Russell Wilson: Seahawks “most competitive team and talented team” he’s been on

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The Seattle Seahawks have made the playoffs in four straight seasons, appeared in two Super Bowls and won their first Lombardi Trophy in the four years since Russell Wilson became the team’s starting quarterback in 2012.

And yet, Wilson believes the 2016 version of the Seahawks may be the best team he’s been on.

“Well we’ve had great teams before,” Wilson said following practice on Wednesday. “I can honestly say this is the most competitive team and talented team I think across the board.”

There has been frequent discussion in training camp about the “feel” and “vibe” of this year’s training camp mirroring the group from 2013 that won the Super Bowl. After a loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round in 2012, Seattle won homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and a trip to New York for Super Bowl XLVIII, where they pummeled the Denver Broncos 43-8.

This year, Seattle is coming off a divisional round loss to the Carolina Panthers and again are among the best rosters in the NFC.

“It is hard for me to compare it to the 2013 group other than to know that there were so many good players in that roster make up, it feels like that again,” head coach Pete Carroll said regarding Wilson’s comment.” It feels like a lot of guys that can play, we can be comfortable moving them in and out of the lineup which means that we have a very competitive roster so I don’t disagree with him.

“I feel like there are a lot of guys at the receivers spots, a lot of running backs, a lot of corners, we are going to have a rotation at the D-line that we like. Those are all really good signs and the tight end position I think is going to be better than it’s been so those are all positives and pluses.”

It would take a lot for Seattle to be as deep as the 2013 version. The nine cornerbacks the Seahawks had in camp that year were Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Brandon Browner, Jeremy Lane, Walter Thurmond, Antoine Winfield, Ron Parker, Will Blackmon and Tharold Simon.

Parker and Blackmon were the bottom end of the roster. Since then, Parker has become a two-year starter with Kansas City and Blackmon a regular and part-time starter for Jacksonville and Washington. Winfield, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, wasn’t going to make the roster and elected to retire.

Maxwell (Philadelphia), Thurmond (NY Giants), Browner (New England) and Lane (Seattle) all went on to sign sizable new contracts.

Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, who have combined for 31 sacks over the last two seasons did not start.

While Seattle may not have quite that much talent on this year’s roster, they are still among the favorites in the NFC. Only time will tell if they are able to match 2013’s accomplishments.

22 responses to “Russell Wilson: Seahawks “most competitive team and talented team” he’s been on

  1. A slap in the face to Marshawn Lynch. He was their not so secret weapon in their playoff runs. They lost the SB because they didn’t give them the ball. You can’t under estimate his loss. HOF once in a lifetime player. And as the article stated they clearly aren’t as talented as that amazing 2013 team. Still may be best team in NFC anyway tho.

  2. Well all see when the Dolphins show up in Seattle in week 1. Can’t be blamed for having high hopes. Anyone who knows anything believes they have one of the most talented rosters in football. On August 17th I’m pretty happy. To those who spout off about the Hawks. You theories are filled with hopes and wants. Both will get you nothing except watching the playoffs with Seattle getting a lot of love for being a contender again. I wouldn’t say “nobody has it better than us” but we got it pretty darn good. Drafting my fantasy leagues with my fellow hawk fans talking about our great team. Been a fun August and we haven’t even seen real football yet. My fun ball is rolling down hill while Santa Clara chumps are wondering why their fun ball never showed up. You can watch us play with our fun ball if you want to…..lol

  3. 2013 Seahawks was as deepas any team since the mid ninety Cowboy’s teams. Not sure this year version is the same. There is no Bennett or Avril coming off the bench.

  4. gohawks!
    This team has had highs and lows…they stick together.
    Team mentality.
    NFC continues to get better and better. Gonna be tough.
    Super excited for this season!!!!

  5. Yes the Seahawks don’t have Marshawn Lynch which makes this team less scary as an offense. But when Wilson said ACROSS THE BOARD the team is deep and more competitive than 2013, I think he’s right. Yes our Running back position may not be overall better, but our Defense is more experienced, and have some great young players chomping at the bit to play. Simon is going to be a player to watch this season. He’s a freak. Frank Clark is Michael Bennett with more talent he’s just really raw and has to fine tune and get more opportunities. The Wide receiving corps is way more competitive than 2013. That’s 1 position group where its obvious. TE group is amazing. Graham and Wilson alone make it way better than Miller and McCoy. Our linebacking Corps is stronger and more experienced. Our D line overall is scary good. Our O line is unproven and maybe our worst position group but I think that’s always been our weakness. Our QB group is young and very talented. The question is can they put it all together to win games. That’s to be determined. We don’t have the toughest schedule so if they don’t make the playoffs than it will be a big shock.

