Broncos vs. Seahawks: Five questions about Seattle
By Tylor Walden
Changes in Seattle’s defense and Earl Thomas
PO: The Seattle Seahawks have lost quite a few players from their Super Bowl seasons. Which loss has made the biggest impact since the last time the Broncos and Seahawks faced off in 2014?
Lee Vowell: I think this questions might not yet be answered. The Seahawks will be starting a season without Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett for the first time since 2013. That is a lot of talent. But the Seahawks thought maybe that talent was getting a bit stale and instead of paying them, they got rid of them. In their place are a lot of question marks. But Pete Carroll is good with young talent so Seattle is hoping players like Shaquill Griffin buy in and become the new leaders. Of course, we all know this team wins and loses based on what Russell Wilson is able to do, so there’s that.
PO: Earl Thomas is currently holding out and it is reported that he will not be in Denver for the game. What kind of impact will that bring to the Seahawks defense?
Vowell: It appears Thomas will actually be playing in Denver for Seattle as he ended his holdout. He isn’t happy about not getting a contract extension, though. He decided to holdout during training camp and the preseason and watched Seattle extend Duane Brown and Tyler Lockett. Thomas also saw Khalil Mack get traded after holding out and get paid lots of money. But Thomas should realize at 30 years old and being a safety that he is simply less valuable to other teams than he believes. Still, having him back makes the Seahawks a much better team.
I would like to note that the Earl Thomas question was asked prior to the news that Earl Thomas would report to the team. The Seahawks have recently waived a player to make room for Thomas. However, he must be activate by mid-afternoon Saturday to be eligible to play. Pete Carroll said he will be a game time decision.