Seattle Seahawks NFL Midseason Report Card: WR Mike Williams Needs to Step Up

Chris FaigCorrespondent INovember 3, 2010

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 24:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field on October 24, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 22-10. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Quarterback:  C

Although Matt Hasselbeck has led the Seattle Seahawks to a 4-3 record and leads the NFC West, he has not performed consistently so far this season. It may came back to haunt his team as they approach the tougher part of their schedule. So far, Hasselbeck has recorded 1,408 yards for six touchdowns while throwing seven interceptions.  He has also only completed 57.2 percent of his passes for a 70.7 QB rating.

Despite their decent record, the Seattle Seahawks have the 25th-ranked passing offense overall, which only averages 186.6 passing yards per game.

Hasselbeck suffered a concussion on Sunday against the Raiders, but head coach Pete Carroll said that he is expected to play in Week 9.

Running Back: D+

With all of the talent they have at the RB position, you would expect more than 88.6 rushing yards per game and a ranking of 27th overall in the NFL.

Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch receive a majority of the carries, each only scoring one touchdown thus far this season.  Lynch has rushed 87 times for 304 yards so far, while Forsett has made 75 running attempts earning 334 yards.

Leon Washington is a player who the Seahawks should throw in the mix more often.  He doesn't see many touches, but when he does he produces.

If the Seahawks want to keep winning, Forsett and Lynch need to have more of an impact or else they should be benched.

Wide Receiver: C+

The Seahawks have very talented receivers, but for some reason there has been no consistency in any of them.  Because they have so many good receivers they still manage to win, yet at some point a receiver or two must rise to the occasion.  

As the No. 1 receiver, Mike Williams must step up and score more than one touchdown in the second half of the season.  With only 33 receptions for 375 yards, Williams needs to be more of a contributor. 

Tight End: B+

The Seahawks don't go to their tight ends often, but when they do they are successful. 

John Carlson is the leading receiving tight end, making 20 catches for 231 yards and averaging 11.6 yards a reception and one touchdown.  Chris Baker has only made three catches for 29 yards, but still averages 9.7 yards a catch.  If the tight ends were used more the Seahawks could be a threatening team.

Overall Offense: C

Pass Defense: C+

The Seahawks aren't very effective against the pass and ran 29th overall in the NFL, giving up an average of 267.7 yards per game.  Marcus Trufant is a player that needs to propel his game to the next level.  So far this season he has only recorded 35 tackles and one interception.  

Run Defense: A-

If you can hold your opponent to around 100 rushing yards in a game, it's an almost-perfect night in terms of rushing defense.  The Seahawks are 10th in the league in rushing defense, holding their opponents to an average of 100.6 rushing yards per game.  

Overall Defense: B


Overall Midterm Grade: B-