By Gustavo Braga on June 11, 2014
The defending champion Seattle Seahawks are going through some changes from the team that won it all last year, so let's take a look at what we've learned so far from Pete Carroll's early organized team activities.
Expectations are high and the 12th man, the loudest fanbase in the league, will expect nothing but greatness from the team come the 2014 NFL season.
Paul Richardson is a second-rounder out of Colorado who was known for being as strong, fast and talented as anybody in his rookie class. Well, from what he's shown he's got even stronger. The 22-year-old is showing he could be the offensive weapon Russell Wilson needed last year to cause even more havoc to opposing defenses. If his play translates well to full contact drills, he will surely be an amazing improvement from last year's offense.
Despite contradictory statements from the offense coordinator Darrell Bevell about Marshawn Lynch and his competition at the RB position, fans can't avoid but assume he is going to need to share a few snaps with other guys during the season. Running backs tend to decline after a while, and to avoid being countered by competent defenses -- while protecting Lynch's health -- a RB switch every now and then won't hurt the champs.
Despite the light paced OTAs, the offensive line is clearly trying to improve. If there was any negative aspect of the Seahawks' game last year, the offensive line would be it. Too many penalties committed and lack of effective protection for Russell Wilson were the reason for a lot of unnecessary setbacks in the 2013 season.
With the uncertainty of Kam Chancellor coming back in time for the season, Jeron Johnson has been the strong safety for the OTAs. His style of play is different from Chancellor's, but nonetheless the Seahawks seem to be in good shape in that area.
If there is one bad thing about winning the Super Bowl, it is the fact that everyone else will study you even harder. The Seahawks seem to be moving in a slightly different direction when it comes to offensive strategy, moving away from the running game a little bit. I'm sure Russell Wilson knows that very well and has been engaged in deep studies this offseason -- besides going to basketball games and doing Microsoft commercials.
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