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PFT Preseason Power Rankings No. 4: Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes against the Washington Redskins during their NFL NFC wildcard playoff game Reuters

The Seattle Seahawks were the most dominant team in the NFL over the final month of last season. They scored 50 points in consecutive weeks against Arizona and Buffalo and threw in a 42-13 beating of the division rival San Francisco 49ers for good measure. They fell 31 seconds shy of a trip to the NFC Championship game and look to take another step forward toward a second Super Bowl this fall.

Their secondary is as good as any team in football and Russell Wilson has given the Seahawks a quarterback they believe can take them to a championship. The Seahawks added some key veterans on defense to patch some minor holes and brought in Percy Harvin in a trade from Minnesota to add another dimension to an offense that hit its stride late last season.

Expectations are high in Seattle. It’s a position the franchise hasn’t been in very often. Can they deliver?

Strengths.

Seattle’s secondary was arguably the best in the NFL last year. Cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas were both named first-team All-Pro. Cornerback Brandon Browner and strong safety Kam Chancellor were both Pro Bowl selections as well in 2011 and continued to play at a high level last season. With the addition of Antoine Winfield to play the nickel role and Walter Thurmond finally healthy after two injury-plagued seasons, they could be even better this year.

Last year, the Seahawks entered training camp with three quarterbacks vying to be the team’s starter. Russell Wilson was the long-shot, third-round rookie that was “competing” for the job but realistically didn’t appear to have a shot to start over free agent addition Matt Flynn. But Wilson proved he was the best option in training camp and won the job. He never looked back. After some early growing pains, Wilson became incredibly efficient as the Seahawks starter. He completed 67-percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and only two interceptions over the final eight games of the regular season. He also had four rushing scores over that span. Coincidentally (or maybe not) there is no quarterback competition this year in Seattle.

The Seahawks’ receiving corps gelled together well by the end of last season with Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin all contributing to Seattle’s offensive explosion over the last half of the year. Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin provided a strong one-two punch for the Seahawks backfield as well. With the acquisition of Harvin from Minnesota and the selection of running back Christine Michael in the second round of the draft, both positions should be even more dangerous this season.

Weaknesses.

Behind starter Zach Miller – who will be the highest paid tight end in the league this season – the Seahawks have mostly unproven talent at the tight end position. Anthony McCoy tore his Achilles during OTAs and will miss the upcoming season. Seattle will need either fifth-round draft pick Luke Willson or 2012 undrafted free agent Sean McGrath to become a trustworthy second option.

It seems odd to say a team that rushed for nearly 2,600 yards as a team last season (third in the NFL) has concerns along the offensive line but it is an area of concern for the Seahawks. Both guard positions are unsettled. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was among the most penalized players in the league last season and depth at tackle behind Giacomini and left tackle Russell Okung is somewhat suspect.

Changes.

The Seahawks made some sizable additions to their roster over the offseason. The trade for Percy Harvin brings a versatile weapon to add to an offense that really hit stride the second half of last season. Defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett were added to try and bolster a pass rush that was inconsistent last season. Cornerback Antoine Winfield signed after nine years in Minnesota to assume the nickel cornerback role after Marcus Trufant was picked on last season.

Seattle has seen significant turnover at the defensive tackle position. Alan Branch signed with the Buffalo Bills after spending the last two years with the Seahawks and Jason Jones signed with the Detroit Lions. Seattle brought in Tony McDaniel from Miami and drafted Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams to add to their interior line depth. Linebacker Leroy Hill was also not extended an offer after being arrested again in January. Trufant also has moved on signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Camp battles.

Backup quarterback. No, seriously. The Seahawks signed Brady Quinn and re-signed Tarvaris Jackson after he was released by the Buffalo Bills. The Seahawks will likely only carry one additional quarterback on the roster so Quinn and Jackson will have to battle for the job. Signs seem to point toward Jackson winning the job. Jackson was signed after Seattle saw Quinn in offseason workouts. Combined with his season as a starter in Seattle in 2011 and his familiarity with the team, he’s likely the favorite to win the job.

Outside linebacker will be a focus for the Seahawks as well. Seattle is converting Bruce Irvin to outside linebacker in a move that could indicate the Seahawks will have more of a 3-4 feel than previously seen. Irvin and Mike Morgan have worked as the rush linebackers in offseason workouts but Irvin was serve a four-game suspension to start the season. Meanwhile, Malcolm Smith has taken the majority of the first team work in Seattle’s more traditional base defensive looks and would appear the be the starter at that spot. How the Seahawks mix and match the groupings of players under new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be something to keep an eye on.

