The Football Outsiders Almanac has a nifty statistic called average weighted age. Seattle's 26.4 average is the lowest in the Super Bowl era. The book notes that the next three youngest teams to even make the Super Bowl wound up having dynastic runs. The Seahawks have a franchise quarterback that hasn't even approached his career peak; they have a roster that looks deeper than ever on both sides of the ball; and they have continuity from the top of the organization down.
Pete Carroll and his coaching staff know that teaching is a lost art in NFL practices. It's the secret sauce to Seattle's plug-and-play developmental success.
- We're looking for a new Russell Wilson. The Seahawks are putting more on his plate, and he looks ready to handle it. The receiver group is deeper with Percy Harvin healthy, even if rookie Paul Richardson doesn't have a huge role early in the season. Wilson is an incredible deep-ball thrower; however, the Seahawks can still improve on their short- and mid-range passes.
- Linebacker K.J. Wright is back in the mix after missing the end of last season to injury. He's the most versatile of Seattle's linebackers and an unsung hero in a wildly deep position group.
- Tony McDaniel and Cliff Avril are stepping into starting roles after the departures of Red Bryant and Chris Clemons. This is where Seattle's superior system shows up -- they can lose quality veterans without missing a step. Kevin Williams was a nice pickup for depth at defensive tackle. Guys like O'Brien Schofield, picked up off the trash heap, will wind up being valuable reserves.