Seattle Seahawks: What’s their worst-case scenario?

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As much as we don’t want to believe it, there are still some potential attitude issues facing this team.  Reports today that Kam Chancellor may take his holdout into the regular season are baffling and disconcerting, and we all know that Bruce Irvin has said he’ll look to play elsewhere next season when he becomes a free agent.  Starting offensive linemen Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy are also in the last year or their deals.

Jul 31, 2015; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) during training camp practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

They’re distracted.  They’re trying too hard, putting too much pressure on themselves.  Irvin in particular tries too hard to make big plays and is often caught out of position.  As a group, their focus shifts from play-to-play execution to the big picture of what their next contract looks like.

And then there are the guys who DID just get paid.  How does being a newly-minted multi-millionaire affect Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner?  Do they get complacent?  Does it stunt their rapid development? Does Marshawn Lynch lose his edge knowing he’s banking $12 million this year and can see the finish line at the end of his career rapidly approaching?

All these distractions could add up to a lack of consistent execution, again, on both sides of the ball.

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