Seattle also has several options at guard. James Carpenter is expected to be ready to go after knee surgery and will battle with Paul McQuistan at left guard. On the right side, John Moffitt and J.R. Sweezy will continue their battle for the starting job. If Carpenter settles back in on the left side, McQuistan could also move to the right side adding to the logjam there.

Prospects.

The Seattle Seahawks enter the 2013 season with perhaps more expectations placed upon them than any season in their 37-year franchise history. They were the most dominant team in the league over the final month of last season and won their first road playoff game since 1983. A tough division slate stands in their way and road trips to Houston, Indianapolis and Atlanta will be difficult tests as well as the Seahawks attempt to dethrone the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. The Seahawks hope the additions of Harvin, Avril, Bennett and Winfield allow them to knock off the 49ers and take the next step toward getting back to the Super Bowl for the second time in team history.

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  1. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Jul 23, 2013 9:04 AM

    “The Seahawks signed Brady Quinn and re-signed Tarvaris Jackson”

    Yikes.

    Better pray that Wilson doesn’t go down.

  2. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 23, 2013 9:04 AM

    Prepare to be disapointed Seahags fans. This team could easily be under 500 this year. Easily

  3. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jul 23, 2013 9:04 AM

    overrated. the bandwagon sure is full right now, though.

  4. jiveturkeygobbler says: Jul 23, 2013 9:06 AM

    7-9

  5. MDSisAtool says: Jul 23, 2013 9:14 AM

    #2 in my mind.

  6. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 23, 2013 9:14 AM

    Too high. The PEDs should boost them to 9 wins, if that.

  7. jwcarlson says: Jul 23, 2013 9:18 AM

    About 6-8 spots high for preseason. And easily 10-12 high once all is said and done this season. I know all of these running QBs are different, but having basically zero evidence that one can stay healthy for long periods of time really makes me wonder how quickly that house of cards can topple.

    It seems RG3 has a semi-decent backup in Cousins, but what do San Fran and Seattle have?

  8. bucrightoff says: Jul 23, 2013 9:21 AM

    The people saying overrated would be right if the Seahawks defense weren’t elite. Elite defenses win in this league period.

  9. themike31 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:29 AM

    Cheaters.

  10. volsunghawk says: Jul 23, 2013 9:32 AM

    It’s a mostly fair assessment, with one glaring exception:

    Russell Okung is NOT somewhat suspect. He had several penalties early on in the season as the O-line adjusted to the new QB, but he settled in and delivered a Pro Bowl season.

    Now, there is plenty of uncertainty at the guard positions, and Giacomini at RT can be a boom or bust kind of guy (his style and aggression are the kinds of things the offense can feed on, but he’s susceptible to personal fouls – especially since he’s got a rep now).

    But Okung is in no way a point of concern for the O-line.

  11. 49erstim says: Jul 23, 2013 9:33 AM

    The Cliff Avril signing was big. I still cannot believe that a bad defensive team in Detroit let one of its very few consistent players walk. I’m not a fan of their depth at RB if Lynch goes down if that O-Line is “unstable”. Lynch is a “make it happen” kind of back that can overshadow poor play of others. Behind him that is unproven. However if the O-Line can gel and dominates the line of scrimmage then that’s a dangerous group. If you’re counting on your secondary to consistently try and bring down Lynch you’re going to have a bad day.

    I’ve never been sold on Harvin. That could’ve been due to underutilization in Minnesota though. We’ll find out if he can be a #1. How will he deal with a QB that can find him when a play breaks down? I don’t think he had that opportunity in Minny. When Favre was he QB he put up good numbers, but we all know Favre doesn’t always make the best decisions. ..as he’ll throw into triple coverage all day long. Russell Wilson is a bit more economical though.

    The NFC West has had a resurgence and it’ll be a tougher division than most believe. Could be the best division in football. A lot of ifs in AZ and STL, but lots ofppotential there as well

  12. patriots123456 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:35 AM

    SeaPeds way overated.

    Corners hold on almost every play.

    Worst coach in the League.

    I do like Wilson though.

    Not superbowl material (YET) IMO.

