8-6, 2nd NFC West
Is This The Worst Defense In The Last Five Years? - The Seahawks took a step backwards on the defensive side last season, and for more bodies moving on, things might take an even bigger step. While Richard Sherman was up in age, and coming off a serious injury, he is still one of the more iconic corners out of Seattle. Most of the front seven is gone, with guys like Michael Bennett and Kam Chancellor leaving. They still have Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright which helps, but overall the state of this defense is one or two bodies away from being in shambles.
How Far Can Russell Wilson Take Seattle? - This is easily the worst team in place under Russell Wilson’s era in Seattle. The defense is inside the bottom half, and the offensive line is inside the bottom five. Seattle also does not have the strongest group of wideouts, and lost red zone target, Jimmy Graham. Wilson’s ability to move the ball and his creativity is going to still lead to some wins, but the ceiling has to be lowered because of the surroundings. It is going to be a tough year for the Seahawks, but production should still be there from Seattle. With the Rams likely leading the division, it will be tough for Seattle to make some noise.
Where Will Red Zone Targets Go? - With Jimmy Graham gone, this opens the door for a lot of red zone production. The tight ends are not going to be a favorable spot given their skill, but you would have to imagine Brandon Marshall sees the biggest upgrade given the size of him. Tyler Lockett is not a red zone threat, and Doug Baldwin in creativity can be viable at times. This team has potential to struggle, and the legs of Russell Wilson might be more of a threat than anyone here. While you would like to run the ball, the offensive line might limit these potential options.
Why Did Seattle Skip Drafting An Offensive Lineman? - Many were screaming at Seattle for drafting a running back in the first round. Seattle had a glaring problem with the offensive line last season, and it showed with Wilson scrambling for his life, but also the run game was nonexistent. They traded for Duane Brown last season, which is the best piece, but that is it. D.J. Fluker, Ethan Pocic, and Jamarco Jones are not intriguing names to fill out a depth chart with. There is a potential for a disaster season in Seattle, and the line would be a big part of it. Wilson is definitely going to be using those legs of his.
Will Rashaad Penny Jump Ahead Of Carson? - Seattle foolishly drafted a running back in the first round, and the pick looks ridiculous now given Chris Carson is starting the season as their number one. With holes in basically all other areas, this pick surely could have went somewhere else. At least for now, early season touches are not going to be in favor of Penny, Carson has a stranglehold on the position, but Seattle has often gone with the hot hand over the last few seasons. If Carson struggles, and Penny shows some life, a switch could be made at some point in the season. There is a scenario where both struggle, given the shape of the offensive line.