Seattle Seahawks 2019 Season Preview

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Seattle Seahawks 2019 Season Preview

By Dayna O’Gorman

Special to Pro Football Guru

In 2018 the Seattle Seahawks were supposed to be “rebuilding.” The famed “Legion of Boom” was gone. The offense hadn’t been the same since Marshawn Lynch left. It was supposed to be an off-year and expectations were low. Instead, the team went 10-6 and made the playoffs. In 2019 they have the highest-paid player in the league and a slew of young, hungry players who are itching to make their mark. While fans and media expectations still may not be sky-high, the team believes they are right where they need to be to make another run.

Offense: When you think about the Seattle Seahawks’ offense, obviously the first thing that comes to mind is quarterback Russell Wilson. The Seahawks enters his eighth NFL season as the highest-paid player in the league, and most think it is well deserved. People also often think of a strong run game, which the team returned to last season. Running back Chris Carson had 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns and became the focus of the entire offense. Most expect that to continue, however, a lot of fans would love to see a surge in the passing game. With wide receiver Tyler Lockett stepping into the role of Doug Baldwin (retired), and with Seattle drafting WR D.K. Metcalf, it looks like the Seahawks are planning to boost their aerial attack.

Defense: As previously mentioned before, the “Legion of Boom” is gone. The fans get it, but some media still loves to remind everyone of it. What has been put into its place is a group of young, hungry defensive players who are being led by the best linebacker in the league, Bobby Wagner. Seattle traded defensive end Frank Clark to the Chiefs this offseason, so they added veteran Ziggy Ansah and are hoping he stays healthy enough to make an impact. In the secondary, they have cornerback Shaquill Griffin and safety Bradley McDougal returning and welcomed cornerback DeShawn Shead back to the team. And keep an eye on defensive tackle Poona Ford. He’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.

Special Teams: Seattle has a couple of Pro Bowlers here. Most of the media focus is on punter Michael Dickson because in his rookie season he was not only selected to the Pro Bowl, but he was First-Team All-Pro as well. Kicker Jason Myers was in camp with the Seahawks in 2018, only to lose out to veteran kick Sebastian Janikowski. Myers was picked up by the Jets, went to the Pro Bowl and now back in Seattle after Janikowski retired.

Prediction: The NFC West is a tough division. But even with the loss of important defensive players like Clark and a future Hall of Famer in Thomas, I don’t see Seattle taking a step back. Although Carroll is defensive-minded, the Seahawks seemed to have changed to an offensively-focused team. Depending on how strong their rookies perform this year and how much of a jump their second- and third-year players take, it won’t be no surprise to Seattle fight for the division title.

Win-Loss Record: 11-5, (2nd place, NFC West, reach playoffs)

Dayna O’Gorman (@DaynaOG) is a Senior NFL Writer and the AFC and NFC West specialist for Our Turf Football (@OurTurf). She’s also a co-host on the Gridiron and Wine Podcast. She has been covering the NFL for eight years.

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