Carroll's squad must show improvement next year
After a mediocre 2011 campaign, the Seahawks are building hype around next season.
Seattle brought in Matt Flynn by paying him $26 million in the offseason, to compete for a starting gig with the team.
With an exciting young defense, the Hawks could turn some heads next season.
Yet the Seahawks still have question marks along the offensive line, since Russell Okung has not started more than 12 games in a season.
By bringing in rookie Bruce Irvin and the emergence of Earl Thomas last season, it is obvious Pete Carroll has focused on improving the defense.
If Flynn is not the answer for the offense though, Seahawk fans could be in for another dreadful season.
Seattle must succeed in 2012 for a plethora of reasons.
This is a huge season for Carroll, after he was hired prior to the 2010 season.
After back-to-back 7-9 finishes, Seattle is ready to see a playoff team.
With Mike Holmgren at the helm, the Seahawks were perennially a playoff team and could be slated towards the top of the division each year.
However the transition to Carroll has not gone as smoothly.
Without a clear No. 1 option at quarterback, Carroll’s teams have struggled to put up the offense necessary to compete in the increasingly pass-happy NFL.
Carroll’s teams have catered to defense, which is really starting to come into their own this season.
With two years remaining after this season on his five-year deal, Seattle will definitely need to see a better product from Carroll, who had an uninspiring 33-31 record as an NFL head coach prior to coaching the Hawks.
A plus-.500 record next season could definitely silence some of the doubt still surrounding Carroll.
If Matt Flynn comes to Seattle and does assume the starting quarterback position, there is little room for failure.
If Flynn flops and is not the answer, the Seahawks will surely have to re-tool through the draft.
Although they already boast rookie Russell Wilson on their roster, it seems Wilson is not the franchise quarterback Seattle so desperately needs.
Grooming a quarterback, or even being in position to select a franchise-altering quarterback, would be a long process for the Hawks.
With a young defense, the time should be now for Seattle, who needs to take advantage of a roster that is littered with young talent.
From 23-year-old Doug Baldwin to 24-year-old Kam Chancellor, the Seahawks possess skilled players who can help a contender.
With the additions the Seahawks made, they could return to the top of the NFC West.
ESPN’s Tedy Bruschi agreed with this claim, as he pointed to Flynn being a key signing.
But, if Flynn is not the answer, Seattle could be panicking after 2012.
After finishing with a losing record in the last four seasons, the Seahawks must win some ballgames next year.
Seattle had a streak of five straight winning seasons from 2003-2007, including five straight playoff berths. Yet, the Seahawks have made the playoffs only once since that point.
Their one playoff berth was a historically bad season for the NFC West, as the Seahawks were crowned champion after a mundane 7-9 record.
With a flashy new head coach and some thrilling talent, fans are eager to see their team produce like they once did.
If the Hawks can’t put together wins and show improvement in 2012, fans may not be as fervent when it comes to cheering on their football squad.
The Seahawks must stay away from being a dormant team in the recently weak NFC West, since other divisional foes are showing improvement.
After a 13-3 inaugural season record for 49ers head man Jim Harbaugh, the Niners leapt to the top of the division.
They returned all 11 starters on their stellar defense and look like a solid lock near the top of the division.
The Cardinals made strides and improved their defense en route to finishing 8-8 and second in the division. With exciting vertical threats, the Cardinals are looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
The Rams even made a splash as they hired Jeff Fisher, in the hopes that he would turn around a seemingly miserable St. Louis franchise.
With the rest of the division steadily improving, the Hawks must produce better results than a season ago to remain in contention for a division crown.