The Seattle Seahawks start their summer training camp on July 28 in suburban Seattle. Head coach Pete Carroll will welcome veterans, free agents and rookies to improve on last year's 7-9 record.
The ex-USC coach faces a number of challenges in 2012 to ensure another year in Seattle. They include a quarterback situation that favors a four-year backup, a 1,000-yard running back with a large contract, expectations and off-the-field baggage. If that weren't enough, Carroll must also overcome a daunting regular-season schedule.
With those factors in mind, it's also the time for some fearless prognostications for the upcoming NFL season.