Season Preview: Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are long overdue a Super Bowl season and 2020 could well be there year. The Seahawks were once guided by the "Legion of Boom," but now have taken a new path. Still, the Seahawks have recorded a winning record in eight consecutive seasons and look poised to once again be one of the top teams in the NFC.
2019 Season Recap:
Injuries ultimately took their toll towards the end of the season but there were some great moments during the season for Seattle, notably snapping the 49ers undefeated run in week 10 with a thrilling 27-24 overtime victory in San Fran. By week 13 they were top of the NFC with a 10-2 record after victory of the Vikings. However things took a dip from there.
The Seahawks lost three of their final four games, including a heartbreaking loss to the 49ers in the regular season finale to miss out on the division title. They eventually went down to Green Bay in the Divisional Round, main killer here was failing to give us a Seahawks-49ers NFC Championship game, which everyone wanted to see after the two regular season classics. A disappointing finish for Seattle but there is hope of a big turnaround in 2020.
HC Carroll guiding his team back to the Super Bowl:
Pete Carroll is a true leader and this guy can coach. His 100-59-1 record with the Seahawks speaks for itself. Not to mention, he has something two of his younger NFC West counterparts failed to get in the last two seasons: a Super Bowl win and he also won in college. Multiple national championships on the field at USC. Then came to Seattle.
Embarrassed one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history in the Super Bowl. Took one of the others and his legendary coach to the brink. So yeah, he might not be as flashy as some of the other coaches in the division but I would take my chances with Pete. When you think of the best coaches in the league right now, Bill Belichick, Andy Reid, Sean Payton. Carroll is right there with them and that pedigree will be one of the driving forces behind a great 2020 season for Seattle.
Another epic year from Russ:
Russell Wilson is arguably the most underappreciated QB in the NFL right now. I mean when you are talking about the greatest quarterbacks in the league right now, there is nobody that Russ couldn't go toe-toe with and have a great chance of coming out on top. Wilson has been doing it for years and last season put up 4110 passing yards to go with 31 touchdowns against just five interceptions, yet he still didn't get a single MVP vote and has somehow never won it, how?
Wilson has piled up at least 30 touchdown passes in four of his last five seasons. That's most in the NFL. He's one of four players in league history with 30 touchdown passes and five or fewer interceptions. He boasts a career passer rating of 101.2, second only to Aaron Rodgers all time. While I am sure he would love to recognised as the best player in the league, guiding his team back to Super Bowl glory is definitely higher on Wilson's list and this could very well be their year again.
Bobby Wagner dominating again:
Wagner is a great linebacker and is the third elite piece of this Seahawks team behind Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson. I mean if you look at what he has done in his career you cannot question him. He has been named to the All Pro first team on five occasions, four of which have come in the last four seasons. He is still taken for granted a bit outside of Seattle.
Wagner will need another huge year if Seattle are to go all the way but there is no reason to believe he wont be an All Pro in 2020.
What the Seahawks must do to have a successful 2020 season:
Make it to the Super Bowl- While it would be harsh to pin a Super Bowl or bust tag to the Seahawks in 2020, they would be one of the few teams in the NFL, where if they didn't go all the way it would be a massive disappointment. Russell Wilson is the best QB in the NFC and bailing in the Divisional Round is not good enough. Just last season, Seattle beat the 49ers, Rams and Eagles, the NFC's last three Super Bowl reps. It's time for Russ, Bobby and Pete to return to the promised land.