It’s the Friday before Week 1 of a new season in the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks just wrapped up a 4-0 preseason in which they were never even really challenged by any of their opponents. Optimism, thus, is alive and well around Virginia Mason Athletic Complex (VMAC) in Renton, WA where the Seahawks train.
As it should be. The team is about to embark on a new campaign, they look good and just like every other team, has a blank slate that is open to every possibility. Playoffs?
I hope I didn’t sound too much like Jim Mora with that question but playoffs are a very real possibility with this team because make no mistake about it, this team is loaded.
It has taken a few years for Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, but entering year three they have essentially the roster they want (entering cutdown day so this number could change by the end of the day, there were eight players inherited by the new regime) and a team that is playing the way they want.
The team plays fast. It plays hungry. It plays smart. Perhaps, most importantly, it plays TOGETHER. The defense is scary good. The special teams is explosive at times and the offense is young and growing with a rookie quarterback at the helm.
Sure, it won’t be easy. Not only do the Seahawks face an uphill battle trying to upend reigning division winner San Francisco 49ers who were 13-3 last season, they have a brutal schedule according to most people (I see opportunity where others see what were good teams last season) which will test them in every regard.
To put it simply, if the Seahawks make the playoffs, they’ll have earned it. And as someone who believes they will, I’m telling you right now, this team will earn it. This team will play its ass off every week. It’s going to be a tough team to beat. If there’s one thing you can take away from the preseason, it’s that.
So sit back and enjoy Seahawks fans, this team is going to be fun to watch.