ESPN Analyst Destroys Russell Wilson After Another Lackluster Seahawks Performance: ‘He’s Not Lionhearted’

What is going on in with the Seattle Seahawks? All signs point to the dramatic end of an era. Seattle just suffered its seventh loss of the 2021 season, and it doesn’t appear things will get better anytime soon. Russell Wilson has been back in the lineup for two games, but it hasn’t made a difference. ESPN analyst and former NFL player Ryan Clark put the Seahawks star on blast for back-to-back poor performances.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are doomed

The Seattle Seahawks are sitting at 3-7, placing them firmly in last place in the NFC West. Entering the 2021 season, this was supposed to be one of the best divisions in the NFL, but Seattle looks mediocre at best.

Russell Wilson suffered a fractured finger against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 5. He returned against the Green Bay Packers in Week 10, but it was a forgettable showing for Pete Carroll and company.

The Packers’ defense completely dominated the Seahawks’ offense, holding Seattle to a big goose egg. For the first time in Wilson’s tenure, an opposing defense shut out this offense.

The Seahawks walked into a perfect rebound spot against the Arizona Cardinals, who were missing Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins for the third straight game.

Wilson got out-dueled by NFL journeyman Colt McCoy and the undermanned Cardinals offense.

Pete Carroll addressed the media after the team’s second straight loss. He ended up storming off in the middle of the press conference.

Frustrations have reached an all-time high in Seattle, which could signal massive changes for 2022 and beyond.

ESPN’s Ryan Clark ripped Wilson’s performance

ESPN's Ryan Clark criticized Seahawks QB Russell Wilson's performance against the Cardinals
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts after play against the Arizona Cardinals | Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Russell Wilson missed three games before returning earlier than expected for the Seattle Seahawks. His return hasn’t meant improved results for the offense, though.

In the outings against the Packers and the Cardinals, the 7-time Pro Bowler has put up some pretty pedestrian numbers.

Former NFL player and current analyst Ryan Clark recently called out Wilson on ESPN’s Get Up.

The crew was discussing how the Minnesota Vikings exposed the Packers’ defense. Clark went on a brief tangent about why Seattle’s offense didn’t have any success.

“Last week, you played Russell Wilson,” he said. “And now we find out Russell Wilson, with a hurt middle finger, ain’t that good. He’s not lionhearted.”

Wilson has long been the consummate professional and teammate, but the former Pro Bowl safety questions his toughness.

The 10-year veteran hasn’t looked himself since returning from his injury. Over the last two games, he’s thrown for 368 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. He’s completed just 51.9% of his passes.

As the leader of this football team, the Seahawks will only go as far as Russell Wilson takes them. The problem is, they’re not going anywhere.

Does the Pro Bowl quarterback leave Seattle after 2021?

Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll have been running the show together in Seattle since the Seahawks drafted the veteran quarterback in 2012. Their time together could be coming to an end sooner rather than later.

The offseason after the 2021 NFL season will have plenty of storylines to dominate headlines, but what happens in Seattle will be one of the biggest.

Carroll’s seat continues to heat up. This would be just his third losing season in his 12 seasons as the Seahawks’ head coach. However, it appears that he’s lost the locker room.

The Seahawks are hardly the most talented team, but there’s more than enough to be competitive. This team has been far from that, which is pretty shocking.

Wilson’s future with the franchise is also up in the air. He hinted at the possibility of wanting out after the 2020 season, but dreams may turn into reality this time around.

This is uncharted territory for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. At 32 years old, he should be in win-now mode. Seattle is not the place for him if he wants to win a Super Bowl anytime soon.

Wilson should have multiple suitors, including the Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, and Pittsburgh Steelers if made available.

The Seattle Seahawks will undoubtedly look different in 2022.

All statistics courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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