When the Seattle Seahawks decided to trade away Russell Wilson many thought they would be in rebuilding mode. New quarterback Geno Smith had other plans as he guided Seattle to a 9-8 record and a playoff berth. Smith was eventually named Comeback Player of the Year and rightfully so. Many had written him off as merely a career backup with limited upside. The Seahawks will now look to build on last year’s success. Will it result in a playoff run? Let’s break that down further and offer a record prediction for the 2023-2024 season.
The Seahawks already have a formidable wide receiving corps headlined by D.K. Metcalf. They were only missing one piece and that was a slot receiver. Seattle addressed that need in the 2023 NFL Draft by selecting Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Smith-Njigba is the next great Buckeye receiver and should fit right in on Seattle’s offense. He has exceptional hands and consistently makes tough contested catches. Smith-Njigba’s final season with the Buckeyes was injury plagued and he will have to show that he can stay healthy at this level.
Like many other teams we have profiled, the Seattle Seahawks biggest weakness is on the offensive line. Seattle will need its young tackles to show great improvement in order to be successful. Mainly LT Charles Cross struggled down the stretch last year and the hope is he can better handle a long NFL season in year two. Evan Brown will take over the center position after spending last season with the Detroit Lions. The hope is Brown can be the anchor on this young o-line.
I see Seattle as a team that can make a run this year. It should be a head-to-head battle between them and the San Francisco 49ers with the 49ers pulling away late in the season. Keep an eye on rookie Zach Charbonnet as he could eventually take over as the starting running back.
2023 Record: (10-7 2nd in the Division)