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Seahawks have replaced more than half of their starters in the last year

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A lot of people, whether they’re Seahawks fans or not, could agree that the Houston Texans-Seattle Seahawks game was the best regular season contest of 2017.

Here’s the scoring chart:














Seattle trailed at six different points in the game. No team took more than a 7-point lead. The lead changed nine times, including four times in the fourth quarter, and the Seahawks won with a touchdown to Jimmy Graham at :21 seconds left.

DeShaun Watson had 402 yards and four touchdowns. Russell Wilson had 452 yards and four touchdowns. DeAndre Hopkins had 221 yards. Paul Richardson had 105 and two scores. Tyler Lockett had 121 yards. Will Fuller had 125 yards and two scores. It was Watson’s final game of his rookie season. It was the only game Duane Brown had for the Texans that season, being traded to Seattle days later. Seahawks running backs carried it 10 times for 5 yards.

Seattle improved to 5-2. Houston fell to 3-4 and never recovered without Watson or Brown, becoming the worst team in the NFL from that point. The Seahawks also struggled, losing five of their last nine games and missing the playoffs.

That game happened almost exactly one year ago today. Those Seahawks were indeed 5-2 and it looked like another strong year for Pete Carroll’s team. It wasn’t. And so Carroll changed the team. A lot. Here’s a look at the starters (and some backups) from October 29, 2017:

QB - Russell Wilson

(Backup: Austin Davis)*

RB - Eddie Lacy*

(Backups: Thomas Rawls*, J.D. McKissic*, C.J. Prosise)

FB - Tre Madden

WR - Doug Baldwin

WR - Paul Richardson*

WR - Tyler Lockett

(Backups: Tanner McEvoy*, Amara Darboh*)

TE - Jimmy Graham*

(Backups: Nick Vannett, Luke Willson*)

LT - Rees Odhiambo*

LG - Ethan Pocic* (still on team, as backup)

C - Justin Britt

RG - Oday Aboushi*

RT - Germain Ifedi

Other OL:

Luke Joeckel*, Mark Glowinski*, Isaiah Battle*, Matt Tobin*, Jordan Roos

New starters on offense: 6

Players no longer on active roster: 15, but McKissic is set to return

LDE - Michael Bennett*

RDE - Frank Clark

(Backups: Marcus Smith*, Branden Jackson, Dwight Freeney*, Quinton Jefferson)

DT - Sheldon Richardson*

DT - Jarran Reed

(Backups: Garrison Smith*, Nazair Jones)

ILB - Bobby Wagner

OLB - K.J. Wright*

LB3 - Michael Wilhoite*

(Backups: Terence Garvin*, D.J. Alexander*)

CB - Richard Sherman*

CB - Shaquill Griffin

CB - Justin Coleman

(Backups: Jeremy Lane*, Neiko Thorpe)

FS - Earl Thomas*

SS - Kam Chancellor*

(Backups: Bradley McDougald, Tedric Thompson, Delano Hill)

K - Blair Walsh*

P - Jon Ryan*

New starters on D/ST: 9

Players no longer on active roster: 14 (K.J. Wright remains on active roster, though he has not played in 2018) (I also realize that with 3 CBs and 3 LBs, I have 12 “starters” on defense, which isn’t technically accurate, but fair when trying to count snaps and everything that matters as far as four quarters of game go.) (Y’all, we can hash out the minor details but it’s just an exercise.)

Just in the last 12 months, you could count 15 new starters on offense, defense, and special teams for the Seattle Seahawks. They were 5-2 a year ago and if they beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday, they’ll be 4-3 with virtually a half-makeover to the roster. They’ve also been a lot younger and/or cheaper at many of those positions:

Lacy to Chris Carson/Rashaad Penny

Graham to Will Dissly/Nick Vannett/Tyrone Swoopes

Bennett to Jefferson

Sherman to Tre Flowers

Richardson to David Moore

Thomas to Thompson

Kam to McDougald

Ryan to Dickson

We can also assume that many of the names we see on the Seahawks today may not be on the Seahawks next March. Carroll likes to keep the roster churning, that has never changed. Neither has his success (most of the time) with those new faces, so let’s hope that continues and that Seattle has a better second half in 2018 than they did after that amazing win over the Texans a year ago.