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NFL Report Card: Seattle Seahawks

Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!

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This was a season of ups-and-downs for the Seahawks that led to a final record of 10-6. The offense experienced injuries to key contributors like Jimmy Graham and Marshawn Lynch. At the same time, the offensive line struggled mightily, which caused the whole offense to be at a standstill. Through some corrections to the offensive line, the emergence of rookie running back Thomas Rawls, and the mind-blowing play of Russell Wilson, the offense became one of the most dangerous units in the league nearing the end of the regular season.

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While the defense was not the Legion of Boom that we were used to seeing, they still found ways to be one of the most impactful defenses in the NFL. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman locked things down in the secondary, but they really could have used a better option opposite of Sherman. Luckily Seattle also had Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett getting after the opposing quarterback and forced them to make mistakes.

Final Season Grade: B

Biggest Team Needs?

The two biggest weaknesses for the Seahawks heading into the off-season seem to be the same as they are now: offensive line and corner back. Seattle seems to have lost more talent on the line than gained so far this off-season, which is not a good thing since that group struggled anyways. They did, however, use their first round pick on Germain Ifedi, a guard out of Texas A&M. They are not sure if he will play tackle or guard yet, but they hope he can anchor one void on the line for them. They also have a weakness in their secondary at corner. Obviously Sherman has his spot locked down, but they struggled on the other side of the field last season, and that is a spot they have not addressed yet. They did re-sign Jeremy Lane, so maybe they have seen some growth out of him that makes them believe he is the right guy for the job.

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