Seattle Seahawks Outlook & Draft Needs

Published on March 8, 2010 by     Seahawk Fanatic

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2009 record: 5-11 (Third in NFC West)
What worked
When the Seahawks were ready to play, they looked impressive — especially in home wins over the Jaguars and 49ers. Although it was a down year for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, he did show flashes of being his old self after recovering from injured ribs. He has a solid target in tight end John Carlson, who has 106 receptions in just two years in the league. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, despite complaining about not seeing enough passes, was productive. Some of the young players on the defense showed they can play. David Hawthorne, Josh Wilson and rookie Aaron Curry were far from flawless, but they give new coach Pete Carroll something to work with.
What needs work
So much didn’t go right for this team. Injuries, a new coach, an inconsistent run game, poor pass protection and an inadequate pass rush just about cover it. Former coach Jim Mora really lost the team with four consecutive losses by a combined score of 123-37 to end the season. Matt Hasselbeck threw 10 interceptions in those four games, and the defense posted just one sack over that stretch. All of this served to get Mora fired.
All eyes on Hasselbeck
Is Hasselbeck done? The 34-year old quarterback has battled injures the last two seasons, starting just 21 out of 32 games. When he did play last season, he took a beating, getting sacked 32 times. He had one career four-interception game entering the season, but at one point threw that many picks in back-to-back weeks. Most observers feel he has something left in the tank, but the front office has to start planning for the future.
Pressure on Carroll
Is Carroll the man for the job? After a decade away from the NFL, can he translate his college success at USC back to the pro level? One facet of Carroll’s career that is often overlooked is what a solid defensive coordinator he’s been. The 1995 49ers — for which Carroll was the defensive coordinator — finished as the top-ranked defense in the league. Although it would take a lot to make Seattle’s defense even a top five unit, don’t count Carroll out. Carroll’s overall NFL head coaching record is 33-31 in the regular season and 1-2 in the postseason.
Plenty of holes to fill
The offensive line was hit by injuries last season and needs to be worked over, especially at left tackle. Walter Jones is likely gone, and his absence last season had Hasselbeck fleeing the pocket all too often. This position in particular has to be filled for Seattle to get their 21st-ranked offense in viable shape. The backfield, led by running backs Julius Jones and Justin Forsett, generated just seven rushing touchdowns in 2009. An upgrade up front will open up running lanes and allow the ground game to get back on track.

Unrestricted: WR Nate Burleson (pictured), FB Justin Griffith, CB Ken Lucas, K Olindo Mare, T Damion McIntosh, DE Cory Redding.

New general manager John Schneider will earn his keep beginning with free agency. His first move was to franchise Mare. Now he’ll need to address Burleson. After watching so many kickers fail their teams in key situations this season, Mare’s reliability merits a decent contract. If Seattle chooses to pursue other teams’ free agents, both the offensive line and defensive lines are units that will probably be addressed.

If Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung is available when the Seahawks pick sixth, they should probably go for it. If he’s not, a running back, guard, or defensive end with serious pass rushing ability has to be next on the docket. The Seahawks can’t afford going another season hoping Patrick Kerney stays healthy and plays like he’s 25 years old — he’s 33.
27:31

TIME RESTRAINTS
That was Seattle’s average time of possession in 2009, last in the NFL. Three-and-outs, turnovers and an unreliable running game all contributed to this low figure, while not giving the defense much-needed rest. The first step to curing this stat is curing the offensive line.

Home: Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City, San Diego, N.Y. Giants. Away: Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver, Oakland, Chicago.
“I’m ready. I couldn’t be more prepared for it.”
- Peter Carroll, on jumping back into the NFL as the coach of the Seahawks.
What worked
When the Seahawks were ready to play, they looked impressive — especially in home wins over the Jaguars and 49ers. Although it was a down year for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, he did show flashes of being his old self after recovering from injured ribs. He has a solid target in tight end John Carlson, who has 106 receptions in just two years in the league. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, despite complaining about not seeing enough passes, was productive. Some of the young players on the defense showed they can play. David Hawthorne, Josh Wilson and rookie Aaron Curry were far from flawless, but they give new coach Pete Carroll something to work with.
What needs work
So much didn’t go right for this team. Injuries, a new coach, an inconsistent run game, poor pass protection and an inadequate pass rush just about cover it. Former coach Jim Mora really lost the team with four consecutive losses by a combined score of 123-37 to end the season. Matt Hasselbeck threw 10 interceptions in those four games, and the defense posted just one sack over that stretch. All of this served to get Mora fired.
All eyes on Hasselbeck
Is Hasselbeck done? The 34-year old quarterback has battled injures the last two seasons, starting just 21 out of 32 games. When he did play last season, he took a beating, getting sacked 32 times. He had one career four-interception game entering the season, but at one point threw that many picks in back-to-back weeks. Most observers feel he has something left in the tank, but the front office has to start planning for the future.
Pressure on Carroll
Is Carroll the man for the job? After a decade away from the NFL, can he translate his college success at USC back to the pro level? One facet of Carroll’s career that is often overlooked is what a solid defensive coordinator he’s been. The 1995 49ers — for which Carroll was the defensive coordinator — finished as the top-ranked defense in the league. Although it would take a lot to make Seattle’s defense even a top five unit, don’t count Carroll out. Carroll’s overall NFL head coaching record is 33-31 in the regular season and 1-2 in the postseason.
Plenty of holes to fill
The offensive line was hit by injuries last season and needs to be worked over, especially at left tackle. Walter Jones is likely gone, and his absence last season had Hasselbeck fleeing the pocket all too often. This position in particular has to be filled for Seattle to get their 21st-ranked offense in viable shape. The backfield, led by running backs Julius Jones and Justin Forsett, generated just seven rushing touchdowns in 2009. An upgrade up front will open up running lanes and allow the ground game to get back on track.Unrestricted: WR Nate Burleson (pictured), FB Justin Griffith, CB Ken Lucas, K Olindo Mare, T Damion McIntosh, DE Cory Redding.Restricted: T Brandon Frye, G Rob Sims, C Chris Spencer, DE Darryl Tapp

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