Seattle Seahawks: Deciphering the Changes at Offensive Skill Positions for 2011

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Seattle Seahawks: Deciphering the Changes at Offensive Skill Positions for 2011
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The offense is undergoing a substantial transition into 2011 with assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell now jointly running the show. With the input of Pete Carroll, the Seahawks are focused on creating a power running game and a dynamic, ball-control offense.

To this point, the potential changes on the offensive line and at quarterback have garnered the majority of outside attention; less focus has been pointed towards the offensive “skill positions”—running back, fullback, H-back, tight end and receiver (this article will not be including the quarterback). This group is one of the team's youngest and most competitive groups.

The changes start with Cable’s attitude, experience and expertise as a run game coordinator and head coach. Bevell is more even keeled and balanced, experienced as a former college quarterback at Wisconsin and a career offensive position coach/coordinator.

Given both the changes to the coaching staff and the group Seattle has headed into camp at these positions, with free agency to come, let's focus on four major questions surrounding the skill positions heading into the 2011 season.  

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