    Nasty fans also.

  13. bradymancrush10 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:36 AM

    After an offseason of having defensive coordinators looking at the new mobile qbs, Russell Wilson , Colin K and others, it will be interesting to see how successful they are this year.

  14. dirtydrew says: Jul 23, 2013 9:40 AM

    What, no mention of the PED suspensions. Good luck Cheathawks.

  15. swaggyy says: Jul 23, 2013 9:41 AM

    How’re they overrated? Top 3 running game, Russell Wilson is a beast. Added Percy Harvin. Defense is top 5. Best secondary in the NFL. Best home field advantage. You’re an idiot if you think this team will be under .500. Russell Wilson won’t allow that to happen

    Should be top 2

  16. swaggyy says: Jul 23, 2013 9:42 AM

    Russell Wilson s impossible to figure out running wise. Most of his run are just scrambles. He’s a pocket pass first QB. Watch tape and learn something people. He’s not like Kaep at all running wise.

  17. sfniners4life says: Jul 23, 2013 9:44 AM

    How can they be ahead of the team that knocked them out the playoffs. I understand that got Percy now but Atlanta still better. Niners going give them a reality check this season. As a niner fan I’m more scared of rams as a long term threat. Fisher is a way better coach then the cheater they praise in Seattle.

  18. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jul 23, 2013 9:49 AM

    Handy tip when imparting your wisdom upon the masses; This is 2013, not 2007.

  19. tcmiller30 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:52 AM

    “It seems RG3 has a semi-decent backup in Cousins, but what do San Fran and Seattle have?”

    More durable starters?

    Who cares who your backup is? If any legit contender is relying on their backup qb to get them to/win the big game, they’re going to be disappointed.

  20. ctiggs says: Jul 23, 2013 10:10 AM

    Seadderall will be back down to earth here in a few months. Tired of their fans, their coaches and their players. #emptytrophycase #goniners

  21. skinswillsurprise says: Jul 23, 2013 10:11 AM

    No Rings!! (2Chainz voice) Bunch of bandwagon fans!! I do wish RW3 luck though. HTTR!!!

  22. scmems07 says: Jul 23, 2013 10:16 AM

    WHAT!!! dont you know that the shehawks are coming off thier first winning season in like…….7 years and you have the nerve to put them 4th and not in 1st with the obvious claim as the next superbowl champions!!!!!!

    signed….. delusional seahawks fan.

  23. wfederal says: Jul 23, 2013 10:19 AM

    Another tough road test in my mind will be the season opener. It will be a great game with two young mobile quarterbacks and will give us a good picture as to what the Seahawks and Panthers are made of this season. Not saying the Seahawks will lose, it will just be a good game. Wilson is a natural born leader and a winner and they have a great defense (PEDs or not). Vs Carolina he will just need to show off his arm instead of his legs against their piss poor secondary… yes I’m a Panther fan. I still predict a Seahawk win.

  24. dennisatunity says: Jul 23, 2013 10:25 AM

    An outstanding running game; a new franchise QB; the best defense in the NFL; the addition of a world-class playmaker in Percy Harvin; great additions to the defensive line; and the last time they played the 49ers they spanked ‘em 42-13.

    This is a team that should be ranked 1 or 2 (as nearly every preseason analysis has). The biggest obstacle is indeed the challenge of their schedule. But you know what? We will know the truth starting in a little over 5 weeks. Go ‘Hawks!!

  25. mikejb2011 says: Jul 23, 2013 10:26 AM

    Funny, NFL.com and the bleacher report listed the Hawks at #1… The season will decide.. but these guys are serious contenders. And the “if so and so goes down” scenario applies to any team.. what if Brady, Manning or Rogers goes down? BS.. Hawks will take the NFC west and the NFC.. SB bound..

  26. dwoofer says: Jul 23, 2013 10:27 AM

    STRENGTHS: PED’s
    WEAKNESSES: NFL testing for PED’s
    POWER RANKING: Depends on the potency of the pills

  27. scmems07 says: Jul 23, 2013 10:30 AM

    “How’re they overrated? Top 3 running game, Russell Wilson is a beast. Added Percy Harvin. Defense is top 5. Best secondary in the NFL. Best home field advantage. You’re an idiot if you think this team will be under .500. Russell Wilson won’t allow that to happen

    Should be top 2″

    5k yards passing, 64% completion, 35+ td passes, thats beast……3100 yrds passing in a “passing league” and 26 td’s with a defense that gets the offense the ball on thier own side of the field often….that is at best….average. wilson will never sniff 4k yards passing or 35 td’s in a league that is built for passing.

