Try searching for experts who chose the Seahawks to win 11 games last year. You will be lucky if you can get one finger. It was a team that surpassed expectations due to various factors – but namely Russell Wilson’s game on offense and Jadeveon Clowney in defense.
However, at this time, the Seahawks do not have Clowney, and those who are running back are recovering at the end of the season. Until now, they haven’t been as good as last year Vegas odds makers make them favored in 11 matches, plus pick ’em vs 49ers.
It seems to me that bookies place their own bets when measuring the Seahawks. They bet? The coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider will make a spark of a cannonball before the season starts – or in the middle of it.
When evaluating teams from a betting line perspective, sometimes you have to look as much into the past as it is now. Bookkeeping doesn’t need to read every position on the list as much as they see franchise trends.
And besides the Patriots, there have been no consistent teams in the NFL like the Seahawks for the past eight years. Seven trips to the playoffs along with seven seasons double-digit wins? You have to take this into account at this point despite their shortcomings.
So if you see Carroll and Schneider … you have to think they are up to something, right? They always do.
Whether the Seahawks can sign influential defensive midfielders like Clowney or Everson Griffen remains to be seen. The enthusiasm for one of the signings might have been reduced a little recently at the time reported that linebacker / rush end Bruce Irvin signed nearly 6 million offseason contracts – around $ 2 million to $ 3 million more than generally estimated. That was mainly the result of his career which was the highest 8.5 sacks with Panthers last season.
If Irvin can replicate such production for the Seahawks next season, it will cost a lot of money. But extra dough makes it more difficult to add other key pieces to the defensive line, which remains Seattle’s most striking deficiency.
Speculation that Clowney’s return has dominated the headlines of offseason sports in Seattle, but that possibility seems to go further now, even if the defense end is overestimating its market value. The same is true for Griffen, Pro Bowler three times who had eight sacks for the Vikings last year.
But I can’t help but think that the possibility of signing Clowney last year looks the same way a few weeks before it actually happened. Carroll and Schneider usually find a way.
In the middle of the 2017 season, they were able to obtain the left tackle Duane Brown, who made the Pro Bowl and finally signed a long-term contract in Seattle. Before the season begins, they can get Sheldon Richardson’s defensive defense on September 1. And in the middle of last season, they got back defender Quandre Diggs, who gave a big boost to the troubled Seattle defense.
That’s a track record.
The Seahawks front office never believed in the idea of only having one time frame to add to the list. This is basically a commitment of 365 days a year.
As Schneider said in an interview with CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, with whom he discussed the hat room “we are just one of the teams who want to be active all season too, so we try to make a budget as needed.”
Anyone who follows the Seahawks carefully knows that high-impact steps can come at any time. Oddsmaker also does it.
Seahawks aren’t as good as last year. But “not yet” is an operative word.
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