The Seattle Seahawks are coming off their worst season of the Russell Wilson era, and their trajectory appears to be pointing further downward on the surface.
Seattle won fewer than 10 games and missed the playoffs last year for the first time since drafting Wilson in the third round in 2012, while the division-rival Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers emerged as high-buzz current or soon-to-be contenders. The Seahawks then experienced a hellish March, with key veterans such as Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Jimmy Graham, Sheldon Richardson and Paul Richardson all hitting the road.
It might be time to prepare a eulogy for the Legion of Boom and to wonder whether a supposed dynasty in the making has already reached its expiration date.
Wilson was an MVP candidate last year, but the four-time Pro Bowler can’t single-handedly carry a team that ranked in the middle of the pack in Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA), according to Football Outsiders. authentic nfl jerseys cheap
According to Pro Football Focus, Wilson has been pressured more frequently than any quarterback in the NFC over the last three years. That oft-embarrassed offensive line again ranked in the bottom 10 in terms of Football Outsiders’ adjusted sack rate in 2017.
So, the defense likely won’t rescue Wilson the way it did during the first few years of his career, and the line again might do more harm than good in 2018.
What about the running game? Could Seattle’s savior be a rookie at a non-premium position who few expected to be drafted in the first round?
Most casual football fans still may not know who Rashaad Penny is, but the overlooked 22-year-old running back could be the key to saving the Seahawks in 2018. nfl jerseys for cheap
Seattle’s running game consistently ranked near the top of the league in terms of rushing yards per game and yards per carry during Wilson’s first four seasons, but the Seahawks ranked in the bottom 10 in each of the last two seasons. They’ve been looking for a top-flight back ever since Marshawn Lynch faded in 2015, but they haven’t had a running back rush for 500 yards in either of the last two seasons.
Penny might change that. And the Seahawks know it, which is why they’re going to try to keep him on the field every down.
“We’re gonna work real hard with his pass protection cheap nfl jerseys and make sure that he’s up to speed there,” head coach Pete Carroll said Sunday, per Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune. “We’d like to see if we can make him available to us on all three downs.”
Few mock drafts had Penny going in Round 1, but Seahawks general manager John Schneider—who selected him 27th overall in April’s draft—said he would have felt comfortable taking Penny at No. 18 before Seattle traded down, according to PFF’s Scott Barrett.
And it’s not as though the Seahawks are the only team that believes Penny has a bright future. After Seattle took the San Diego State product, Schneider says the team received a trade offer for him, per Barrett. nfl jersey cheap
Yours truly wrote in March that it was “shocking to see how often he’s been ignored in early-round draft analysis and predictions,” because Penny looks and feels like an elite running back in the making.