The Seattle Seahawks' 2023 season was disappointing. The team finished 9-8 just as they did in 2022, but Seattle missed the playoffs after only having to win their final two games to clinch a postseason spot. The team made changes, such as letting Pete Carroll go from his head coaching gig, in hopes of making the future better.
And 2024 should be better. While the team might have a new coaching staff, there is still a lot of talent on the roster. Seattle will, of course, face some attrition, but key players such as DK Metcalf and Devon Witherspoon, will return. The Seahawks should be good enough to make a run at the postseason next year.
What follows is a list of five players who could have huge 2024 seasons. They could form the core to making the team very good for a few seasons. Here are five players 12s should be excited to watch next year.
Seahawks player to be excited about No. 1
Devon Witherspoon, cornerback
There are few Seahawks as exciting as Witherspoon. Many 12s might have thought that Seattle needed to go with a defensive tackle or quarterback with the fifth pick in the 2023 NFL draft, but instead, Seattle chose cornerback Devon Witherspoon. Witherspoon not only met the Seahawks expectations, but he even made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.
Witherspoon only got one interception this year (though he did turn that into a 97-yard pick-six), but he did so much more than just create a turnover. He also had 3 sacks, 4 quarterback hits, 8 tackles for loss, and 16 passes defended. Teams stopped trying to test him deep down the field. While he allowed all 5 of his targets to be completed over the Seahawks final two games of the season, those receptions only picked up a total of 29 yards.
Witherspoon allowed 396 yards receiving this season as teams completed just 39 of 69 passes thrown his way. But receivers only got 174 yards after the catch meaning once the receiver had the ball in his hands, Witherspoon normally dropped him for a tackle. Plus, Seattle should have better defensive leadership beginning in 2024 and those coaches should know how to best use the great young corner.