By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
There’s no way around it. The Los Angeles Rams have gone all in to win this year. Making huge additions to their team, additions that will probably only be around for a year or two, the former St. Louis team has decided its time, right now, to win.
Understandably, this has made Seattle Seahawks fans nervous. Add to that the fact the famed Legion of Boom (as fans knew it) has disbanded, there’s not enough Xanax in the world to help the 12th man make it through until preseason.
However, should there be panic in Seattle? Have fans focused too much on who has left, instead of seeing who is still here?
I’m not going to waste your time cooing about quarterback Russell Wilson because there is simply no need. His 3,983 passing yards, 586 rushing yards, 37 touchdowns, and all his other stats speak for themselves.
Oh, and then there are plays like this.
Russell Wilson’s 54-yard Pass to Doug Baldwin
— Football America ? (@FB_America) November 10, 2017
The exit of tight end Jimmy Graham wasn’t a surprise for most Seattle fans, but it did leave a 10 touchdown hole in this year’s offense. But let’s not forget wide receiver Doug Baldwin who, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated players in the league, is in his prime, and is still Wilson’s favorite target.
Where will those 10 (or more) TDs come from next year? Well hopefully a healthy run game, emphasis on the word healthy, but that topic isn’t ready for discussion. We are focusing on the positive in this article, so we’ll leave the run game to another day. (side note: I love the re-signing of running back Mike Davis)
Now lets talk about that defense. Yes, it was heartwrenching to lose cornerback Richard Sherman. Depressing to lose defensive end Michael Bennett. But in no way was the it the end of the defense.
We could spend all day talking about linebacker Bobby Wagner, but really, it’s not necessary. Considered one of, if not THE best linebacker in the league, the defense will be built around Wagner.
Seven of the eight top tacklers for Seattle last year are still on the team. Of those, only safety Kam Chancellor is a true question mark due to his possible career ending injury last season. The other, cornerback Byron Maxwell, is currently a free agent that the Seahawks are trying to re-sign. Otherwise, take a look at the rest of the list.
Wagner, LB K.J. Wright, S Earl Thomas, S Bradley McDougald, CB Shaquill Griffin, CB Justin Coleman. Hard to be mad at that. And let’s not forget the other defensive powerhouses still on the team: DE Frank Clark, DT Jarran Reed, DE Dion Jordan, CB Neiko Thorpe…the list goes on.
Not having Sherman, Chancellor, or DE Cliff Avril, who also had a possible career ending injury and his status is still questionable, for much of the season in 2017 actually gave coaches and fans a good look at what the defense could be without them. It wasn’t bad.
Coaching changes that the fans were clamoring for happened. However, other changes needed to be made also. Sadly teams can’t be kept together forever like they used to be. Salary Cap regulations and huge contracts make that impossible.
Seahawks fans need to remember that Seattle was just two missed field goals away from an 11 win season. Two missed field goals away from the playoffs. Even with the crazy free agency the other teams within the division have had, it is in no way time for Seahawks fans to throw in the towel. Fans of those teams may try to tell you differently, but we know better than to ever underestimate this team.
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