The 2018 Seattle Seahawks went 10-6 and made the playoffs as a wild card team. They were close to advancing to the divisional round for the seventh time in nine years, but didn’t.
Head Coach Pete Carroll turns 68 in September. He’s the oldest head coach in the NFL, a year ahead of Bill Belichick and Bruce Arians. Belichick just set the record as the oldest head coach to win the Super Bowl, beating out the 65-year-old Tom Coughlin, who beat Belichick in 2011. Carroll will be older than Joe Gibbs was the last time he coached Washington.
Dick Vermeil coached until he was 69, as did Coughlin. Marv Levy and George Halas went until they were 72.
John Schneider is firmly entrenched as the general manager and any thoughts of him going to the Green Bay Packers have been evaporated. He’s here to stay for awhile barring a huge surprise.
Russell Wilson turns 31 in November and there’s no reason to believe he has fewer than six good years left in the tank, maybe more. He’s a championship quarterback, one of the top five in the league probably. Any team with an elite franchise quarterback should be at least mentioned for the Super Bowl in my opinion.
The defense was about league average in 2018. They traded Frank Clark and lost Earl Thomas to free agency, though Thomas barely played with Seattle last season. Doug Baldwin has also been released and is likely to retire or sit out 2019.
Logic would say that the LA Rams are likely to regress and it is more probable that after going 13-3 in 2018, they’ll win between 10 and 12 games, not between 13 and 15.
Carroll’s biggest test as a Hall of Fame defensive backs genius comes this summer in the form of finding out what he has with Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Bradley McDougald, Marquis Blair, Tedric Thompson, Delano Hill, Ugo Amadi, Akeem King, and others. They also must shuffle through D.K. Metcalf, Gary Jennings, Amara Darboh, David Moore, Jaron Brown, Malik Turner and others as options beside Tyler Lockett. Even Lockett has a huge season ahead in determining if he’s actually a number one, or if he’ll have pressure taken off of him should Metcalf leap out as an immediate top-end option.
Few people expected the Seahawks to be contenders in 2018. I had them around 9-10 wins, which is where they landed. A Super Bowl would have been surprising, though I think Wilson, Carroll, and Bobby Wagner in the playoffs always have a shot to win three games. It’s not out of the realm of possibilities by any means.
That won’t change in 2019, though the questions of the defensive changes and the receiving weapons will have many wondering if 9 or 10 wins is still possible. One advantage they may have this season could come in the form of the schedule but the strength of that schedule is not known. It’s not. Stop telling me it is. It isn’t.
What I like though is starting at home against the Bengals. Going to Pittsburgh in Week 2 on Carroll’s 68th birthday also isn’t as daunting as it may have been a year ago now that Ben Roethlisberger is older too and Antonio Brown is in Oakland. They then get the Saints at home, travel to Arizona, and throw the first punch against the Rams back in Seattle. The Seahawks next go to Cleveland, have Thomas and the Ravens at home, go to Atlanta, host the Bucs, and travel to the bay for the 49ers. They alternate home and road every single week until the Week 11 bye.
So the question is: what are fan expectations for 2019 now? What’s a success and what’s a failure?
What qualifies as a successful season for the 2019 Seahawks?
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Win the Super Bowl
Make the Super Bowl
Make the NFC Championship
Win a playoff game
Make the playoffs (as NFC West champs)
Make the playoffs
A winning record
General improvement of the defense, health of Wilson for 2020
I measure success in my own personal mental health and happiness, not on the trials and tribulations of a trivial football game or season. Though I love the Seahawks, I do not care about how many games they win, I care about how they carry themselves.