  6. Funny. He said the same thing last year and the team barely made the playoffs, should have lost to Minnesota in the wild card game and they were pummeled by Carolina in the first half the following week. The hogs lost OL Russell Okung and JR Sweezy, LB Bruce Irvin and DL Brandon Mebane, and they did not replace any of these players with comparable free agents, and Midget Wilson claims that this team is not only better than last year’s team, but better than the teams of 2013 and 2014? That makes him sound like Bernie Madoff. LOL

    The hogs do not even have assurance that Thomas Rawls or Jimmy Graham have fully recoveered from heir injuries yet. Wonder what he will say if he gets hurt because his O line cannot protect him and Christine Michael cannot run the ball effectively enough to keep the defense honest.

  7. omeimontis says:
    Aug 18, 2016 10:55 AM
    Funny. He said the same thing last year and the team barely made the playoffs, should have lost to Minnesota in the wild card game and they were pummeled by Carolina in the first half the following week. The hogs lost OL Russell Okung and JR Sweezy, LB Bruce Irvin and DL Brandon Mebane, and they did not replace any of these players with comparable free agents, and Midget Wilson claims that this team is not only better than last year’s team, but better than the teams of 2013 and 2014? That makes him sound like Bernie Madoff. LOL

    The hogs do not even have assurance that Thomas Rawls or Jimmy Graham have fully recoveered from heir injuries yet. Wonder what he will say if he gets hurt because his O line cannot protect him and Christine Michael cannot run the ball effectively enough to keep the defense honest.
    ________

    Post of the day. Points out Okung and Sweezy leaving and says they didn’t replace them with comparable players. Well yeah, no shiz. They didn’t want to replace them with comparable players. Those guys were garbage. People have been saying the offensive line will be their demise for years now. Yet they’re always right in the mix at the end. The offensive line might be full of a bunch of no names and rookies, but they already look better than any line they’ve had the past 4 years.

    And people need to stop with the idiocy that not having Lynch is going to destroy the offense. Lynch was great. But when he got injured is when Seattle went on their run last year. When he came back is when they faltered against Carolina.

    The receiving group is deeper than ever. Picked up a stud TE in the draft allowing Graham to take his time getting back. DB’s are all healthy, Kam’s not holding out.

    This team has no holes. They’re so deep that the rest of the league can’t wait until cuts to 53 are made so they can pounce on the Seahawks’ players that fall victim to the cuts. If the Hawks can stay relatively healthy this year, they’re going to be tough to beat.

  8. The Hawks are great, but no holes? Didn’t someone point out above that Jmarcus Webb is a starting O-lineman? That whole O-line is one big hole-ly question mark.

  9. I love how most of the league keeps up with the Seahawks Better than their own team.

    In Teddy We Trust /omeimontis are great examples of this. People are worried about the hawks and it shows with them trying to point out flaws.

  10. “I can honestly say this is the most competitive team and talented team I think across the board.”
    bondsncurz, I don’t quite follow? How is this statement a slap in the face to Beast? Did you just read the headline?

  11. This team is faster than the 2013 team also.

    And Lynch won’t be as hard to replace as you think.

    Last year, with a worse line, Rawls led the league in YAC. This running back group will be more diverse and faster.

    I can smell the fear.

    But don’t feel bad, it’s for good reason.

  12. “The hogs lost OL Russell Okung and JR Sweezy, LB Bruce Irvin and DL Brandon Mebane, and they did not replace any of these players with comparable free agents”

    I hope not. Have you ever seen Okung and Sweazy play? They did draft Germain Ifedi though and I think he is going to turn out better than both of them. They drafted the DT from Alabama, Jarran Reed, to replace Mebane. Returns so far are very good on him. I think they’ll be fine there. And they didn’t want to keep Irvin because they want to change there style on D just a little. I don’t know if you noticed but they were getting killed by TE last season as teams were finding new ways to compete against that great defense. Now its the Seahawks turn to adjust and I don’t think you’ll find teams able to do that to them as much this season.

  13. He just turned his back on GOD’S team!

    For someone who carefully crafts his public messages I’m surprised that he forget his lord!!!

  14. Hmmm… It seems the Seahawks are under estimating the Arizona Cardinals.🙈 The team that beat them in their house last year.

    If any team can knock them out of the playoffs it will be the Cardinals.

    Our offense will be better than their’s and our defense has made great strides in adding talented players this year.

    Week 7 in Arizona will give us a great clue on who the NFC west leader
    will be.

    Let the games begin!!!

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