SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 22: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes for a touchdown against strong safety Danny McCray #29 of the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field on August 22, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Seahawk in the Room

Any Seattle fan will let you know that they should be the champs, and were clearly robbed by the football Gods. Although anyone would hardly think of Coach Pete Carroll as a God, he is very much in control of one of the more underrated teams this year. The runner ups never get any respect, but considering how high profile the former champs have been for the past few years they can be considered criminally disrespected.

The Seahawks play defense in a league where it’s nearly impossible to play it, and with an undersized quarterback that isn’t even their first option on offense. Marshawn Lynch is their workhorse of a running back that has somehow managed to avoid injuries over the years, even though being one of the most physical backs this side of Adrian Peterson. And for all this success to happen through the leadership of college coach phenomenon Pete Carroll is a mystery in itself, as big name college coaches have famously crashed and burned when making the transition to the NFL. Carroll not only has shown an understanding of a game, but has found as many legal exploits in it as Bill Belichick.

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He has a young, hungry team that just last year was driven by defense and a power back. This year things have changed since they acquired pro bowl tight end Jimmy Graham from the Saints. In a move that will possibly change the history of both teams forever, the tall TE comes to a team where he will immediately be the favorite target of QB Russell Wilson. Graham is one of the best tight ends in the game, with the ability to pull down any ball that comes his way. He creates instant size and speed matchups depending on whose guarding him, and regularly demands a double team or at least a spy from the defense. If coach Carrol can leave some of his stubbornness from last year’s Super Bowl behind, then he can easily capitalize on Graham’s talents and Wilson’s underappreciated accuracy as a passer.

Of course the Seahawks will still be a run first team, but with a talent like Graham on the field then those 3rd downs becomes a lot easier. Unsustainable drives that were the doom of the Seahawks last year shouldn’t even be a problem with the right play calling. But then again, it’s all going to come down to who makes that last call. Hopefully, they Seahawks won’t be on offense again.

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