Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow.
The NFL is still in the midst of its annual summer slumber, but it’s hard to believe we are officially less than one month away from the start of 2017 NFL training camps. In that spirit, we continue our 2017 NFL team preview series today with a look at the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are a lesson why NFL stands for “not for long.” In 2013, after blowing out the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, there was talk of a potential dynasty brewing in Seattle. But after that ill-timed pass at the goal line in Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks have spiraled downward and now find themselves at a crossroads. So where do the Seahawks go in 2017 and beyond? Joining us today to give us the answer to that question is one of the few people who actually can. He is Seattle Times Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta, and it’s a pleasure to welcome him back to the program.
Bob’s Twitter handle: @bcondotta
- Do the Seahawks envision Malik McDowell as Michael Bennett’s long-term replacement?
- Do you see Ethan Pocic getting one of the five OL starting spots, especially given his versatility?
- Which position battles should Seahawks fans pay attention to the most in training camp?
- Are there any players who made the initial 53-man roster in 2016 that will be hard-pressed to make it this year and if so, whom? Are there any sleeper candidates that can surprise in training camp and preseason and make the final roster?
- As I mentioned at the top of the show, the Seahawks are a team at a crossroads right now. The heart and soul of their team, the Legion of Boom, might be nearing the end of the road. Kam Chancellor, who has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons, his contract expires after this season. And in 2018, Richard Sherman only carries a $2.2M dead cap charge, and given that plus all the drama that occurred with him last year and in recent months, he is expected by many to be either released or traded after the 2017 season. Also, Earl Thomas, who pondered retirement after fracturing his tibia last season, only carries a $1.9 million dead cap charge in 2018, making him a candidate for release if injuries or declining play catch up with him this season. Will any (if not all) of these three be back with the Seahawks in 2018…or is 2017 the last year in Seattle for any, if not all of them?
- As the Legion of Boom continues to age, do you see the identity of this team shifting? Do they become a more offensive-oriented team, particularly using a bigger chunk of the cap to invest in offensive needs? Do they adjust their defensive scheme? Of the four DB’s the Seahawks drafted, which ones are the likeliest to carve out a big role on defense long-term?
- Record wise, what do you believe is the floor and ceiling for the Seahawks in 2017?
And that’s all for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. But we plan to be back next week with a special on the Jacksonville Jaguars, so stay tuned. Also, be sure to check out the episode archive as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!!! For Bob Condotta, our producer Chris Brodhead, man in the box, I’m David Kromelow saying so long, have a happy 4th of July and of course, and stay awesome!!!