helped define a particular era, both with his on-field play and his unique personality.

As for former players still in the league, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman both will have very strong cases, particularly if they keep adding Pro Bowls and All-Pro honors to their resumes over the next few years.

@EricJBaird notes that the Seahawks have a lot of players headed towards free agency and asks, "Will the Seahawks be aggressive in free agency more this year than the past couple of years?"

A: The Seahawks are set up pretty well, cap-space wise, heading into free agency. How aggressive they are could depend a lot on what happens with their own free agents either before the new league year begins or immediately after. If, for example, the Seahawks can re-sign Jadeveon Clowney, something Carroll said they hope to do, that would represent a big expenditure in free agency and might keep them being quite as aggressive with other players. As a general rule, Schneider and Carroll have avoided too many bidding wars in the early stages of free agency and looked for more bargains after the initial frenzy cools down, so even if they have money to spend, they might not go too crazy right when free agency kicks off.

@JKRotor asks, "With just over three minutes left in a do-or-die game, why did we punt?" An "extremely irate" Janice Porter, from Bellingham also asks about this decision.

A: First off, sorry you're upset, Janice, I get it, it's hard seeing your team lose, and in a close game there's a million decisions you can second guess. As for that particular decision to punt late in the game, Carroll said prior to Wilson getting sacked on third down, they were strongly considering going for it, but that they didn't want their entire season to come down to converting on fourth-and-11, especially against a pass rush that had been putting a lot of pressure on Wilson, including on that aforementioned punt. At the time, there were nearly three minutes left in the game, and the Seahawks had all three time outs, as well as the two-minute warning, so there was a ton of time left if the defense could have gotten a stop on a couple of different third-and-longs. 

"We were thinking about going for it in that sequence, but not on fourth-and-11," Carroll said after the game. "We felt our odds were so low (to convert). We had all the clock, we had the time, we had all the opportunities to stop them and get the ball back, so we didn't want to put it all on one play. If it was fourth-and-four or five or three or something… We were all through the whole discussion, it winds down to being a sack and fourth-and-11, unfortunately."

@kmasterman asks, "Is Winnie the Pooh's middle name really 'the?'"

A: Ha! I never thought of it that way. I always assumed Pooh was something like a title or descriptor, something like Billy the Kid. But that brings up the question, what's a pooh? And I don't have an answer for that either. 

Hey, I know, let's consult the Google… and would you look at that, there's a whole article in Time Magazine about how Winnie the Pooh got his name.

Mike Nelsen from Redmond asks, "Saw an interesting*article in Popular Science* regarding the Eagles and their efforts towards LEED certification in their stadium. What efforts are the Seahawks making in this direction?"

A: Sustainability is a big deal to the Seahawks, and in the past year CenturyLink Field has received a "Food Recovery Award" from the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the "Community Impact Gold Award" from Seattle Business Magazine for its sustainability program. 

Of note: 

  • CenturyLink Field has a 97 percent waste diversion rate (waste diverted from the landfill for recycling.
  • All food service products and vessels are compostable.
  • Transitioned to paper-based degradable straws in 2017.
  • 25 percent of the stadium's energy consumption is generated on-site by solar power.
  • First stadium to be Smart Catch certified—95 percent of seafood served is certified as sustainably harvested.
  • Pork, chicken and beef is sourced from local farms and ranches practicing humane and sustainable farming.
  • Partners with local companies Cedar Grove Compost and Sound Sustainable Farms to direct compost from CenturyLink Field and grow organic vegetables that are later used at the stadium; The team also hosts an annual "Sustainability Game" each season, where more than 6,000 pounds of potatoes grown locally at Sound Sustainable Farms are then sold as French fries, baked potatoes, potato salad and more to fans on gameday.

Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seattle Seahawks' Divisional game against the Green Bay Packers. Eye on the Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.

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