We continue our Seahawks awards special with the team’s offensive player of the year. Here are the nominees…
Quarterback Russell Wilson: 3,357 yards, 26 touchdowns, nine interceptions, 101.2 quarterback rating: Wilson proved his rookie season wasn’t a fluke with another impressive performance in 2013. His statistics did not improve dramatically, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Wilson ranked fifth among qualifying quarterbacks in passer rating, tied for ninth in touchdowns, and threw just nine interceptions in his sophomore season.
Running back Marshawn Lynch: 1,257 rushing yards, 4.2 yards per carry, 36 receptions, 316 receiving yards, 14 total touchdowns: Lynch’s rushing numbers were down from his 2012 totals. Like Wilson’s lack of dramatic improvement, though, that doesn’t mean he had a bad year. He ran for 333 fewer rushing yards, and his yards per carry average dropped 0.8. Lynch still had an impressive season, and had 13 more receptions than last season en route to a career-high in receiving yards. His 14 total touchdowns also were a career-high.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin: 50 receptions, 778 receiving yards, five touchdowns: After seeing his numbers significantly decrease from his rookie season in 2012, Baldwin bounced back in a big way in 2013. It seemed like whenever the Seahawks needed a big catch this season, Wilson would find Baldwin. He always popped up right when Seattle had to have him step up. In the playoffs, Baldwin delivered a big fourth quarter catch against New Orleans on third down, and against San Francisco made big plays in the passing game and on special teams.
Wide receiver Golden Tate: 64 receptions, 898 yards, five touchdowns, 11.5 yards per punt return: In 2013, Tate was finally able to put together a season that Seahawks faithful knew he could. Having improved his statistics every year in the NFL, Tate has seen the largest increases over the past two seasons with Wilson at quarterback. He set new career-highs in receptions and receiving yards in 2013, along with a personal best in first down receptions. Tate established himself as the Seahawks’ biggest downfield threat, while leading the team in receptions and receiving yards.