It’s no secret that the Seahawks seem primed to be competitive for a long time fielding a roster that features good, young players at a number of key spots.
Further confirmation that that is a view held not just in Seattle, however, came yesterday when ESPN.com unveiled its annual Future Power Rankings of NFL teams, a ranking assessing how well-positioned teams appear to be for sustained success.
Seattle came in at No. 3, a year after having been placed at No. 21.
You can read what was said about Seattle here (though be warned it’s part of the ESPN Insider package and requires a subscription).
One of the key reasons for the change in perception about Seattle is the quick evolution of quarterback Russell Wilson. As ESPN writes:
The Seahawks jumped 18 spots in the overall rankings from one year ago largely because Russell Wilson appears to have solved their longstanding quarterback quandary. Wilson led the NFL with an 85.9 Total QBR score over the final eight games of the season, averaging a league-leading 8.7 yards per attempt while tossing 18 touchdown passes against only three interceptions. He’s a franchise player in every sense and was the leader of the team as a rookie. Wilson should benefit from a stable situation overall, even though offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell could become a head-coaching candidate again.
If there’s a dark cloud in any of this, it’s that ESPN ranks the team best-positioned for long-term success as the San Francisco 49ers.
In other news. …
— Bruce Irvin is No. 12 on an NFL.com list of the top 25 pass rushers;
— Seahawks.com looks at the value of reserves;
— Here’s Mike Sando’s daily look around the NFC West;
— Also some good stuff in his weekly NFC West chat;
— ESPN also examines the Seahawks-49ers rivalry;
— Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil talk about the Seahawks’ Mt. Rushmore and whether the the team should have done Hard Knocks;
— Raiders.com looks at the pre-season matchup with the Seahawks.