When the NFL announced the 2018 draft, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider said the team was looking to build for the future, with the goal of having the franchise be an NFL-caliber organization.
They had to have an offense that was going to lead the league, they had to be an outstanding defense, they needed to have a quarterback who could get the job done and they had a defense that could handle the run.
The Seahawks’ offense was the answer to all those questions.
That was how they got to the Super Bowl and to the next level.
In the process, they also got to draft one of the best cornerbacks in the draft.
But what is the difference?
It is a question that will likely continue to play out in the years ahead.
Carroll, Schneider and the rest of the Seattle front office went on to be the reason the Seahawks never won the Superbowl.
They never made it to the playoffs, and the team fell short in both seasons of the Superdome.
So, how did the Seahawks get to this point?
The answer is complicated.
Carroll’s rise to the top of the Seahawks was not as meteoric as the Seahawks’ offensive juggernaut, but the Seahawks were not a good team by any means.
They finished last in the NFC West, and that is a fact the team has not fully embraced.
It took a lot of hard work for Carroll to get the Seahawks to the postseason in the first place.
After the draft, the Seahawks made some trades to bolster their defense and added the services of former Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell, former Ravens linebacker Ed Reed and former Chargers linebacker Chris Clemons.
However, the team failed to get any players in free agency.
Instead, they made some key moves in free agent free agency, including a draft-day deal for cornerback Richard Sherman and a three-year, $40 million contract for safety Kam Chancellor.
It was a big year for Seattle, and it paid dividends for the team.
But, when the 2017-18 season rolled around, the offense failed to perform.
The team finished 12th in points allowed per game (31.9), 19th in yards per game allowed (306.7), 31st in yards and touchdowns allowed (31) and 30th in rushing yards per attempt (143.3).
All of that is fair to say, but that does not mean the team is done.
Carroll was fired in January after the Seahawks fell short of making the playoffs in their first season back.
The offseason was not easy, but things have not gone well for the Seahawks either.
The offensive line is in a state of flux, the defense has a long way to go before it is a dominant unit, and even the quarterback situation has not exactly worked out for the Seattle Seahawks in 2017.
The most important question facing the Seattle franchise heading into the 2019 NFL season is who is going to be a key part of the offense.
It is not going to come down to one quarterback.
It will be a combination of multiple players who will help the team score touchdowns and give the team the best chance to win the Superfans’ vote.
Let’s take a look at what we can expect from the Seahawks in 2019.
Running back: The Seahawks are in a difficult spot right now.
It may seem like the team could use a boost to get them back to the promised land, but it is also going to take time for them to get there.
The Seattle Seahawks drafted running back Christine Michael in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Michael was a redshirt freshman, but he was a standout at the combine.
He had a blazing 3.68 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The question is, will Michael be able to step in and fill the void left by Marshawn Lynch in Seattle?
That’s where the question of depth starts to become a concern for the running back position.
Michael is coming off a career year, rushing for 1,636 yards and 13 touchdowns on 173 carries.
The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder was a third-round pick in 2017, but has struggled to make an impact on the field and has not lived up to the expectations of being the Seahawks No. 1 back.
Michael has been a member of the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots, but is coming to the end of his career in Seattle.
Michael will get an opportunity to prove he belongs in the league in Seattle and if he doesn’t, he will be released and likely signed to a contract elsewhere.
Linebacker: The Seattle Mariners have had a rough offseason.
After signing free agent linebacker Kameron McBride in March, the Seattle Mariners released him after just four games.
McBride struggled mightily, and his performance on the pitch has not helped the team’s fortunes.
Seattle is a long shot to make the playoffs this season, but a player like McBride will be vital to the team for years