Posted on: July 11, 2008 3:04 pm

NFC West Scouting report - Seattle Seahawks

Ok, as promised, I would start by breaking down the NFC West.  Since the Seahawks have been on top for a while, we will start with them.  From the top, they have an above average coach, which means a lot to any team.  A couple of years ago, I would have called Mike Holmgren a great coach, but I have felt he has slipped a little since the SuperBowl.  On offense, the team went through some major changes.  Of course, we are talking about the cutting of Shaun Alexander, and the signing of Julius Jones.  While Alexander has dropped off quite a bit, his lack of production coincides with the loss of Steve Hutchinson, All-Pro Left guard.  Letting Hutch go was the biggest mistake the Seahawks have made, ever.  WIth Walter Jones at Left Tackle, and Hutch right next to him, Alexander has huge lanes that complimented his running style.  The signing of Julius Jones is a bit of a reach.  The guy was not even the best runner on the Cowboys last year, that would be Marion Barber.  I think that the Hawks will play running back by committie with Maurice Morris, Jones and T.J. Duckett, as each bring something to the table.  I personally believe Mo Morris will be the best of the three this year.  He is a hard runner, and sees the holes well.  The Offensive Line will still be formadable with Walter Jones being the anchor.  Let's not forgett All-Pro Matt Hasselbeck, one of the games best at his position.  The problem lies with the wide receivers.  Starting will be Nate Burleson and Bobby Engram, no real headliners there.  And their backups at WR are weak at best.

The Defense will be one of the NFL's better defensive clubs.  The defensive line is well above average, with Patrick Kerney and Rocky Bernard being the anchors.  Two of the three Linebackers are All-Pro, Lofa Tatupu and Adrian Peterson, and are, in a word, Great.  The secondary is decent, but the only great player the Hawks have back there is Marcus Trufant

Based on the Schedule, I see the Seahawks winning 9 to 10 games this year, maybe just enough to get in to the playoffs.  I have the Hawks beating the Bills away, and the 49ers and the Rams at home in Quest field.  I have the Giants beating the Seahawks in a tough one on the road, then the Seahawks comming back and beating the Packers back at home.  The Seahawks should get the best of the Bucs in Tampa, and dropping the next game in Sanfrancisco.  The Eagles win the next game, followed by a crushing of the Dolphins the next week, followed by a beat down of the Cardinals.  Now comes the tough part of the schedule.  I am calling 4 losses in a row, by the Redskins, Cowboys, Patriots and the Rams, respectfully.  Now I know what you are going to be yelling about, a loss to the Rams.  However, in recent times, the Rams have given the Seahawks big problems.  The only way the Seahawks could even win those games against the Rams was last second field goals by sharp-shooting kicker, Josh Brown.  The only problem is that Brown now plays for the Rams.  The Hawks should win out the rest of the season by beating both the Jets and the Cardinals.

That would be a 10-6 record, good enough for the the playoffs in the NFC.  Just like any team, however, a key injury or playing a hot team could be the death-nail to the Seahawks.

Next entry will break down the Sanfrancisco 49ers, as I see it the 2nd best team in the NFC West. 

Category: NFL
Posted on: July 9, 2008 3:41 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2008 3:51 pm

First post of the off-season

Well, I don't know about you folks, but I can already smell the grass at the stadium.  That fall weather, smells of popcorn and beer, the excitement in the air.  But wait, it is only July.....but pre-season starts in a couple of weeks, so that has to count for something.  I am getting excited to see what all of the off-season moves will bring to teams this fall.  Will Jason Taylor un-retire and play for the Packers, and is Brett Favre returning?  Only time will tell.  Do my beloved 49ers finally return to the playoffs, with new acquisitions Justin Smith (DE) and Isaac Bruce (WR),  among others.  Can the Jaguars finally get ahead of the Colts in the standings?  Do the Giants even make the Playoffs this year?  Can Matt Leinart finally get this NFL thing down and actually play for the Cardinals, or is he destin to be the biggest flop around?  Can the Saints make Reggie Bush the star that he could be?  The Falcons picked up Michael Turner from the Chargers, and drafted high profile QB Matt Ryan.  Will they make a difference?  Can the Bengals ever live up to thier potential?  With players like Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson, Rudi Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the Bengals should be one of the better teams in the NFL, but why aren't they?  Will Brady Quinn ever get to quarterback the Browns, or does Derek Ander become the man for years to come?  Are the Patriots still the elite team in the NFL, or perhaps the Colts?  Which team is going to suprise everyone and make the playoffs?  Every team has questions, positives and negatives.  Only time will tell who made the right moves and who blew it this offseason.  In the next segment, I will break down the NFC West, team by team, and give you my picks on which team finishes where.
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