We’ll continue our look at what some of the pre-season magazines are saying about the Seahawks today by reviewing Lindy’s Pro Football 2014 Preview.
Full disclosure time first, though.
I do some writing for Lindy’s, and have for 15 years or so. In this magazine I wrote the Seahawks preview story, as well as a feature on Richard Sherman, that is highlighted on the cover. I highly recommend both, ha ha!
I did not, however, have anything to do with the predictions, or the scouting snapshot feature which includes some quotes from anonymous scouts about each team. I also had nothing to do with the ranking of the individual positions units for each team.
It’s the latter items I will concentrate on in this blog post.
First, the predictions.
Lindy’s calls for the Seahawks to win the NFC West, writing: “Seahawks took some off-season hits, but it’s tough to go against a team that hardly ever loses at home.”
Lindy’s, though, then calls for the Seahawks to lose to the Packers in the NFC Championship game, with Denver then defeating Green Bay in the Super Bowl. (That’s actually the same pick the magazine made a year ago, which the magazine acknowledges. Lindy’s pegged Seattle for a wildcard berth in 2013).
As for Lindy’s ratings of players and units, here are some highlights:
— Russell Wilson is rated the No. 4 “Mobile Passer” behind Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck.
— Lindy’s rates the top 15 No. 1 receivers and No. 2 receivers, and the top 10 No. 3 receivers, and doesn’t include a Seahawk anywhere on the list. That’s certainly a little of an attention-getter. Undoubtedly, Percy Harvin’s injuries a year ago were a factor there, and maybe also some uncertainty about how it all comes together now with Harvin back but Golden Tate gone (Tate, by the way, also isn’t rated).
— Marshawn Lynch is rated the No. 2 “Ground-Based” running back behind Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and the Seahawks are rated as having the No. 3 running game behind the Vikings and the Eagles, with Lindy’s writing in part that “Lynch simply pulverizes opposing defense; the Seahawks have two intriguing backups providing him a breather.”
— In the ratings of the top 10 players at each offensive line position, only two Seahawks make the cut — left tackle Russell Okung at No. 8 and center Max Unger at No. 7. No real surprise there.
— Michael Bennett is rated as the No. 6 4-3 left defensive end while Brandon Mebane is rated as the No. 10 defensive tackle. Seattle is rated as having the No. 4 overall defensive line, with Lindy’s writing that the task now will be for some of the newer players to step in for some of those that departed, concluding “the supporting cast this season will be scrutinized in lieu of the personnel losses.”
— Bobby Wagner is rated as the No. 4 4-3 middle linebacker, and while no other Seattle linebacker is rated, Lindy’s names the Seahawks as the best overall linebacking corps, writing: “The emergence of Malcolm Smith heightens a unit that was strengthened with talented young additions this offseason leaving the Seahawks’ second line of defense in good standing.”
— The Seahawks made almost a clean sweep of the defensive back ratings as Sherman was rated as the top No. 1 cornerback in the NFL, Earl Thomas the No. 1 free safety and Kam Chancellor the No. 1 strong safety. And that had Seattle rated as the No. 1 secondary, with Lindy’s writing: “The Seahawks lost two cornerbacks that will start of play significant roles elsewhere, but they still return three superb defenders in cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.”
— Interestingly, just 10 Seahawks were ranked overall as among the best at their position, with 16 teams having more players mentioned on the list. San Francisco had the most, 17, and the Raiders the fewest with three.