  28. barbasol11111111 says: Jul 23, 2013 10:32 AM

    Sherman is overrated according to most advanced statistics (still very good), but earl is Ed reed of the future, amazing player who doesn’t tweet so hard as his teammate

    Anyway, when yr biggest concern is maybe TE depth yr looking at a great season if players stay healthy

    Good ranking, could even be higher. No flukes here, one of the most efficient and statistically sound teams in all three phases of the game here.

    And no “running qbs” acls don’t just explode when they step on the field. Some of you guys need new material or at least some that has any kind of basis in fact.

  29. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jul 23, 2013 10:34 AM

    tcmiller30 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:52 AM

    “It seems RG3 has a semi-decent backup in Cousins, but what do San Fran and Seattle have?”

    More durable starters?
    ———————————————–

    WIN!

  30. cball77 says: Jul 23, 2013 10:40 AM

    You have their guard situation mixed up. Carpenter (if healthy) and McQuistan will both likely start, McQuistan at right guard. Moffitt and Sweezy as primary back ups.

    I would have listed LB depth as a bigger weakness. Not sold on Malcolm Smith as a starting WLB. Not much depth at any LB spot after Farwell who is largely a special teams guy. Has been talk about moving KJ Wright to WLB and moving Cliff Avril off the line to SLB but that worries me for pass coverage.

  31. bigcali4life says: Jul 23, 2013 10:41 AM

    Looking at these comments, I can see the Seahawk fanbase has been making a lot of other fanbases very upset. This whole time I thought they were just trying to troll 49er fans?

  32. seahawkkid69 says: Jul 23, 2013 10:43 AM

    sigh..I read the comments on the this website all the time not just for my hawks but for a lot of stories and it still amazes me at the ignorance that comes from the “fans” Why cant people just talk football? Yup the Seahawks had a well publicized problem with the PED’s but what about all the other crap going on..with the niners, Broncos patriots etc..the list goes on. It really does make me laugh at the people that come on here and all they can do is talk about how the hawks or some other team OTHER then their own team is overrated or cheaters but they fail to look at the problems that they have. To me that is ignorant and pretty much shows you as haters…Am i excited about this upcoming season..oh hell yeah. do I think that the Hawks have a chance, yup sure do, but I also know that the niners will be a tough team…along with a lot of teams but like that old saying goes “on any given sunday” anything can happen. So please by all means all you haters and ignorant football “fans” keep posting stupid crap so I have my daily comedy….GO HAWKS

  33. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2013 10:49 AM

    So… still to come are the Niners, Ravens, and Broncos, in some order….

    Personally I feel the Ravens are too high… I know they won the SB last year but very often the best teams don’t win the SB and the Ravens had quite a few miracles go their way….

    I’d probably put the Seahawks above the Ravens this year.

    4 is not a huge injustice but, I’d probably have them #3 behind Denver and San Fran.

    Two of the top 4 teams in one division though…. should be fun to watch!!

  34. rexryanstoecheese says: Jul 23, 2013 10:53 AM

    Seahawks…RX***

  35. freakish213 says: Jul 23, 2013 11:12 AM

    I wonder if there was a time in recent history when a team with a decent record and a handful of key contributors made several huge splashes in free agency only to underachieve as a unit once the season started? If only there were some warning about getting your hopes too high based upon off season acquisitions. Oh wait, the Eagles…

  36. purplehaze28 says: Jul 23, 2013 11:18 AM

    #4? The Seattle Vikings??? …really????

  37. volsunghawk says: Jul 23, 2013 11:31 AM

    freakish213 says:
    Jul 23, 2013 11:12 AM

    I wonder if there was a time in recent history when a team with a decent record and a handful of key contributors made several huge splashes in free agency only to underachieve as a unit once the season started? If only there were some warning about getting your hopes too high based upon off season acquisitions. Oh wait, the Eagles…

    ———-

    I’ve heard that comparison a few times, and I understand why people make it. But considering how the Seahawks played in the 2nd half of last season and the postseason, I think Seahawks fans would have high expectations even if there hadn’t been any off-season acquisitions.

