Seahawks reflect on season after loss to Atlanta
SEATTLE, WA —
As much as you wanted the Seattle Seahawks to make another magical playoff push, add another Super Bowl appearance, and maybe even attend another Championship parade, the fact of the matter is only one team can win it all, and 2016 wasn’t the Seattle Seahawks year.
On Sunday, the Hawks returned to Seattle to clean out their lockers a little bit sooner than they all would have hoped to. The Seahawks will look to use the offseason to get healthy. Major contributors like Michael Bennett, Earl Thomas, Tyler Lockett, Thomas Rawls and Deshawn Shead either missed significant time or suffered serious injuries throughout the year. Only time can heal but as the players said, it’s hard to believe that the ride is already over.
"To get to where we got to this year, it was difficult, it was extremely hard,” said Doug Baldwin. “It was exhausting and to now know that like everything ended so abruptly, now we got to go start all over again."
"The older guys will even grow more,” said Thomas Rawls. “Bring along the younger guys, the younger guys got to grow. Other than that we got a solid roster so I'm looking forward to a lot of guys being back."
"The good thing about being a young group is we'll be together long, for a long time so the longer we're together the better we'll get,” said Justin Britt.
Looking ahead to what the Seahawks have to improve next year, that all starts up front on the offensive line, it’s something the Hawks will need to address. Seattle’s O-line graded out as the worst in all of football. They couldn’t protect their QB nor could they open any holes for the run game.
The Seahawks also have to look into finding a way to get tight end Jimmy Graham more involved in the passing game. Graham has totaled just eight touchdowns the last two years in comparison to his 26 in the previous two years in New Orleans.