Seattle Seahawks: 7 Biggest Concerns for 2011

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Seattle Seahawks: 7 Biggest Concerns for 2011
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The Seahawks must find a way to pick up where they left off in 2010; the team faces many unanswered questions, adding to the challenge.

The 2010 season was an unexpectedly successful first year for head coach/vice president of football operations Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

The team jumped out to a 4-2 start, then lost seven of nine to set up a win-or-go-home scenario to win the division in week 17 at home against St. Louis.

Two home wins and a road loss in the divisional round of the playoffs later, a malicious mid-season slide turned into a somewhat miraculous season, the organization ended up proud; accomplishing their first year goal of winning the NFC West.

If not for that late-season run, the Seahawks would have likely picked in the top 12 of last month’s draft, fully unable to avoid the “re-building” label.

The organization heads into 2011 with the momentum of their strong finish, resulting in the further establishment of the new culture under Pete Carroll; the downside of that momentum being the expectations for the team to continue to “own the division”, a constant pressure that must be negotiated.

The Seahawks are in the unusual position of being both a re-building football team and defending division champion. If they are to continue to uniquely play both roles, the team must be ready to juggle these seven concerns once the lockout is lifted and the 2011 league year officially begins. 

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