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Team needs: Seattle Seahawks

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With the draft three weeks away, it’s time to look closer at team needs for every NFL club.

In the NFC West, we’ve already looked at the CardinalsRams, and 49ers.  The Seattle Seahawks round out the division.

QB: A common theme in the NFC West is quarterback-needy teams. The Seahawks’ only signal caller signed for 2011 is Charlie Whitehurst, and little hope remains of him developing into a franchise-caliber passer. Contract talks have ceased with free agent Matt Hasselbeck, who hasn’t thrown more touchdowns than interceptions since the 2007 season. It might be best for both sides to part ways. Seattle will consider a quarterback at No. 25 in the draft, particularly if Florida State’s Christian Ponder and/or TCU’s Andy Dalton are available.

OL: Russell Okung and Max Unger are the Seahawks’ only offensive linemen locked into starting positions. Incumbent center Chris Spencer and right tackle Sean Locklear are free agents, and right guard Stacy Andrews is grossly overpaid. It’s another position Seattle will consider addressing in the first round. End-of-roster fodder like Breno Giacomini, Mike Gibson, Tyler Polumbus, William Robinson, and Paul Fanaika won’t be assured of spots on the 2011 club.

CB: The Seahawks’ pass defense was putrid last season, and trading cornerback Josh Wilson didn’t help. Only the Texans and Cowboys surrendered more passing touchdowns, and only Denver allowed more 20-plus yard completions. Seattle’s back-end woes are exacerbated by right corner Kelly Jennings and strong safety Lawyer Milloy’s free agency, combined with Marcus Trufant’s growing age and declining play. They might be able to get by with 2010 fifth-round pick Kam Chancellor in place of Milloy, but cornerback remains a major weakness.

DL: Coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley showed the ability to get more than expected out of defensive linemen like Chris Clemons, Raheem Brock, and Red Bryant last season. That factor pushes the front four down Seattle’s list of needs, but it still needs addressing. Starting “three-technique” tackle Brandon Mebane and Brock’s contracts are up.  Bryant returns from injury at left end, but the Seahawks need more pass rush inside.

Overview: Seattle’s roster has improved since Carroll and G.M. John Schneider took over last winter, but this team is still in a rebuilding phase. The Seahawks’ fluky playoff berth with a 7-9 record and advancement past the wild-card round mean nothing going forward.

Carroll has shown the ability to “coach up” players, but he remains in the process of upgrading the talent level.  No singular draft pick or free agent signing will make this an above-.500 team. The Seahawks need another couple of impressive offseasons to become an NFC power.

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17 Responses to “Team needs: Seattle Seahawks”
  1. vahawker says: Apr 9, 2011 4:52 PM

    Thank you Tim Ruskell for the putrid mess you created…truly on par, or worse than Matt Millen. At least Millen took over a bad team and continued the trend. You tool over a SB contender and drove it into the ground with horrible drafting and bad FA signings while allowing Hutch to walk(but hey we got the Vikes back by signing Burleson….you sure showed them). You truly suck and should never ever be allowed anywhere near a football field. I wouldn’t let you choose sides in a 3rd grade gym class. You suck and now the Hawks suck because of you. But I’m Not bitter about your horrid, incompetent, ridiculously failed stint as GM.

    Pick Dalton or Kaeipernick(?) @ 25 or even trade for Kolb.

    p.s. Tim Ruskell destroyed a SB team and turned them into a joke in just 4 short years. IMPRESSIVE!!!! work Timmy. You moron.

    *the preceding is only my opinion of Mr. Ruskell and his performance.*

  2. dixon29 says: Apr 9, 2011 5:10 PM

    This article should have read “Seattle team needs”… to be thankful to be playing in the NFC West. What a horrible division.

  3. jerrydesaulniers says: Apr 9, 2011 5:41 PM

    You Said “No singular draft pick or free agent signing will make this an above-.500 team. The Seahawks need another couple of impressive offseasons to become an NFC power.” I have to disagree. First I will start by saying I’m not a Seahawks fan but a soid draft and they become a .500 team easy. They did a great job of auditioning players off of the waiver wire last year and I believe that a few solid draft picks and they reach .500 easily.

