Vying for their third Super Bowl appearance in four seasons, the Seahawks have been one of the most dominant teams in the NFC for the past five years but face a handful of big question marks leading into 2016. The major concern for Seattle during the offseason was the surprise retirement of All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch. The former Cal star shocked the football world when he decided to step away from the game even though many feel he has a couple of good years left.
Though Lynch might step back into the mix for Seattle, his main replacement is second-year running back Thomas Rawls. A product of Central Michigan and Michigan, Rawls surprised many fans when he set a rookie undrafted free agent record by rushing for 711 yards in six games. He filled in ably when Lynch went down with an injury last year and is the heir apparent to the Seattle backfield.
While the uncertainty of whether Lynch will return or not is heavily weighing over the organization, the Seahawks still feature a championship-caliber quarterback in Russell Wilson. A dual-threat quarterback, Wilson is potentially also a top-five signal-caller and has the ability to turn a game around with one of his crafty scrambles or deft manipulation of the opposing secondary.
Wilson’s primary receiver the past couple of seasons has been the shifty Doug Baldwin. A product of Stanford, Baldwin had his best season to date in 2015 by co-leading the NFL in touchdown receptions with 14. Behind Baldwin in the Seattle receiving rotation are Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Lockett. The latter is a consistent hometown hero as he played at the University of Washington while the former can stretch the field as one of the fastest players on the team.
The final piece of the Seattle skill player rotation is potentially the most dangerous — tight end Jimmy Graham. The former New Orleans Saint is one of the biggest match-up nightmares in the league and has recorded multiple seasons with over 10 touchdowns. A basketball star in college, Graham had a down year with Seattle last season but will be a big part of their resurgence as the offense shifts more towards giving Wilson the ball in crunch time. Back-up Luke Wilson also has enjoyed success as a security blanket for Wilson when he is flushed out of the pocket.
Who Does Seattle Seahawks Play Next
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Seattle Seahawks Game Schedule
For an overview of where the Seahawks will play during the 2016-17 season, make sure to peruse the calendar breakout box for a complete schedule.
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Seattle Seahawks Standings Today
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As is the case with fellow NFC West rival Arizona, the defense is the true strength of the Seahawks. Though Seattle has lost defensive line mainstays Bruce Irvin and Brandon Mebane to free agency, the Seahawks still feature one of the best lines in all of the NFC.
Defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett are one of the best tandems in football and veteran Chris Clemons add depth to the rotation. Defensive tackles Justin Hamilton and Jordan Hill have big shoes to fill with Mebane leaving.
The linebacking corps also features two standouts, linebacker Bobby Wagner and outside linebacker K.J. Wright. The former is a two-time All-Pro selection and one of the most agile players on the Seattle defense. His leadership has been a stabilizing force for the Seahawks and will only continue to mature in his starring role in the middle of the Seattle defense.
Wright has been the Seahawks season tackles leader twice and was named by some publications as an All-Pro himself in 2015. Beyond those two, the Seahawks have some newer players that need to take the next step in 2016 for the Seahawks to remain competitive. Inside linebacker Brock Coyle started a handful of games in 2015 in place of Wagner and will be given more responsibility this upcoming season.
Similar again to the Cardinals, the Seahawks have potentially the best secondary in football, again thanks to the return of cornerback Brandon Browner. After spending some time with the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, the brusining Browner returns to Seattle where he helped to start the “Legion of Boom” secondary.
All-Pro selections cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor return to the team and are cornerstones of the squad. Third cornerback Jeremy Lane is a dependable player and even recorded an interception in the Super Bowl.
The return of Browner could be the piece of the puzzle to take Seattle back to the promise land, but it remains to be seen if the Seahawks can knock off the Cardinals from the NFC West throne.
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