We have our franchise QB. A franchise QB who is armed with 16 regular season and 2 post-season starts, and now has the whole off-season to refine his game while knowing he is "the guy". As much as Russell Wilson improved week to week on the fly, it's scary to imagine what he will do with an entire off-season. I imagine he is already scheduling blocks of time with his WR's and TE's for off-season throwing sessions. This time around, we won't have to sacrifice training camp in order to identify our QB - we can start from the right foot on Day #1.
We have cap stability and a front office that has an amazing record for drafting. We have 10 draft picks and the awesome flexibility to either deal Mat Flynn if we get an offer-we-can't refuse, or keep him in place knowing if something happens to Wilson we have a quality QB ready to step in -- although it must be said the entire face of our offense would change without Wilson running the read option. We have some needs, no question -- but the 4th draft for Carroll/Schneider is a breeding ground for filling holes and building depth and competition all over the roster.
Our young guys got lots of playing time and exposure in high-pressure situations (guys like Turbin, Lane, Johnson, Maxwell, Guy and Sweezy). Playoff games on the road like we just played back-to-back will go a LONG way for the entire team. They've tasted some success, had to swallow the bitter pill, and now they will come back wanting more.
I think this team realizes in order to take the next step, we need to earn homefield advantage. It would make all the difference in the world, regardless of the opponent. We did it in 2005 and took advantage of it.