However, the team flamed out in the Wild Card Round by losing to the LA Rams at home by a final score of 30-20. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll dropped to 10-8 in the postseason with Seattle and may have been subtly called out by Metcalf a few weeks after the team’s season ended.
DK Metcalf put up monster numbers in 2020
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DK Metcalf played like a superstar in 2020. He caught 83 balls for 1,303 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning his first Pro Bowl nod.
Arguably the strongest wideout in the NFL, Metcalf was seventh in the league in receiving yards and eighth in touchdowns. The Seahawks should count their blessings every day that Metcalf dropped to them in the 2019 draft. The 23-year-old was a second-round pick and is now one of the best receivers in the NFL.
Russell Wilson has tremendous chemistry with Metcalf. The two stars connected on a bevy of deep balls in 2020 and were tearing defenses apart early in the season. At one point, it looked like Wilson was going to run away with the MVP award.
However, the Seahawks’ offense faltered near the end of the season, and Wilson struggled in the passing game. Even though Seattle made the playoffs by winning the NFC West, pundits weren’t confident about the team going on a Super Bowl run.
In the Wild Card Round versus the Rams, the Seahawks’ offense only racked up 11 first downs and 278 total yards. DK Metcalf was visibly frustrated during and after the game, and it may have been because of Pete Carroll.
Did DK Metcalf take a subtle shot at Pete Carroll on the I Am Athlete Podcast?
On the I Am Athlete Podcast, DK Metcalf was asked by former NFL wideout Brandon Marshall about the Seahawks’ struggles on offense. The Oxford, Mississippi native said defenses knew what the Seahawks were trying to do.
“Teams just started to figure us out,” Metcalf said. “We’ve been running deep pass, ever since Pete got there. Play-action. Run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, go deep. Teams just said, ‘We’re just not gonna let you all go deep.'”
Some might say Metcalf is taking a subtle shot at Pete Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer, whose offense became predictable. The Seahawks fired Schottenheimer after the playoff loss to the Rams. Seattle hired Shane Waldron as the new offensive coordinator.
It will be interesting to see how the Seahawks’ offensive under Waldron is run next season. DK Metcalf is certainly hoping it is more explosive.
Will the Seahawks win another Super Bowl in the Pete Carroll-Russell Wilson era?
The Seahawks should have two titles instead of one in the Pete Carroll-Russell Wilson era. However, Seattle lost Super Bowl 49 against the New England Patriots after Carroll decided to throw the ball instead of run it with Marshawn Lynch on the one-yard line.
Malcolm Butler intercepted Wilson’s pass, and the Seahawks heartbreakingly lost the game.
DK Metcalf is an elite receiver who deserves to compete for a Super Bowl every season. Only time will tell if the Seahawks can deliver the goods in 2021.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.