The history of the NFL is filled with teams that have followed up Super Bowl titles with disappointing seasons, often because their championship run was filled with everything breaking the right way while several members of the team are performing at the highest level they’re capable of performing.
Quarterback Russell Wilson does not think the Seahawks roster was guilty of the latter last season. Wilson said that he believes the Seahawks are further along at this point in the offseason than they were this time last year and that there’s still room for improvement.
“There’s a lot more ways we can be better,” Wilson said, via ESPN.com. “And there’s a lot more ways that I can get better. That’s the great part about it. I continue to try to stay focused on what I can control and continue to grow in every way possible.”
It’s impossible to predict what might happen in terms of injuries, but it’s not crazy to think that the Seahawks could show noticeable growth from last season. Their roster has just four players on the north side of 30, none of whom are being counted on for expansive roles, and some of the younger players will take steps forward in the coming months. They’ll also be hoping for a full season with Percy Harvin available as a target for Wilson, who probably hasn’t reached his ceiling just two years into his NFL career.
Given the strength of the NFC West, any of that growth may not be reflected in their regular season record but it would keep the Seahawks at or near the top of the heap in the NFL in 2014.