Seattle Seahawks: 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

5 Most Irreplaceable Players for the Seattle Seahawks in 2014

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The Seattle Seahawks dominated the NFL last season en route to winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl. Seattle’s success stems from a roster loaded with talent at nearly every position. Despite their tremendous depth, the Seahawks would struggle in 2014 if they lost any of these five players.

5. Bobby Wagner, MLB

Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
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5. Bobby Wagner, MLB

Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
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The Seahawks had the best defense in the NFL last season. While its secondary receives most of the headlines, one of Seattle’s most important defensive players is middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Wagner recorded 120 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions last season. His ability to chase down plays from sideline to sideline makes him one of the best linebackers in the league.

4. Russell Okung, LT

Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks
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4. Russell Okung, LT

Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks
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Russell Okung is Seattle’s best offensive lineman. His ability to protect quarterback Russell Wilson’s blindside and clear running lanes for Marshawn Lynch is key to the Seahawks’ success. Seattle lost depth off of its offensive line during the offseason, making Okung’s health even more important in 2014.

3. Earl Thomas, S

Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks
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3. Earl Thomas, S

Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks
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Earl Thomas is arguably the best safety in the NFL. Thomas stalks quarterbacks from deep in the middle of the secondary, waiting to jump routes and create game-changing plays. Knowing Thomas can provide support down the field, Seattle is able to play its cornerbacks in press coverage and disrupt the opposing offense’s timing.

2. Russell Wilson, QB

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
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2. Russell Wilson, QB

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
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Russell Wilson is one of the NFL’s brightest young stars. While his statistics are somewhat pedestrian, Wilson has proven during his short career that he is a natural leader who can win big games. His knack for extending plays with his feet makes Seattle’s passing game difficult to stop. If Wilson were forced to miss an extended period of time, the Seahawks would be in big trouble.

1. Richard Sherman, CB

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
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1. Richard Sherman, CB

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
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Richard Sherman may annoy people with his brash, outspoken nature. Yet, he manages to back up his talk with his performance on the field. Sherman is one of the few “shut down” cornerbacks in the NFL. He has the ability to completely neutralize the opponents’ best receiver and take away an entire side of the field by himself. If the Seahawks are to return to the Super Bowl, they will need another big year from the former Stanford Cardinal.

 

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