In 2011, the Seattle Seahawks seemed like a solid bet to finally bottom out after "earning" an improbable playoff spot with a 7-9 record the year prior.
Oddly enough, though, the team managed to take a step forward by going backwards, given they didn't win the division while ending up with the same exact record.
For 'Hawks fans that can look past the end result, it turned out the team actually made progress following a rough start with a young and feisty defense and running game led by a rejuvenated Marshawn Lynch.
While some of the key issues that plagued the team last season have yet to be addressed, the re-signing of several key players, namely Lynch and defensive tackle Red Bryant, along with the signing of quarterback Matt Flynn, could have the team poised for bigger and better things.
However, not everyone performed to expectations in 2011, and in turn, will need to turn things around this season in order to contribute.
At the end of the day, this is a short list in my opinion, given how so many players either met or exceeded expectations, not to mention players that fail to fit within Pete Carroll's plans are often shown the door in short time.
That said, here are six of the biggest underperforming Seahawks that will really need to step up in 2012 in order for the team to make headway within the NFC West and beyond.