Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and coach Pete Carroll think the 2016 Seahawks might have more talent than the 2013 team that won the Super Bowl.
RENTON — Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was asked about the depth at wide receiver, but he used the opportunity to talk about the depth and talent of the entire roster.
“I can honestly say this is the most competitive team and talented team I think across the board,” Wilson said.
That’s an especially jarring statement because Wilson played on the 2013 team that won the Super Bowl. That team was loaded: Ron Parker, Jaye Howard, Bryan Walters, DeShawn Shead and Clinton McDonald were all cut before the season started.
Louis Riddick, a former scout and ESPN analyst, said the 2013 Seahawks had eight or nine players along the defensive line who could start on other teams; Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril were rotation players that year.
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So it’s been something of a parlor game this offseason to compare the talent and depth of that 2013 team with the talent and depth of the 2016 team.
The obvious disclaimer is that many guys who later became contributors or big names from the 2013 Seahawks weren’t viewed that way in the preseason. Few people predicted Parker, Howard or Byron Maxwell would develop into big-contract starters in the NFL.
It’s hard to know which, if any, players on this year’s roster will follow a similar trajectory, but at the very least, Wilson isn’t alone in his optimism about this team.
“It’s hard for me to compare it to the 2013 group other than to know that there were so many good players in that roster make up, it feels like that again,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It feels like a lot of guys that can play. We can be comfortable moving them in and out of the lineup, which means we have a very competitive roster so I don’t disagree with him.”
Whether it’s preseason optimism or fact, we’ll find out when the season starts in a few weeks.