2016 NFL Preview: Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks are just a few years removed from the franchise’s first Super Bowl title. With one of the NFL’s most impressive teams on paper. One of the NFL’s best head coaches. And a quarterback who knows what it takes to win the big one….can the Seahawks get it done again this year?

Can Russell Wilson lead this offense to another Super Bowl title?

Can the offensive line keep Wilson healthy enough to do exactly that?

Is the defense still good enough to win this team a Super Bowl title?

Let’s find out!

 

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Seattle Seahawks

The Stats:

Record Last Ten Seasons: 10-6 (2015), 12-4 (2014), 13-3 (2013), 11-5 (2012), 7-9 (2011), 7-9 (2010), 5-11 (2009), 4-12 (2008), 10-6 (2007), 9-7 (2006)

Last Playoff Appearance: 2015 Divisional vs. Carolina Panthers

Last Playoff Win: 2015 Wildcard vs. Minnesota Vikings

Super Bowl Titles Won: 1 (Super Bowl XLVIII)

Passing Leader for 2015: Russell Wilson (4,024 yards, 34 touchdowns, 8 interceptions)

Rushing Leader for 2015: Thomas Rawls (830 yards, 4 touchdowns)

Receiving Leader for 2015: Doug Baldwin (1,069 yards, 14 touchdowns)

The Head Coach:

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Pete Carroll

Overall Record (as a head coach): 93-67

Record With Team: 60-36

Previous NFL Jobs: Buffalo Bills Defensive Backs Coach (1984), Minnesota Vikings Defensive Backs Coach (1985-1989), New York Jets Defensive Coordinator (1990-1993), New York Jets Head Coach (1994), San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator (1995-1996), New England Patriots Head Coach (1997-1999)

My Grade: A-

The Team:

(Depth Charts will change as training camps progress obviously….)

Player Grade Guide:

Blue = Elite Player

Green = Really Good Player

Orange = Average Player

Pink = Meh

Red = NO THANKS

Gray = Rookie

Offense:

QB: Russell Wilson

RB: Thomas Rawls

WR: Doug Baldwin

WR: Jermaine Kearse

TE: Jimmy Graham

TE: Luke Willson

OC: Justin Britt

OG: Germain Ifedi

OG: Mark Glowinski

OT: Garry Gilliam

OT: Bradley Sowell

Defense:

DE: Michael Bennett

DT: Ahtyba Rubin

DT: Jarran Reed

DE: Cliff Avril

LB: K.J. Wright

LB: Michael Morgan

LB: Bobby Wagner

CB: Richard Sherman

CB: Jeremy Lane

SS: Kam Chancellor

FS: Earl Thomas

The Schedule:

vs. Miami Dolphins (September 11)

vs. @ Los Angeles Rams (September 18)

vs. San Francisco 49ers (September 25)

vs. @ New York Jets (October 2)

BYE WEEK

vs. Atlanta Falcons (October 16)

vs. @ Arizona Cardinals (October 23)

vs. @ New Orleans Saints (October 30)

vs. Buffalo Bills (November 7)

vs. @ New England Patriots (November 13)

vs. Philadelphia Eagles (November 20)

vs. @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (November 27)

vs. Carolina Panthers (December 4)

vs. @ Green Bay Packers (December 11)

vs. Los Angeles Rams (December 15)

vs. Arizona Cardinals (December 24)

vs. @ San Francisco 49ers (January 1)

The Prediction:

12-4

Brief Synopsis:

The Seattle Seahawks have been one of the NFL’s premiere teams over the last four seasons and that should continue this year. What these guys have done to build this team up over the last few seasons has been extremely impressive and once again, the Seahawks have their sights set on another Super Bowl title and you bet your ass that they have a chance to sneak up and grab one again. They came up just short last season when they ran into the MVP train known as “Cam Newton”, but that won’t happen again…will it? With one of the NFL’s top coaches. A fantastic defense. A top 5 QB. And an amazing home-field advantage, the Seattle Seahawks have everything it takes to win a Super Bowl title this year. Let’s take a closer look though.

On offense, the Seahawks are fantastic for one reason and one reason only. Russell Wilson. I personally never thought Wilson was going to be as good of a QB as he is, but he’s definitely surprised the hell out of me as he’s easily a top 5 NFL QB right now. When you have a guy like Wilson as your quarterback, he gives you something that a lot of other teams don’t have. He’s a unique NFL player and when Seattle unleashes him on NFL defenses, magic happens. The offense isn’t all about Wilson though, but it’s close. Long-time fan-favorite/controversial player Marshawn Lynch is gone. In his place is Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael, who will probably end up being a running back by committee. Other then that, the offense has Doug Baldwin (a fantastic underrated wide receiver), Jermaine Kearse, Jimmy Graham (a one-dimensional player), and perhaps one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. So, like I said earlier. The offense is good for one reason and one reason only….Wilson. With some unproven RB’s, a weak offensive line, a disappointing tight end, and plenty of other questions surrounding this unit, Russell Wilson is going to have to be on point this year if Seattle plans on moving the ball downfield.

Defensively, we know what we are getting from these guys. They are arguably the best defense in the NFL and have been for a few seasons now. Outside of defensive tackle, Seattle has a good-to-fantastic player at every spot on the defense, which is just ridiculous. If defense wins championships, Seattle will be hoisting the Lombardi trophy at the end of the year. Richard Sherman. Earl Thomas. Bobby Wagner. Michael Bennett. Cliff Avril. Kam Chancellor. K.J. Wright. There is just WAAAAAAYYYYY too much talent on this side of the ball for Seattle to not be considered Super Bowl contenders once again. I know I’m beating a dead horse when I mention how impressive it is that this team has built a defense that is this good….but I don’t care. This is how you you win Super Bowl titles.

So, it’s safe to gather how I feel about the Seahawks this season, right? On offense, I’m a little worried about everyone not named Russell Wilson. On defense, I don’t really have any concerns. The team also has an elite head coach who knows what it takes to win the big one. Would I consider the Seahawks Super Bowl favorites this year? Not only would I consider the Seahawks Super Bowl favorites…..but I would consider them THE favorite to win it all. Yep, I said it. You’re welcome Seachicken fans.

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