Seattle Seahawks: Putting The Injury Excuse To Rest

Sam WoodsCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2009

CHICAGO - JANUARY 14:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks lies on the field against the Chicago Bears during their NFC Divisional Playoff game on January 14, 2007 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.The Bears won 27-24 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Over the last two years the 'Hawks have suffered a multitude of injuries. Both years have decimated our O-Line, quarterbacks, defensive secondary, and our receiving and linebacking corps. It's fair to say we've been injury riddled.

But when did that become an excuse instead of a warning?

Bottom line is: This team is composed of mostly mentors and past-their-prime stars.

This should have been seen last year, however, I cannot blame Ruskell & Co. for going for it this year. It was the last year of his contract, and a lot of our guys seemed to have something left. The young and energetic new coaching staff was supposed to come in and squeeze precious juice out one more time in hopes of a division crown, and one last shot at a super bowl.

It didn't work, and now we're stuck in a terrible position.

We have no line on either side of the ball, and soon will have no quarterback. Also, the new GM may butt heads with Mora & Co. in the coming years.

The Seahawks need to slow down and take a couple of years to rebuild. They need to start with this year's, uber-important draft. They have a few players to build around—namely Justin Forsett, John Carlson, Brandon Mebane, and Deon Butler—with a few complimentary players thrown in.

The injuries tell us this team is old and needs to start fresh. If we keep building for 2010 or even 2011, then will always be a middle ground team that never wins anything, but never collapses enough to need to rebuild.

If, however, we take what these brittle bodies are telling us and use it, then we could build a solid team for the next couple of years and explode onto the scene in 2012ish.

We could compete for super bowls every year, and maybe, just maybe, bring a major championship to Seattle for the first time since the '70s.

That is, if the Mariners don't beat the 'Hawks to it of course.


Greg Knapp

This is completely unrelated, but it's not big enough for its own article, so I'm putting it here.

Give Knapp some time. Yes, his play calling has been a little shady, but right now he's decent with the very little talent he has.

The zone blocking system has proven successful over the years, and provided we have the right guys up front (Ahem, Daryn Colledge in free agency and Charles Brown in the draft, make it happen) it can be successful here as well.

Do play Forsett though. Feeding Julius Jones the ball all day is just stupid.