4. Seattle Seahawks: DEFCON 1
The good news for the Seattle Seahawks is that they have star power on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Russell Wilson, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, linebacker Bobby Wagner, and safety Earl Thomas have elite upsides at their positions. What this team is missing is quality offensive coaching, and for young players to step up on both sides of the ball.
Hiring Brian Schottenheimer has predictably busted thus far. Wilson, who hasn’t played as well this year or last as years prior, is struggling without play-action help. Running more won’t necessarily help, but play designs that get Wilson into more defined reads and space will. He’s more effective extending plays than standing upright in structure, and yet the Seahawks want him to be a timing quarterback.
The offensive line isn’t great but it’s also not as bad as a few years ago.
What’s more concerning is how the defense has created five interceptions, yet still allowed 44 points in two games and the offense hasn’t been able to overcome 22 points a game. If the turnovers stop flowing to mediocre players, it’s not going to be an average unit, it’ll be bad.
This is a team desperately needing Pete Carroll to start developing young talent. The Giffin brothers, Earl Clark, Tre Flowers, and others must become the backbone of the team. If you think they can, then you’ll be more optimistic than I am as they have to face the Rams and 49ers twice.