Editors Note: OurTurf Football has had a great, long-time friendship with Russell Baxter and we were honored when he asked a few of our writers to do team season previews for his website, PFG Vibe/ProFootballGuru. OTFB’s Dayna O’Gorman wrote up her thoughts on the upcoming season for the Seattle Seahawks. The article was originally published on Aug 23, 2019, and can be seen here.
2019 Seattle Seahawks Preview
By Dayna O’Gorman (@DaynaOG)
Special to Pro Football Guru
In 2018 the Seattle Seahawks were supposed to be “rebuilding”. The famed Legion of Boom was gone. The offense hadn’t been the same since Marshawn Lynch left. It was supposed to be an off-year and expectations were low. Instead, the team went 10-6 and made the playoffs. In 2019 they have the highest-paid player in the league and a slew of young, hungry players who are itching to make their mark. While fans and media expectations still may not be sky high, the team believes they are right where they need to be to make another run.
Offense: When you think about the Seattle Seahawks offense, obviously the first thing that comes to mind is quarterback Russell Wilson. The Seahawks make the 8-year vet the highest-paid player in the league this offseason, and most think it is well deserved. People also often think of a strong run game, which the team returned to last season. Running back Chris Carson had 1151 yards and 9 touchdowns and became the focus of the entire offense. Most expect that to continue, however, a lot of fans would love to see a surge in the passing game. With wide receiver Tyler Lockett stepping into the role of Doug Baldwin (retired), and with Seattle drafting WR D.K. Metcalf, it looks like the Seahawks are planning to boost the passing game.
Defense: As I mentioned before, the Legion of Boom is gone. The fans get it, but the media still loves to remind everyone of it. What has been put into its place is a group of young, hungry defensive players who are being led by the best linebacker in the league, Bobby Wagner. Seattle lost defensive end Frank Clark to the Chiefs this offseason, so they added veteran DE Ziggy Ansah and are hoping he stays healthy enough to make an impact. In the secondary, they have cornerback Shaquill Griffin and safety Bradley McDougald returning and welcomed CB DeShawn Shead back to the team.
One player I encourage you to keep an eye on is defensive tackle, Poona Ford. He’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.
Special Teams: Seattle has a couple of Pro Bowlers in special teams. Most of the media focus is on punter Michael Dickson because in his rookie season he was not only selected to the Pro Bowl, but he was first-team All Pro as well. Kicker Jason Myers was in camp with the Seahawks in 2018, only to lose out to veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski. Myers was picked up by the Jets, went to the Pro Bowl, then was snagged back by Seattle when Janikowski retired.
Prediction: The NFC West is a tough division. But even with the loss of important defensive players like Frank Clark and future Hall of Famer Earl Thomas, I don’t see Seattle taking a step back. Although head coach Pete Carroll is defensive-minded, the Seahawks seemed to have changed to an offensively focused team. Depending on how strong their rookies are, and how much of a jump their second and third-year players take, it would be no surprise to Seattle fight for the division title.
Win-Loss Record: 11-5, second place in NFC West, Wild Card playoff team.