Seahawks’ offense will be back stronger next season
By David Stobbe
The Seahawks’ offense has a lot of potential and they are still very young. The loss to Carolina will fuel them for the 2016 season and they will be hungrier than ever.
The offense was a lot of fun to watch in the second half of the season and it looks like the high-level of play will continue next season. The Seahawks still have an elite defense, but the offense showed that they can carry this team as well.
One of the brightest spots of the entire season was watching Russell Wilson establish himself as an elite quarterback. He showed he can lead this team and make every throw on the field from the pocket. As long as Russell Wilson continues to improve, the Seahawks should be competing for a Super Bowl each year.
Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett were also stars of the offense and both players will be huge factors for the team going forward.
Baldwin showed that he is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and a true leader for this team. Baldwin and Wilson have developed a connection that will be hard to stop and a whole lot of fun to watch in the years to come.
Lockett is arguably the NFL rookie of the year and exceeded expectations with his play on the field. He is so dangerous as a wide receiver and can stretch the defense with his speed and playmaking ability. Lockett will continue to get better as he gets more game experience.
The Seahawks’ offense will also be getting back some key players from injury next season, including Jimmy Graham, Thomas Rawls, and Paul Richardson.
If Jimmy Graham can come back fully healthy, he will be a big factor in the Seahawks’ offense. He was starting to form a connection with Wilson and was finding his role in the offense, right before his brutal injury.
If Graham isn’t ready to go at the start of the season, then Luke Willson will fill in nicely for him. Willson has done a great job for the Seahawks and has become a consistent target for Russell Wilson. When Graham and Willson are on the field they are tough duo to stop.
Thomas Rawls was one of biggest surprises of the season and his play may have made Marshawn Lynch expendable this off-season. Rawls showed flashes of greatness and made it known to the rest of the NFL that he is a future star for the Seahawks.
Paul Richardson could also factor into the offense if he can stay healthy. He has had trouble staying on the field, but when he plays he makes a big difference. His speed is hard to cover for any defense and gives Wilson another reliable target.
The offensive line is going to be a key part of the offense’s success next year. It was pretty obvious that when Russell Wilson was protected, he had a lot more success throwing the ball. Garry Gilliam and Mark Glowinski are bright spots and should be a part of the offensive line’s future.
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The Seahawks have the pieces in place to be one of the top offenses in the league next season. Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jimmy Graham, and Thomas Rawls are some of the players that will lead the offense next year.
They will be extremely dangerous and hard to stop for any defense. And, if Russell Wilson can keep developing as a quarterback, then they will be down-right scary for years to come.