Mr. Fix It: Why Terrell Owens Could Solve Seattle's Offensive Problems

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2010

TORONTO - DECEMBER 3: Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills lines up on offense against the New York Jets at Rogers Centre on December 3, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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You know when your computer crashes, and an IT expert asks you if you've turned it off and on? 

That's pretty much where the Seattle Seahawks franchise is at right now, and fortunately for Seattle fans, the time has finally come for the Seahawks to turn their team "back on".

It didn't come as a surprise last season to see Seattle fail. 

Poor quarterback play has been an almost constant talking point since the Seahawks' Super Bowl XL run against the Pittsburgh Steelers four years ago, and with the lack of coaching and overall motivation, Seattle's 5-11 record was pretty much a given right from the get go.

Now we arrive a week out from the draft.  Seattle has the sixth pick, and it is sure to work wonders for newly appointed head coach Pete Carroll, who gears up for yet another stint in the NFL in hopes of succeeding for a lenghty period of time.

Who Pete Carroll chooses is basically a guess right now, as the list of needs is a mile long for the Seattle Seahawks.  Although they do have a decent quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck, it could be said that the time has come to draft a young rookie to mould over time, if not throw straight in to the starting position.

Therefore, this brings me to my next point, quarterback play.  In 2009, Matt Hasselbeck had a blunder year.  His "lowlight" reel as some have deemed it, is full of inconsistent plays, poor passes, and overall bad decisions that began to build up to Seattle's ultimate failure.

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Sure, the blame isn't all on Matt Hasselbeck, as the Seattle Seahawks really didn't help themselves out at all, but it goes without saying that Matt Hasselbeck had a strong hand in guiding Seattle further off course.

So here's the ultimatum that Seattle faces: 

Draft a young quarterback such as Jimmy Clausen and hope that he succeeds in the NFL, and can step in at any given opportunity to replace Hasselbeck.

This option is almost 80 percent likely, and if truth be told, I do forsee either Colt McCoy or Jimmy Clausen  heading to Seattle.

Or, there is a second option, and it is one that hasn't really been discussed recently in regards to the Seattle Seahawks. 

Sign Terrell Owens

Now before I go on, I understand that many Seahawk fans don't want this so called "classless individual" on their team, and would rather suffer through another long and tiring season than have Terrell in a Seattle Seahawk uniform.

As a fan of a game, all I have to say to that is, why? 

Why would you want to pass up a great wide receiver that still has enough gas left in the tank to deliver in every way possible, and assure you some touchdowns and points in the meantime? 

It doesn't make any sense to me.

However, to each his own, and I do understand why Seattle would pass up a Terrell Owens signing. 

One thing to consider though before we completely sweep Terrell under the rug is just how much confidence he could bring to Matt Hasselbeck's passing game.

Terrell is a veteran of the game, and he knows the ins and outs like the Jerry Rice of old.  His skills may not always be there, and his mind certainly isn't, but when looking at a team like Seattle that so obviously struggles offensively, it could be wise to at least consider Terrell, with the impact and motivational factor in mind.

The last and final point I will make is this.  Terrell seems to have calmed down. 

I never thought I would say it, but Terrell's time in Buffalo seems to have taught him to keep his big mouth shut, and that shows, considering we haven't heard a peep out of him all off season.

Does this benefit Seattle?  Definitely. 

Pete Carroll is a tough coach, and would have no problem sorting Owens out if he was to misbehave in his usual manner. 

But if Terrell was calm and mature like he sometimes can be, he could turn out to be a godsend for the Seattle Seahawks and could also guide a young rookie quarterback in the right path toward success.

It's not set in stone, but it's just a thought. 

Seattle needs a young quarterback and are likely to get one in a week's time, why not get a veteran wide receiver to compliment whoever gets drafted?  Or at least help Matt Hasselbeck out a little in the passing game?

It makes sense to me, and it could possibly make sense to Pete Carroll.  Touchdowns and points are needed, and Owens promises at least some of that.  Terrell Owens to Seattle is a move that could change Seattle for the better, and it is one that could change the NFC West for the better.