    Seahawks fans are excited about our secondary, but that was the case prior to Winfield joining. We’re excited about Wilson and our offense, but that was the case prior to Harvin’s arrival. The one area where the excitement is genuinely a new thing is in the area of the pass rush… and even so, it’s hard to know whether the acquisitions of Avril and Bennett will compensate for the loss of Clemons.

  38. shayeezy says: Jul 23, 2013 11:33 AM

    he didn’t say russell okung was suspect.. he said the depth behind him was. reading comprehension must be difficult while you’re foaming at the mouth about how good your team is.

  39. dstep24 says: Jul 23, 2013 11:37 AM

    Jealous fans are hilarious.

  40. themackstrong says: Jul 23, 2013 11:38 AM

    So many PFT trolls are clueless about football if you don’t recognize the quality John Schneider and Pete Carroll have put together in 3 years here. Everybody in the know understands Seattle are # 1 or 2 talent in the NFL and will not be happy to see this ball club come to town. TE Willson has been a standout at camps, T Alvin Bailey & Michael Bowie will each have a chance to compete with Breno at RT. Offensive line is a strength thanks to Tom Cable. Either back up at LG/RG would probably start for over half the teams in the NFL. Seattle fans know if Carpenter stays healthy, we will have an offensive line like we did in 2007. Can’t wait for the season to start. Go Hawks!

  41. johngaltwho says: Jul 23, 2013 11:38 AM

    Disclosure: Packers fan here. With all the complaining about rules changes, player protections, concussion management… this looks to be a very exciting year in the NFL, particularly the NFC. Seahawks and 49ers are both loaded and dangerous and this rivalry should be fun to watch even east of the rockies. The NFC North is a free for all, with tough schedules and a huge number of free agent acquisitions (except of course for my Packers, not a complaint by the way). We have mobile quarterbacks, spread offenses, RG3, Kaepernick and and the fourth reincarnation of Michael Vick… With Ryan Braun suspended, the Brewers in the cellar, and the next season of Homeland many months away – I’m ready for some football!

  42. therealhazer says: Jul 23, 2013 11:40 AM

    11-5.

  43. barbasol11111111 says: Jul 23, 2013 11:41 AM

    As a Ravens’ fan, I agree they are likely to be a little higher than they should in these rankings.

    I don’t think their SB run was filled with more “miraculous” turns than any other SB winner of recent memory (the Broncos not winning after their ST spotted them 14 points against one of the best coverage units of the regular season is pretty miraculous, too).

    However, they also were not expected to come together and play so well down the stretch. It’s either a matter of a team catching fire or McKinnie and Caldwell (and I guess all the guys coming back from injury) meaning more to them than we thought.

    It has yet to be seen if this is a consistent SB contender or a team with that Giants like ability to lurk between 8 and 10 wins with the capability of going nuts in the playoffs. Until we know it may be a little presumptious to rank them in the top 3.

  44. pongonfl says: Jul 23, 2013 11:44 AM

    This teams success will mostly be impacted by their ability to travel to the eastern time zones successfully.
    They did it last year with noted success. But every one will be a challenge.

  45. volsunghawk says: Jul 23, 2013 11:55 AM

    shayeezy says:
    Jul 23, 2013 11:33 AM

    he didn’t say russell okung was suspect.. he said the depth behind him was. reading comprehension must be difficult while you’re foaming at the mouth about how good your team is.

    ———-

    Heh, yep. My eye caught the last few words in that sentence and skipped the “depth” part. My mistake.

    However, I do think I managed to keep all the foaming to a minimum as I was noting that the ranking was a mostly fair assessment. I can see legit arguments for each of the three remaining teams to be ahead of the Seahawks (though I’d also argue that the differences between most of the top teams right now is pretty small).

  46. seahawksteven777 says: Jul 23, 2013 11:59 AM

    The Seahawks added a pro bowl game changer in Percy Harvin, two good pass rushers in Avril and Bennett, and a pro bowl corner in Antoine Winfield.

    The 49ers replace pro bowler Goldson with an unproven rookie, they lose Crabtree to injury, and have a bunch of unproven young receivers vying for a starting receiver job.

    That being said, the Seahawks got significantly better while the 49ers didn’t really get better as the loss of Crabtree hurts them.

  47. trackman12 says: Jul 23, 2013 12:01 PM

    The Seahawks will be the NFL’s most overrated team this year.

