July 31, 2008
Although we saw Matt Hasselbeck and the receivers create a full-frontal passing attack on the offense in 2007, the Seahawks' run game last year was horrendous. For Mike Holmgren's west coast offense to work to perfection, an adequate running game must be available. As we fondly remember, the 2005 season's offense with Shaun Alexander and Steve Hutchinson led a scary good west-coast offense.
Tim Ruskell and the front office knew that fixing the running game would be on the top of their agenda for the 2008 off season. They've added a new offensive line coach, Mike Solari, a new offensive lineman, Mike Wahle, and two new running backs, TJ Duckett and Julius Jones.
Those additions along with the experience of Leonard Weaver, the Seahawks' run game looks to be vastly improved. Don't forget about Maurice Morris, who will finally get his shot at starting. But he won't be the lone starter, as Holmgren has declared the position to be employed by a running back by committee.
Of course, don't expect a 2005 run game because a blocker like Steve Hutchinson is the only way for something like that to happen.
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