Team Profile Seattle Seahawks by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
Pete Carroll has been the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks since 2010, and is one of only three football coaches who has won both a Super Bowl and a college football national championship. Since going 7-9 in his first two seasons with the Seahawks, Carroll has lead the team to double digits wins in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The Seahawks have had two Super Bowl appearances in the past 2 years, winning in 2013 vs the Denver Broncos. Carroll’s popularity and success will allow him to coach as long as he has the burning desire to do so…which he is famous for.
2015 Team Outlook – Since 2010, the Seahawks have taken turns with rival San Francisco as champions of the NFC West. Although the Arizona Cardinals have been formidable opponents in the Division, they haven’t won it since back-to-back years in 2008 & 2009. St Louis hasn’t been on top of the division since 2003. Seattle and Arizona are set up for the best chances of success in 2015, with St Louis fighting to keep up. The 49ers are the sinking ship right now in the NFC West and it may take years for them to put another championship-winning team back on the field.
2015 Fantasy Outlook –
QB– After leading the Seahawks to three straight seasons with at least 11 wins, two Super Bowl championship appearances and one championship, it looks like third-round draft pick in 2012 Russell Wilson is finally going to get paid. For the past 3 seasons, Russell Wilson has been playing for his base salary of $662,434, and is scheduled to make a base salary of $798,651 in 2015. (For comparison, Andrew Luck, who was the #1 pick in the 2012 draft,made more than $2.4 million just in 2014, and has made $18.7 million over the past first three seasons.) Wilson will turn 27 this year, and he will likely go from being the most under-paid quarterbacks in the NFL, to one of the highest-paid quarterbacks. According to Seattle general manager John Schneider, there is “no timeline” for setting up a new contract for Wilson, but that negotiations are on-going. Fantasy-wise, Wilson was the 10th ranked QB in the NFL with 3896 total yards and 27 TDs.
RB– For some of us, it seems like it was just yesterday that Marshawn Lynch was run out of Buffalo. For others, there wasn’t a time that Lynch wasn’t a Seattle Seahawk. On October 5, 2010 Buffalo traded Marshawn Lynch to Seattle for two draft picks, a fourth-rounder in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012. (Lynch was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.) After Super Bowl XLIX…Lynch contemplated retiring from football, but he loves to play, and was signed to a new three-year deal worth $31 million. Don’t tell Marshawn that the NFL is a passing league. Over the past 4 seasons, Lynch has had 981 carries for 5357 yards and scored 53 rushing TDs. Lynch is incredibly nimble for a big guy (5’11”-215 pounds) with sure hands that has allowed him to be a formidable weapon in Seattle’s passing game as well. He has 6 receiving TDs in the past 2 years. Lynch has been in the top 5 or better among NFL running backs 4 years in a row, and 2015 will make it 5 years in a row. UPDATE: RB Marshawn Lynch agrees to a new 3-yr contract
WRs– Seattle has a solid core of blue-collar wide receivers that aren’t going to be household names, but who have gotten the job done year after year. The Seahawks are a running team 1st, and a passing team 2nd, so it’s no surprise that in 2014, the best receiver for Seattle ended the season ranking as the #47 among other NFL WRs. Doug Baldwin was Seattle’s #1 wide receiver 825 yards and 3 TDs. WR Jermaine Kearse is the #2 in Seattle, who ended 2014 with 537 adds and 1 TD. (WR Percy Harvin played for Seattle for the first 5 games of the 2014 regular season, but was traded to the Jets for a conditional draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has since been released by the Jets and looking for his 4th team.) WR Paul Richardson was one of the young WR stars to come from the 2014 NFL Draft, but tore his ACL in January, putting in doubt his availability for the start of the 2015 season. Seattle may add another wide receiver from this year’s draft.
TEs– UPDATE: On March 10th, this section was to be devoted to Luke Willson, the tight end who came on strong in the playoffs for the Seattle Seahawks and helped them go to the Super Bowl. Willson caught 4 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in a divisional round game against the Carolina Panthers, then one week later caught a key two-point conversion in the NFC championship game against Green Bay. That’s old news now. UPDATE: On March 10th, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t have former Saint TE Jimmy Graham on the roster. In a shocking trade with New Orleans on Tuesday, Seattle received TE Jimmy Graham in exchange for C Max Unger and Seattle’s 31st overall pick in April’s NFL Draft. Jimmy Graham was the #1 TE in 2013 with 1215 receiving yards- 16 TDs and the #3 in 2014 with 889 yards-10 TDs. Seattle and QB Russell Wilson now have another huge weapon to help them win football games.
K– Steven Hauschka was fantasy’s No. 5 kicker last season, punching in 31 of 37 field goal attempts, and 41 of 41 extra points. in 2013, Hauschka was fantasy’s No. 4 kicker. He has quietly emerged as one of the game’s most reliable kickers and in early 2014, the Seahawks agreed to terms with Hauschka to a three-year, $9.15 million contract. Hauschka could easily be a top 5 kicker again in 2015.
DEF– You know you have a great defense when it has it’s own nick-name. “The Legion of Boom” has been one of the best defenses in the NFL since HC Pete Carroll took over, and last season no defense allowed fewer points to their opponents. They had intimidating shut-down covers in Richard Sherman & Byron Maxwell, but Maxwell has signed with Philadelphia. The Seahawks front seven allowed the 3rd fewest rushing yards by opposing teams last season but to maintain the “The Legion of Boom”, the Seahawks must find depth for the defensive interior.
2014 Seattle Fantasy Surprises – In 2014, “The Legion of Boom” defense actually ranked near the bottom in several defensive categories, such as sacks, interceptions, and defensive touchdowns. They also did not have a single kickoff returned as a touchdown. (Philadelphia had 4.) QB Russell Wilson had more rushing yards than nearly half of the starting RBs in the NFL, and 200 more rushing yards than the next closest scrambling QB in the NFL (Wilson 849 rushing yards-6 TDs……SF QB Kaepernick 641 rushing yards-1 TD.)
2015 Free Agents that Seattle Needs to Address – FB Will Tukuafu (resigned)- TE Anthony McCoy (resigned)- G James Carpenter- DT Kevin Williams- OLB O’Brien Schofield- OLB Malcolm Smith- CB Byon Maxwell (signed w/ Philly)- S Jeron Johnson
2015 NFL Draft– The immediate needs of Seattle are at wide receiver, reinforcements on their O-line and shoring up the secondary. The Seahawks have one of the league’s weakest wideout corps especially with the rookie WR Paul Richardson’s ACL injury (WR), members of the offensive line are in contract years (OG) and Seattle needs a replacement for Maxwell (CB). Seahawks could also use depth on the defensive interior (DT). UPDATE: Seattle’s entire 2015 NFL Draft can be seen at this link- SEATTLE’S DRAFT
Did You Know – In 1994 Pete Carroll was the head coach of the New York Jets, and in Week 12 of that season while playing the Miami Dolphins, he was the victim of infamous Dan Marino “clock play” (a fake spike near the goal line that became a Miami Dolphins game-winning touchdown) The Jets lost all of their remaining games to finish 6–10. Carroll was fired after one season.
All team reports can be seen at this link- TEAM REPORTS
Team Home Page: www.seahawks.com