Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
After last offseason, the Seattle Seahawks practically lost their entire “Legion of Boom,” a nickname that was given to their powerful defensive secondary that propelled the Seahawks to numerous wins. While it seemed like a rebuilding season, the Hawks proved it was anything but that. Finishing with a 10-6 record, a one-win improvement from last year, they seem primed to improve for years to come, not to mention returning to the playoffs, after a brief one season break. From the outside looking in, if you were a die-hard Seahawks fan at the start of this season, this was probably one that didn’t look so appealing. The Seahawks suffered numerous setbacks after a lot of decisions that were made by the front office.
After losing all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman, all hope was lost for the Seahawks fan base after trading another defense star, Michael Bennett, to the Philadelphia Eagles. They also lost a bunch of other key players that played vital roles in their Super Bowl win back in 2013. Kam Chancellor, Jeremy Lane, Jimmy Graham, and Cliff Avril were among those who were either lost in free agency, trades, or retirement.
After the tremendous number of losses to their team, they turned to the draft to add a couple of new faces. The great story of the first NFL one-handed player, Shaquem Griffin, who was drafted in the fifth round by the Hawks. The Seahawks also have his brother Shaquill, who saw a lot of playing time after being named a starter in Week 8. Rashaad Penny was the first round selection for to the Seahawks and had a tremendous game in Week 10, finishing with 12 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown. Penny, who was an All-American at San Diego State, was sharing the Seahawks’ backfield with Chris Carson. Seattle ended up drafting a total of nine players, and traded several others, most notably sending Marshawn Lynch to the Oakland Raiders. A year that also saw their owner, Paul Allen, pass away due to cancer, the Seahawks surprised everyone with their above-average season.
Although being knocked out of the playoffs in the first round against the Dallas Cowboys, a lot of analysts predicted the Seahawks to not even be in that position. It is their seventh time in nine seasons to make the playoffs under Pete Carroll. Imagine a seasoned team in 2019 who is poised to not only improve, but to become a perennial talent they once were in the previous years. With quarterback Russell Wilson, who has seen the spotlight in the playoffs for many years, and a defense who is adding to their skill set and confidence, this team looks to be almost as exciting as they once were. The Seahawks can always count on the strong fanbase and the support of Seattle.