This offseason has been an eventful time for the Seahawks. The spring and summer were filled with rumors of team dysfunction and how the team’s time to win a Super Bowl has passed. Even with Pete Carroll and the team’s leaders denying the rumors, they still surround the team heading into training camp. Here are five storylines to follow during the 2017 Seahawks season.
Russell Wilson/Richard Sherman Discord
An ESPN: The Magazine article describing Sherman’s inability to let go of the 2014 Super Bowl loss came out in May. The article detailed a strained relationship between Sherman, Wilson and Head Coach Pete Carroll. The article stated how the defense felt underappreciated and the organization coddles Wilson, but not others on the team. This also caused a rift in the locker room between the defensive players and offensive players.
Even with Sherman, Wilson, Carroll and other players disregarding this rumor, it will be interesting to follow in 2017. If Wilson struggles early during the season, will this rift between the team rise again? Will there be subtle statements from players that will take shots at Wilson and Carroll? Or will the team be able to handle issue behind the scenes and nothing comes of it? But with this being a big issue during the offseason, it will be interesting to see what happens during the season.
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Legion of Boom Aging?
After the Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014, the defense was feared throughout the entire league. The heart and soul of those defenses were the defensive backs, or also known as the Legion of Boom. But the past two years have been down years for the LOB. Multiple key players suffered injuries and had to miss games or their play was diminished.
As the Seahawks enter year six with the LOB, Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are starting to get to the back end of their prime. Their physical play does not help them stay healthy. Will they be able to stay healthy in 2017 and their play continue to decline? Or have the past two years been just anomalies and the LOB will be back to the way they played early on in their careers? The Seahawks defense is built around the LOB, and the team needs them to play like they did before the last two years.
Richard Sherman Trade Rumors
One of the most surprising developments of the 2017 NFL offseason was Sherman possibly being traded from Seattle. Sherman has arguably been the face of the franchise for a while. So when the report came out, almost everyone around the league was surprised. However, the Seahawks high asking price for Sherman made teams shy away from a trade.
Will the rumors of Sherman resurface around the trade deadline if Seattle gets off to a slow start? Will these rumors hang around Sherman’s head during the season and cause his play to be affected? If Shaquill Griffin plays very well as a rookie, will it cause Seattle to have a stronger consideration to trade Sherman? The Sherman trade rumors could depend on how Seattle starts the season.
Eddie Lacy’s Weight
For the past couple of years, the biggest question surrounding Lacy is his weight. When Seattle signed Lacy during the offseason, they added weight checks into his contract to keep Lacy at the weight Seattle wants him to be at. He has kept his weight in check so far, but he will need to do that the rest of the season. If Lacy keeps it in check all year, he could be a good producer for Seattle. But if he starts to regain the weight and Seattle decides that it is not worth to play him, it could be his last chance in the NFL.