Thursday, July 15, 2010

Power Ranking Number 24: Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have gone for a regular playoff team to a team that picked in the top ten in the NFL Draft last year. They have a new head coach in Pete Carroll who was given total control of the football operations, now the question is can he get them back to the playoffs. They have a veteran quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck who if he stays healthy can still be one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. He does have some offensive weapons around him in veteran wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Deion Branch and they expect rookie wide receiver Golden Tate to be a playmaker as well. Tight end John Carlson is one of the better receiving tight end in the NFL catching 51 passes last year and 7 touchdowns. The Seahawks did trade for quarterback Charlie Whitehurst just in case Hasselbeck can’t get to his old form. The running back position is a little unsettled, but they like what they have is Justin Forsett and they did trade for Leon Washington and hope he can be the game changer he was with the Jets before he broke his leg.

On defense defensive end Patrick Kerney retired, leaving a void on the defensive line that they hope third year player defensive end Lawrence Jackson can pick-up. They have a solid linebacking core with Lofa Tatupu and Aaron Curry being the leaders of that unit and hope that Curry will make a big jump in his second year. Marcus Trufant is Seattle best cornerback and they add safety Earl Thomas in the first round of the NFL draft this past April and hope he can be a ball hawk in the secondary like he was at Texas.

The Seahawks have the ability and talent to win what is considered a down NFC West division, if Hasselbeck can stay healthy and his weapons can make plays for him the Seahawks will be in the hunt for the division.

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