Three years ago the Seattle Seahawks were thought of as a NFC powerhouse. They had four strait division titles, Shaun Alexander was the most consistent back in the NFC, and Mike Holgrem was winning games. Now the Seahawks have only won nine games in two years! Four of those wins were from the Rams, the other two from the 49ers, and one from the Lions, The cause of this? Tim Ruskell. Ruskell let the Vikings take the best Guard in the NFL, traded away Matt Hasselbeck’s favorite target Darrell Jackson hoping to replace him with the often injured Deon Branch, and has failed to find replacements on the offense.
Ruskell is now gone and Pete Carroll is calling most of the shots, and in his first draft he did better than anyone ever though. Russell Okung will look to be the franchise Left Tackle, Earl Thomas will look to fix the secondary, and Golden Tate will add great hands, great speed, and good ball skill at the wide receiver position. Seattle also added CB Walter Thurmond who could challenge Josh Wilson for the starting spot opposite of Marcus Trufant.
Seattle was able to fix the running game with trades for LenDale White, and Leon Washington. White is a bigger back at 6'1, 235 pounds and will add much needed size to Seahawks running attack. Leon Washington another draft day trade is a former pro bowler who will add speed at the running back position. With White, Forsett, and Washington this could be a lethal rushing attack.
The Seattle Seahawks also have the best Quarterback in the West with Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck is coming off a poor season, not a horrible one he still managed to throw for 3,000 yards, and completed 60% of his passes. If you combine all the pro-bowls the NFC west Quarterbacks have been to it comes out to three, all of them by Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck has not had a decent line since 2007, and it has shown.
The defense also has talent, the Line backing core will look to become one of the games elite, with Lofa Tatupu coming back from injury the unit will get a lift. The Defensive ends are the team’s only weakness but Pete Carroll is a mastermind at blitzing and bringing pressure.
With Arizona losing Kurt Warner and Boldin, and the 49ers not having a proven starter at Quarterback the NFC West is up for grabs and the Seattle Seahawks are ready to take it back.