Each offseason, every NFL team focuses on at least one area in need of an upgrade. So what aspect of the Seattle Seahawks is looking a lot better these days?
Training camp have begun to open up all around the NFL for all 32 teams. So that means another preview series from End Zone Score. Dating back to early March, we have taken time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers and previewed an up-and-coming player for each franchise.
Contrary to popular opinions, no team in the league is perfect. That’s why there’s a constant search for talent when it comes to this game. Each club has done its best to bolster its roster. So in this instance, we have been taking a glance at each franchise and pinpoint the department in which it made the most strides this offseason. We have looked at the AFC East, NFC East, AFC North, NFC North, AFC South, NFC South and AFC West. We are coming down the home stretch and that means a preview of the defending NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks.
It’s safe to say that the “Legion of Boom” got a little added oomph this offseason. Yes, the secondary of the Seattle Seahawks remains one of the best in the league. However, a late-season slump by the eventual NFC West champions showed that this group could use some more depth.
Including their playoff split with the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, Pete Carroll’s club alternated wins and losses in their final eight outings. In losses to the Green Bay Packers (38-10), Arizona Cardinals (34-31) and Falcons (36-20), the Seahawks allowed a combined 108 points alone. During the regular season, Seattle defenders allowed only 32 offensive touchdowns. But 12 of those came in their final four contests.
The absence of star free safety Earl Thomas down the stretch and in the postseason can’t be underestimated. Opposing quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer and Matt Ryan had their ways with the undermanned secondary. This offseason, the Seahawks added free-agent free safety Brad McDougald (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and also picked up cornerback Marcus Cromartie, who played the last three seasons with the rival San Francisco 49ers.
But it was in the draft where general manager John Schneider added four players to compliment the likes of cornerbacks Richard Sherman, Jeremy Lane and DeShawn Shead, as well as Thomas and strong safety Kam Chancellor. The ‘Hawks grabbed cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin (3-Central Florida) and Mike Tyson (6-Cincinnati), as well as safeties Delano Hill (3b-Michigan) and Tedric Thompson (4-Colorado) in late April.
The Seattle Seahawks’ biggest shortcoming these days has been the lack of an effective offensive line. But this past season, we saw just how vulnerable the secondary can be minus a key performer. The addition of young talent bodes well for a team that has reached the playoffs five straight years…and counting.