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The Seattle Seahawks have signaled the end of the ‘Legion of Boom’ era by releasing Richard Sherman. The cornerback was a key cog in the unit that delivered the team’s first Super Bowl by defeating the Denver Broncos in the 2013 season. However, after seven seasons with Seattle, Sherman’s tenure was ended and he was quickly signed by bitter rivals the San Francisco 49ers.
Pete Carroll’s men also traded away star defensive end Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fifth-round pick and wideout Marcus Johnson. The futures of Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor are far from certain due to injury, while Earl Thomas is reportedly available for a trade. Seattle are a team in transition and are in dire need of a strong 2018 draft to put building blocks in place for the future of the franchise.
The Seahawks were on course to become the new dynasty of the NFL. They were two yards away from winning back-to-back Super Bowls when positioned on the goal line against the New England Patriots. However, Malcolm Butler’s interception of Russell Wilson ended their dreams, and effectively end the Seahawks’ run of success with their core group of players.
The decision of Carroll to pass on the goal line rather than handoff to Marshawn Lynch irked the locker room in the aftermath and appeared to loom over the team for the past three seasons. Carroll and general manager John Schneider have decided to face the issue head on ahead of the 2018 campaign. Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner appear to be the only safe stalwarts of the Super Bowl side remaining on the roster. Both players will be the key elements of future success of the franchise, with the hierarchy pinning their hopes on the duo to help maintain the culture, although their prospects look bleak on sportsbet.io for the 2018 campaign.
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Seattle’s rise to the top began with the 2010 draft, with the addition of Thomas, while running back Lynch was acquired later in the campaign. Sherman and Chancellor would follow in 2011 before Wilson was added to the mix in 2012. The ‘Legion of Boom’s’ breakout game came in a win over the Patriots at CenturyLink Field, highlighting their potential, although their season ended in a defeat to the Atlanta Falcons in the playoffs. However, following the signings of Bennett and Avril the club romped to the Super Bowl, defeating the 49ers in a thriller in the NFC Championship Game before crushing the Broncos in New York to win the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Although their defeat to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX denied them back-to-back crowns, there was still the possibility of a dynasty. However, poor drafting and a lack of clutch play knocked them out of contention, resulting in the club missing the post-season for the first time in five years last term. Schneider and Carroll have to get back to their best in the draft to rebuild the side emulating the steps taken to drive the Seahawks to their first crown. It will not be an easy transition and it may take a few seasons at least before the NFC West outfit are back in contention for the crown. With the Los Angeles Rams and the 49ers on the rise, the Seahawks could be on the outside looking in for the foreseeable future.