Seattle Seahawks throws a change-up

Coach Pete Carroll has said — repeatedly — he does not expect the team to match or exceed the 300-and-some roster moves the team made a year ago.

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But already, it’s fairly clear the Seahawks will have more changes to the starting lineup. The team has not set its depth chart yet, but a projection fo the starting lineup shows how much things have changed since the Week 1 lineup in 2010 for Carroll’s first game as Seahawks coach.

2010 Week 1 starter POS 2011 Projected starter 2010 Week 1 starter POS 2011 Projected starter
Matt Hasselbeck QB Tarvaris Jackson Justin Forsett RB Marshawn Lynch
Russell Okung LT Okung Mike Gibson LG Robert Gallery
Chris Spencer C Max Unger Max Unger RG John Moffitt
Sean Locklear RT James Carpenter Deion Branch WR Sidney Rice
Mike Williams WR Williams John Carlson TE Zach Miller
Chris Baker FB/TE Michael Robinson
2010 Week 1 starter POS 2011 Projected starter 2010 Week 1 starter POS 2011 Projected starter
Chris Clemons DE Clemons Red Bryant DE Red Bryant
Colin Cole NT Mebane Brandon Mebane DT Alan Branch
Aaron Curry OLB Curry Lofa Tatupu MLB Hawthorne
David Hawthorne OLB Leroy Hill Marcus Trufant CB Trufant
Kelly Jennings CB Walter Thurmond Earl Thomas FS Thomas
Lawyer Milloy SS Kam Chancellor
Olindo Mare K Reed or Coutu Jon Ryan P Ryan

This will mark the third consecutive year that Seattle makes more than 10 changes to its opening-day starting lineup from the previous year.

But even measuring the changes in the starting lineup doesn’t give a full view of the degree of changes. Because some times the changes are more subtle. A player switches from left guard to right guard as Rob Sims did from 2007 to 2008. Or a player moves up the depth chart to become a starter as Kelly Jennings and later Josh Wilson did in Seattle’s secondary.

The best way to show the depth of change in Seattle is to count the number of potential starters who were not on this team before this year. That total would be eight, which is strikingly high even compared to Seattle’s recent history.

  2011 2010 2009 2008
Week 1 starters
new to team
8 5 7 2
QB Tarvaris Jackson FS Earl Thomas RG Max Unger LG Mike Wahle
RG John Moffitt DE Chris Clemons Houshmandzadeh K Olindo Mare
RT James Carpenter TE Chris Baker FB Justin Griffith
TE Zach Miller LT Russell Okung DE Cory Redding
LG Robert Gallery WR Mike Williams DT Colin Cole
WR Sidney Rice LB Aaron Curry
DT Alan Branch CB Ken Lucas
K Coutu or Reed
  2007 2006 2005
Week 1 starters
new to team
4 3 6
SS Deon Grant WR Nate Burleson DE Bryce Fisher
FS Brian Russell LB Julian Peterson DT Chuck Darby
DE Patrick Kerney P Ryan Plackemeier LB Lofa Tatupu
TE Marcus Pollard LB Jamie Sharper
CB Andre Dyson
P Leo Araguz