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2011 Record: 7-9
Chances of going over .500: Pretty good
Though the Seahawks did go from first place in the NFC West in 2010 to thirrd place in the 2011, there really wasn't much regression on this team. They went 7-9 in both seasons.
The change in placing at the end of the season can be attributed to the emergence of San Francisco as legitimate contenders in a division that has not been too impressive lately.
Pete Carroll, in his second year in the Emerald City, made improvements defensively. With his background of many great offenses at USC, many forget how he has held three defensive coordinator positions and had some great defenses at Southern California.
This year, Seattle was 11th and 15th in passing defense and rushing defense, respectively. That's a difference of 30 less yards per game through the air and close to 40 less total yards per game.
Defensive linemen Chris Clemons and Brandon Mebane lead a defense that was among the most improved in the 2011 season.
If Carroll can find a way to make his offense better, this team can continue to improve and raise its potential.
They weren't the greatest team running the ball, but Marshawn Lynch is a reliable bruiser who can back up a solid passing game well. The Seahawks will need to get him (he will be a free agent this year) or someone who can replicate his reliability while the passing game experiences growing pains.
Simply put, Tavaris Jackson is not the answer at quarterback for Seattle. He was an offseason acquisition that had some promise but fell flat on its face.
Seattle has been thrown into the list of teams rumored to be interested in Peyton Manning which could help spark this dull offense. The receiving corps isn't stellar either and the offensive line let up 50 sacks last year.
If Carroll can patch up a lackadaisical offense in some way, shape or form, the Seahawks could be in good shape.
Chances of making the playoffs: Not that good. Nothing is set in stone, especially this early, but the 49ers are the clear favorite in this division and there is a deep tier of teams that are in a better situation than Seattle that will compete for wild card spots.