DK Metcalf’s Post-Temper Tantrum Comments Could Signal the End of the Russell Wilson Era for the Seahawks: ‘I Got Into a Fight, Tired of Losing’
The 2021 NFL season has been one of great disappointment for the Seattle Seahawks. After a Week 10 shutout loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, the Seahawks are sitting at 3-6.
After getting ejected late in the fourth quarter, DK Metcalf sent a message to the team in the postgame presser. His comments may be a sign that Russell Wilson‘s tenure in Seattle could be coming to an end.
DK Metcalf got ejected during loss to the Packers
Before the 2021 season, DK Metcalf vowed to tune out the noise and let cooler heads prevail on the field, per ESPN. He neglected to take his own advice in the Week 10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Metcalf was involved in a heated altercation with Packers defensive backs Eric Stokes and Henry Black. The officials ejected him from the game in the fourth quarter.
The third-year wide receiver later attempted to re-enter the game but was instructed to leave the field.
Metcalf was struggling to produce on the field against Green Bay. He recorded just three receptions for 26 yards on eight targets. Russell Wilson and the entire offense failed to get going, though, not just him.
The Pro Bowl wideout addressed the situation to the media after the game. “I got into a fight,” said Metcalf. “Tired of losing.”
Metcalf was visibly frustrated about the Seahawks’ lack of production on offense. “We got to get the ball to our playmakers and let them make plays,” he added.
A reporter also asked the star wideout about third-down woes. “You got to ask the coaches that,” he said. “They do the self-scouting.”
It’s evident that the tension is building in Seattle.
The Seahawks’ struggles could be the last straw for Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson made his return against the Green Bay Packers after missing three games. It was a rough outing, as it was for the rest of the Seahawks’ offense.
Wilson completed just 20 of 40 pass attempts for 160 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. You have to give credit to the Packers’ defense, but Seattle’s offensive struggles are still concerning.
The Seahawks got shut out for the first time in Wilson’s tenure with the franchise. When the offense doesn’t move the needle, you get frustrations boiling over, like in the case of DK Metcalf.
Wilson’s personality is a stark contrast from Metcalf’s, but things have to be bothering him as well.
Rumors previously swirled about the seven-time Pro Bowler’s future with the team. If things keep heading in this direction, the 2021 season could be Wilson’s last in a Seahawks uniform.
From a talent perspective, Seattle just can’t compete with the NFL’s best teams. Russell Wilson is in his 10th NFL season. With his legacy at stake, he probably wants to play for a winner, and the Seahawks don’t currently present him with that option.
Seattle may be better off taking the rebuild route
Russell Wilson has given his heart and soul to the Seattle Seahawks organization. He’s thrown for 35,303 yards and 277 touchdowns in 10 seasons with the team. Seattle has posted a 100-49-1 career record with Wilson under center.
The Cincinnati, Ohio, native led Seattle to a Super Bowl XLVIII victory, and he’ll forever go down as a Seahawks legend. However, there often comes a time when a player and a team have run their course together. That time may be coming soon for Wilson and the Seahawks.
Wilson is now 32 years old, and surely, he wants to get back to the mountaintop. His camp already hinted at the idea of a trade before the 2021 season. That wasn’t by coincidence. Clearly, he’s not 100% committed to the team, or else that wouldn’t have happened.
The Seahawks’ front office surrendered multiple draft picks to acquire safety Jamal Adams from the New York Jets, putting the team in a precarious position moving forward. Seattle may need to part ways with Wilson to rebuild the right way.
If the two sides decide to stick together, it may be an uphill climb to get back to being a playoff contender. Quite frankly, the quarterback just doesn’t have that kind of time.
Pete Carroll is on the hot seat. DK Metcalf isn’t happy. Outside of the loyal fan base, what reason would there be to play for a team that’s heading in the wrong direction?
If the Seahawks don’t have a plan, their franchise cornerstone might play elsewhere in 2022.
All statistics courtesy of Pro Football Reference.