Last season the majority of outsiders viewed the Seattle Seahawks as “good, but not as good as they used to be,” which was probably a fair assessment. Despite a slow start, and thanks in large part to playing in a relatively easy division, the Seahawks were able to reach double digits in wins and even win a playoff contest with the Lions. Seattle enters the 2017 campaign, again, not as frightening as they once were. However, playing in an NFC West than includes both the Rams and 49ers, they have to be the favorite to take home yet another division crown.
2016 Record: 10-5-1
Notable Additions: RB Eddie Lacy, DE David Bass, OT Oday Aboushi, LB Arthur Brown, RB Mike Davis, OT Luke Joeckel, DE Dion Jordan, S Bradley McDougald, K Blair Walsh
Notable Subtractions: LB Brock Coyle, K Steven Hauschka, RT John Jenkins, TE Brandon Williams, OT Garry Gilliam, RB Marshawn Lynch’s rights
Notable Rookies: DT Malik McDowell, OL Ethan Pocic, CB Shaquill Griffin, S Delano Hill
Analysis: The thing that stands out most about the Seahawks’ offseason is the addition of former Packer Eddie Lacy, who will allow Seattle to play the smash mouth type of football they were able to utilize when Marshawn Lynch was taking handoffs from Russell Wilson. Speaking of Wilson, his ability to be a prolific dual threat quarterback will always create problems for opposing defenses. While he’s proven over and over again he can beat you with his legs, his arm can be just as lethal, with weapons like Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin at his disposal. The Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” secondary is not as terrifying as it was when they made it to back to back Super Bowl – there were even rumors of Richard Sherman potentially being traded leading up to the draft – Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor will continue providing this team with a strong defensive backfield. Linebacker Bobby Wagner led the NFL in tackles last season, and led by defensive end Michael Bennett, Seattle’s front four should be able to get pressure on the opposing quarterback.