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Offseason Checkup: Seattle Seahawks

Posted on: March 25, 2011 12:07 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 12:49 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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The Seahawks were subjected to much ridicule when they became the first team in playoff history to enter with a losing record (for that, we can thank the incredibly weak NFC West – not to mention the Rams, who fell to the Seahawks in Week 17 in a game that would have allowed St. Louis to win the division with an 8-8 mark).

But then, Seattle immediately thumbed its nose – and indirectly taunted the Giants and Buccaneers, both of whom missed the playoffs with 10-6 records – at the NFL by beating New Orleans (we can talk all day about how Seattle had an unfair advantage by getting to host an 11-5 team, but Seattle outclassed the Saints big time).

Seattle was a weird team to observe last season. The Seahawks were either pretty good (wins against the Chargers and the Bears attest to that), or they were absolutely horrid (remember the 33-3 loss to the Raiders and the 41-7 defeat to the Giants in consecutive weeks?). I never really got a handle on which Seattle team was going to show up each week, and I still couldn’t tell you whether the Seahawks were a good team last year. I kind of lean toward no, though.

Future franchise QB, Too much change

Matt Hasselbeck could return for another season, and honestly, that wouldn’t be a terrible decision, because he was decent enough last year for a 35-year-old quarterback. But his backup Charlie Whitehurst – who the Seahawks traded for last season – simply has not proved he’s a quality starter, and while third-stringer J.P. Losman started in Buffalo, there’s a pretty good reason he’s not doing it there anymore.

It seemed like coach Pete Carroll has turned over the roster about 15 times since he took over as head coach, and he’s lost a few assistants. At some point, there needs to be some roster and staff consistency, doesn’t there?

1. Franchise QB
Could Philadelphia’s Kevin Kolb be that quarterback? The Seahawks would have to give up, at the very least, a first-round draft pick (and probably a mid-round pick as well) in order to trade the Eagles, but Kolb could very well be the guy to replace Hasselbeck. Emphasis on the word “could” because Kolb, as far as I’m concerned, still has much to prove as a starting QB. And if Seattle doesn’t get Kolb (and can’t re-sign the unrestricted free agent Hasselbeck), what the heck happen

2. Offensive consistency
wks fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates after just one season, probably because they averaged less than 300 yards of total offense per game and perhaps because they thought they could get Josh McDaniels to take that job. Instead, they hired former Vikings offensive coordinator Darren Bevell to replace Bates and former 49ers head coach Tom Cable as the OL coach. Maybe that will work. And if not, Carroll won’t have a problem looking for a replacement.

3. Cornerback help
Seattle allowed 11 passes of 40-plus yards last year, and though that wasn’t necessarily always the fault of the 30-year-old Marcus Trufant and the underwhelming Kelly Jennings, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Seattle takes a defensive back in the first round of the draft. The top-two CBs in the draft (Prince Amukamara and Patrick Patterson) surely won’t be around by the time the Seahawks pick at No. 25, but Colorado’s Jimmy Smith is a definite possibility.

For a playoff team, the Seahawks have soooooo much room to improve. RB Marshawn Lynch (who, you’ll recall, did this against the Saints) was serviceable after landing in the Pacific Northwest, and Seattle signed WR Mike Williams to a three-year extension near the end of the season. But the offensive line needs help (the team has used 15 (!) players on the left side of the line in the past three years), and the Seahawks could forgo a cornerback and draft a lineman in the first round.

That said, remember the Seahawks play in the weakest division in football. So, you could mark them down as favorites to win the NFC West, and you actually have a pretty good chance of being correct. But this team, like last year’s squad, could be very flawed. And it might not be very good.

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Offseason Checkup: Seattle Seahawks

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Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2011 12:20 pm

Offseason Checkup: Seattle Seahawks

Althought the Seahawks have not won a Super Bowl, it's clear to me that they are still the best team in the NFC West year after year. The 49ers are the 'sexy pick' almost every year, because you have soooooo much talent. But year after year after year after year you continue to fail. While a team that according to you has 'no talent' continues to fight and make the playoffs almost every year for the past 10 years, you keep looking up at them in the standings. So how can a 49er fan talk smack about a team that needs some skill positions filled, but continues to win their division. Simply because all of your talent must be highly OVERRATED! We'll continue to try and hear you from atop the ladder we sit every year, so please speak up!!!!

