NFL 2012: Seattle Seahawks Season Outlook

Craig HortonCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2012

Quick Review of 2011

Offense—No. 22 passing, No. 21 rushing, No. 28 total.

Defense—No. 11 passing, No. 15 rushing, No 9 total.

In Pete Carroll's second season as head coach in Seattle, the Seahawks posted their second consecutive 7-9 season.

However, unlike in 2010, it was not good enough to win the NFC West. The Seahawks finished third, six games behind the first-place San Francisco 49ers.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson struggled for most of the year. He threw 13 interceptions, while throwing only 14 touchdown passes. For the entire season, he had only three games with more than one touchdown pass. He ended the season 21st in passer rating.

He did look good at times, though. He led an upset of the New York Giants, and his passer rating was 137 against the Eagles.

Like Jackson, the team overall looked both good and bad. There were ugly losses to Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland. They beat the Giants, Eagles and Ravens.

Defensively, the Seahawks were solid. Despite having few star defenders besides safety Earl Thomas, they were still a top 10 unit in 2011.

It wasn't enough to overcome their 28th-ranked offense.


New Additions

DE Pierre Allen, OT Alex Barron, RB Allen Bradford, OT Edawn Coughman, QB Matt Flynn, CB Coye Francies, DT Jason Jones, RB Kregg Lumpkin, G Deuce Lutui, WR Charly Martin, OT Frank Omiyale, LB Barrett Ruud, RB Tyrell Sutton, RB Vai Taua, TE Kellen Winslow.


Draft Choices

LB Bruce Irvin, LB Bobby Wagner, QB Russell Wilson, RB Robert Turbin, DT Jaye Howard,  LB Korey Toomer, CB Jeremy Lane, S Winston Guy, DT J.R. Sweezy, DT Greg Scruggs.


Undrafted Free Agents

WR Phil Bates, DE John Graves, G Rishaw Johnson, WR Jermaine Kearse, LB Kyle Knox, DE Cordarro Law, CB Donny Lisowski, LB Adrian Moten, TE Sean McGrath, S DeShawn Shead, WR Lavasier Tuinei, K Carson Wiggs.



S Atari Bigby, DE Raheem Brock, TE John Carlson, RB Justin Forsett, G Robert Gallery, G Mike Gibson, DE Anthony Hargrove, LB David Hawthorne, LB David Vobura, QB Charlie Whitehurst, DE Jimmy Wilkerson, WR Mike Williams.


Outlook for 2012

In the offseason, the Seahawks signed Green Bay backup quarterback Matt Flynn. Flynn, despite his limited playing time, was this year's hot, young backup.

They also drafted Russell Wilson, who posted a passer rating of 191 last year at Wisconsin.

The Seahawks haven't named a starting quarterback. It will be settled during training camp between Flynn, Wilson and last year's starter Tarvaris Jackson.

But will whoever wins the quarterback competition have the wide receivers to throw to?

Sidney Rice has been often injured, and no Seahawk caught more than four touchdown passes in 2011. The Seahawks have even signed Antonio Bryant, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2009.

As for the defense, apparently Carroll thinks it needs to be better.

Of 10 draft picks, the Seahawks used eight on defensive players, including three linebackers.

However, if some of the rookies end up playing a significant role, the defensive numbers—at least total yards given up—could suffer this year.



Sep.  9 at Arizona

Sep. 16    Dallas

Sep. 24    Green Bay

Sep. 30 at St. Louis

Oct.  7 at Carolina

Oct. 14    New England

Oct. 18 at San Francisco

Oct. 28 at Detroit

Nov.  4    Minnesota

Nov. 11    New York Jets

Nov. 25 at Miami

Dec.  2 at Chicago

Dec.  9    Arizona

Dec. 16 at Buffalo

Dec. 23    San Francisco

Dec. 30    St. Louis

A difficult schedule that will see the Seahawks matched up against the teams of the NFC North and AFC East.

The Green Bay game, the Seahawks' only appearance on Monday Night Football, will be an interesting game if Matt Flynn is the Seahawks' starting quarterback.

The only other prime-time game is a divisional game at San Francisco on Thursday, October 18.



No matter who wins the quarterback job, will this team be any better off?

If the receivers don't step up, the passing game may not be much better.

If Marshawn Lynch gets hurt, or is suspended for his recent off-field problems, will rookie Robert Turbin be able to handle the load?

How many rookies will be starters on defense?

While they are learning, their rookie mistakes might cost the team some games in 2012.

With their schedule—New England, Green Bay and two against San Francisco—plus trips east to Carolina, Detroit, Miami, Chicago and Buffalo, another 7-9 season could be on the horizon.


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