The Seahawks have won their first Super Bowl championship since 1994, but they still have a lot of work to do.
A new era has begun in Seattle, and it’s time to celebrate the team that brought us Super Bowls XXXI and XXXIII.
Here are five reasons the Seahawks have made the most out of their opportunity.1.
It’s the first time the team has won a title in three consecutive years.
It’s been more than 30 years since the Seahawks won a championship, but that didn’t stop them from going back and reworking their entire roster to be ready for a rematch.
They drafted a new quarterback in Russell Wilson in the second round in 2013, and he’s been solid.
Seattle had two rookies, two second-round picks and five undrafted free agents.
That’s the blueprint the team followed throughout the season, and they got it right this time.2.
It will take a big performance from a defense.
The Seahawks were the league’s stingiest defense in 2016, ranking 23rd in points allowed and 31st in yards allowed.
They allowed the second-most yards per game in the league last year and the fifth-most total yards allowed, which led the league.
This year’s unit has some of the best talent in the NFL, including the most talented defensive line in the game.
The front seven is anchored by the likes of Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman.
They have four All-Pro players in Earl Thomas, Thomas Rawls and K.J. Wright, along with their new secondary, which has a pair of first-round draft picks in the cornerback Justin Coleman and safety Kam Chancellor.3.
The new coaching staff has brought new leadership.
Seattle is one of the most successful teams in NFL history, but there has been some turnover in the coaching ranks this offseason.
Former offensive coordinator Greg Roman is the new head coach of the Seahawks.
Roman is a defensive mind and is well-known in the locker room, which should help with some of this season’s mistakes.4.
The defense will get more physical.
Seattle’s offensive line will be the biggest question mark heading into the season.
The line has struggled to stay healthy throughout the past two seasons, and the Seahawks need to get more explosive to slow down Russell Wilson.
This will be a challenge for the new coaching duo, who will have to make sure the front seven stays healthy and is up to speed on the new personnel.5.
It’ll be interesting to see how Seattle responds to the new offensive coordinator.
Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley have spent the last four seasons working with different offensive philosophies.
They may not like what they’re seeing on the field, but Carroll and Bradley will have a tough time making the same adjustments to the team.
It could be a learning curve for the offense as well.