Live Long And Prosper: The Seattle Seahawks Prospects For Long Term Success

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 14: Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll looks on against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on January 14, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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All good things must come to an end. Fortunately, the horizon for the Seattle Seahawks future success remains bright for the long term. Because of their youth, talent, and leadership, the Seahawks should remain one of the league’s elite teams well into the next decade.

Live Long And Prosper: The Seattle Seahawks Prospects For Long Term Success

Perhaps most importantly, the Seahawks already possess the league’s best young quarterback in the talented Russell Wilson. This is an enormous advantage given the instability of most teams at the position, arguably the most important in all of sports. The longevity of quarterbacks Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees demonstrates players can function at a high level for many long years.

The league is protecting its quarterbacks with rule changes now, enabling players to remain healthy for a long time. Roughing the passer is called more frequently, and intentional grounding is rarely enforced. For these reasons, Wilson is likely to remain a top quarterback for at least another ten years.

Great Coaches Produces Great Players

The Seahawks also possess excellent leaders at the coaching and managerial positions as well. At both the college and professional levels, head coach Pete Carroll is one of the most successful in the game. General manager John Schneider is one of the most capable decision makers and talent evaluators in football. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is underrated and unfairly criticized for one questionable decision in the Super Bowl three years ago. Even though the brilliant and soft spoken Microsoft executive Paul Allen does not actively participate in team affairs, he knows how to hire people who can.

Even when Seattle’s star players age and retire, their managerial team will be able to find the talent to replace them. After star running back Marshawn Lynch announced his retirement, for example, the Seahawks managed to draft first round talent in the third round with promising running back C.J. Prosise. The Seahawks often receive low grades for their draft performance, yet they continuously prove their critics wrong year after year. Among the gems discovered by the Seahawks include cornerback Richard Sherman in the fifth round, wide receiver Tyler Lockett in the third round, and undrafted running back Thomas Rawls.

The Fountain of Youth

Even though the Seahawks have been successful for many years, they still remain a young team. This is because their key players burst into stardom at a very young age, often as rookies and sophomores. After drafting Wilson in 2012, the Seahawks needed only one rebuilding year to produce a championship team. They have won at least one playoff game every year since naming him starter. Most of the Seahawks best players are just now entering their prime, and many bright productive years still lie ahead.

Many critics argue Seattle’s window of opportunity is rapidly closing. No good evidence exists for this claim, however. Simply because the team has been successful for several years now, there is no reason to believe they will not continue to play well. The Seahawks have consistently produced positive results, and there is every reason to believe that trend will continue.