Hawk’s 2014 NFL Preview: NFC West Edition

Seattle Seahawks
Last but certainly not least in this NFL Preview. You’re SUPER BOWL CHAMPION, SEATTLE SEAHAWWWWWWWWKS! (insert loud raucous applause here.)

Where do I even begin with this team? How about with Russell Wilson, who enters his 3rd year. He has won more games in his first two years then any other starting QB in history. He rarely turns the ball over and is an escape artist that can turn defensive pressure into big rushing gains. He has looked unstoppable thus far in the preseason,  damn near completing 80 percent of his passes. Everyone in the Seahawks camp has been raving about him and say he has stepped up his game to an even higher level. Pretty scary for a guy who won a Super Bowl in his second year. I wholly expect him to have the highest quarterback rating in the NFL this season.

Wilson’s receivers are vastly underrated, playing with a chip on their shoulders. Doug Baldwin has some of the best hands in the league. His tiptoe sideline catches make the highlight reel often. Jermaine Kearse looked real good late last season and could have a breakout year. Percy Harvin is one of the fastest and most electric playmakers in the game, he was hurt all last season but the few games he did play in he had a huge impact. Leading receiver Golden Tate left in free agency, but they hope to replace him with rookie Paul Richardson from the University of Colorado. At times this preseason Richardson looked like a Golden Tate clone, and has Harvin like speed.

Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch returns to lead a high powered running attack. He is a classic bruiser that pounds opposing defenders. Lynch runs hard. Maybe too hard. I swear he’d rather run over people then around them. This could be his downfall eventually. At age 28 he takes a lot of shots and I fear that he might start declining sooner then most backs because of this. Expect backups Robert Turbin and Christine Michael to get more carries to avoid Lynch’s wear and tear.

Seattle’s defense is filled with a bunch of hard hitting bullies. Just watch the Super Bowl again. They had the best defense in the league in yards allowed, points allowed, takeaways, interceptions and turnover ratio (+20). You can safely argue that this was the best defense the NFL has ever seen. Yes better then the ’85 Bears and the 2000 Ravens. For them to lead in all those categories in a league that has many new penalties designed to create more offense was unbelievable.

They did lose a couple of key defensive lineman when Big Red Bryant and Chris Clemons left in free agency, but both are aging so I expect them to rebound just fine without them. Especially since Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril are still there.

Seattle’s defense is defined by their “Legion of Boom” secondary. Richard Sherman is the best Cornerback in the NFL. He led the league in interceptions with 8 even though quarterbacks rarely threw his way. Earl Thomas is the best free safety in the NFL. Have you seen how fast he can get from point A to point B? Does he teleport? Kam “Bam-Bam” Chancellor is probably the hardest hitting Strong Safety in the NFL. Don’t believe me? Here’s 8 mins of highlights.

 


I could go on and on about this team but I will stop. It’s been over a decade since a team repeated as a Super Bowl Champion but when you have the second youngest roster in the league and still win a championship in dominant fashion like they did against the Broncos. Look out! The core of this team is still intact, and they will once again be the best the NFL has to offer. 14-2 and Super Bowl Champions again. Quote me!