The Seahawks took a chance this offseason with the signing of new Head Coach Pete Carroll.
Carroll already had 2 stints as an HC in the NFL before becoming a great college football coach at USC. Both stints were short and he was simply an average coach who was criticized for being to loose with his practices. Can he be successful in the NFL?
The Seahawks return Matt Hasselbeck at QB, but he is aging and becoming much more injury prone. Can he hold up for a whole season? Either way he is a solid but unspectacular QB but he does provide leadership and veteran wisdom thats key for a team in transition.
Seattle does have a solid run game. Julius Jones and Justin Forsett are projected to split carries. But in my opinion Seattle needs to just make Forsett the featured back and let Jones back him up. Jones has never been a starter and wasnt especially productive in his first year with the Seahawks. Forsett showed great promise and is already a very complete back.
The Seahawks receiving core is led by TJ Houshamandez and Deion Branch. Branch is an aging receiver that never was as good in Seattle as he was in New England. Housh is a very good receiver but I don't think he is a guy you want as your number one receiver. Former USC standout and first round bust, Mike Williams, has shown up at camp in great shape and is making a very good impression with his coaches and teammates. He could be in for a comeback season if he keeps that up. Finally John Carlson had a bit of a drop off from his productions two years ago. Can he regain that magic from his breakout season?
The offensive line is an improving unit that added a promising young rookie in Russell Okung. Max Unger is entering his 2nd year in the league and is improving rapidly.Chris Spencer is a very good young center.
The defense's strength is definitley the linebacking core. Led by star line backer Lofa Tatupu. Aaron Curry was the fourth overall pick a few years ago. He was supposed to be the surrest pick in years and so far he has been a bust. Will he finally become a star?
The defense line is by no means excellent. Upgrades could easily made at every position and the only rookie making a solid impression is of course an ex-Trojan, Lawrence Jackson.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant is a solid corner, but not necessarily a number one/shut-down corner. Lawyer Milloy has been in the league forever but is the starter at Strong Safety. First round pick Earl Thomas starts at FS.
Overall, I don't think Seattle will finish with a winning record. But that might not be necessary in a weak NFC West.
Prediction: 7-9. 2nd in NFC West
Fantasy Player to Watch: Justin Forsett. Could be a very solid pick if you get him in the 6th round. He's currently going 63rd in most standard ESPN leagues. I like him a lot there.