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Burning OTAs question: The Seattle Seahawks have multiple questions coming from their 2012 OTAs, but the most burning questions to me are identifying their starters on offense, and who are going to be their go-to guys to lead the offense this year?
The Seahawks offense hasn't produced many top performers in the last six years. Since 2006, the Seahawks have only had one 1,000-yard rusher (Marshawn Lynch with 1,204 yards in 2011) and one 1,000-yard receiver (Bobby Engram with 1,147 yards in 2007). That is it. At least the Seahawks know their featured running back is Marshawn Lynch and he will be their workhorse back.
Taking it a step further, who is their go-to receiver? The Seahawks have had a different leading receiver every year since 2004. In 2011, it was Doug Baldwin. Prior to that it was; Mike Williams, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, John Carlson, Bobby Engram, Darrell Jackson, Engram and Jackson again.
But to me, the biggest issue will be identifying who is their starting quarterback. Pete Carroll is splitting reps between veterans Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson. According to ESPN Seattle.com, Brock Huard thinks that the team will ask Jackson to renegotiate his contract in August. If he refuses that would probably eliminate the competition by one less player.
The starter may not be identified until we get into the preseason games. But if Carroll names somebody, and then changes his mind later, all bets are off. Musical chairs every year doesn't get you very far.
Ideally, you want to have an offense like the Dallas Cowboys of the early 1990s where everything was built around the big three (Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin). I realize it is hard to come up with players of that exact caliber, but having established leaders on your offense that you can structure your offense around from one year to the next is ideal. Hopefully Seattle is getting there slowly but surely.