5 Seattle Seahawks Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

5 Seattle Seahawks Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

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The Super Bowl champions lost a bunch of key players during the offseason and several starters will struggle during the 2014 season because of that fact. Whether because of an injury, decreased playing time, an expanded role they aren’t ready for or simply because the team lost some valuable players, it will put more pressure on them to perform. Here are five Seattle Seahawks starters who will struggle in 2014.

5. Bruce Irvin

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5. Bruce Irvin

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The LB recently had hip surgery and has a lot of naysayers, calling this a “make or break” year for the first-round pick from 2012. Going into minicamps after hip surgery isn’t going to be easy for Irvin whose role will likely expand with the departures of key defensive line players during the offseason. Whether he can remain healthy and live up to the hype is doubtful, and the role player will disappoint when given more responsibility.

4. Percy Harvin

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4. Percy Harvin

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This one is predictable. When Harvin is on the field, he is an explosive weapon; the only problem is Harvin hasn’t played a full 16-game season in his NFL career. He showed that brilliant speed in the Super Bowl, but I expect more of the same from Harvin. It will be another year of “what if’s” as his inability to stay healthy squanders another season.

3. Marshawn Lynch

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3. Marshawn Lynch

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This one might sound silly, but with the departure of Golden Tate, the injury history of Harvin and needing to rely on Doug Baldwin as a No. 1 receiver, defenses will be able to focus solely on Lynch because the Seahawks' receivers don’t really pose a threat. Add to the fact that RB Christine Michael will see more playing time, and “Beast Mode” is looking at a disappointing season.

2. Russell Wilson

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2. Russell Wilson

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Take everything about the receivers I said in No. 3 and apply it to Wilson as well. While he is a mobile QB, without effective weapons at WR and with Baldwin the only reliable target in addition to the unknown Jermaine Kearse and some rookies, the struggles in the passing game will put a lot of pressure on Wilson and the run-heavy offense. If defenses only have to game-plan for one thing, it makes it easier for them.

1. Richard Sherman

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1. Richard Sherman

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He is the Muhammad Ali of NFL defensive backs. Sherman's brash and boastful, but all of that talk will get him in trouble in 2014. He is coming off an ankle injury that saw him on crutches during the Super Bowl, and it will not be the same dominant defensive line as 2013 which took some of the pressure off. He is still very good, but loud mouthing your way into the spotlight is always a recipe for disaster.

Willis Patenaude is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter@WillisPatenaude, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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  • KWS13

    Percy Harvin struggling is based off the assumption that he is injured and that ties into Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch struggling, and Richard Sherman struggling depends on D-line such as Bruce Irvin struggling. So this whole article revolves around Percy Harvin being injured and Bruce Irvin struggling IF he becomes a regular starter (which he wont be). So if Irvin doesn’t struggle (already have other starters in place anyway so might not matter) and Harvin is healthy, the rest of this article is pointless.

    First off SEA resigned Sidney Rice, second why is relying on Doug Baldwin a bad thing? He has all it takes to be a number 1 WR but people don’t care because SEA rarely throws and he is 5’11″. Also Jermaine Kearse became very reliable last year as a deep threat and should benefit the most having Harvin on the field, not being a quick guy that can get past heavy coverage. Also if Russell Wilson had these same stats about 10 years ago he’d be one of the top in the league in yards/TDs, and as it is he is still very efficient and makes big plays when they count. His rookie year there was no Harvin and Baldwin was hurt a good chunk of the year. Last year Baldwin was back, but his o-line was wrecked by injury, Harvin was brought in but injured, and Rice missed most of the year and he did BETTER! Now Golden Tate is gone but the o-line will be healthier, deeper and have more competition, Harvin and Rice are back (for now) and your prediction is he will struggle? Where does this whole thing about only game planning for one thing come from? Imagine Harvin and Baldwin in the slots with Kearse and Rice outside and Lynch with Wilson in the backfield. Or, imagine Harvin and Lynch together in the backfield. There is so much they can do (with a healthy team) that they might be the HARDEST team to game plan for (CHI PHI DEN up there, but not sure they can repeat with Cutler instead of McCown yet, no DeSean Jackson, and too 1 dimensional though still tough to handle)

    Defensively, Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril look to be the starters and DE with Irvin and 2nd years players Greg Scurggs and Benson Mayowa along with rookies Cassius Marsh and Jackson Jeffcoat (surprise UFA) pushing for playing time. Irvin barely played d-line last year and will likely only be asked to pass rush when put there though he has gotten better against the run. Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel are very underrated DTs and Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill red shirted last year and were basically draft stills, esp. Williams. Chris Clemons can be replaced by Irvin, Mayowa, Marsh or Jeffcoat, Red Bryant can be replaced by Scruggs and maybe Williams or sometimes McDaniel, and Clinton McDonald can be replaced effectively by Hill or Bennett when he slides inside. D line isn’t a problem, unless all these replacements end up not living up to expectations. As for Sherman, if anything teams will challenge him less this next year. Peyton Manning targeted him four times and got 1 completion for 6 yards. The far more likely scenario is teams challenge the middle of the field and Byron Maxwell, but that just means Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas can give extra help to shut that down if that happens just like they’ve been doing.

    All in all, a LOT would have to go wrong for those guys to struggle as you believe they will. Rice and/or Harvin will have to get hurt, o line will have to fall apart again, depth/rotational players on d line would have to ALL not play well and Chancellor and Thomas would have to stop playing at a high level. I don’t think so

  • Fred Wolf

    What do you expect from a New England Patriot writer. Wishful thinking. Full of crap.

  • Calibandawg

    This ought to be fun to come back to next February. You mad bro?