Seahawks offseason report: Seattle is Russell Wilson’s group now

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In his initial 4 years in a NFL, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson played in dual Super Bowls (winning one), done 3 Pro Bowls, warranted a large new agreement and became a crossover celebrity, in partial given of his matrimony to cocktail star Ciara.

But 2016 could be a year a Seahawks offense finally truly belongs to Wilson.

With using behind Marshawn Lynch retired, Wilson is staid for his biggest descent deteriorate nonetheless as a passer after finishing 2015 on a unequivocally high note statistically.

“This is year five. It has taken all of this time to get to this point, and he’ll still improve, yet we can unequivocally see him as a genuine loyal oldster now,” Seahawks manager Pete Carroll pronounced during a finish of a minicamp in June. “I consider entrance off of final year, with a good success of a second half of a season, he has taken it right in a offseason, and here we go. It’s been a best offseason, and we consider it’s an denote of a growth of a guys.”

Indeed, a latter weeks of 2015 revealed a new Wilson. He was accurate and aggressive, and over a final dual months of a deteriorate a Seahawks owned one of a NFL’s many energetic flitting games. Wilson threw for mixed touchdowns in any of his team’s final 7 regular-season contests (during that a Seahawks went 6-1), including dual five-touchdown games. Twenty-four of his career-high 34 TDs came over those final 7 weeks.

In hindsight, Carroll points to several factors that done it all possible. Improved descent line play late in a year was one of them, yet many of it was given of Wilson, who mastered a timing of a offense, quite in his tie with container receiver Doug Baldwin, who tied for a joining lead with 14 TD catches and had his initial 1,000-yard receiving season.

“We unequivocally emphasized speed in removing a round out. We called a lot some-more calls that commanded a stroke and a timing, as opposite to kind of blending things. So we usually emphasized it, and he was prepared and willing,” Carroll says.

Now a Seahawks will need to see if that can lift over to 2016, as Seattle will be traffic with poignant descent changes. Lynch is probably irreplaceable and a reshuffled descent line will underline several new starters.

That doubt could put even some-more vigour on a determined partial of a offense, and that’s Wilson, Baldwin and associate receivers Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Lockett. Carroll seems to trust Wilson is prepared for that responsibility.

“It takes four, five, 6 years — we don’t know — for these guys to develop. He has done a transparent step ahead. His authority is all time,” Carroll says. “We saw him chuck a round all over a margin via a offseason, and he’s been clever and accurate and unequivocally accurate about stuff. He has had a good offseason.”

Quarterback

Wilson is entrance off a deteriorate in that he set career highs in flitting yards (4,024), touchdowns (34) and passer rating (110.1), yet he did take some-more sacks (45) than in any of his initial 3 years. Wilson has been remarkably durable, notwithstanding his visit scrambling. The Seahawks improved wish that trend continues, given they have usually undrafted rookie Trevone Boykin and fresh Jake Heaps behind him.

Running back

The conflict to reinstate Lynch will be one of a many intriguing story lines to watch opposite a NFL this Aug — and not usually for anticipation purposes. Second-year behind Thomas Rawls is a favorite to win a starting job, yet he is entrance off a season-ending ankle injury, that kept him out of many of a offseason. Other possibilities embody maestro Christine Michael and a contingent of rookies drafted in April: C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins and Zac Brooks.

Wide receiver

Baldwin emerged as a star in a second half of final season, yet his purchase play and toughness were no warn to anyone in a locker room. He’ll lapse as Wilson’s tip target, partial of a tip contingent of receivers that is rather firmly established. It will be engaging to watch Lockett’s growth in his second year and if a Seahawks find some-more ways to use him, as good as to see if 2014 second-round collect Paul Richardson can finally get healthy adequate to play a poignant purpose as a low threat.

Tight end

The Seahawks finished a offseason confident about a swell parsimonious finish Jimmy Graham had done in his liberation from a critical knee damage he suffered final season. Carroll pronounced he was awaiting Graham to be prepared for a unchanging season. It isn’t ideal that Graham won’t be a full member in training stay practices given how formidable his transition into a offense was early final year. But removing him behind to full health is a certain step. In a meantime, design to see copiousness of No. 2 parsimonious finish Luke Willson.

Offensive line

This organisation was a vital guilt in 2015, and now it’s undergoing a large overhaul. Left tackle Russell Okung is gone, carrying sealed with a Denver Broncos in giveaway agency, while Justin Britt is in a routine of changing positions again, relocating to core after creation a switch from tackle to ensure final season. The Seahawks design to have a new starting right ensure in first-round breeze collect Germain Ifedi, who is converting after personification tackle while during Texas AM.

Defensive line

The core of a line will demeanour considerably opposite after a giveaway organisation depart of defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who had been a starter given he was drafted in 2007. It appears a Seahawks will go immature to reinstate Mebane, with second-round collect Jarran Reed, whom a Seahawks traded adult to name in April, already operative with a starters during minicamp. Ahtyba Rubin, an eight-year veteran, is another option. The strength of a line, though, is during both ends, with Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril combining one of a NFL’s best duos.

Linebacker

There’s another open foe here, with Michael Morgan, a maestro special teamer, competing with Cassius Marsh, a converted defensive end, and David Perkins to reinstate Bruce Irvin during outward linebacker. Irvin joined the Oakland Raiders in giveaway agency. Whoever wins that pursuit will have a advantage of backing adult behind Bennett and beside standouts Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright.

Secondary

The Legion of Boom earnings total and should again be one of a league’s tip secondaries, with corners Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. And strange LOB member Brandon Browner is behind after winning a Super Bowl ring with a New England Patriots (against a Seahawks) and a unsatisfactory 2015 with a New Orleans Saints.

Special teams

The Seahawks have no questions here, with a infallible kicker in Steven Hauschka, a maestro punter in Jon Ryan and one of a NFL’s many dangerous returners in Lockett.

Coaching

It appears few coaches in a NFL have as most pursuit confidence as Carroll, who is 68-40 in 6 seasons. He brings behind both of his coordinators, Darrell Bevell on offense and Kris Richard on defense. Richard was a first-year coordinator final year while replacing Dan Quinn.

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