As shown in the picture, Matt Hasselbeck threw an interception that clinched the Seahawks 11th loss Sunday vs. Tennessee. Ending with four straight losses and a 5-11 record is not is not what 1st year head coach Jim Mora Jr. expected or what was expected of him. With the same amount of TD's as INT's this season and only a 75.7 passer rating is Hasselbeck the future?
This got me thinking about the main problems that the Seahawks had this year:
- Walter Jones is done; Nobody else knows how to block
- Matt Hasselbeck is awful
- GM and President fired mid-way through the season
- Jim Mora did nothing to deserve this job and should be fired
- Nobody made the Pro Bowl
The problem with the offensive line is nobody can fill the spot left by LT Walter Jones. Failed draft pick Chris Spencer has played horribly this year and for all of his career and should be released. The O-line is not a completely lost cause because of young players who will improve over time such as:Rob Sims, Mansfield Wrotto and Max Unger.
Matt Hasselbeck will have a job at least until April, when hopefully the Seahawks draft a durable, accurate and mobile QB. Things were looking for Washington Huskies QB Jake Locker to become a Seahawk until he decided to stay in college. Another QB who fits that profile is Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, who is leaving school to go pro. A problem with Bradford is injuries, Injuries were a key component to why Matt Hasselbeck started sucking. Bradford already has two notable injuries, one to his left arm and another to his throwing shoulder knocking him out for this year. Free Agent QB's could be a possibility, but with a FA class headed by Kyle Orton and Jason Campbell, the Seahawks QB struggles could continue for another season.
The Seahawks fired President and GM Tim Ruskell before an exciting win over San Francisco. Ruskell was fired because of a good amount of wasted draft picks and also failing to resign G Steve Hutchinson and K Josh Brown, two key parts to the 2005 Super Bowl run. A candidate for the GM job is current interim GM Ruston Webster. Webster was a scout for Tampa Bay and served as the Seahawks VP of Player Personnel. Webster is likely to get the job with former coach Mike Holmgren heading to Cleveland.
Jim Mora was hired as a secondary coach last season after Atlanta let him go. Mora named the coach-in-waiting when Holmgren announced he was taking a year off. Mora was forced into the role like Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn(another mistake made by Tim Ruskell). Both coaches did not deserve the job and both were not successful. Jim Mora has failed to motivate his players for the past four weeks and should be fired once a new GM is hired. Potential candidates include fellow non-motivating head coach Tyrone Willingham.(for those of you don't know Willingham was the former Washington Huskies coach who went 0-12 before being fired. Tyrone never showed any emotion similar to Mora.) Serious candidates include: UFL coach Jim Haslett and Eric Mangini if he is fired in Cleveland.
You may think having players named to the Pro Bowl is a not a big thing, but I am going to tell you that it is for the Seahawks. The Seahawks didn't have a Pro Bowl player and didn't deserve one. No player on the roster proved themselves consistent enough or good enough or popular enough to be voted to the Pro Bowl. Having a Pro Bowl player is having a star player, someone who has the ability to bail you out after a bad play or to lead the team through a rough time. No player proved that for Seattle this year and that is the biggest problem and the one that should be adressed first. whether it is LB Lofa Tatupu, CB Marcus Trufant, LB Aaron Curry or if an offensive player decides to show up, someone needs to be a leader and bring this team that is down on their luck, back to it's history of winning.