Five years ago, the Seattle Seahawks reached the top of the mountain and won their first ever Super Bowl. It was thought to be the beginning of a golden era for Seattle as they were a young, strong, focused, and very talented team. Little did we know, we’d be in for a surprise that we didn’t expect as Seattle’s new golden era would go in a different direction than originally anticipated.
Seattle had the potential to win at least two more titles, but much to our surprise, it was not to be.
After winning the Super Bowl in 2013, the Seahawks picked up where they left off in 2014 and managed to reach the Super Bowl again, where they fell short to the New England Patriots in a heart-breaking fashion.
In 2015, the Seahawks’ season started out rough as they went 0-2 and 4-4 prior to their bye week, but they were able to get their act together and finish 10-6 and make it to the playoffs. 2016 was similar to 2015 and in 2017, the Seahawks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
The Seahawks are now back at square one.
At this point, Seattle is not the dominant team we saw a few short years ago. The defense that was once known as “The Legion of Boom” is no more. Richard Sherman left to sign with San Francisco, Cliff Avril was released after failing a physical, Michael Bennett was traded to Philadelphia, Kam Chancellor retired early due to a serious neck injury he suffered last season, and as far as Earl Thomas goes, he’s still in Seattle for now. However, he wants an extension and he did not attend mandatory mini-camp so its unclear if things will be settled between he and Seattle.
It’s not only on defense as the Seahawks offense has cooled down a bit as well, failing to finish in the top ten in total offense last season. Russell Wilson finished last season with a career-low completion percentage of 61.3 and for the first time in two years, he failed to throw for at least 4,000 yards, but the team finished second in the league in touchdown passes. Seattle’s rushing offense finished 23rd in yards and finished tied for last in touchdowns.
Seattle’s perfectly capable of picking themselves off the ground and growing strong again. They need to improve in the trenches, run the ball more effectively, and get back to playing elite defense.
Seattle’s got a new offensive and defensive coordinator. Brian Schottenheimer is most known for his ground-and-pound offense he ran when the New York Jets made the AFC Championship a few times. Meanwhile, Ken Norton is a familiar face that returns to Seattle as he was there when the team won a Super Bowl a few years back as part of the defensive staff. It is clear Pete Carroll is looking to get back to what was the Seahawks’ bread-and-butter, running the ball and playing physical defense.
On August 9th, Seattle will play their first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. That game will be the first test to see if they are progressing in the right direction.