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On a side note, It is always great starting out the year #1 in the power rankings. Personally, I love the trade for Percy Harvin and am very excited to see what Russell Wilson can show in year 2. Let’s see if the Hawks can keep up the good work in 2013!
What a poor passing game. Lynch can’t rush it 50 times a game. When Golden Tate leads your team in receiving TD’s, there is a problem. They need to get a real target down there in Seattle.
The Seahawks were 7-9 last year and will go 6-10 this year. Is TO the greatest Seahawk of all-time? We will find out. Or not.
The Seattle Seahawks were one of the most active teams during the free agency bonanza showing that they were not contempt after winning the NFC West and knocking the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints out in the first round. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates was fired and former Oakland head coach Tom Cable was brought in as assistant and offensive line coach. Coming over from Oakland with Cable is guard Robert Gallery. The Seahawks also took offensive linemen with their first 2 draft picks in tackle James Carpenter and guard Ben Moffit. Seattle hopes the new coach and trio of linemen can bring stability in the trenches, an area where Seattle struggled mightily allowing 35 sacks and finishing second to last in rushing. The line will be in charge of protecting a new passer this year with longtime QB Matt Hasselbeck signing with Tennessee. Replacing him will be either Charlie “Clipboard Jesus” Whitehurst or free agent signee Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson was named the starter by Pete Carroll, but is facing stiff competition from Whitehurst. Whoever the quarterback ends up being, they will be targeting an improved receiving corps. Wideout Mike Williams was given a 3 year extension in January after experiencing a renaissance season being reunited with his college coach. Also receiving an extension was return threat/third down back Leon Washington. Sydney Rice was signed to a big deal with hopes he can recreate the type of season he enjoyed with Brett Favre manning the helm in Minnesota. Another Oakland defection, Zach Miller, is an underrated value at tight end. Running back Marshawn Lynch returns for a full season in Seattle, but will unlikely be able to live up to the hype his incredible playoff run built for himself.
While the offensive side of the ball is loaded with new faces, the defensive side received very few changes. Long-time starter Lofa Tatupa was let go, but Brandon Mebane, Raheem Brock, Leroy Hill, Kelly Jennings, and Matt McCoy were all re-signed by the team. Free agent additions include Atari Bigby and Jimmy Wilkerson, however neither are impact players at their respective positions. The problem with the defense is a lack of playmakers outside of safety Earl Thomas. Defensive ends Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock had 11 and 9 sacks respectively, but expect those numbers to drop. Aaron Curry has been a pretty big disappointment thus far as the number 4 overall pick, he will be playing for a contract this year. Seattle finished 27th in pass defense and 21st against the rush. Look for the Seahawks to stay about the same in those areas.
On paper it looks as though the Seahawks are poised to repeat as division champs, however they will be pushed with a tougher schedule and questions at the quarterback position. An average defense will not help their cause with other offenses within the division improving. Although they are one of the top contenders in the NFC West, repeating will be no easy task for Pete Carroll and company.
The once proud Seahawks, who made the Super Bowl just four years ago, are fluttering in a suddenly wide open NFC West. The only thing this squad has going for them right now is T.J. Houshmanzadeh. That’s about it. Matt Hasselbeck’s time as a Seahawk is over. It’s time to get this guy out and bring in someone else capable of leading, similar to what the Panthers did with Jake Delhomme. Charlie Whitehurst is not that guy. I like their receivers. Golden Tate, the rookie out of Notre Dame, could impress if he had the right guy to throw him the ball. The same goes for Deion Branch, T.J., all of them.
Seattle’s defense, particularly their pass defense, was dreadful last year. Not much will be different this year either. However, it could improve slightly this year due to the lack of offensive firepower in other teams within the division.
The bottom line remains, until Hasselbeck is gone, the Seahawks will remain a terrible team. They finish 6-10 this year, good enough for third in the NFC West.
By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network
Hall of Famer, Steve Largent is my choice for best Seahawk of all time.. He played with courage and always seemed to come down with the ball in traffic even though he was physically smaller than most receivers. When he was playing he set numerous records which eventually got broken as Jerry Rice and others eventually passed him..
I am curious.. what do you guys think?
Written by Evan Kanter of the Sports Fan Blog Network
The Seattle Seahawks were one of the clear winners of the 2010 NFL Draft. The orginization knew going into the draft that their two biggest weaknesses were the vital left tackle position, and the defensive backfield. Seattle was able to address those needs in the first round by selecting left tackle Russell Okung out of Oklahoma State with the 6th pick and Earl Thomas, the saftey out of Texas with the 14th pick. Both Okung and Thomas were the top rated available players at their respective positions and may be have been the top remaining overall players at the time they were picked. Okung is a great athlete with long arms and should solidify the left tackle position for the next decade, much like the man he is replacing, future hall of famer Walter Jones. Earl Thomas is a ballhawking saftey who also has the ability to play corner. Many have compared Thomas’ ball skills to Ravens saftey Ed Reed. If Thomas is anything like Reed, the Seahawks will be pleased.
In addition to their first two picks, the Seahawks were able to make other moves to improve their team over the weekend. In the 2nd round, the Seahwaks drafted Notre Dame reciever Golden Tate. Going into the draft, many thought Tate would be selected towards the end of the 1st round. The addition of Tate to an already solid group of wide recievers should help Seattle’s offense in a wide open NFC West. The final set of big moves by the Seahwaks over the weekend was the addition of two running backs through trade. First, the Seahwaks acquired Lendale White from the Titans. The acquisiton of White reunites him with his old college coach, Pete Carrol. In addition to White, the Seahawks also added speedy running back Leon Washington from the New York Jets. Washington is coming off of a major knee injury, but when fully healthy, can be a gamebreaker for the Seahawks.
by Josh Weiner at the Sports Fan Blog Network
At 5 feet 8, Justin Forsett won’t stand out in a crowd. He is, however, more than capable of running his way through one.
After surpassing 100 yards rushing twice in the past three games, Forsett has sprinted to the forefront of Seattle’s offense, yet coach Jim Mora isn’t quite ready to write Forsett’s name in permanent ink ahead of Julius Jones on Seattle’s depth chart.
“Julius is our starting running back,” Mora said. “He’s our starting running back. That’s what he is.”
Jones hasn’t played since suffering a bruised lung in the first quarter of Seattle’s game at Arizona on Nov. 15. He was coughing up blood as recently as last week, and all that has happened over the past three games is the Seahawks have logged two of their three highest rushing totals of the season.
Forsett gained 123 yards against the Cardinals, 130 last week in St. Louis and has scored four of the Seahawks’ past six touchdowns.
And for all that, what does the second-year back get? A pat on the back and an assurance he won’t be forgotten.
“Justin’s earned the right to carry the ball off of what he did at Arizona and what he did this week,” Mora said. “So we’re going to make sure he gets touches.”
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