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Seattle Seahawks as a reset http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.com/marquise-blair-jersey-authentic , even if it’s looked more like rebuild.The roster that brought Seattle its first Super Bowl title was deconstructed this offseason in the most massive overhaul of the franchise since the infancy of the Schneider-Carroll partnership when they arrived in 2010. Left in the wake are some stars from that title team — Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright — and an abundance of new faces trying to prove the Seahawks aren’t taking a major step backward after missing the playoffs in 2017 for the first time in five seasons.“I feel like there is a different energy, a different vibe,” Wagner said. “I feel like everybody is hungry, everybody has something to prove, and that brings an excitement.”Seattle believes there won’t be a backward slide because the principles of how it wants to play have only been reinforced by the offseason moves. The Seahawks want to run the ball to control possession with running backs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, and some tweaks to the offensive line. They want less pressure on Wilson in the pass game and hope receiver Brandon Marshall still has something left. They want to stop the run thanks to a defense that’ll be focused even more on linebackers Wright and Wagner.Those are principles Carroll created when he arrived and Seattle slowly shifted away from them in some aspects. The run game fell apart after Marshawn Lynch departed. Wilson was the entirety of Seattle’s offense a year ago. And a defense that was among the best just a few years ago was exposed last season as injuries decimated the once-dominant unit.That’s partly why the likes of Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Jimmy Graham, coordinators Darrell Bevell and Kris Richard and offensive line coach Tom Cable all were sent away in the offseason.Seattle needed to get younger and fresher in the hopes this reset isn’t just a bridge to 2019 D.K. Metcalf Jersey , but with the chance of being good now.Here’s what else to know about the 2018 Seahawks:RETURN OF THE RUN: The addition of new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer only reinforced Carroll’s determination that Seattle had gone away too much from its offensive principles. He built the Seahawks into a powerhouse by running the ball.So the Seahawks are going to run and they’re not being secretive about it. Even though Carson flashed early last season before suffering a season-ending injury, Seattle still spent a first-round pick on Penny as a complement. A year ago, Seattle had one rushing touchdown from someone other than Wilson. No running back rushed for more than 240 yards for the season. If that happens again, the Seahawks’ offense will be in trouble.“We want to run the football. That’s been crucial for our success,” Carroll said. “It’s part of the whole system and how it works. It’s probably the part of our team that I’m most looking forward to.”SAFETY PLAN: Safety Earl Thomas’ holdout cast a shadow of questions over Seattle’s training camp as to whether second-year safeties Tedric Thompson or Delano Hill are ready to be starters. Thompson is the most likely to step in immediately in Thomas’ place as a free safety, while Hill is more apt to play strong safety, meaning Bradley McDougald would move to free safety.Whatever the mix ends up being, this is not what Seattle expected or wanted, and could make the secondary a weakness after years of being one of Seattle’s great strengths.FIND THE RUSH: The trade of Bennett and the loss of Avril to a neck injury left Seattle with major questions on the defensive line, such as: Who can rush the passer? Frank Clark will be the primary focus after getting 22 sacks in 46 games in his first three seasons. But Seattle must find a complement to Clark. Whether it’s Barkevious Mingo, Rasheem Green, Jacob Martin or someone from the interior of the line http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.com/cody-barton-jersey-authentic , Seattle needs to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks to keep its revamped secondary from being exposed.Dion Jordan was supposed to be that other pass rusher but another leg injury has sidelined the former top five pick for the entire training camp.SHAQUEM’S DREAM: Seattle drafted linebacker Shaquem Griffin because it believed his athleticism would be beneficial on special teams and potentially as a pass rusher. He may get a bigger role right from the start.Griffin could end up being Seattle’s starting weakside linebacker in Week 1 after Wright underwent knee surgery. It’s unclear if Wright will be healthy in time for the opener and Griffin —who had his left hand amputated as a child— has been Wright’s backup throughout the offseason and training camp.If Griffin starts the opener it would only add to what’s been one of the most uplifting stories of the offseason after Seattle drafted him in the fifth round and reunited Shaquem with his twin brother Shaquill.NO FAVORS: If Seattle can survive a front-loaded schedule, it could be in position for a playoff run late in the season. The Seahawks play four of their final five and five of the final seven games at home. Their only road game in the month of December is to San Francisco.But getting to December will be a challenge. The Seahawks open with four of six on the road, including a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to face the Raiders in London. Survive that rough start, and there may be a chance for a late surge into contention. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — If things go right, the New England Patriots won’t have to play another road game until a potential Super Bowl appearance.That would be welcome news for a team that takes a 7-0 home record into Sunday’s regular-season finale against the New York Jets — and is just 3-5 on the road.“Trust me, I wish I knew the answer to that,” safety Duron Harmon said Thursday when asked about the home/road disparity. “At the end of the day, I mean . our fans are great, they’re loud, they’re here, they’re supporting us. As far as the road woes Gary Jennings Jr. Jersey , I really don’t know. I wish we could have the answer to that because then we would fix it.“We’re working on it. We’re worried about being a consistent football team, getting better so that when an opportunity comes to play on the road down the road we’ll make sure we’re ready to go. But right now we’re just focusing on winning this Jets game.”There are two paths that could keep the Patriots, who wrapped up their 10th straight division title last week, from another road game. Both require help from outside – one requires A LOT of help.Assuming New England finishes off an 8-0 home slate with a win over the Jets, one of the teams the Patriots have beaten on the road, here are two ways to set up two home playoff games:—Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers lose Sunday, playing at home against weaker opponents,Oakland and Denver, respectively.Very unlikely.—The Chiefs or Chargers lose their first playoff game to one of the wild cards.Possible.Asked if he’d just as soon put off testing the road record until next year, Harmon said, “Oh for sure,” and added http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.com/phil-haynes-jersey-authentic , “The only thing we’re focused on right now is just winning this week.”“We know we are. We know that we have about five losses on the road,” said Rob Gronkowski. About?“But we really never put any thought into it, like why we’re 7-0 at home and we’re 3-5 on the road. It just shows how tough it is to go play in the NFL, to go and win a road game.“I’ve been playing for a few (nine) years now and no doubt about it, going on the road is definitely tough in the NFL. … You gotta deal with it – we got the Jets this week and we’re home, so our main focus is on them and what we gotta do to beat them.”A loss would eliminate any shot at the conference’s top seed.The Patriots, the only undefeated home team in the NFL, have outscored their seven home opponents 225-130. They have been outscored on the road 192-173.After winning at home to start the season, the Patriots sustained back-to-back road losses at Jacksonville and Detroit, two teams that are a combined 8-20 against the other teams in the league. There was a big win at Chicago before a blowout loss at Tennessee, and then the losses at Miami (that miracle final play) and Pittsburgh.Said safety Devin McCourty: “At the end of the day I would just say we didn’t play well on the road. You can probably go through each game and there would be some similarity, some differences – but for whatever reason we just didn’t get it going on the road the way we needed to.“Some of the game early in the season just were basically no contest. We lost basically the last two games Ugo Amadi Jersey , Miami and Pittsburgh, one play; one play changes the game. Some of that was football and some of that was just not getting off to a good start.”NOTES: After Tom Brady reiterated on his weekly Westwood One radio spot that he intends to play again next year — Brady never has said anything other than that — Gronkowski, amid speculation he might retire after the season, refused to get into his personal situation Thursday. “I haven’t been thinking about that at all,” said Gronk, who nearly quit the game after last season. “We’re on the last game going into Week 17, we got the Jets, and that’s all I’m really worried about as of now.” Asked if he’s still enjoying playing, he said, “Yeah. Definitely.”

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