For five straight years, the Seattle Seahawks were a firm part of the NFC’s hierarchy. Pete Carroll and company had built a juggernaut on the strength of a defense led by an aptly named secondary in the “Legion of Boom.” Russell Wilson would improvise plays and break defense’s hearts while Earl Thomas and company would shut down opposing quarterbacks with ease. It was the recipe for five consecutive playoff appearances, two straight NFC titles, and the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl championship victory in 2013.
The pendulum in Seattle, for the first time in a long time, appears to be shifting however.
Carroll’s Seahawks have generally not drafted well in the past five years. Wilson has been asked to do more and more in an offense that won’t adequately support him. And the Legion of Boom? They’re no more as Seattle transitions towards a new era ideally focused offensively.
To help discuss this evolution with Seattle visiting the Bears on “Monday Night Football” in Week 2 of the 2018 season, The Ringer’s Danny Kelly joined me on the latest WCG Radio. Is Carroll’s message running thin with his group? How can Wilson still survive behind offensive line neglect? Is Kelly rooting for Sherman with a rival? We break all of this down and more as Seattle visits Chicago for the first time since effectively ending the Brian Urlacher era in 2012.
On this episode of WCG Radio
The Ringer’s Danny Kelly breaks down recent developments with the Seahawks and helps preview Week 2’s matchup with the Bears.
- The end of the Legion of Boom: the next step after a dominant defensive era
- Richard Sherman with the 49ers: Are you worried? Are you rooting for Sherman?
- Is 2018 inching towards a hot seat year for the Seahawks’ regime? Are there still rose-colored glasses for Pete Carroll?
- Focus of the franchise shifting more towards Russell Wilson, but Seattle still has no one to block Aaron Donald (offensive line): why?
- A journeyman’s haul of the Seahawks’ 2018 free agency
- Drafts haven’t been kind to Seattle lately. Can 2018 reverse the trend? (Brothers reunited!)
- How Seattle matches up with Chicago on “Monday Night Football.” Can the Bears stop Wilson? Do the Seahawks have an answer for Akiem Hicks?
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times, an editor for Windy City Gridiron and Inside The Pylon, and is a contributor to Pro Football Weekly and The Athletic Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.