The Seattle Seahawks were eliminated from post-season play on Sunday, losing 30-28 to the Atlanta Falcons. Seahawks fans however should not lament the loss, rather, be excited for the future. Despite receiving large amounts of skepticism over his draft choices in recent years, head coach Pete Carroll is assembling a highly talented roster filled with young players.
QB Russell Wilson had a record setting season, throwing for 26 touchdowns as a rookie. He added another four with his feet. Wilson finished the season with a 100.0 passer rating and had the second highest passer rating at home, only Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had a better number.Russell has exceptional vision downfield and despite the knocks on his height, he rarely has balls batted down at the line. He finished the Falcons game throwing for 385 yards and two touchdowns, adding another on the ground. The future looks fantastic for Wilson going forward.
Four players were named to the first-team NFL All-Pro team by the Associated Press. RB Marshawn Lynch, CB Richard Sherman, S Earl Thomas and OC Max Unger were all named. Lynch is 26, and in his prime. Richard Sherman was second in the league in interceptions. Thomas is a beast in the secondary.
The Seahawks now enter the offseason with no significant glaring holes for next season. Seattle could use another pass rusher and another wide receiver, but now has the luxury of drafting for depth next season.
Seattle had a remarkable run down the stretch but this season is something for this team to build on for next season. The focus for Seattle next year should be winning the division and trying to wrap up homefield advantage through the playoffs. Seattle was 8-0 at home during the regular season.
The schedule has been released and I could see a possible 12-4 record. Perhaps not enough wins to win the number one seed, but perhaps enough to earn the number two seed.
Home- NFC West opponents, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Minnesota,
Away- NFC West opponents, Carolina, Houston, Indianapolis, New York Giants,