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Jan 19, 2019

In his final press conference for the season, Pete Carroll characterized the 2018 Seahawks year as a season of growth. We look at many of the strengths of the team this season as well as areas of growth for 2019. With young players filling a lot of key positions, particularly on defense, Carroll sounds like he is counting on many of those players to be better. But as we've pointed out in the past, it's not always a steady progression toward awesome.

When the Seahawks lost both Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson on offense in the offseason, we were wondering where those 16 touchdowns would go. As we hoped, a lot of those went to the run game, which improved from one score last season to 15 this year. Add that to a career year in touchdown passes for Russell, and that helped the team become the second highest scoring offense in franchise history.

Which players outperformed their contracts this season? Which ones didn't quite live up to the value? Injuries were the primary factor in determining underperformance, and apart from that the Seahawks received a high level of performance from the value of the players on the roster. The 2018 rookie class was one area in particular fans should be very happy with.

In the second half of the show we learn that nearly half of the top 10 in the pickem league cheated in a way that we made clear was not acceptable. Adam goes after Nike for requiring an app for a new pair of basketball shoes and Brandan calls out a USA Today reporter for leaving out some key facts in characterizing the Seahawks play calling this past season.

Better at life honors go to NASA for a possible upcoming mission to look for life in other parts of our solar system, and to a Philadelphia Eagles fan in second grade who provided some inspiration to fans everywhere.

Special thanks to Associate Producer Dustin Mock!

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