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2015 Season Review: Seattle Seahawks

It wasn’t a bad season for the Seahawks, but after being a yard short of repeat Super Bowl champions it’


It wasn’t a bad season for the Seahawks, but after being a yard short of repeat Super Bowl champions it’s hard to see a wildcard spot and defeat in the divisional round as anything but a failure. Record: 10-6, #5 seed. Lost in divisional round 31-24 to Carolina   The Seahawks started slowly, going 2-4 with their only convincing performance being a 26-0 home win against a Bears team that was starting Jimmy Clausen and had no interest in trying to win. The early struggles were somewhat overstated in hindsight though. Road losses to the Packers and Bengals, both of whom made the playoffs, is nothing to be too upset about and their home loss to the Panthers, while frustrating, looks a lot better now than it did at the time. After that they became the Seahawks we’re used to. An 8-2 finish, that included 3 25+ point wins in a row, gave them a playoff spot. After a nervy win in arctic conditions in Minnesota they bowed out in disappointing fashion in Carolina. Offense: To say the offense had it’s issues is putting it mildly. the pre-season trade that sent Max Unger to New Orleans in exchange for Jimmy Graham greatly affected their blocking all season and they could never quite integrate Graham into their offense fully. Combine that with injuries to Marshawn Lynch and then his rookie replacement Thomas Rawls and the offensive burden fell on Russell Wilson in a way it hasn’t in previous seasons. He proved to be capable, going on a streak at the end of the season that was MVP-worthy. The major recipient of the increased passing output was Doug Baldwin who had an incredible end of the year, getting 530 yards and 11 touchdowns in the final 6 games of the season. In the end it was their blocking issues that lead to their downfall offensively though. They struggled to run the ball at all in the playoffs which was a staple of their Super Bowl winning offense, and against Carolina Russell Wilson was under siege early and often as he got sacked 5 times. Defense: They started the season on shaky ground. Kam Chancellor held out all pre-season as well as for the first 2 games in the hopes of getting a new contract. Last year’s right corner Byron Maxwell had departed in free agency and Jeremy Lane didn’t play until late November. Their depth across the defensive line had been chipped away as money had to be diverted to the larger contracts of their stars. This thinning of the depth chart let to issues late in games as 3 4th quarter leads were squandered during that 2-4 start. Questions were being asked left right and centre about the effect two long post-season runs had had on the team, there were remarks about how Seattle’s defense had always been overrated, particularly the “Legion of Boom”. That didn’t last long though. By mid-season the Seahawks woke up and defensively they started shredding offenses. Through the last 10 games they allowed just 15.2 points per game and better than 1 turnover a game. In short a unit that features superb individual players like Michael Bennett, Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas will always excel in the end. Rookie Class: The Seahawks rookies were a mixed bunch. They had once again traded away their 1st round pick, so any immediate contribution was going to be unlikely. Top pick Frank Clark (DE, 63rd overall) made a few plays, picking up 3 sacks and a forced fumble, but was largely an afterthought. The main contribution came from Tyler Lockett (WR/KR, 69th overall) who was expected to be a threat as a return man only and a project as a receiver. He ended up being the 1st team All Pro return man this year after amassing more kick and punt return yardage than anyone else and also 51 catches for 664 yards and 6 touchdowns as a receiver. Overall: It was a good season from the Seahawks. They’ll have been disappointed to not win the division though, particularly when it was due to their 3-3 record in the division which included 2 loses to St. Louis. But a 4th year with a playoff win is nothing to be upset about. The NFC is extremely competitive so just making it as far as the divisional round is an achievement. Player and coach turnover and perhaps a little “Super Bowl hangover” was probably responsible for their sluggish start but in the end 2015 should be looked back on as another success for Pete Carroll’s Seahawks.   Related Reading


Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2015 Season Review: Seattle Seahawks

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