Seattle Seahawks Reload in the Offseason
Coach: Jim Mora
Record Last Season: 4-12
Key Acquisitions: TJ Houshmandzadeh, Corey Redding, Ken Lucas, Colin Cole, Justin Griffith.
Key Loses: Mike Holmgren, Maurice Morris, Rocky Bernard, Julian Peterson, Bobby Engram, Floyd Womack, Leonard Weaver.
Draft Picks: Aaron Curry, Max Unger, Deon Butler, Mike Teel, Courtney Greene, Nick Reed, Cameron Morrah
Outlook for 2009: A very good off season for a team that had a horrific 2008 season losing twelve games. The injury plagued season of a year ago exposed many weaknesses on the Hawks roster that they tried to correct in the off season.
The durable and consistent TJ Houshmandzadeh was added to help sure up a receiving corps that besieged with catastrophic injuries last season.
They also added Colin Cole and Corey Redding to add size and versatility to the defensive line that got over power at times over the last couple of seasons with out enough girth on the interior of the line.
Finally the Hawks reacquired corner back Ken Lucas from Carolina giving Seattle an upgrade over disappointing Kelly Jennings and the undersized Josh Wilson.
Seattle’s offense has to answer many questions in training camp and the preseason. Most important of all is who is going to play wide receiver after TJ Houshmandzadeh.
Nate Burleson and Deion Branch are both coming off serious injuries and the group of Courtney Taylor, Ben Obomanu, Michael Bumpus, and Jordan Kent were under whelming to say the least.
The running game should be solid but in all likely hood unimpressive. Julius Jones and TJ Duckett will carry the load with second year man Justin Forsett as the X-Factor.
The offensive line played well last year despite every starter missing time do to injury and that is due to a solid back ups and the change in philosophy by line coach Mike Solari.
On the defensive side of the ball the Seahawks may have the best defensive group that they have ever had. The big question for the Hawks is will Patrick Kerney play next season and if he does how successful will he be.
Besides Kerney the Hawks need to address the safety situation with Brian Russell coming off of a terrible season. One thing this team will not worry about is the line backing corps.
With Leroy Hill, Lofa Tatupu, and Aaron Curry the Seahawks have a one of the most promising young group of linebackers I have ever seen and should be dominant for years to come.
The most exciting thing looking at this Seahawk’s defense may be the interior of the defensive line. Finally the Seahawks have added enough size to not get run over by average running attacks.
On the whole I look for Seattle to be greatly improved in a weak division. The bottom line for the Seahawks is that they decided to retool instead of rebuild so they must win now. I don’t believe that the Arizona Cardinals are a juggernaut and I also believe that San Francisco to be much improved next year. The division is up for grabs in 2009.
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