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STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
The title of Pete Carroll's 2010 book is "Win Forever." The subtext to the Seahawks' 2014 season is proving that's not implausible.
Many thought it implausible that Carroll's "rah-rah gimmicks" would work in the NFL, but the "Pete Carroll Way" – from the draft to practice to defense – is much more than catchy slogans and good vibes, as the Seahawks demonstrated last season in as thorough a beatdown as the Super Bowl has ever seen. The superlatives are endless for the demolition the Seahawks inflicted on the Broncos' all-time greatest offense, but consider this: According to Advanced NFL Stats' in-game probability tracker, Seattle had an 84 percent chance of winning with 4:26 remaining ... in the first quarter.
Still, many teams have risen never to rise again, especially in the salary cap era. The Seahawks watched 11 players walk in free agency, chief among them, cap casualties Red Bryant and Chris Clemons, who anchored a defensive line last season that was arguably the greatest strength of a historically great defense. Unable to sign free agent Jared Allen, the team turned to the aging Kevin Williams and the return of second-year players Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill and 310-pound Greg Scruggs, who combined for four games last year due to injury, to fortify the D-Line rotation. The team also drafted defensive end Cassius Marsh, and Bruce Irvin, who moved to linebacker last season, could return to end, at least in nickel