The Seattle Seahawks’ run isn’t over yet, but some tweaks need to be made. At least that’s what the voters in this week’s Seattle Sidelines poll believe.
Seattle missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011 this season, and this week’s poll asked readers what they thought the Seahawks should do this offseason in response. Was this an anomaly, meaning the team should forge ahead with what it has? Or has the time come to blow things up and start over?
Here’s how you voted:
POLL: What should the Seahawks do about their roster this offseason? Full context here: https://t.co/kQ9LQdIBvR
— Nick Patterson (@NickHPatterson) January 2, 2018
Add the two together and 65 percent of the responders said the Seahawks remain contenders, but that there need to be a few changes. There was also a significant faction in favor of blowing the roster up and starting over, with 32 percent choosing that option. Just three percent believe things are fine and the roster should be kept as intact as possible.
What this seems to indicate to me is that the majority of Seahawks fans want to see Seattle’s historic defense given one more crack at a Super Bowl run. While the Seahawks can only control so much when it comes to their free agents, they have total control over those who are under contract for 2018, and pretty much all of Seattle’s core defensive players (defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas) are signed up at least through next season.
Speaking of the defense, there was news on the defensive front Friday morning as Wagner was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press, while Thomas was named to the second team (kick returner Tyler Lockett was also a second teamer). It’s the second straight year Wagner was voted a first teamer.
While making a few changes is what the fans think the Seahawks should do this offseason, what do the Seahawks themselves think? In his season-ending press conference coach Pete Carroll mostly echoed the same thoughts, saying, “I think there is a championship team sitting in this meeting room right here.” So the fans may get their wish.
It promises to be a fascinating offseason for those observing the Seahawks. What are the questions I’ll be keeping an eye on this offseason? Check out my column in Sunday’s edition of the Herald to find out.