The Seattle Seahawks have been a good football team for the last four years. Now that we've gotten past the controversial statement, let's get to the good stuff: The Seattle Seahawks are still a good football team and people, places, and websites are acknowledging that fact with near-reckless abandon.
ProFootballFocus recently ranked every "unit" in the NFL and Pete Carroll's squad was top five in four of the six categories, while a fifth could make an argument that it's still a top-five unit despite a major loss to retirement.
The Seahawks were ranked second in the front-seven behind the Denver Broncos, fourth in the secondary behind the Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, and New England Patriots, and fifth at receiver/tight ends.
Sherman is still one of the few truly elite NFL corners, while the Thomas-Chancellor pairing at safety remains one of the league's best duos. Last year, Sherman and Thomas both ranked third in overall grade at their respective positions. Chancellor had one really poor game in coverage versus Cincinnati, but otherwise fills the strong-safety role better than most.
Key stat: Doug Baldwin led all NFL wide receivers with 1,007 yards from the slot last season.
Doug Baldwin has developed massively over the past three seasons, and is finally starting to get the credit he deserves as one of the best receivers in the NFL. Seventh at the position in terms of overall grade in 2015, Baldwin forced 18 missed tackles on 78 receptions a year ago, the seventh-highest total among wide receivers in 2015. He's joined by the talented Tyler Lockett, who had one of the most impressive seasons of any 2015 rookie last year.
Additionally, Russell Wilson was ranked fifth on their QB board. Unsurprisingly, Seattle dropped to 13th at running back after the loss of Marshawn Lynch, but I think it's fair to say that an argument could be made that they'll be cited in the top five again after this season with Thomas Rawls; they aren't leading the league in rushing over the last four seasons only because of Lynch and Rawls is quite good.
Of course, if there is a problem, it's that they ranked dead last on the offensive line.
The Seahawks are taking a lot of risks with their offensive line heading into the 2016 season. Their highest-graded lineman last year, Russell Okung (Broncos), left via free agency. Everyone is changing positions, and none of the veteran linemen graded well in 2015. Among those expected to make the roster, the Seahawks have the second-tallest offensive line, on average.
Not only could that ranking improve if Garry Gilliam, Germain Ifedi, and Mark Glowinski reach their full potential, but it almost certainly will get better because there's nowhere to go but up. And if it doesn't, well, we've seen the Seahawks win a Super Bowl and almost win another despite an already-porous offensive line.
Nobody can expect to be great at 100% of their positions, but if you're great at 80% of them, you're doing something right.