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8. Season in Review: Seattle Seahawks

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The fact that the Seahawks were a playoff team was laughable until Marshawn Lynch opened a world of hurt on the Saints defense storming 67 yards for a score and destroying the Saints' chances of a super bowl repeat. 

Was anybody in the NFC West other than Pete Carroll and the Seahawks laughing after that? New Orleans certainly wasn't.

One team that might have had a good chuckle at New Orleans' expense was Chicago. Instead of facing the super bowl champs, Chicago was handed the first ever 7-9 playoff team. 

Can you imagine Lovie Smith's excitement knowing that the Seahawks ranked 19th in passing yards, 31st in rush yards, 27th in opponents' passing yards and 21st in opponents' rushing yards? Jay Cutler must have been licking his lips. 

Not to rain on Seattle's parade (they get enough rain as it is), but the fact that the Seahawks got into the playoffs was an absolute joke. Don't get me wrong I was pulling for them all the way, but we've covered 3 NFC teams over the last few days that were more deserving of a spot (and yes the 3rd team is St. Louis). 

But hey, kudos to Pete Carroll, Matt Hasselbeck and the rest of the Seahawks for making the most of their opportunity. 

Season in Review: Embarrassing for everyone involved (or until week 17 if you were a Seahawks fan)

Save for 2 weeks in the beginning of January (which was embarrassing enough for the NFL), the Seahawks were quite frankly a bad team.

Look at the stats above. In the 4 main statistically categories that are most accurately used to measure a team's value, the Seahawks finished no higher than 19th. Seattle fans can be proud of Marshawn Lynch's run and that game, but had you asked the average fan whether he/she was pumped about football back in week 16, my bet is that he/she wouldn't have had too many good things to say. I am sure most Seahawks fans would squak now, but come on, we know better. Even Detroit fans will tell you, its ok not to feel good about 6-9.

One reason why there wasn't too much enthusiasm in Seattle probably had something to do with the fact that before their improbable 2 game winning streak which propelled the Seahawks into the divisional round of the playoffs, Seattle had lost 7 of their last 10 games.

In what league, even baseball with its 3209 games, can a team go 3 and 7 and make the playoffs. Even teams that rest their starters down the stretch can't even stoop that low.

In fairness to Seattle of all 9 defeats, only their week 2 loss to Denver was a bad loss and they did have a few quality wins including at Chicago early in the season and obviously at home to the Saints.

Offseason Momentum: blah

As an NFL team, you will never have as much momentum as the Seahawks did knowing you are the heavy underdog while sitting in a film room watching your running back absolutely smash 6 defenders into the ground.

You cannot beat that Marshawn Lynch video clip as a pre-game tool for getting pumped up. Its so good, I am going to link it twice. Why it is not ESPN's leading video of its 'top 10 series,' I have no idea. As incredible as Rooney's bicycle kick was, and it was indeed a thing of beauty, given the moment and the sheer badass nature of the run, it should definitely still be number 1.

Instead of using that video and the subsequent momentum to carry the team to something special, the Seahawks

took a swan dive and crash landed, making them look like idiots and the Saints look like... well, bigger idiots. 

Matt Hasselbeck is old and no longer any good (see 12 touchdowns to 17 interceptions). Buffalo practically begged Seattle to take Marshawn Lynch and given he's already had his 5 minutes of fame, there is probably not a whole lot left for him in terms of value (although the Seattle video production staff will have about 30 years of pure gold in terms of pump-up video material). 

Lofa Tatupu, Aaron Curry and Earl Thomas are exciting individually and David Hawthorne is a tackling machine, however the rest of the defense is collectively horrible. 

So in terms of momentum heading into next season... Their quarterback is old, their running back has never lived up to his potential, Mike Williams is the only receiving threat and the defense, aside from a few gems, is awful. Not much there in terms of momentum for Seahawks fans.

Also how did they beat the Saints again? O yeah: this run.

Speaking of Marshawn Lynch, I looked him up and was astonished to find he is only 24 years old!!! Huh???

Hasn't he at least been in the NFL at least for 4 years? Yes. Drafted in 2007 by the Bills.

Didn't he play in college? Yes. In fact he played 3 seasons.

So how is he just 24 years of age?!?!??! Maybe he is not washed up after all.... Nope. Definitely not (the video never gets old). 

Offseason Anxiety: Hasselbeck is old

 Matt Hasselbeck is 35 and on a clear and rather accelerated pace towards the ignominy washed up players face when the try and keep playing. Brett Farve anyone? I am also going to go out on a limb and suggest that Charlie Whitehurst - who looks like he just came from a meeting at Sir Camelot's round table - is not the answer at quarterback either (someone in Seattle may want to inform him of the professional jousting league).

I imagine Seattle's GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll are also interested in upgrading the defense. That process would start with finding a live-in nanny for 94 year old Lawyer Milloy (thats a joke - he was actually awesome this year) and a pass rush (not a joke - a serious problem). 

If the defense improves, and more importantly gels, and Seattle drafts a suitable replacement for Hasselbeck, the Seahawks anxiety could potentially be replaced by a midseason swagger given the state of the NFC West. That however is a big if. 

Draft Desires: Jake Locker

No pick makes more sense in the whole draft. The Seahawks are in desperate need of a future quarterback and Jake Locker is an accomplished hometown hero. Maybe they were already great when he recruited them to USC, but you can't deny that Pete Carroll has a history of grooming quarterbacks.

Jake Locker's selection would satisfy the five key components of any good pick. It would:

1. Build for the future

2. Give the offense a sense of direction

3. Satisfy and even energize the fan base

4. Avoid any red flags

5. Add a potential pro bowl caliber playmaker

Potential is the key with Jake Locker. He may or may not develop but if you are Pete Carroll, I don't see how you can pass on him. 

Free Agent Farewells: The core nucleus is still in tact

The Seahawks have a long list of free agents including the aforementioned Matt Hasselbeck and Laywer Milloy. Fortunately, while saying goodbye to some of the players will be hard for the fans, the core nucleus of talented young players remains intact.

Where they are really going to potentially suffer is if they lose guard Chester Pitts and center Chris Spencer who are both current free agents.

A couple former Colts are also free agents including Brandon Stokley (who went nuts in playoffs and was Seattle's leading receiver against Chicago) and fan favorite Raheem Morris.

Threat to the Stampede: None

By making the playoffs with a losing record the Seahawks proved there can also still be time for new firsts. Seattle in the super bowl next season would be even more surprising. That being said, the Seahawks should flip the script and secure a winning record next season. With the young core they do have, calling them favorites to repeat in their division is by no means a stretch. 10 wins is a distinct possibility. The Seahawks are acquiring talent and regardless of what you think of Pete Carroll you have to acknowledge that his energy and enthusiasm is catching on in Seattle. But, alas, they don't play the Colts and won't make the super bowl, so the threat to the stampede is thus zero. 

 Just for good measure - Marshawn's run once