Seattle Seahawks: Can This Team Stay On top of the NFL World?
- Updated: August 2, 2014
The Seattle Seahawks are the defending champions in the National Football League. They won it all last year behind a bruising defense and a consistent offense that was able to take down the best teams in the league. The big win over Peyton Manning showed that the Seahawks defense was the best in the league and could not be beaten, even by a future Hall of Famer.
Now with the NFL draft behind them, the Seahawks will try and do the impossible, repeat as champions. They play in a difficult division; they had to deal with several changes and some player changes. This won’t be easy. They play in a division with some of the best teams in football and will have a huge target on their back.
Even with some turnover the birds are looking good again this season. They have depth on their roster and a proven system for drafting and developing players. Coach Pete Carroll’s comfort level with younger players in key roles will remain crucial as the team emphasizes cheaper labor in some positions. This will help the team overcome issues like the hold out of running back Marshawn Lynch.
Let’s face it, the strength of this team will still be the suffocating defense. Seattle might be able to maintain a formidable defense with Richard Sherman, Thomas and Bennett remaining in prominent roles. The Seahawks will continue to enjoy scheme continuity under Carroll even if defensive coordinator Dan Quinn becomes a head coach, as he very well could next offseason. Sherman is the leader of this defense and will continue to get this team to play their best against some of the best quarterbacks in the league.
The offense will be run oriented and will lean on an offense that grinds it out and focuses on controlling the clock. With Lynch holding out, the pressure will be on quarterback Russell Wilson. Some remain unconvinced about Wilson’s abilities as a pocket passer, even though he has 43 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions, a 103.6 passer rating and the NFL’s sixth-ranked Total QBR score (70.0) from inside the pocket over the past two seasons. He will be challenged again by opposing defenses to get the job done and will have to rise to the occasion.
Make no mistake about it this is a good team. Seattle has not lost a game by more than seven points since Week 9 of the 2011 season, the longest streak in the league. The odds makers realize this and they have listed the Seahawks at or around 6 to 1 to win the Super Bowl. This team has what it takes to win it all, but would you bet on it?