It is a real thing.. teams from the west coast playing on the East Coast are 41-98 in the past 10 years. Seattle is 7-20 from 2002-2011. That includes Seahawks teams that made the playoffs in 6 out of those 10 years and were able to compile a 7-20 record when playing on east coast time.
I realize some of this skewed by the fact that the Niners, Cards, Raiders were not exactly stellar teams during that stretch, but Seattle and the Chargers were perennial playoff teams.
Additionally, I believe the style of play factors into that. Teams whose success is largely predicated on precision, timing and tempo seem to be more affected than teams who thrive in playing physically.
In keeping with the thread however, I'd agree that statistically, Seattle will take a step back. Not out of the top 5. But when you're the top scoring defense and top 4 in yards allowed, it's hard to go anywhere but backward.
Still, I expect we'll score more to start games. Seattle is at it's best when we can field specialist packages on the field. We don't have many everydown players good against both the run and the pass. I have to wonder if we're going to protect the defense more this year by creating scenarios where the defense can cheat personnel wise.
I see Winfield as a huge question mark. It's entirely age driven. How effective will he be when he does lose a step? At this age, that loss will seemingly come overnight. Like an NBA guard who goes from 15 pts/gm to 4pts/gm in the span of one offseason.
Despite the injury, I see Bennett as being the key signing. He's probably as close to Mebane as an every down player that we have in the DL group. I expect him to take up a lot of the slack when Clemons is out/ineffective. His versatility and ability to play DT/DE is going to be made use of.
From the rookies, I don't know what to expect from Hill. I want to expect a lot. I'll be pleased if he's league average because we could use some of that in our base personnel package. If he's more than that, it'll be another case of this FO creating value where it doesn't appear to exist.
Willson is the latest in a series of attempts to introduce a joker TE. Here's to hoping he keeps us from drafting a TE in round 1 next year.
I will be most interested in watching Williams develop at Bryant's spot. Bryant, despite his total absence of pass rush, has shown by his absence in 2 of the last three years -- that the two gap 5 tech is a cornerstone role for this defense. When he's been out due to injury or when he's playing less effectively through injury -- our defense suffered tremendously. Williams I believe is Bryant's successor. I'll be looking to see glimpses of that this year. I'm half expecting him to play significant snaps there as I don't harbor much expectation that Bryant will have an injury free campaign.
Defensively, I believe we'll try to force the issue more and expose our secondary to a higher degree. I don't think our pass rush with the front four will be sufficient, or even as tepid as it was last year. I don't expect Clemons to start on opening week and I don't expect him to be effective until halfway through the season. If he does aggravate his knee in the same predictable way that Carpenter did, it will be disastrous for our playoff hopes. I don't see 11 wins if we don't have Clemons healthy for a good portion of the year. And if the same fate befalls Clemons, I think quite rightly Pete is going to take very justified criticism for that.
I want to like the Avril signing. But I'm very much in a prove it mindset. I want to see what he does without Suh commanding double teams next to him. By accounts of Lions fans, he pretty much sounds exactly like Bruce Irvin.
Offensively, I really hope to see Carpenter have an injury free season. I feel as strongly about Carp at LG as I did about Okung at LT when he was being criticized for being injury prone and not living up to his draft pick. Okung you could see was quality and that his injuries were pretty fluke circumstances. With Carpenter, I see the same quality. And I think he had one knee injury that was significantly mismanaged by the club. I am eager to see him have a good stretch of availability. I see he has quality. And putting that next to Okung and Unger would elevate our offensive productivity tremendously.
Sweezy I have extremely high hopes for. I can't wait to see what kind of improvement he can make in year 2 of his conversion.
Outside of Harvin's influence -- I'm really interested in watching Turbin this year. It took Lynch time to really get how the scheme works. I'd like to see Turbin's efficiency in the system in his second year. I think more than Michael, Turbin is going to be a key contributor this year. Especially since he's quite good at pass pro and receiving. He should have a lot of opportunities to be in the game. Lynch needs someone to help shoulder the load and the team needs that timeshare back to be highly effective and well rounded.