Is it September Yet?
The dog days of August are upon us. Training camp is underway and that thing we call Pre-season football is about to start just to further antagonize us as we wait for the NFL regular season to begin.
Yah I think it’s fair to say I’m not a fan of pre-season football.
The players I want to see play might play a series or two per game and then I’m stuck watching players that I most likely won’t ever see again. The games also mean NOTHING!
The good news is that the regular season is coming and there is plenty to be excited about if you’re a Seahawks fan. Here is my Top 4 reasons to be excited about the return of Seahawks football.
The Wide Receivers
You wouldn’t think you could get excited about a group of receiver in a run first offense but this group is going to be very, very interesting in 2014.
Percy Harvin and Paul Richardson are going to infuse so much speed into the Seahawks passing game that I’m not sure everyone fully comprehends just what these two are capable of yet.
The Seahawks have never had a dual speed threat like this before, ever, let alone under Pete Carroll. Right now, this is like being handed the keys to two Ferraris and being told for the next 4 weeks they have to remain in the garage. Agonizing!
Look, I get it. This is a Marshawn Lynch ground game in Seattle and it will continue to be in 2014 as he has returned from his brief hold out.
I can’t help but get excited at the notion however, that we are going to get to see more of Christine Michael in 2014. Michael doesn’t have Lynch’s power but he is a very nifty runner with great speed to the outside.
Michael only played a handful of down in 2013, all in garbage time. I can’t wait to see what this kid can do on a more regular basis.
The Legion of Boom
They are back. Richard Sherman is on the Madden cover and the whole crop of them don’t seem to have lost anything in terms of swagger.
There is some new emphasis on illegal contact and pass interference being preached to NFL officials right now. Many are already calling it the LOB rule.
How much lead way the officials give the LOB on defense is going to be interesting to say the least. Will it affect the way they have to play the game? How many flags will they draw this year?
I can’t wait to find out.
Let’s face it. I’m always excited to watch Russell Wilson play. His presence, awareness, poise and sheer athletic ability are a joy to watch but I’m looking for something more from #3 this year.
Wilson is entering his 3rd season in the NFL. I really think he’s still a work in progress in terms of his knowledge of the game and finding out exactly what he can and can’t do out there.
This is the year that Wilson is going to put the “game manager” talk to rest.
Armed with a set of receivers worthy of his throwing ability for the first time in his NFL career, I think Wilson will get the opportunity to throw the ball down field more often.
I’m not saying the Seahawks aren’t going to continue to be a run first offense. What I am saying is that they will take fewer short passing attempts and more longer ones. And that is going to be fun to watch.