Never has there been more anticipation and hype surrounding the Seahawks, and the transformation of their offense is a major reason why. Seattle's defense was already Super Bowl-caliber at the beginning of last season, but for the first portion of the year it felt as if the team's struggle to score was holding it back.
That's certainly not the case anymore.
The Seahawks' offense evolved into one of the league's most high-powered attacks last year, averaging 28.9 points per game during the second half of the regular season and the playoffs. The catalyst?
Two words: Russell Wilson.
The more experience and familiarity he gained—and the more Pete Carroll opened up the playbook and loosened the reins on his rookie quarterback—the more effective the Seahawks became.
The offense already possessed a punishing run game and a good deal of talent across the field, but like all teams, Seattle needed a capable quarterback to fully take advantage of what they had. They got that in Wilson, who's turned out to be far more than simply capable.
Once Wilson took off, the passing game meshed with one of the league’s top rushing attacks to form an incredibly potent and balanced offense that scored 122 points over a three-game stretch late last season and was a major reason the Seahawks were able to do something no other NFL team had done in over half a century—score at least 50 points in consecutive games.
In addition to their balance, Wilson’s remarkable ability to use his feet to avoid pressure and extend plays made the Seahawks even more difficult to defend, especially considering that Wilson often appears most comfortable and at his best while improvising.
Seattle’s attack became even more unpredictable last year when they began incorporating the read-option, which was a very successful wrinkle in their offense that fit in perfectly with Wilson’s skill-set and their physical running game.
When the Seahawks followed up their emergence as a dynamic offense with the offseason acquistion of one of the league’s most lethal playmakers in Percy Harvin, expectations for this unit rose to even greater heights.
They fell when news broke in late July that Harvin needed hip surgery and would miss three to four months, but with a healthy Doug Baldwin, a (hopefully) healthy James Carpenter, even more talent in the backfield and Russell Wilson coming off his first full offseason, the Seahawks’ offense is still very capable of being even more effective this year than last—even without Harvin.
Here’s a breakdown by position group.