Would you believe me if I told you the 2-6 Seattle Seahawks were in second place in the NFC West? No? Well it's true. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, the 7-1 San Francisco 49ers are having their best season since the days of Jeff Garcia and Terrell Owens, and might as well be crowned the NFC West champions even though the season is only halfway done.
Last year, the Seahawks won the division with a 7-9 record, earning a first round home game where the Seahawks defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in a stunning upset.
While the division now boasts one of the league's best teams this season, the rest of the division is worse than ever. The Seahawks, Cardinals and Rams have a combined record of 5-19.
The attitude around Seattle surrounding this years team is not pretty. Almost everyone has given up on the team, and fans are already looking towards the 2012 NFL Draft.
The 2012 draft is already one of the most hyped drafts in recent memory due to one player. The draft isn't for another five months, but everyone already knows who the first pick will be. Everyone, meet Andrew Luck.
It is so certain that Luck will be the first pick that he even has his own campaign named after him, the "Suck for Luck" campaign, cleverly named because the team with the worst record in the league will either draft Andrew Luck, or be able to trade the pick for practically anything they want.
The Seahawks are among the front runners in this campaign, tied for the second worst record in the NFC and the third worst record in the league. By the end of the season, it is realistic that the Seahawks could wind up with the top pick in the draft.
Of course, no coach will ever admit to looking past the season for the purpose of attaining a high draft pick. That would get a coach fired and run out of town before they could even blink.
But that doesn't mean it's not in the back of Pete Carroll's mind. He is only human after all.
Now, I'm not saying the Seahawks should throw the season to get Andrew Luck. What I'm asking is, would it really be the worst thing in the world if the team finished with a 2-14 record and wound up with the top pick in the draft?
The team will get this lucky. The Seahawks are bad, but not bad enough to end the season on an 11-game losing streak. However, they are bad enough to end up with a top five pick.
So who should the Hawks take with a top five pick? Two words: Boomer Sooner.
If the Seahawks do not wind up with Andrew Luck, Landry Jones would be a pretty solid option. If it wasn't for Andrew Luck, Jones would probably be the top quarterback in the upcoming draft.
The other option many have been speculating is a reuniting between Pete Carroll and Matt Barkley. Carroll's last year at USC was Barkley's freshman year in 2009. There has been more talk about Barkley joining the Seahawks rather than Jones due to the connection with Carroll.
Either way, the Seahawks would be making a massive improvement in the quarterback position. Jackson and Whitehurst are not the answer in Seattle, but Jones or Barkley would be.
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