At one level, it used to be Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett, and Chris Carson.
Now, come what may – miraculously – it’s DK Metcalf, Rashaad Penny, and Geno Smith.
In an international the place the NFL makes completely no sense – in different phrases, the true global – the Seattle Seahawks have run offensive circles across the workforce that traded for their former quarterback.
Allow me to ask a easy but deeply impactful query.
Every workforce wishes guns, and a quarterback to get them the ball. With a bevy of draft alternatives at the horizon, quite a lot of cash and a trainer who doesn’t imagine in rebuilds: would you stay the opposite two contributors of this trio and construct round an explosive offensive corps no person noticed coming?
I’ll ask it once more: you’ve already were given Metcalf locked up. Rashaad Penny’s 26; Geno Smith 31. You need to give them offers?
Smith to Metcalf has gotten higher each and every recreation. Metcalf began at 5.1 yards in step with catch, then 8.8, then 12.8, then a blistering 21.3. He’s best had one really dangerous recreation relating to catch price, towards the San Francisco 49ers who’re giving everybody a difficult time at this time.
Otherwise, the 2 have been remarkably environment friendly. 7-7, 4-6, and 7-10 are his different 3 catch-to-target stats. Metcalf controlled to depart the sport with out a landing, however his features have been massive and there used to be a defensive go interference in any case zone now not referred to as in a recreation that had
more or less 300 approach too many flags thrown.
The Detroit Lions protection is dangerous, however cornerback Jeff Okudah isn’t. DK wrecked him.
Since 2019 Metcalf has the Eighth-most receiving yards within the NFL. But he’s already locked up, let’s take a look at the opposite guys.
He’s simply so just right.
Rashaad Penny received +49 dashing yards over anticipated, his fifth recreation gaining a minimum of +40 RYOE since Week 14, 2021 (maximum in NFL).
Nick Chubb is the one different RB to acquire a minimum of +40 RYOE in a couple of video games (4) over that span.#SEAvsDET | #Seahawks %.twitter.com/fDToP7qKsL
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 2, 2022
I imply this significantly – if he ran like this at actually any level rather than the overall six weeks of his contract season, he’d be wealthy. NFL wealthy. A just right Rashaad Penny recreation is a top-5 RB within the NFL recreation, and he has a rising handful of them at this level.
It’s additionally lovely essential to indicate at this level within the season that Penny has one statistically just right recreation, however an attractive ridiculously just right 4 video games already. He’s had 3 20+ backyard features referred to as again on conserving consequences by way of Abraham Lucas and Damien Lewis. Despite that, he’s twelfth in dashing yards this season. The distinction between him and 5th are the 2 of the ones performs referred to as again. 19 gamers have a 40+ backyard run this 12 months; he’s were given a type of. Only 4 gamers have 4 runs or extra of 20 yards; Penny is one among them.
We’re coming near a crucial mass of video games performed, in which one is compelled to claim Penny the true deal or stake a declare in his first 3 seasons. Running within the NFL is as exhausting because it’s ever been, and he continues to hit house runs.
Now he’s 26, on a one-year deal. They gave him $5.75 million which is an attractive just right chew of trade for a man who used to be a unfavourable WAR for many his profession. He has harm historical past, however no matter groin concern he had in August has been a non-issue this season.
Can you get…3 extra just right years out of Penny? The manufacturing has in any case stuck up to the skill, which has in any case justified (horrible phrase selection) the first-round variety. But Seattle has to make a decision all over the place once more how a lot capital they’d be keen to spend money on him.
This is awkward. He’s taking part in so neatly. That’s now not the awkward section, it’s the long run determination making that’s transform a converting panorama. I simply noticed the beginnings of “forget the draft, keep Geno forever” on Twitter this week.
John Fraley, and maximum journalists in truth, have delved into the fascination of Geno Smith’s resurrection so we’ll skip all that right here and say he’s been a laugh whilst carrying the most efficient final touch share within the league.
#Seahawks Quarterback Geno Smith is fifth in epa/true-dropback (no monitors, RPO, PA).
It’s early, however he is quarterbacking for actual at this time.
— Irreversibly Genopilled (@cmikesspinmove) September 28, 2022
In the new age of medication, running shoes and no matter Tom Brady does to shrink his face, Smith’s age – 31 for individuals who haven’t googled it by way of now – is somewhat younger by way of NFL QB requirements.
The workforce is now nice at 3rd down, Smith’s were given rising chemistry with a celebrity receiver, they have a homerun hitter at working again.
One determination is simple: give Rashaad Penny every other contract, let Kenneth Walker proceed to increase and spot if absolute best working again tandem is within the playing cards.
The different…one day Seattle will draft a quarterback. That’s inevitable. But does the push to achieve this diminish, particularly as this workforce would possibly not see a top-5 draft pick out?
Smith isn’t below contract subsequent 12 months. Playing like this, he received’t signal a one-year affordable deal to go back to Seattle. John Schneider has to make a decision. Let him stroll and draft a quarterback who will right away get thrown in? Or signal Geno again, this means that he’s the starter subsequent 12 months, at which level you’re drafting a quarterback to sit down, and even now not drafting till 2024.
Do you just like the offensive trio sufficient to stay it in combination for a short while?