The return of training camp means the return of Seahawks football and the return of Seahawks football means the return of the 12th Man.
And 12s are already making noise to support their beloved team, even if games don’t start counting until Sept. 4.
In an article on The MMQB with Peter King, Robert Klemko reported on his experience from Seahawks training camp, which opened on Friday.
Klemko said he was impressed with how well the team is working together, and he saw something he had never seen before: the crowd cheering louder for incompletions than touchdowns.
On the first day of training camp—sold out, of course—Seahawks fans were cheering louder for incompletions than touchdowns. They love their DBs, and they know who butters the bread around here. Richard Sherman treated the crowd to a couple of punch-aways, one on a short fade and another on a deep Russell Wilson throw. The defense seemed to be working extensively on Cover 1, leaving Sherman, Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane on islands that they had no trouble managing (save for matching up against Percy Harvin).
The Seahawks have become recognized around the league as a team with a punishing defense that gives mercy to no one — not even their own offense sometimes.
Seattle’s Legion of Boom is almost as completely in tact as it was last season and the rest of the defense has a number of returning starters as well.
On the other side of the ball, their offense is healthy and ready to take on the league’s 6th-toughest NFL schedule in 2014.
But Klemko doesn’t know how much longer the Seahawks will look as good as they do right now.
He said that “this could be the last year the Seahawks enjoy their current level of success for some time,” citing that Dan Quinn may not remain Seattle’s defensive coordinator past this season.
Klemko also argued that Marshawn Lynch‘s time in Seattle is probably coming to a close and if Wilson gets a big-money contract next season, the Seahawks won’t be able to afford to keep a lot of their free agents.
One thing that is certain, CenturyLink Field is sold out for this season which means, as usual, it’s going to be loud on Sundays in Seattle.
Good luck to opposing teams because Seahawks fans are already cheering — and they don’t want to stop until next February.