  48. twoticketstoparadise20 says: Jul 23, 2013 12:13 PM

    Barbasol, I have a hard time believing you’re a Ravens fan if you’re “waiting to see” if they’re an annual Super Bowl contender, considering that they played in 3 of the last 5 ACC title games and have won playoff games each of the last 5 years. Not sure what it would take to sell you.

    I get why the Texans fan is a little jealous after the way that team completely fell to pieces down the stretch but I’d think an actual Ravens fan would know a little better. A top 3 ranking might be a little high given some of the uncertainties with this year’s roster but you can probably poke a few holes in everyone in the top 10 on this list so it’s not entirely unreasonable.

  49. kidsidney says: Jul 23, 2013 12:21 PM

    Tired of hearing about how the Hawks “have not done anything before 2012″ – how about Divisional champs 5 of the last 10 years, a Conference championship, winning seasons 6 of the last 10, and making the playoffs 7 of the last 10? Most NFL teams would be pretty thrilled with that history…

    Tired of hearing about the PED thing – of the “six” infractions, 2 of them were tested before being signed with the ‘Hawks and never played, and another (Moffitt) screwed up because he HAD a prescription for Adderall but it was not properly registered with the NFL – so really 3 infractions instead of 6, which puts us squarely in the middle of the NFL for such penalties

    On the other hand, when teams with big egos, like the Pats and the Packers and the Cowboys and the Niners get beaten, I can see the animosity – just not used to being slapped down by Seattle – better get used to it, NFL

  50. 12thmanseattle says: Jul 23, 2013 12:22 PM

    volsunghawk says:
    Jul 23, 2013 9:32 AM
    It’s a mostly fair assessment, with one glaring exception:

    Russell Okung is NOT somewhat suspect. He had several penalties early on in the season as the O-line adjusted to the new QB, but he settled in and delivered a Pro Bowl season.

    Now, there is plenty of uncertainty at the guard positions, and Giacomini at RT can be a boom or bust kind of guy (his style and aggression are the kinds of things the offense can feed on, but he’s susceptible to personal fouls – especially since he’s got a rep now).

    But Okung is in no way a point of concern for the O-line.

    ___________________________________

    I think he was referring to the depth behind them and its a fair assessment

  51. 64post says: Jul 23, 2013 12:33 PM

    They rely on gimmicks such as amplified crowd noise when opposition has the ball. Their shorty butt QB is only 5-10″ needs people out of the way to pass and the secondary has been busted for PED use, other than that they’re ok

  52. barbasol11111111 says: Jul 23, 2013 12:44 PM

    I know the ravens are in the playoffs every year, but typically they don’t play well enough to be considered a top 3 team.

    They have sustained excellence, but no one has been picking them to be in the SB.

    Last winter everyone was ready for another one win then out postseason and considering the best way to replace flacco.

    Yes consistent contender no to legit Super Bowl team

  53. scmems07 says: Jul 23, 2013 12:46 PM

    i love the shehawks, thier fans are so sensitive.

  54. mikesmajormojo says: Jul 23, 2013 1:06 PM

    Seahawks ranked #4?! What in the name of Paul Allen?!

    Don’t get your neon green colored panties in a wad Seahawks fans. These are actually pre-preseason rankings and time will ferret out the team that actually deserves to be ranked so low. Sheez.

  55. screechdaddy says: Jul 23, 2013 1:32 PM

    NOM nom nom nom nom…. mmph… [BURP]… More hate, please!… NOM nom nom nom!

  56. jffh92001 says: Jul 23, 2013 1:32 PM

    The 12th man sure loves all the sh!tty comments we read. The lack of NFL knowledge is sure present in hear LoL. Name one team, roster and most importantly the way we played last year. Plus 4 HUGE additions. Hmmmm, common sense would say were pretty f’n good. Keep up the negative thoughts folks, we will see you in January.

  57. obnoxiousDCfan says: Jul 23, 2013 1:54 PM

    “Elite defenses win in this league period.”

    Tell that to Rex Grossman.

  58. jprcox says: Jul 23, 2013 2:11 PM

    R. Wilson is far from Rex Grossman. Nice try. Seattle’s offense is about as good as it gets.

    #4 is way too low – shocking. How you can say Green Bay is better than Seattle is beyond me. Atlanta has a wicked offense but sub-par D. 49ers are really questionable in the backfield, and with Crabtree going down isn’t nearly as strong in the WR ranks.

