3 Issues the Seahawks Must Address to Push Them Over the Top for a Super Bowl Run in 2020

Russell Wilson plays in the 2020 NFC Divisional Round matchup against the Green Bay Packers
Russell Wilson plays in the 2020 NFC Divisional Round matchup against the Green Bay Packers | Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks' tumultuous 2019-20 season came to an end after barely escaping in a number of one-score games last season. Russell Wilson and Co. ultimately came up short against the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Divisional Round, losing 28-23 at Lambeau Field.

While the Seahawks didn't quite get the job done last season, there's still plenty of promise for 2020. However, the Seahawks will need to make some improvements on both sides of the ball to make a Super Bowl run in 2020.

Without further ado, here are three issues they must address.

1. Develop a Better Pass-Rush

Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney plays in a game against the Eagles. | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Seahawks ranked No. 30 in adjusted sack rate in 2019, a huge drop from 2018. Their trade for Jadeveon Clowney didn't entirely pan out —Clowney was injured for a good chunk of the season and only had three sacks. However, the problem goes beyond Clowney, who is expected to test free agency in 2020. No player on the Seahawks totaled more than four sacks during the regular season. With Jarran Reed and Ezekiel Ansah also hitting free agency, the Seahawks must make huge upgrades on the defensive line, and retain some of the talent they do have, in order to make a Super Bowl run.

2. Shore Up the Run Defense

Dallas Goedert, K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner
Two Seahawks make a tackle during a game against the Eagles. | Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Outside of the always-excellent Bobby Wagner, the Seahawks' run defense was woeful in 2019. They finished No. 26 in rush defense DVOA and No. 22 in rushing yards allowed, both far cries from their heyday during the mid-2010s. Seattle should benefit from potentially reconstructing its defensive line, but the Seahawks could also use a significant addition at linebacker. Someone like Jamie Collins could instantly make this linebacking corps a lot more dynamic, and the Seahawks should have plenty of cap space to work with.

3. Address the Offensive Line

Tyler Lockett
Tyler Lockett makes a sliding catch in a game against the Packers. | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Seahawks' offense was very good in 2019, ranking fifth in DVOA and keeping the team in contention while the defense struggled. However, there's still a sense that this unit can achieve even more, especially after a few disappointing showings across the final stretch. Tyler Lockett and breakout rookie D.K. Metcalf were electrifying in 2019. Russell Wilson had one of the best season of his career and doesn't look like he's slowing down. If the Seahawks hadn't lost Chris Carson and Rashad Penny to season-ending injuries, they might've been even better. However, given the talent coming back, the Seahawks should aim to be even better in 2020. Seattle's offensive line allowed the fifth-highest sack percentage (8.5) in 2019, and improving that unit could make an already-dominant offense even more imposing.

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