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:21 pm

Offseason Checkup: Seattle Seahawks

C'Mon 9er shaved back....the 49ers lost 5 in a row to open the season, and when Gore went down they were 4-7. How would having Gore in the lineup all season have changed anything for the 49ers?
The Seahawks were not very good last season, but they were better than the 9ers, Cards, and Rams. Making the playoffs in the NFL is hard, the 9ers should know they haven't been there since 2002. If you would like to keep reliving the 49ers of the 80's and 90's, go ahead. Pull out your parachute pants and starter jackets, you and the rest of those fruitcakes down there should throw a party. Invite the Mayor. The truth is the 49ers have been one of the worst franchises in the NFL for a decade. For the last 5 years the 49ers have been the team to beat in the NFC west to start the season, every year they miss the playoffs.  

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 11:03 am

Offseason Checkup: Seattle Seahawks

It's pretty funny reading posts from a big mouthed 49'ers fan that has a whopper rating of 17. The guy can't even spell correctly. As for his excuses of losing Frank Gore, he's right, that was a huge loss. However, what team had the most injurues in the NFL last season? That would be the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. So, using injuries as an excuse doesn't fly anymore. You need to have someone else step up and pick up the slack, including the coaches, who may have to tweak things if a major weapon goes down. The reason the 49'ers choked is because they don't have a quarterback. In fact, the only team in this lame-ass division that does have one is the Rams. It'd be a shock if any team from the West was better than 9-7 this season. By 2012 you could see 3 teams having pretty good teams, all but the Cardinals.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 11:59 pm
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Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:48 pm

Offseason Checkup: Seattle Seahawks

Did you not read my post? Frank gore was out. Gore is are best player and he make player's like Alex Smith better. It was over for the San Francisco 49ers the moment Gore went down. It's like Seahawks losing Matt Hasselbeck. It would have been over for Seattle. The 49ers are 2-3 player's away from being in Super Bowl contention every year for a very long time. The 49ers have talent on all levels, from Patrick Willis ( Best LB in NFL ) to Spikes, Lawson, Spencer, Gore, Crabtree, Davis, Staley, Smith, J. Smith, the 49ers have a ton of talent. Why do you think Haubraugh signed with the 49ers. We have the player's in place, the 9ers just needed a decent HC.  Seattle is a finished franchise. Every year it's the same lame ass excuse for why Seattle hasn't won the Super Bowl. Haven't the Seahawks been too the playoff's 7 out of the last 10 years? Including a Super Bowl lose? The talent is just never going to be there. Why? Because no body wants to play in Seattle? When you think about SF and Seattle, it's a no brainer. SF is one of the nicest places to live in the country. The Bay Area in general is far nicer than Seattle. I think it's the rain.... Seattle can't attract the talent, because the city is dying from boring BS. The moment I was a FA I would sign with another team. Why did the SuperSonics leave? Oh, that's right NO FANS!!! When the Seattle Seahawks don't make the playoffs for the next 10 years see if they haven't moved to LA. 

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2011 6:01 pm

Offseason Checkup: Seattle Seahawks

Funny about the fact we kicked the 9er's butts in the season opener. So I suppose you losers can back up how is was your division to lose? Anyway 9er moron fan....despite what you think, we did win the division and your lame group finished 3rd so what does that say about you if we were bad.

Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:02 pm

Offseason Checkup: Seattle Seahawks

Offseason Check up. What is their to check up on?
The Seahawks aren't going to win 5 games in 2011. It just won't happen. Where is the NFL talent on this team? Oh, wait the Seahawks don't have any talent on this team, just a bunch of guys that got released or cut by most NFL teams. It really doesn't matter who or what player they draft, because Seattle is years away from being good again. Do fans really think they were good enough to win the Super Bowl last season? The division was the 49ers too win, but Frank Gore went down and are season went with it. 7-9 is an embarrassment and I would rather not make the playoffs then be a losing team in the playoffs. Sad. Seattle is worthless and should never be talked about on CBS Sports. Win something first..Like a Super Bowl then you can talk. 

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