The Seahawks were one of the most successful organizations of the previous decade, as the team won a Super Bowl title and appeared in eight postseasons from 2010-2019. This string of success directly coincided with the addition of Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, and the Legion of Boom.
Seahawks Looking To Regain Elite Status
The franchise went on a magical run in 2013, leading to the first championship banner for the Seattle fan base. Unfortunately, the second trip to the Super Bowl ended on a sour note as Wilson threw the “interception heard around the world” on the goal line with mere seconds remaining.
The Seahawks never quite returned to the heights of the mid-2010s, but the team was a fixture in playoff discussions for the rest of the decade. Once considered a game manager on his rookie deal, Wilson blossomed into one of the better all-around quarterbacks in the league, landing generational wealth on his second contract in Seattle.
As the rest of the Super Bowl-winning roster slowly deteriorated, Wilson and Carroll pioneered the franchise to multiple double-digit win totals before the iconic pair parted ways last offseason. Following a blockbuster trade to Denver, the 71-year-old Carroll proved to be the last man standing.
With NFL analysts predicting a down year for the Seahawks in 2022, Carroll and Co. shocked the world by qualifying for a postseason bid in what many called a rebuilding year. Perhaps the most impressive part of the entire situation was Geno Smith’s play behind center.
Replacing a franchise legend is never an easy feat, but the journeyman Smith put together the best campaign of his professional career. He showed flashes of brilliance as a spot starter during a Wilson injury that sidelined him for a month in 2021, but 2022 was more than a flash — it was a supernova.
Smith graded out as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL according to nearly all PFF metrics. He flexed elite ball placement and accuracy while showing plenty of arm strength to make any throw necessary.
Wilson stumbled throughout his inaugural campaign with the Broncos, suffering the worst record of his career as a starting signal-caller. The poor play in Denver gave the Seahawks a couple of highly-coveted picks across the 2022 and 2023 NFL Drafts.
All the while, Geno led the squad to nine victories en route to a wildcard spot. Things didn’t end well for Seattle in the postseason, but considering how many people thought they would be bottom-feeders, it is incredible to have gotten that far.
4 Reasons Seahawks Can Win Super Bowl In 2023
Now, after general manager John Schneider knocked the last two draft classes out of the park, the Seahawks are poised to contend for an NFC West title in 2023. Here are four reasons why Seattle is a legitimate Super Bowl contender this coming season.