Oct 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Members of the offense huddle around Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Seattle Seahawks: Be scared…be very, very scared


Believe it or not, the World Champion Seattle Seahawks could be even better in 2014.

Though they did lose some key contributors in the off-season, it appears that they will have no problem filling those voids with their draft picks, acquisitions, developing subs, and players returning from injury.

In fact, the offense looks to be vastly improved.

Of course, it all starts at quarterback.

The champs have the luxury of having one of the brightest young gunslingers in the league in Russell Wilson. Given his work ethic and “why not me” philosophy, you can only expect that he will continue to improve into his prime. Not to mention, he will have a much deeper arsenal of weapons to work with this year in the way of receivers and runners.

Of course, like pretty much every other team in the league, if he were to go down with an injury, it would be very difficult for the team to recover.

At running back, the Seahawks also appear to be stronger, which is of tremendous importance given their run heavy offense. Even with Marshawn Lynch getting older, this remains a position of strength for the champs.

Much of the excitement coming out of OTAs and mini-camp was the anticipation around Christine Michael’s forthcoming role. Though he is slightly bigger than Lynch, he possesses equal or greater elusiveness, and far more breakaway speed. In fact, some have said that he reminds them of Adrian Peterson.

Though that is likely a bit of a stretch, it has led some analysts to say that the Seahawks now have the deepest backfield in the league.

Of all of the position groups, the biggest improvement was definitely in the way of their receiving corps. Though they did lose their primary receiver from last year, Golden Tate, they now bolster a far deeper corps overall. Not only is Percy Harvin healthy, but Doug Baldwin is back and appears ready for an even bigger role in the offense.

Furthermore, they selected receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood in the draft, both of whom appear ready to contribute immediately. Richardson, in particular, has been extremely impressive thus far, as he has demonstrated the blazing speed and home run capabilities in OTAs and mini-camp that made him a target for the Seahawks in the draft.

As if that weren’t enough depth, they also have possession receivers Jermaine Kearse and Sidney Rice returning as well. This group not only provides far more depth than last year, but gives the Hawks one of the fastest receiving corps in the league.

Accordingly, I do expect the Hawks to spread the field more via more multi-receiver sets and a slightly more balanced attack. Just think of how hard it will be for defenses to contain a three-receiver set featuring Harvin, Baldwin, and Richardson. RIDICULOUS!

The beauty of all of this is that an improved offense should actually make the Seahawks No. 1 defense even more effective. Obviously, an improved offense will lead to better time of possession ratios and, as a result, a more rested defensive unit ready to wreak havoc.

Not to mention, as the Hawks should score more points and, in doing so, build bigger leads, their opponents will have to rely more on their passing games, which will allow the Legion of Boom to focus primarily on duck hunting.

GO HAWKS!

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  • Paddy

    The key for this team will be for the young WR’s to step in decently, for the OL to stay healthy for a change, and for the team to not drop off on the DL with the losses of Bryant, Clemons, and McDonald. If they get good production from Britt, Richardson or Norwood, Hill, Williams, Scruggs, Mayowa, and of course Michael, this team definitely has a chance to be better. Even guys like Sherman/Thomas/Wilson, as good as they were last year, look to be getting better because they’re still at the beginning or not quite to their primes yet. With improved wisdom and age and an understanding of how to win it all, the stars of the team should get this team to even better terrain. The young guys coming in and stepping up will just be the icing on the cake.

    • JohnPaul Sein

      Couldn’t agree more paddy. This team has won a sb and it still hasn’t quenched their thirst for rings and championships. I see this team winning multiple championships in the near years to come..

  • maximo

    Amen brother – Hawks will put a hurtin’ on some folks this year. Big ol locomotive just building up a head of steam. The 12s will be even louder than last year! Great time to be a Hawk’s fan for sure.

  • HD

    I think the advantage with the O-Line this year is better depth…when Okung and Breno went down…Seattle really didn’t have a ready backup…they thought Paul M would be the guy, but he really lost something last year…even at guard…Breno had knee problems pretty much all year…and Bowie was a rookie…This year Bowie and Bailey comes in with experience…Carpenter is healthy and in shape coming into camp (he’s also playing for his career), Sweezy is going into his 3rd year at playing guard…ever…and he’s up 20lbs from last year with his offseason strength program…Lem was resigned at backup center…Hauptmann has been moved to guard from tackle and was playing with the 2′s at mini camp (got from the Brown’s practice squad last year…remember the name)…Schilling or Van Roten can provide some vet experience at backup guard…Britt I think will prove to be one of the better lineman Seattle has drafted in some time….Okung comes back healthy as does Unger…Bailey will get most of the LT snaps in preseason…Seattle may well have more depth on the line than they have in some time…after last year…they are better prepared for the worst case scenario.

  • JohnPaul Sein

    Also dont forget guys… with Breno gone the penalties against the Offensive line will drop like crazy..