By Juno Roquet
Don’t let anyone fool you: The Seattle Seahawks’ defense is what won the championship last season. The stingy Legion of Boom and relentless defensive line kept offenses around the league at bay.
It’s safe to say most teams have spent their offseasons trying to figure out Seattle’s defense — particularly the teams in the NFC West. And on that note, it’s likely the Seahawks have worked on advancing their offensive attack. We’re pretty sure there have been countless nights at the VMAC in which Russell Wilson and the key offensive players have been huddled around a whiteboard, going over new ways to confuse opposing secondaries.
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Russell Wilson’s Confidence Up
Russell Wilson is entering his third year as a starter in the NFL, with a 13-3 2013 season and a Super Bowl win under his belt. It’s also his third season with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and we’re sure by this point Wilson could recite the playbook backwards, in his sleep. The team has confidence in their QB, and most importantly, Wilson seems to project confidence in himself — and that can make an impact on those third-and-long, game-deciding plays.
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The 2014 Draft Provided More Weapons
The Seahawks lost Golden Tate to the Detroit Lions in the offseason, but picked up two wide receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft: Colorado’s Paul Richardson and Alabama’s Kevin Norwood. Seattle took Richardson with the 45th overall pick (23 picks after Johnny Manziel, who was wisely selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd pick) and he should add plenty of speed — reportedly once clocking a 4.28 40-yard dash. Second-round pick Justin Britt (University of Missouri) is also making his case to start at right tackle.
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Percy Harvin Is Healthy
Wide receiver Percy Harvin — who’s 2013 season was hampered by recovery from hip surgery, and later a concussion — said he is feeling “very healthy” going into this season, and Darrell Bevell expects the receiver to make an immediate impact (for expert opinions on whether Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Johnny Manziel will make an immediate impact, read here).
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The Talent Pool Is Deep
Outside of the addition of Norwood and Richardson, the Seahawks have wisely locked up wide receiver Doug Baldwin with a two-year contract extension. Wide receivers Jermaine Kearse and Percy Harvin are also still in their respective contracts and, barring injury, all three are poised for a breakout year. With Doug Baldwin and a now-healthy Harvin, expect the Seahawks’ offense to set some records in long-yardage touchdown passes. Both Baldwin and Harvin, as well as Kearse, should help Seattle pad the stats with third- and (book it) fourth-down conversion rates.
While tight end Anthony McCoy has been, unfortunately, lost for the season with an Achilles tear, Zach Miller and Luke Willson will still be effective and reliable tools in Wilson’s belt.
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Christine Michael and Robert Turbin Are Standing Out
If there’s one good thing that came out of Marshawn Lynch’s training camp holdout, it was the extra reps for Christine Michael and Robert Turbin. Both have performed well in preseason games. Should Lynch go down, Michael and Turbin would surely be well-equipped to help take pressure off of Wilson and keep the running game strong.
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