NFL Team Previews: Seattle Seahawks
Did the Seahawks of 2008 simply run into a string of bad luck and injuries, or was the season a sign of things to come? Well, we’ll see. Meanwhile, Mike Holmgren retires and Jim Mora takes over the squad.
Early in the offseason, the only news the ‘Hawks made was with the signing of T.J. Houshmanzadeh, and then the trading away of Julian Peterson for former Lions defensive tackle Cory Redding.
With a top five draft pick, the Seahawks helped themselves by taking the top rated linebacker in the draft, Aaron Curry. Later in the draft the team also added help for the offensive line in Max Unger, as well as another receiver, Deon Butler and a quarterback, Mike Teel.
Later into the offseason, the Seahawks let go of back T.J. Duckett in favor of Edgerrin James. The biggest problem in Seattle is Marcus Trufant, and his failure to report to camp. For whatever reason, the team recently decided that Lawyer Milloy was a needed addition to the roster.
Three Burning Questions
Will Matt Hasselbeck be healthy and effective this season?
Last season, in seven games played, Hasselbeck only completed 52 percent of his passes, and threw twice as many interceptions than touchdowns. Will he be more effective this season?
The big acquisition was Houshmanzadeh, but he isn’t the youngest anymore either. You would think Seattle saw enough of older receivers on injury lists last year to take that sort of chance.
Nonetheless, with T.J., rookie Butler, Deion Branch and tight end John Carlson, Hasselbeck should have a better season, at least until further notice.
Speaking of injuries, is Walter Jones back to his former self?
If he’s 100 percent, he’s probably still the best tackle in the game.
But missing time last season, coupled with being 35, and the Seahawks should at least brace for a diminished Jones. At least it looks like the Seahawks did a little bit of preparing, and bolstering the line.
Unger is likely to start at guard, but Sean Locklear and Mansfield Wrotto don’t really scare anybody, do they? With Jones likely not fit until a couple of weeks into the season, and starting center Chris Spencer out for even longer, the biggest concern this year for the Seahawks may be with that offensive line.
No Trufant, will the defense suffer a setback?
The Seattle defense features some talent, but nonetheless, they ranked only 30th in football last year, an overall stat that found them below even the atrocious Denver Broncos defense.
Enter Redding and Curry, two guys the Seahawks are counting on heavily to return the defense to credibility. Patrick Kerney will be 33 soon, and Seattle will be hoping on some young talent to develop and help out the rest of that defensive line, guys like Michael Bennett, Brandon Mebane and Lawrence Jackson.
The leader of the defense is certainly still Lofa Tatupu, and being joined by Curry and Leroy Hill will make the linebackers the best unit on the defense. But will it be good enough?
Good Plays: There aren’t any Seahawks I would put in the really important category. Houshmanzadeh should be solid, as should Carlson, but that could be about it.
Avoid: James and Julius Jones at this point in their careers are marginal at best, and should only even be considered for roster spots on the really big leagues.
Sleeper: I liked Deon Butler when the team drafted him, and it seems like he’s been playing quite well so far this preseason. He may warrant a pick-up later in the year.
For the prognosis and final record, read the originally posted article here.
This is an original article by Pigskin Heaven Staffer, Sascha Bartels. You can read it, more of Sascha's articles, and more from the Pigskin Heaven staff here.
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