The Seahawks - who did not have a first-round pick in 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2017 - will again be without a first-round pick in 2021 or 2022. They are operating like a team on the verge of winning a Super Bowl, even though they have not made it past the Wildcard round since 2014. Meanwhile, Pro Football Focus ranked the Seahawks defensive line dead last, and their offensive line 4th-worst heading into 2020.
Here's my immediate reaction:
When the culture goes in a separate direction than that of your company, team or institution, there are two options: Adapt or go big. For example, as Americans cut the cord and move away from traditional cable packages, cable news has gone big instead of pivoting and seeking audience on other mediums. They only cover the big three topics - Trump, coronavirus and racism - because those are the only topics that still draw a large enough audience share. People complain that cable news has lost nuance and become sensationalized, but it has become that way out of necessity.
Similarly, as the culture of the NFL moves towards offense and providing support for quarterbacks, the Seahawks have instead dug in, swung big on name brands, invested in defensive free agents and left Russell Wilson to fend for himself. Now, they're hoping the splashy signing of box-safety Jamal Adams can be the magic cure.
Don't count on it.