  4. bucks12965 says: Apr 9, 2011 5:44 PM

    The team has so many holes, they should try to build at other positions before worrying about QB.

    Using your first round pick on a QB would be like installing a new top of the line stereo in a 10 year old Camry.

  5. nothimagain says: Apr 9, 2011 6:04 PM

    I really hope there is a draft next year and the Seahawks don’t take a quarterback this year because the roster is so depleted of talent (thanks to that moron who’s now in the Bears front office) that it’s a very real possibility the Hawks wind up with the first overall pick in 2012, or rather, Andrew Luck in 2012.

  6. mattsffrd says: Apr 9, 2011 6:45 PM

    lol buttbirds

  7. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 9, 2011 6:59 PM

    Trade as many of your picks in this draftas you can for as many picks in rounds 1-3 for next year. Sacrifice the 2011 season for top of the round picks in 2012

  8. endzonezombie says: Apr 9, 2011 8:17 PM

    ” The Seahawks’ only signal caller signed for 2011 is Charlie Whitehurst, and little hope remains of him developing into a franchise-caliber passer.”

    Typical comment by this high school wannabe who merely repeats scuttlebutt heard around the internet by internet hacks. Jeremy Bates was fired as OC for his failure to develop talent on the ‘Hawks roster – Charlie being one of those talents. He came off the bench to win Seattle’s division championship game against the Rams.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:31 PM

    They are going to take Locker and continue to be mediocre in the terrible west. Win a few, lose a few more.

  10. FinFan68 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:32 PM

    The Seahawks’ fluky playoff berth with a 7-9 record and advancement past the wild-card round mean nothing going forward.
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    Cheap shot. It means that they were “good enough” to win their division last year and unless there is a dramatic improvement with the other 3 teams, they have a legit shot to do that again. It doesn’t matter what their record was, they still beat the defending SB champs in the playoffs.

  11. vahawker says: Apr 10, 2011 12:04 AM

    Feisty…would be surprised if they went with Locker. Definitely could see Dalton or better yet O-Line or D-line or CB.

  12. stairwayto7 says: Apr 10, 2011 12:50 AM

    What the Seahags need to do is quit crying after losing the Super Bowl to the 6 tim champs! Seahags and the fat walrus was exposed as a fraud and took them 5 years to do anything since!

  13. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 10, 2011 1:00 AM

    Judging by the thumbs down in response to sound draft strategy plans to return to prominence, it is clear why the Seahawks are the reliable losers that they are. Surely you dont count last years “playoff” team as a winning club?

  14. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 10, 2011 1:04 AM

    Apparently the low self esteem fans are content with setting the bar so low a midget can walk under it.

    If your happy winning the worst division in football each year with a 7-9 record and having no chance at going to the Super Bowl, then by all means come on here and give your “expert” advice on how to run a team and actually believe in it. But for those who know better, we will just sit back and laugh at you each and every year.

    BWAAAHAAAhAAA

  15. vahawker says: Apr 10, 2011 1:45 AM

    Funny how it is almost always steeler fans that bring up XL. Guilt, maybe? Maybe trying to find a way to shine that turd? Looks like YOU should get over it, maybe when you hit puberty you’ll grow up a bit. Just sayin’

  16. dino2997 says: Apr 10, 2011 1:54 AM

    What the Seahags need to do is quit crying after losing the Super Bowl to the 6 tim champs! Seahags and the fat walrus was exposed as a fraud and took them 5 years to do anything since!

    —————————

    Like the Tool says, how about them 6 tim champs!!!

  17. bartpkelly says: Apr 10, 2011 3:10 AM

    I don’t blame the seahawks front office for losing Hutch (are people still talking about this? I guess so, I am). The plan was to match whatever he was offered out there, and he knew that. the Vikings poison pill should have been determined illegal because it was impossible to match, (what was it 6 games played inside the state of Minn.? or something?)

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