Who Makes 12s’ Jaws Drop This Season?
As much as I would like to celebrate forever about the Seattle Seahawks winning the Superbowl last season it is just that– Last Season.
It’s become yesterday’s news. It’s a fickle life in the NFL as a player. Fans are forever asking that famous Janet Jackson question.
What Have You Done For Me Lately?
A few predictions on who from the Seahawks will make us say “Wow!” in 2014 follows.
Despite backing off a bit from his “running back by committee” statement I think Darrell Bevell is going to turn former 1st round pick Christine Michael loose in 2014.
There is still plenty to expect from Marshawn Lynch but I look for the Hawks to limit his carries a bit this year and those carries are going to go to Michael.
We saw glimpses of Michael in 2013 in garbage time and it’s pretty clear that this kid can run like a gazelle.
Michael has a whole bunch more speed than Lynch while not sacrificing a whole lot of that power style running that we’ve enjoyed from Lynch the past few years.
I expect that in the first few games we are going to see a play in which Paul Richardson and Percy Harvin stretch the defense and the next thing you know Michael will be running for a huge gain through a wide open secondary.
Speaking of Paul Richardson, yah he’s going to “Wow” us too with that speed of his and with Doug Baldwin and Percy Harvin helping to stretch out defensive secondaries, I think it’s likely that we’re going to see some amazing plays.
How much and how fast Richardson impacts the Seahawks offense is a bit unpredictable. Golden Tate didn’t play a whole lot in his first year under coach Carroll.
Given that Richardson is a more explosive player than Tate I think he’ll get his chance to “Wow” us sooner rather than later perhaps with a reverse or an end around that winds up in the end zone.
How is this for a cool sounding phrase:
The Seattle Seahawks All-Pro right tackle, Justin Britt.
Ok, maybe I’m a bit early with the All-Pro talk but when an unassuming guy like O-line coach Tom Cable starts dancing in the draft room about getting “his guy” in the draft I have to think we are about to see something really good.
In addition to providing more protection on that side of the line for Russell Wilson I look for Britt to be an enforcer, the nasty guy on the line that punishes defenders on running plays to the right side.
It’s only a matter of time before we see Britt level some secondary player as he leads Lynch for a big gainer. We’ll all gasp on the replays of the hit and then say, “Wow!”.
Perhaps this one seems too easy but we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg as to what Percy Harvin can do for the Seattle offense.
Harvin only played a handful of downs all year, including the playoffs and I’m sure we all remember what he did to the Broncos in the Superbowl.
Imagine that kind of production on a weekly basis.
End arounds, reverses, deep balls over the middle, kick returns. It’s going to be a “Wow” show and Harvin’s game only opens things up for everyone else on the field.
As if Wilson hadn’t done enough things already to make us say “Wow” I think in 2014 Wilson goes well beyond the QB that some of the national media like to define as a “game manager”.
Wilson has shown an amazing ability to throw the ball deep with deadly accuracy. The problem has been that his deep threat wide receivers have been consistently hurt ie Sidney Rice and Harvin.
That’s a lot of weapons, far more than Wilson has ever had at his disposal in his NFL career.
We’ve long been saying “Wow” about Wilson the player off the field, his ability to run, his ability to lead, and his ability to see above his 5’10” stature. This year we’ll see his ability to throw the ball deep with a bit more regularity and watch those passing stats light up like a pinball machine.
How’s that for something to look forward to this fall?