    Backups are the only weaknesses you can call-out for the Seahawks. Also, people need to re-read the line about Russell Okung – he is saying everyone behind those starters are suspect. Again, pointing to backups.

  59. wholelottaawesome says: Jul 23, 2013 2:58 PM

    Patriots123456 said:

    SeaPeds way overrated

    Corners hold on almost every play.

    Worst coach in the League.

    I do like Wilson though.

    Not superbowl material (YET) IMO.

    Nasty fans also.

    Impressive debate skills sir. Were you captain of your preschool debate squad or just on the team? Please do not respond with “nuh-uh!”

    My 2 cents:

    Dominant defense – thanks for acknowledging Tru bacame a liability last year.
    Run first offense with a new electric receiver.
    Special teams upgrade also.
    Relatively good coaching staff as viewed by many in the sport

    This team will be fun to watch and a tough match on both sides for a lot of teams

  60. rukkus1 says: Jul 23, 2013 3:29 PM

    Its all just a list in fun and opinions… just like the subsequent comments.

    The ped jokes are old and worn out. The cheat comments are right there along with them. As was mentioneded a few comments up, the hawks dont really have any more violations and issues than some of your favorite teams. Grow some brain power and come up with some origonal material that has more truth to it.

    This list could go either way with any of the top 10 teams. Gonna be fun to watch how things end up thru 17 weeks. Especially in the nfc west, those are gonna be some nasty games.

  61. rukkus1 says: Jul 23, 2013 3:39 PM

    The thing about rex grossman was, his team kept them in games. Then he would give games away by throwing 5 picks a game.

    Kinda hard for any defense to win when your qb seems like he is playin for the other team.

    That is the worst analogy ever in trying to say defenses arent important.

    Russell Wilson is a different qb than rex. Rex couldnt even manage a game. Russell Wilson is a franchise quarterback who would probably win without defense. When the hawks are up, chances are theyll stay up and Russell wont throw the game away.

  62. johngaltwho says: Jul 23, 2013 4:05 PM

    As a Packer fan, and a Badger fan – I agree – comparing Russell Wilson to Rex Grossman is like comparing Filet Mignon to a McDonalds hamburger. One is a rare talent and the other gets laid out flat as soon as he feels the heat.

  63. seahawksteven777 says: Jul 23, 2013 6:41 PM

    scmems07 says:
    Jul 23, 2013 10:30 AM

    “5k yards passing, 64% completion, 35+ td passes, thats beast……3100 yrds passing in a “passing league” and 26 td’s with a defense that gets the offense the ball on thier own side of the field often….that is at best….average. wilson will never sniff 4k yards passing or 35 td’s in a league that is built for passing.”

    Yeah, because you had to put up huge passing numbers to win a Superbowl. Why do you think high powered offenses like the Packers, Patriots, etc don’t win titles but teams like the Ravens, Giants, etc do? A good running game still matters.

  64. newcomer2013 says: Jul 23, 2013 6:58 PM

    Color me skeptical and I will be the first to eat crow if I am wrong but Wilson and the Seahawks will take a big step back this year.

  65. hawkman4life says: Jul 23, 2013 8:30 PM

    I will get that crow cooked to perfection for you. As far as Seattle having a classless fan base, that is just wrong. To call the players and coaches cheaters (I think many of you should really research what kind of so called PED it really is) shows less class than the fan who calls out actual game stats and defends his team from haters.

    Every NFL team goes through its ups and downs with winning seasons followed by losing seasons. Such is football. This team (Seattle) is relatively new by proffessional football standards so we can exclude a storied past compared to many other teams. Wasn’t very long ago when steve young retired that the niners hit bottom and spent a few years looking up from third or last place in the division themselves. Seattle was a few bad calls from having that coveted ring themselves.

    The seahawks players and fans are excited and showing it. Other fans seem scared and resort to name calling and ill-informed cheat allegations. When it comes right down to it most of us are fanatical about our team and that is only a positive. Seattle, I believe has been fairly ranked considering it’s extreme balance on both sides of the ball. Will Wilson put up numbers like Brees and the like? No way…but does he need to is what you should be thinking about. Pass happy league and Seattle with extremely good secondary. Pass all you want and see a few pick 6′s.

