TEAM: Seattle Seahawks
SPEC. TEAMS D-
FRONT OFFICE C
STRENGTH RB, QB, TE
WEAKNESS DS, WR, KS
OFF. MVP Matt Hasselbeck
DEF. MVP Brandon Mebane
TOP ROOKIE Lawrence Jackson
Comments: Based on their first half performance, I would have to say that the Seahawks’ window of opportunity appears to be nearly closed. In spite of having one of the very best left offensive tackles in the game and a very promising center Chris Spencer, the offensive line rather ordinary. Julius Jones has played well, but looks to me to be no better than a journeyman back within the league. The receiver position is a total mess. Koran Robinson in spite of his checkered past, is a starter along with 13 year veteran Bobby Engram. Deion Branch, cost this club a small fortune and quickly proved he was both a product on the system and can not stay healthy.
Patrick Kearney, Brandon Mebane, Lofo Tatupo, Leroy Hill and Marcus Trufant are all good football players, but overall the defensive unit has not performed as well as expected in 2008.
Team president and general manager Tim Ruskell, a former FM jazz disc jockey, has a limited football background and will be tested this coming off season as the club attempts to reload. The scouting staff have a good mix of veteran and bright young individual.
Mike Holmgren, in his last season with the Seahawks, is a good football coach and has over the years done a good job of maximizing individual players abilities. Holmgren has been rumored to be the first choice to succeed deposed coach Mike Nolan in San Francisco, but it is my feeling that if he were to return to the 49ers, it would be as the team’s president and general manager rather than its coach. His assistants are among the best groups in the game.
The NFC West division is quite obviously the weakest division within the conferences, so a quick one year turn around might not be totally beyond the realm of possibilities. It should be an interesting winter and draft season out west.