Seahawks Digital Media Reporter John Boyle

JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser each week during the 2017 regular season will speak with a writer or media member covering the Jaguars’ opponent.

Up this week:

Seahawks Digital Media Reporter John Boyle on the Seahawks as they enter Sunday’s game against the Jaguars at EverBank Field.

 

Question: The Seahawks are 8-4 – one game behind the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West. They beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-10, in Seattle Sunday. Where are the Seahawks now? How do they feel about themselves entering Sunday’s game in Jacksonville?

Answer: They feel really good after the win over the Eagles. There have been some questions about the Seahawks this year with some inconsistent play, and that’s fair; they haven’t necessarily been at their best. But they’re coming off their best performance of the year and really their most complete game in knocking off a 10-1 team. Within the locker room there’s a sense that they are ready to go on a run. They have been a strong finishing team under [Head Coach Pete] Carroll, so they feel like even though they haven’t played their best up to this point they have a good run in them.

Q: Is that something this team counts on? That they can do that at the end of the season?

A: You have to be careful with that because you can’t just assume it’s going to happen, but it is something they know they have in them. They have the experience of having been through it. They got off to a slow start in 2014 coming off their Super Bowl win. Their schedule looked really daunting in the second half of the season. They finished the season strong, and enough of these guys have been through those experiences where they feel like, ‘OK, we may not be where we want to be starting December but we’re still in a good spot.’

Q:Is this still the Seahawks of 2013 through, say, 2015? Or is this team changing?

A:There have been injures to [cornerback] Richard Sherman and [safety] Kam Chancellor and it’s hard to replace those guys, but the defense still feels like a Seahawks defense. You have Pro Bowl players on every level – guys like Michael Bennett and Sheldon Richardson on the defensive line, Bobby Wagner at linebacker and Earl Thomas at safety. The biggest change is the lack of running game. That wasn’t by design. Carroll always wants a balanced offense, but they’ve had injuries at running back, some changes on the offensive line. It was encouraging that they rushed for 100 yards against the…

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