Reason number 1: The Seahawks are exceeding expectations in 2018
Do you remember the preseason expectations of the Seattle professional football team? I seem to recall one pundit at ESPN saying the team would go 4-12. And this was when Earl Thomas was still healthy and probably going to play this year.
But think about how much this team has lost as far as talent since last year. General manager John Schneider set the expectations that the team was not rebuilding but “retooling.” What this really meant was to tell 12s to not expect the Seahawks to be as good as they have been.
And sure, the team is just 5-5. But winning five games 10 games into the season is already one game better than ESPN predicted. And Seattle could easily be two games better than 5-5.
This team is sniffing the playoffs. And win over Carolina on Sunday and this team is exploding with optimism that a playoff spot will happen. And with all the talent that is no longer in Seattle, making the playoffs would be a massive accomplishment.
Plus, this is a team that has a completely new secondary than it did three years ago and the Seahawks are the team where the Legion of Boom made them a contender each year. The secondary currently starts two guys in the second year and a rookie, plus Bradley McDougald. This LOB 2.0 is going to be good.
And the Seahawks of 2019 and 2020 are going to be even better than this year’s team. Seattle isn’t going to be simply hoping to make the playoffs in the next few seasons; They are going to be back to contending. Carroll and Schneider have retooled the right way. And that is a very good thing.