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Three keys to the Seattle Seahawks getting their swagger back

Jordan entered the NFL in 2013 from Oregon as an enticing pass rusher who could cover in space. In his first two seasons, he compiled three sacks and 39 tackles in 26 games of limited duty.

Jordan possesses the twitchy athleticism that gets scouts geeked for prospects, but has yet to fully put it together as a pro. If he can stay healthy and off the suspension list, Jordan could prove to be an intriguing rotational player in sub-packages.

Peterson is an interesting fit for the Seahawks, who, despite favoring a brand of power football, still run many of their plays from the shotgun — a slightly less favorable starting point for Peterson than a straightforward I formation or single back formation where the quarterback is under center. A nice explainer from the Star-Tribune in Minnesota can be found here.

Behind Tony Romo, the 31-year-old running back has been the subject of most curiosity since the start of the new league year. A steady stream of ideal destinations has been released from the running back’s camp, but for the time being, there has been little movement. Now, a picture of realistic suitors for the seven-time Pro Bowler may start emerging.

Walsh missed four field goals and four extra points in 2016 before being cut in mid-November. After a stellar start to his career in 2012, Walsh struggled the past two regular seasons, missing a combined nine field goal attempts and eight extra points.

The most infamous of Walsh’s misses came in the 2015 postseason, when he blew a chip-shot field goal that cost the Vikings a chance to pull the playoff upset over Seattle in the wild-card round.jersey

Seattle is interested in bringing in a veteran backup behind . Coach said last week that Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III were two quarterbacks the team was in contact with about a backup role.

It remains to be seen if their interest would evolve into the team considering to sign Kaepernick. The meeting is the first step in a chance he could get this offseason to show that rumors that he lacks the desire to play were a fabrication. The 29-year-old quarterback would also get a chance to display he’s back in shape after losing weight last offseason due to injury.

Alongside motivated veterans, key parts were added in free agency and through the draft in the first four seasons of the Carroll-John Schneider era. The foundation was set, and we slowly climbed the NFC ranks, staying under the radar until we defeated San Francisco in the 2013 NFC Championship Game, with Richard Sherman announcing himself as a shutdown corner and our team as true contenders. The dominant mindset and play, marked by punishing hits and unwavering confidence, catapulted the Seahawks to the Super Bowl XLVIII mountaintop, and it carried into the next season.

Since the stunning end of Super Bowl XLIX, however, this group hasn’t been the same feared team of old. Consider that Seattle’s average margin of victory last season (3.9 points) was its lowest since 2011, far below the high-water marks established in 2012 (10.4) and 2013 (11.6). After five straight seasons of ranking in the top five in turnover differential, the Seahawks plummeted to 16th last season. Finally, there were the alarmingly punchless performances in the 9-3 loss to the Rams, the 6-6 tie with the Cardinals and cheap jerseys and the 14-5 defeat to the Bucs. There were glimpses of greatness and gritty play, but it wasn’t on the regular. Yes, it seems my beloved ‘Hawks have lost their swagger.

If you want to become a Seahawks fan, you can gain instant admission to the 12s (we will touch on this momentarily) by just randomly shouting, “Why didn’t we run the ball?!!” And then everybody will solemnly raise their Rainier beer bottle into the air and cheers you. You’ll be the Emperor of Emerald City. The Sultan of Starbucks. The Prince of Pike Place Market. All right, we might have flown too close to the sun, but what does this all even mean?

Well, the Seahawks were a single yard from the go-ahead score in the closing moments of Super Bowl XLIX, with one of the best power backs in NFL history () at their disposal. And then coach Pete Carroll called a pass play. Yeah. It was intercepted by Malcolm Butler, and the Patriots won another Super Bowl to give those long-suffering Boston fans something good in their sporting life for a change.