It was just one year ago that the Seattle Seahawks were looking forward to having a spate of improved quarterback play from Matt Flynn. Signed away from Green Bay Flynn headed into Seahawks camp and was immediately anointed the starter by a press corp eager to make him the Seahawks savior. But a funny thing happened on the way to CenturyLink Field. Russel Wilson got in the way, impressing Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll enough to push him ahead of Flynn, who sat the bench while Wilson played 16 games for Seattle and firmly established himself as an NFL talent.
In 2013 there’s not going to be a quarterback controversy or decision in Seattle. Russell Wilson is the man. In 2012, his first year under center in the NFL, Wilson passed for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns. While Seattle will still depend on Wilson they’ve given him another weapon in his arsenal besides Marshawn Lynch in the backfield. The Seahawks signed Percy Harvin, a versatile runner, pass catcher, and return man who gives the Seattle offense some flexibility.
Looking over the defense it was pretty clear where Carroll thought he needed some help. The Seahawks went into the free agent market and came away with some help on the line by signing Cliff Avril away from Detroit, Michael Bennett from Tampa Bay, and Tony McDaniel from Miami. Lest the message not be made clear the NFL draft yielded Jordan Hill of penn State, Jesse Williams of Alabama, and long shot Ty Powell. The D also got a cornerback, Tharold Simon. If you can put it all together it adds up to a renewed emphasis on rushing the quarterback and containing the passing game. The secondary has been the strongest part of the Seattle defense and few changes are expected from a group rife with Pro Bowl talent.
If there’s one thing that can stand in the way of the Seattle Seahawks and their improved status in the NFC West it’s the untimely rise of the San Francisco 49ers. Quite frankly this division has gone from bums to beautiful in three seasons. The Seahawks will play the 49ers home and away and those two games could spell the difference between home field advantage and taking to the road.