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Seattle Seahawks Official 2009 NFL Preview

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Seattle Seahawks Official 2009 NFL Preview
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OFFENSE:

The offense was absolutely dreadful in 2008 and it can no longer be called the team’s strength. The overall offense ranked just 28th in the NFL in 2008 and it ranked just 29th in the passing game

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeckd is no longer a top 10 quarterback. He is approaching his upper 30’s and he is always at risk for an injury. A bulged shoulder disk is nothing to laugh about. He will probably go for about 3000 yards and about 20 touchdowns but the declining years have officially started. And with no proven backup, the team will be in major trouble if Matt Hasselbeck goes down again.

The Seahawks made another greedy effort to strengthen their receiving corp by giving TJ Houshmandzadeh a mega deal that will cost the Seahawks 40 million over the next five years. TJ brings consistency to the table and great hands. He is in his mid 30’s also.

The Seahawks offensive line has too many 30 somethings. With Mike Wahle retiring, they have lost that much more depth to the O-line. Second round pick Max Unger will step in at the guard position. Left tackle Walter Jones is a future Hall of Famer and one of the best tackles in the game. Even when he is playing at 90 percent he is better than 90 percent of the tackles in the NFL.

John Carlson is the future Jason Witten of the NFL and became the first rookie tight end in Seahawk history to led the team in receptions

OVERALL:

The Seahawks made a bold effort to shore up this shaky offense but with all the 30 year olds in this lineup, the team isn’t set for the future. Expect enough out of this unit to make a playoff run at the most. B-

DEFENSE:

This defense is now officially the strength of the team even though they didn’t show it last year. The addition of Aaron Curry makes this defense even younger and even better than before.

The linebacker crew is one that will strike fear into running backs. All 3 of their starters are under 25 and play a smash mouth style of football. Lofa Tatupu is a top 10 linebacker and is the captain of this defense.

The defensive line made major upgrades in the power department. They brought in 330 pound Colin Cole and 295 pound Cory Redding. This will insure that the defensive line won’t get pushed around as much as last year.

Patrick Kerney was injured last year but he is still one of the best defensive ends in the league. He will make more sacks under a bigger defensive line.

The defensive back group should make improvements over last year’s lackluster campaign in which they allowed the most passing yards of any team in the NFL.

Pro bowler Marcus Trufant is the captain of this unit and is a Pro Bowler. He continues to deliver consistent performances. This unit is undersized as they got beat by bigger, stronger receivers. Josh Wilson at 5-9 and Kelly Jennings at 5-11 are at the top of your depth chart which is not a good sign. Kelly Jennings looks to be one of the biggest busts in Seahawks draft history. Josh Wilson is the immediate starter.

DEFENSE:

This defense is still the strength of the team even with last year’s performance. Injury’s tore this unit to pieces but their back and hungry for some payback. B

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