We are officially less than one month away from the Seattle Seahawks‘ first preseason game of the season against the San Diego Chargers. Set to kick off on Thursday, August 8 at 7 pm, many national media members and sports fans will shrug this off just like they do every preseason game.
But that might not be the case for Hawks fans, as it will be the first time they will get to see their boys back in action since a heartbreaking loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional round of the 2013 NFL Playoffs.
And with the lofty expectations both the team and their fans have set for themselves in 2013-2014 (with a Super Bowl or bust scenario currently in mind), it’s no wonder why some may be gearing up and getting ready for preseason game No. 1.
In fact, hype surrounding the team and getting a chance to watch them on the field has translated all the way to training camps. Yes, Seahawks fans, you’re even going to have a hard time getting into training camp this year.
As was reported by Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, training camp tickets have been sold out for five of the days. Aside from 62,000 season tickets selling out, training camp tickets are selling out. I mean, channeling my inner Allen Iverson, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TRAINING CAMP.
Let’s break this hype down.
The basis for this hype obviously comes from last season as well as some of the additions Seattle made to get better over the offseason. Coming into 2012 as a rookie who not many were expecting to light up defenses, Russell Wilson proved all his doubters wrong and outlasted touted rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III in the playoffs.
Needing some time to really hit their stride, the 2012 Seahawks exploded in the second half of the season and developed an entirely different persona.
The Legion of Boom still knocking around receivers and shoring up opposing passing games, the offense began to execute at an unbelievable level while Seattle trampled opponent-after-opponent all the way to the playoffs.
Downing the Washington Redskins in the first round, Seattle unfortunately couldn’t get things going until the second half against the Falcons in a game that saw them roar back only to have their hearts broken in the last 30 seconds. Still, after exceeding expectations and showcasing a dominant offense and defense, many believed the Hawks to be on the up.
Forwarding their momentum into the offseason, the Seattle front office made some big acquisitions to help shore up issues on their squad while making them nearly impenetrable.
The biggest signing was that of Percy Harvin, the versatile speedster who will open up even more space for Seattle’s offense in 2013.
On the defensive side of things, Seattle added Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to the defensive line while signing Antoine Winfield to make the LOB even more potent. The additions of Avril and Bennett should help out a defensive line that will look to improve upon their 2012 numbers.
Is it Merited?
Of course this hype is merited. This team has the potential to completely shake up the league, send ripples through the NFL, and drop bombs on other organizations. The 2013 Seattle Seahawks could very well be the best team in organization history; yes, Seattle fans, they could be even better than the 2005 squad that reached the Super Bowl.
That being said, it will be interesting to see how the team handles all the expectations surrounding them. If they have a rough game early on, will they crumble or will they soldier on?
As it seems right now, this isn’t a kind of team to let their heads fall because of one bad day/game. They are a team determined to prove they are the best in the league, and don’t think that they are making sure every team in the NFL knows that every single second.
It’s going to be quite a year in Seattle. Let’s all strap in and get ready for a great ride.