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Seattle Seahawks 2017 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/13/2017.


Seattle Seahawks Free Agency Recap


Seattle got Eddie Lacy, but only signed him to a one-year deal. They also got Luke Joeckel as a right guard.



Seattle Seahawks Draft Recap


The Seahawks traded out of the first round. They ignored their biggest need at left tackle and none of their rookies are projected to start this year.




Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Summary: Russell Wilson is Seattle's starter and probably the most important player on the roster when you consider that Trevone Boykin the undrafted signal-caller from the 2016 NFL Draft out of TCU is his backup. Yes you read that correctly. Russell goes down with a torn ACL Boykin steps in and Seattle is screwed.


Darrell Bevell is one of the leagues best offensive coordinators. Not only does he know how to develop quarterbacks, he's also a future head coach in the making. Quarterbacks coach Carl Smith has been with Seattle since 2011 and has worked with Russell Wilson in practice every day since he arrived in Seattle. That is one reason why Seattle has been dangerous since both Bevell and Smith have been with Seattle since 2011.


Seattle Seahawks Running Back Summary: Seattle has a lot of depth at running back with Eddie Lacy, C.J. Prosise, and Alex Collins. Chad Morton is taking over as the running backs coach for Sherman Smith who was not the same coach once Marshawn Lynch left the team.


Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Summary: Seattle has incredible depth at wide receiver. They have Doug Baldwin as their #1 flanker receiver, Tyler Lockett is now the #2 receiver after being the slot receiver as a rookie, and Jermaine Kearse is moving to the slot. Seattle's backup receivers include Paul Richardson their 2014 second round pick out of Colorado, Amara Darboh, a rookie out of Michigan, and Kenny Lawler a late round 2016 NFL Draft pick that probably should have been a Day 2 pick. Dave Canales is a great wide receivers coach as he has been with the team since 2010.


Seattle Seahawks Tight End Summary: Jimmy Graham is questionable for Seattle at tight end. Luke Willson enters a contract year after being a fifth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Nick Vannett is a third string tight end. Paul McPherson has experience developing both quarterbacks and tight ends as a tight ends coach so there is no reason why Graham or Willson should struggle in 2016.


Seattle Seahawks Offensive Line Summary: Seattle has George Fant at left tackle and Mark Glowinski at left guard. Both need to be replaced. You also got Justin Britt at center, Luke Joeckel at right guard, and Germain Ifedi moving from right guard to right tackle.


Offensive line coach Tom Cable is the teams assistant head coach and would be interim head coach if something happened to Pete Carroll. Cable doesn't deserve a second chance at head coach after screwing up, but if Bevell becomes head coach somewhere else in 2017 Cable is the guy that needs to be promoted to offensive coordinator if he can make an offensive line with offensive tackles this bad look productive.


The Seahawks were 18th in points per game, 15th in total yards, 12th in passing yards, and 21st in rushing yards in 2016. Seattle did better in passing yards even without a blue chip left tackle. Seattle should do much better running the football with Ifedi moving to right tackle in 2017.



Seattle Seahawks Defensive Line Summary: Seattle has Cliff Avril starting at 4-3 right end. Michael Bennett was 6-4 300 lbs when he first got to Seattle. He's heads into Training Camp at 274 lbs and he came off a career season with 10 sacks. That's why Seattle is trying to re-negotiate with their 4-3 left end in Michael Bennett. Frank Clark is currently the backup 4-3 left end on Seattle's depth chart, but I see the Seahawks using him as a backup hybrid player that plays both 4-3 left end and 4-3 left outside linebacker as a rotational player.


Seattle has Ahtyba Rubin at defensive tackle. Jarran Reed last years second round pick out of Alabama is expected to start next to Rubin after learning under Jordan Hill for a year. Malik McDowell was drafted out of Michigan State in the second round after Seattle traded down. Seattle has a good defensive line when healthy.


Clint Hurtt was an outside linebackers coach in Chicago. Now he takes over as a defensive line coach in Seattle.


Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Summary: Seattle has an excellent linebacker situation with K.J. Wright at 4-3 right outside linebacker, Bobby Wagner at 4-3 middle linebacker, and Cassius Marsh at 4-3 left outside linebacker. Michael Barrow did well as a linebackers coach, but his assistant is Lofa Tatupu. That's right Seattle's former Pro Bowl middle linebacker is now the teams assistant linebackers coach, and personally I'd have no problem if Seattle promoted Tatupu to linebackers coach since I feel he's an upgrade over Barrow.


Seattle Seahawks Defensive Backs Summary: The Legion of Boom is back and better than ever. Richard Sherman at field cornerback, Kam Chancellor at strong safety, Earl Thomas at free safety, and DeShawn Shead at boundary cornerback with Jeremy Lane at the nickel.


Seattle has head coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Kris Richard the teams former defensive backs coach as two guys that know how to develop players on the secondary. Andre Curtis may not be the best defensive backs coach, but with Carroll and Richard there, Curtis can learn from those guys and get better.


The Seahawks still had an incredible defense in 2016 even with the adjustments they made. Seattle was 3rd in sacks which is remarkable with the depth they had on the front 7. Seattle was 2nd in points allowed with a really strong defense. Seattle was also 5th in total yards in 2016. Seattle also finished 8th in pass defense and 6th in run defense. Seattle continues to boast a dominant defense which is why they will remain a threat in the NFC.



Seattle Seahawks Special Teams Summary: Blair Walsh can be an effective kicker. Jon Ryan is a quality punter. Tyler Lockett is amazing on special teams as both a kick returner and a punt returner.




Seattle Seahawks Worst Case Scenario: The Seattle Seahawks go 8-8 and miss the NFL Playoffs. Even with no left tackle you still got Russell Wilson and one of the NFL's best defenses.


Seattle Seahawks Best Case Scenario: Seattle goes 12-4. They do well enough to get home field in the NFC allowing them to get to Super Bowl 52.


Seattle Seahawks 2017 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 10
AT
4:25 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 2
September 17
VS
4:25 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 3
September 24
AT
4:05 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 4
October 1
VS
8:30 PM EST
NBC
W
Week 5
October 8
AT
4:05 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 6
Bye Week
Week 7
October 22
AT
4:25 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 8
October 29
VS
4:05 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 9
November 5
VS
4:05 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 10
November 9
AT
8:25 PM EST
NBC
L
Week 11
November 20
VS
8:30 PM EST
ESPN
W
Week 12
November 26
AT
4:05 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 13
December 3
VS
8:30 PM EST
NBC
L
Week 14
December 10
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 15
December 17
VS
4:05 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 16
December 24
AT
4:25 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 17
December 1
VS
4:25 PM EST
FOX
W


Seattle Seahawks 2017 Projected Record (8-8): Seattle won the NFC West at 8-8. They edged out the Los Angeles Rams who went 7-9 and may do better than that thanks to trading for Sammy Watkins. Arizona went 6-10. The San Francisco 49ers went 3-13.


Seattle got the 4 seed in the NFC. They will play the 5 seed Atlanta Falcons. I'm sort of torn on who would win that game. Seattle is 5-0 at CenturyLink Field.









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