One More Day
Fans of the Seattle Seahawks, it’s almost that time of year again.
Our months of debating, writing, analyzing, cringing, wishing, hoping, contemplating, dreaming, and waiting for the 2013-2014 season to begin will soon be over. For, as many of you already know, training camp begins tomorrow.
The annual event that gives fans and teams their first opportunity to flash their skills in front of the public for awhile, the Hawks have already sold out tickets to their training camp and will be looking to continue building towards what could be a dream season in Seattle.
Let’s briefly recap what’s gone down since the end of last season.
The last game the Seahawks played in saw them drop a heart-breaker in Atlanta. Heading to Atlanta for an early, 1 pm ET NFC Divisional Round game (thank you football scheduling gods…but not really), the Hawks struggled to get anything going in the first half. Not generating any offensive momentum while seeing the Falcons put up 20 points, Seattle looked like a team who was out of time and out of place.
Their early struggles changed, however, after they came out of the half with a new moxie about them that led to their first touchdown of the game, a 29 yard pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate that cut the Hawks’ deficit to 20-7.
But as efficient as Seattle looked on their touchdown drive, their defense couldn’t hold back Atlanta, surrendering yet another touchdown to the Falcons that put the home team up 27-7.
Heading into the fourth quarter with quite the uphill battle, the Seahawks not only found their rhythm, they scored three touchdowns in the quarter to take an unbelievable 28-27 lead.
Just 31 seconds left in the game, the Falcons would need to execute two mid to deep passes to get into field goal range, something many didn’t consider likely with the way Seattle’s secondary had played in the fourth.
However, unfortunately for Seahawk fans, Atlanta did just that. Two passes, a missed field goal called back because of a timeout, and a field goal later, Seattle was sent home from Atlanta wondering, what if?
The offseason proved a great one for the Seahawks, as they added valuable pieces on both offense and defense through free agency and the draft.
Selecting an eclectic group of players in the draft (headlined by Christine Michael), Seattle continued to address future needs while selecting players who could make an immediate impact.
But as good as Seattle’s draft was for the future of the organization, the front office’s moves in free agency made this team one of the most dangerous in the year to come.
Adding Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to the defensive line, the Seahawks also acquired defensive back Antoine Winfield and standout wide receiver/speedster Percy Harvin. Each valuable in his own right, Harvin was obviously the biggest offseason addition.
His versatility should open up Seattle’s offense even more while providing the proper space for other offensive weapons to operate in.
Aside from offseason acquisitions, the Hawks had a “Championship Offseason” mantra that will hopefully translate into every player having the best year of their career. While this is a tall task, players have bought into Seattle’s motto and it looks like each and every one of them will be giving everything they got this year.
A New Start
Last season ended tough. For the Seahawks to lose to Atlanta in heartbreaking fashion, just seconds away from making the NFC Championship Game, was crushing. However, now that a new year is about to begin, Seattle is looking like one of the top contenders for the Super Bowl.
Russell Wilson has developed into a strong leader and is a proven commodity, the Seahawks added a huge weapon at wide receiver, and the Legion of Boom will be better than ever.
There are still questions surrounding this squad (namely in relation to the defensive line and injuries), but for the most part, everybody is primed and ready for this season to begin. And for those of us who just can’t wait any longer, we’re part of the lucky group who gets to hear about and see our Hawks at training camp starting tomorrow.
The wait is finally over.
Let’s play some football.