A Look Back – The Jim Mora Jr. experiment certainly didn’t last all that long. After just one disgraceful season at 5-11, the Seahawks canned the younger Mora coach. Now, Seattle went to the collegiate ranks to take HC Pete Carroll from the purgatory known as USC. Carroll took over a team that has a pretty bare cupboard though, and a ton of work is there to be done.

Key Addition – RB Leon Washington – … Eventually. Washington showed that he has the spark to be a real threat as a featured back in this league with the New York Jets, and for a running game that ranked 26th in the NFL at 97.9 yards per game, that addition is important. However, there’s a question as to whether or not he’ll be ready for the outset of the year after breaking his leg last season.

Key Loss – OT Walter Jones – The great Walter Jones finally decided to call it a career in the offseason, which prompted the Seahawks to use their first pick in the NFL Draft on OT Russell Okung. The transition from one Hall of Fame caliber tackle to a potential Hall of Fame caliber tackle shouldn’t be a tough one, but that pick could’ve been used for a lot of other positions of need for the Seahawks.

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2010 Will Be a Success if… – The defense figures out how to get to the quarterback. This was a real problem last season and will likely be a trend once again. Because of the lack of a pass rush, the Seahawks surrendered 245.4 yards per game through the air last year, ranking third to last in the league. That won’t cut it again this season, and Carroll vows to bring a better pass rush to his new home.

The Crucial Game – The home game with San Fran to start the season is paramount. The Niners are the team to beat in the NFC West, and starting the season with a win at home will be crucial, especially with very winnable games coming immediately thereafter. The season badly needs to get off to a good start to get the “12th Man” engaged on a regular basis at Qwest Field.

Predictions – Carroll should improve this team this season, but it isn’t ready to make the jump back to the playoffs by any means. Seattle is still at least two years and a starting quarterback away from making that push again. It seems as though the days of QB Matt Hasselbeck are just about over, though it is clear that the veteran will start the season under center. Either he has to find the Fountain of Youth, or the Seahawks are going to face another disappointing 6-7 win season at best. Their odds to win the NFC are currently +2200.

2010 Seattle Seahawks Regular Season Schedule

9/12 vs. SF
9/19 @ DEN
9/26 vs. SD
10/3 @ STL
Bye
10/17 @ CHI
10/24 vs. ARI
10/31 @ OAK
11/7 vs. NYG
11/14 @ ARI
11/21 @ NO
11/28 vs. KC
12/5 vs. CAR
12/12 @ SF
12/19 vs. ATL
12/26 @ TB
1/2 vs. STL

 

Seattle Seahawks Draft Grade

The Seattle Seahawks entered the draft with two first round picks, so it’s no surprise that they were able to add some high-end talent to fill their many holes. They did their best work in the later rounds getting a number of prospects that are good values for their position and adding some veterans through draft-day trades.

Russell Okung will come in and start at left tackle for Walter Jones who will announce his retirement any day now. Okung is the best offensive line prospect in this draft class and he should help this team for years.

With the 14th pick, the Seahawks grabbed Texas safety Earl Thomas. Thomas has the potential to help this team for years to come and, like with Okung, the Seahawks were lucky that he fell to them.

Repeating the trend of players that fill Seahawks need falling to them is WR Golden Tate. He will be the third player from the draft pretty much guaranteed a spot on the opening roster.

CB Walter Thurmond and TE Anthony McCoy both have excellent long-term potential and are excellent values for a late-round picks.

Seattle Seahawks NFL Cheerleader

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Seahawks Draft-Day Trades

The Seahawks were very busy addressing their other needs with a series of trades.

They picked up running backs LenDale White from the Tennessee Titans and Leon Washington from the New York Jets. Both of these players have bust potential, but having two of them in the lineup gives them a good chance that at least one of them will make an impact and help this team.

Seahawks Draft Grade: A

The biggest need for the Seahawks now is a pass-rusher, but it is hard to fault the Seahawks because they had so many holes to fill coming in and did an excellent job covering almost every one of them.

Pretty much everything went right for them at the draft. They got three players who can help the team right away with their top three draft picks and probably should have been taken earlier. Then in the later rounds they picked up a number of excellent prospects while using trades to fill their remaining needs.

While the Seahawks made a lot of good progress at the draft, they still have a long way to go to become a top competitor again. The Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl odds list them as longshots at +4500.

 

Winners

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy is perfect for them and they got him exactly where he should go.

Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry is exactly what they needed. They might have been able to trade down a few spots and still pick him, but Berry is exactly what they needed.

Seattle Seahawks: Russell Okung probably shouldn’t have fallen to Seattle, so great for them to pick him up. Earl Thomas is another great pick at 14. The Seahawks probably did the best of anyone on Day 1.

San Francisco 49ers: Getting two offensive linemen, Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati, in the first round complete remakes their offensive line in just one day. I’m guessing they traded up for Iupati because they thought the Steelers were going to grab him.

Miami Dolphins: I like what they did trading down. And I like Jared Odrick. They grabbed some extra picks and still got a huge piece in the first round.

New York Jets: Kyle Wilson is going to learn from the best and, in a year or two, beat out an All-Star corner for a job.

Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Hughes is an incredible value at 31.

Losers

St Louis Rams: It’s too easy for a quarterback to end up as a bust and they get too much money as the number one pick. Sam Bradford is a very good prospect, but not an elite one which is what you want with a number one overall QB. St Louis should have traded this pick and grabbed either Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen later on in the draft.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Trade your first round draft pick to someone who is going to use it to draft first round talent.

Undecided

Denver Broncos: I love that they traded down, but Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas probably could have been picked up lower down.

Having said that, I’m a Tebow believer. He will be the best quarterback to come out of this draft because he has the right kind of determination and attention to detail to put in countless hours to fix his throwing mechanics and he has the demeanor of a winner on-field.

If the Broncos knew that someone was going to grab Tebow before them, then trading up to grab him was a good move.

 

The Seattle Seahawks need a play-making receiver so badly that they have to overlook some serious attitude problems.

The Seahawks are showing interest in Brandon Marshall and Reggie Williams both of whom have some serious off-field problems.

Seattle Seahawks NFL Cheerleaders

Brandon Marshall is one of the best receivers in the NFL, but the Denver Broncos put a first-round tender on him and are asking a steep price for a player that they don’t want.

Marshall had 101 receptions for 1,120 yards and would instantly become the go-to receiver in the Seahawks offense.

Seattle had talks with Denver about him, but they likely balked at the price. A month has passed since the Marshall flew to Seattle for evaluation without a trade and the free-agency period comes to an end on Wednesday.

Now ESPN is reporting that the Seahawks are talking with former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Reggie Williams.

Williams doesn’t have nearly the talent of Marshall and didn’t play last year after being released for drug use, but he is good enough to be an upgrade and won’t cost the Seahawks anything.

Another possibility is that the Seattle Seahawks are using Williams as a negotiating ploy to get the Broncos to lower their price for Marshall. A draft day trade is a possibility with either the Seahawks caving and offering a first rounder or the Broncos caving and taking a second.

 

 

 
 
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