A question to discuss for the day: Do you think the Seahawks will throw more this season?
At the draft, they bolstered depth at wide receiver. Russell Wilson is entering his third season, both in the league and with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Assuming Percy Harvin is healthy, Paul Richardson can open things over the top and Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse continue to progress, it seems plausible the Seahawks would throw it more this season.
The immediate counter to that is Pete Carroll’s prevailing philosophy of run, defend and control kicks. At times, it appears the pass is only used out of necessity.
Wilson threw 407 times last season, a slight bump from the 393 of his rookie year. That ranked him 22nd in the league, behind players like Geno Smith and Chad Henne.
No one expects the Seahawks to become the Broncos. But, it wouldn’t be surprising to see an increase in passing, even if that increase comes more in the form of high-percentage screens to Harvin and company which still allow the Seahawks to control the ball.
> Marshawn Lynch talked to Seahawks.com about growing up in Oakland and the importance of his youth football camp there. Some funny video in that story showing Lynch’s coaching technique with one young and light-in-the-behind camper.
> Doug Farrar has a nice piece at SI.com on the top inside linebackers in the league. He has Bobby Wagner sixth, and the 49ers’ NaVorro Bowman atop his rankings. Farrar also notes the bump in nickel packages has resulted in a decrease in the role of the “traditional” inside linebacker.
> ESPN with a camp preview of the Seahawks’ defensive line.
> The Seahawks are No. 1 in PFT’s preseason power rankings.
> The Seahawks are also No. 1 in the AP power rankings.
> Football Outsiders with its top 25 breakout prospects for 2014. No Seahawks make the list, though Tharold Simon receives “honorable mention.” Arizona running back Andre Ellington tops it.