That attention-getting thought is the conclusion of this piece from Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback.
Klemko spent the first two days of training camp in Renton watching the Seahawks. And in a piece wrapping up what he observed, he finished with this thought:
“That this could be the last year the Seahawks enjoy their current level of success for some time. You have to figure that this is Dan Quinn’s last year as defensive coordinator; it was a coup for Pete Carroll to land him a year ago—to say nothing of not losing him to a head coaching job this season. Marshawn Lynch is on the way out, and the offensive line is best suited for a run-first approach, which means Russell Wilson could take some lumps without a dominant running game. Seattle will soon have to pay Wilson big-time money, which translates to one less stud free agent on defense or one less experienced veteran re-upping every year for perhaps the next decade. This feels like a last hurrah of sorts, and the team appears to appreciate that urgency.”
As you can see in the comments section, Seahawks fans were quick to post some counterthoughts.
Here are some I can imagine Seattle fans making:
— That Quinn replaced Gus Bradley and is in only his second year as DC. Some worried last year about the loss of Bradley. But Quinn obviously picked right up where Bradley left off and helped lead the team to even greater heights. Those who followed Carroll’s career at USC recall that he survived turnover of defensive coordinators there, as well (and recall that Nick Holt was considered a rising star as a DC under Carroll). None of that is to diminish what Quinn has done — he’s at the top of the list to be a head coach in 2015 for a reason. But I know the view in Renton would be that Carroll — who is first and foremost a defensive head coach — has had good defenses with a variety of coordinators and that there would be no reason he couldn’t find another DC.
— That while Lynch may be on his way out, Christine Michael may be a suitable replacement. We say may, because until he does it the jury has to be considered as out. But while it’s impossible to know for sure what Seattle has behind Lynch, it can’t be said that they haven’t taken steps to try to prepare as best as they can.
— That Wilson and a revamped receiving corps may be able to pick up whatever slack is left by the departure of Lynch, especially if Harvin returns to his early 2012-MVP level and can stay there for a while.
— And that while Seattle has suffered, and will continue to lose, some key free agents, they have secured the players they consider the most vital to its success in the likes of Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett and Doug Baldwin, and even with signing Wilson, also are likely to re-sign LBs K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner.
Klemko knows his stuff, so I would caution Seahawks fans from just attacking the writer here. Instead, I’d suggest this as a good clip-and-save, and we’ll check back in a few years to see where it all ended up.