Why I Think The Seattle Seahawks Will Do Good This Year

Daniel PettitContributor IJune 21, 2009

RENTON, WA - MAY 2:  T.J. Houshmandzadeh #84 of the Seattle Seahawks smiles during minicamp at the Seahawks training facility on May 2, 2009 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Okay. So, besides the fact that the Seahawks lost some key components to their offense like Mo Morris, Bobby Engram, Leonard Weaver, and in my opinion Will Heller (since he was a great run blocking TE), they kept a good majority of an underachieving defense and added to the holes in their offense.

Losing Rocky Bernard was a blow to the team. In place of him, they signed two replacements, Colin Cole and Cory Redding. They traded Julian Peterson for Redding plus a third round pick—a pick that got them speedster Deon Butler.

By trading Peterson they made their defense younger and bigger. Defensive backs are in good shape other than SS. I don't believe Brian Russel will get the job done for the Seahawks.

Overall, the Seahawks defense should do well, baring they stay healthy and live up to their potential.

Now the offense is where the Seahawks have some questions.

At quarterback we have an aging Hasselbeck. Yeah, yeah, every single blog that says "Hasselbeck" comes with the words "age" and "Back injury," but it's a big issue that the Seahawks have. It's also one that I don't think has been addressed yet.

They drafted Mike Teel from Houston in the sixth round. He might be good after about four years in a backup roll. But Hasselbeck will probably die out in two. So what do they do with the two years in-between?

Seneca Wallace. Sure, he is up and down, along with short, but he has some great big play ability. If they work on his consistency, he can be great.

Running back is another question that is really an unknown area. The fact that Julius Jones really came out strong isn't enough for me because of the ridiculous drop-off in the second half of the season. He needs to keep the first half Jones and continue it through the year.

Justin Forsett is one of my favorite Seahawk players. He is one of those small, quick guys. He finds the hole and sprints—no fancy stuff. The potential is greater than current skill level though, so he isn't the instant answer this year. TJ Duckett is a guy that will just be used for the goal line and short yardage.

Wide receiver is a strong unit, only if they can stay healthy. TJ Houshmandzadeh will be an awesome wide out with an exciting play style. Deon Branch will be very productive because of his great quickness. He also runs beautiful routes that get him open.

Nate Burleson is the big play guy that can get the Seahawks touchdowns from anywhere on the field. Deon Butler will be a Kick/Punt returner with blazing speed. I like him for the Seahawks future.

O-line is an underrated group. Ray Willis is an up-and-coming young guy that will blossom this year. Max Unger is most likely going to be the starting center coming out of pre-season. Mike Wahle is solid but getting old along with Walter Jones. They will keep the quarterback up and the running backs running hard.

The Seahawks have a lot of potential and are poised to regain the NFC West. They need to stay healthy and keep the play going throughout the season consistently. If they do that, then I predict a 10-6 season.

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