The NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame put out their 2010s All-Decade Team earlier this year, and the Seahawks were well-represented with Pete Carroll and four players named to the team. Several other All-Decade lists have also come out this offseason, including one from football analytics website Pro Football Focus. Most recently, PFF did a top 101 players list from the past decade over the course of this week, and again, a lot of Seahawks past and present made the cut.
The collection of Seahawks on the list represents the many methods Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have used to acquire talent in their decade leading the franchise. There are five draft picks (Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman), one undrafted free agent signing (Doug Baldwin), two trade acquisitions (Marshawn Lynch and Duane Brown) and two free agent signings (Michael Bennett and Greg Olsen).
You can find the full Top 101 list here. Read below for the 10 Seahawks on the list and what PFF had to say about them:
No. 81 TE Greg Olsen
One of the best receiving tight ends of his generation, Greg Olsen is still going despite being drafted all the way back in 2007. Olsen dropped just 27 passes in the decade, or less than 5% of the catchable targets thrown his way. He was also consistently one of the most open receivers in the game, giving his quarterback an attractive place to go with the football more often than not. Olsen's blocking was never at the level of players like Rob Gronkowski, but it was less a weakness earlier in the decade than it became later in his career.
No. 77 WR Doug Baldwin
Doug Baldwin represented a movement in the NFL away from prototypical No. 1 receivers who played only on the outside and relied on size and athleticism to get their production. He became an incredibly prolific receiver, relying instead on route-running and the versatility to line up both outside and in the slot. In his entire career, he didn't have a season grade below 70.0 and five of his eight seasons were above 80.0, not including a 79.9 mark in 2018. Baldwin was one of the most reliable receivers in the game, providing Russell Wilson a consistent place to go with the football when in doubt.
No. 74 DE Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett, at his best, was a unique force along the defensive line. Ostensibly an edge rusher, he would spend considerable time inside as a defensive tackle and use his child-sized shoulder pads combined with his speed and quickness to knife through the defensive line and wreak havoc in the backfield. Only Von Miller and Cameron Wake had more total pressures over the decade than Bennett did, and no defensive lineman tackled the runner closer to the line of scrimmage on average than he did. For the decade, his average tackle depth was just half a yard downfield against the run.
No. 58 T Duane Brown
A surprise first-round selection when he was drafted back in 2008, Duane Brown developed into one of the best left tackles of the decade and has now had the opportunity to show it in two different venues. The impact he made in 2017, when he was traded to Seattle, was remarkable. The upgrade to just that one spot on the Seahawks' offensive line made a notable and significant difference to the pass-blocking prowess of the entire unit. Brown allowed only 26 sacks in 10 seasons as a starter throughout the decade.
No. 55 S Kam Chancellor
Kam Chancellor — along with Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas III — was instrumental in the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom defense and the pivot league-wide away from Tampa 2-style coverages and toward those single-high looks that the Seahawks used so effectively. Chancellor was able to act as an auxiliary linebacker in the box and still give his team plus coverage play. His highlight reel of hits is something to behold, but his consistently impressive grades in both coverage and against the run is what made him such an impressive player for so long.
No. 39 LB Bobby Wagner
Bobby Wagner's peak is as good as that of any linebacker in NFL history. In 2017, he earned PFF grades above 90.0 (the elite range) in every facet of play PFF measures, and the following season only a pass-rush grade of 86.7 prevented him from repeating the achievement. For his career, he has excellent grades in every area of the game and has been a plus coverage defender in a time where that has never been more important. Wagner also got better as the defense around was dismantled from its halcyon Legion of Boom days.
No. 33 QB Russell Wilson
Somehow, Russell Wilson has never earned an MVP vote since he has been in the league, and yet few quarterbacks have achieved more with as many things working against them (at least on the offensive side of the ball). Only Patrick Mahomes has a higher big-time throw rate than Wilson over the past decade, and obviously, Mahomes has only had to do it for a little over two seasons. Wilson has an incredible ability to make big plays without having a high rate of errors to offset those, and he brings a threat with his legs that few other quarterbacks have. He has been one of the most valuable players in the game over any span of time and one of the best quarterbacks in football.
No. 29 RB Marshawn Lynch
No running back was harder to take down over the last decade than Marshawn Lynch was. Lynch didn't just lead the decade in broken tackles (403 on 1,803 regular-season carries), but he also stepped up his game in the playoffs, breaking 75 tackles on just 211 postseason attempts. Adding in receptions gives him an absurd total of 538 broken tackles over 10 years of play, the last two of which saw him play in relatively limited roles. Lynch's legacy is tied to that of the great Seattle Seahawks teams early in the decade. He was a vital part of their success and a key reason they won games.
No. 20 S Earl Thomas
Few players have come to represent a prototype at a position quite like Earl Thomas, and he was arguably the single most important player in Seattle's Legion of Boom defense. Thomas had the range to play the deep middle of the field like few other players, and he had the speed and reactions that allowed him to do it closer to the line of scrimmage than other players at that position, helping him to make far more plays than others. Thomas has three seasons in the last decade with overall PFF grades above 90.0 and one more at 87.3.
No. 4 CB Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman timed his entry into the league perfectly for an All-Decade Team, and he has been the best cornerback in the game consistently over that time. Only two corners over the past 10 years have allowed a completion rate under 50% — Sherman (49.6%) and Darrelle Revis (49.8%). Sherman also allowed the lowest yardage per snap in coverage (0.80) in the league and the lowest passer rating when targeted (54.0). He was, to put it simply, the hardest cornerback in football to complete passes on over the past decade. We can quibble as to how easy his job was versus that of players like Revis or others, but there is no denying that he has been completely peerless in the role he has been in.
Football analytics website Pro Football Focus ranked the top 101 players of the past decade, and the Seahawks were well-represented on the list. Check out the full list here.