In his final season as a head coach, Mike Holmgren is only asking for one thing—win the Super Bowl. As tall as that order may be, his Seahawks are good enough to end the quarterback guru's career on top. Here are some of the reasons why.
1. Matt Hasselbeck
Sure, he is no Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Brett Favre; but he is close. Hasselbeck has proved that he can put the team on his shoulders and carry them into the playoffs, much like the other quarterbacks I just listed. His arm can take the Seahawks far this season.
2. The defense
A quick defense that featured four Pro Bowl starters is quickly becoming dominant in the league. It features every kind of player—pass rusher, shut-down corner, big hitter. It didn't allow a touchdown in four games last season. And, with Lawrence Jackson and Red Bryant arriving to a D-line that is already successful, expect the defense to be even better.
3. The NFC West
The NFC West is still a sorry excuse for a division in terms of competitiveness. In 2006, the Seahawks lost their starting quarterback and running back, and still won the division. Expect the Hawks to earn a fifth NFC West title.
4. Mike Holmgren's last year
I know it seems cliché, but the players will definitely be playing hard for their coach. They will step up their game, and Holmgren knows that this is his last chance at a title. He knows not to underestimate his opponents.
5. A solid running attack
Somewhere in the crowded Seattle backfield, someone has to step up. That could be Moe Morris, Julius Jones, or possibly rookie Justin Forsett. Whoever succeeds will work with T.J. Duckett and fullbacks Leonard Weaver and Owen Schmitt to form the running game the Seahawks lacked the last two years.
There you have it. Feel free to comment.