When fans think of the Seattle Seahawks, they see a team that went to two straight Super Bowls and was within one yard of winning both. The 2015 season saw a different team that went 10-6 and didn’t get back to the big game. As the 2016 season approaches, Seattle will be looking to get back to the biggest game of them all with most of their stars back on the roster. Here are the three biggest questions around the Seahawks going into the new season.
Will Thomas Rawls replace Marshawn Lynch effectively?
Lynch’s retirement makes Rawls the lead horse in the Seattle backfield. He showed great potential last season in relief of Lynch but now knows that it is all up to him. The Seahawks love to run the ball and Rawls needs to put up a very similar season to what Lynch has been in recent years.
Can the defense be No. 1 again?
Last season, the Seahawks gave up just 17.3 points per game on average which was best in the NFL. With a defensive backfield that makes it hard to pass the ball, there is no reason why this can’t happen again. Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas lead a group that continues to stop opposing offenses with shocking regularity.
Is Russell Wilson ready to take the next step?
This may be the biggest question of them all. Wilson has been leaning on the run game his whole career. With no Lynch, he may need to throw the ball a lot more this season. Is Wilson can become a 4,000-yard passer, the Seahawks will have a dimension that they haven’t had during their Super Bowl runs.