    The NFC West is loaded from top to bottom and takes, as seen in Seattle last year, half a season to come on strong. I love my team as much as anybody and have torn hats and a few tossed and broken tv controllers to prove it. That said, I love football just as much and enjoy talking football with any fan. But talk football and stop with the childish bantering…

  66. hawkman4life says: Jul 23, 2013 8:34 PM

    Oh…and I almost forgot…seatlle will not be taking a step back this year but we can visit that again when crucial contracts come due.

  67. goldrush94 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:27 PM

    Paper champs. You have have your preseason. When the real season roll around, you’ll be looking up at the 49ers and next to you at the Rams. You should be content with a wild card birth. Your O-line won’t hold up.

  68. bpeterson464 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:33 PM

    This is a good ranking, it leaves room to grow, but it still acknowledges that this is one of the most talented teams in the NFL.

  69. ghostshock says: Jul 23, 2013 11:00 PM

    #4 seems low to me. I think it’s top 2 by a wide margin. I don’t care if you rank SF ahead, because they’re a similarly talented team, but to have Baltimore and Denver ahead? Hilarious.

    Everyone and their mother knows Baltimore is not an elite team. Their SB victory last season is irrelevant this year. Frankly, I don’t expect them to win their division (Bengals). Hell, they’ll struggle to get a wild-card spot if Flacco goes back to being Flacco.

    Denver has Peyton Manning, so an argument could be made for them being #1/#2 simply because Peyton Manning. I don’t agree with it at all, but their defense is real and they will have an elite offense. Their schedule is also super easy. Could this be the year that Manning starts his decline though? And if he does, the run game may not be there to help him. He’s 37, folks. That said, I see them as clearly the third best team behind Seattle and SF.

    Seattle is stacked at every position except for OL, which is mitigated by scheme (ZBS for run game) and personnel (Wilson for pass game). No other team in the NFL can say that. If you want to nitpick, you could argue the SAM LB is unknown, but Avril and Irvin could spend time there – each would provide a pass-rush force at SAM.

    Advanced stats from ANFLS and FO have Seattle 3rd and 1st respectively for 2012. They were the only team to have a top 5 FO ranking for offense, defense, and special teams. Then there’s the fact they’re so young. They were the 2nd youngest team by weighted snaps behind the Browns last year. I expect them to be better than they were last year (which arguably was the best team in the league) because of how young they are.

    I am positive they would have won the Super Bowl if they had home-field advantage last year. If they can do that this year, call it over when they clinch!

    This is why the team has so many haters. They’re better than your team (unless it’s SF, who knows who’s better out of SEA/SF? That’ll be decided on the gridiron). Keep hating, haters.

    Winter is coming.

  70. dans761 says: Jul 23, 2013 11:37 PM

    I love it how everyone hates that the Seahawks are good! “Pretenders”, “paper champs” and all the other trash the haters say is funny! 31 seconds from the NFC championship is more then most teams have done. And they’re all young, haven’t even peaked, ill take my team and its great future against any. And we’ll hear the same dribble from the haters. All that matters is winning and expect the Seahawks to do that for a long time. You wish you had a roster like the Seahawks. No wonder the haters are in full force.

  71. bcgreg says: Jul 25, 2013 9:36 AM

    Hawks score 50+ two weeks in a row and “threw in a 42-13 beating”. If it was the Patriots, they would be accused of running up the score. Just goes to show that it’s just jealousy and hate.

    (BTW, there is no such thing as running up the score in the NFL, IMO.)

    And Seattle looks GOOOOOOOD this year. Would NOT be surprised if they were in the SB this year.

  72. madcapper6 says: Aug 4, 2013 2:45 PM

    “The peds will boost them to 9 wins, if that.” That’s typical. If fans like that had more than two brain cells to rub together they would know that the Hawks will be the cleanest team in the league in ’13. That’s what scrutiny will do. But don’t tell that to some fans, the concept causes brain overload.

    If you want to beat the Seahawks this year, it’s best to catch them early in the season because once they settle in and have everyone on board, then forget it.

    You have a top 10 QB, top 2 or 3 running game, adequate receivers, top 10 front seven, the best secondary in the league, and those are the ingredients for a 7, 8 or 9 win team “if they’re lucky?” The Hawks are solid in every aspect of the game. So you haters know where you can put it.

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