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Seattle Seahawks

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GM: John Schneider
HC: Pete Carroll
2011: 7-9 (3rd NFC West)
2011 Quick Stats
Offence Defence
Pts
20.1
(23rd)
Yds
303.8
(28th)
Pass Yds
194.1
(22nd)
Rush Yds
109.8
(21st)
»Full Team Stats



Last Season

After squeaking into the playoffs in 2010, the Seahawks entered 2011 with a new starting quarterback for the first time in a decade as Matt Hasselbeck had left for Tennessee in the off-season.

Tarvaris Jackson won the starting gig but didn't produce much on the field and now he's no longer with the team. The Seahawks ranked 28th in total offence despite career-bests of 1,204 rush yards and 12 rushing touchdowns from Marshawn Lynch.

The team ended up matching their 7-9 record from 2010, but this time it wasn't good enough to slide into the playoffs.

Who's In/Who's Out

Important Additions: QB Matt Flynn, DT Jason Jones, WR Braylon Edwards.

Important Losses: TE John Carlson, G Robert Gallery, LB David Hawthorne, QB Tarvaris Jackson 

Drafted

Pick Player Pos Ht Wt College  
1 (15) Bruce Irvin DE 6'3 245 West Virginia DE Bruce Irvin
Analysis: Irvin was a surprise at 15 with Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram still on the board. He has speed and potential but has struggled in the preseason.
2 (47) Bobby Wagner LB 6'0 233 Utah St.
3 (75) Russell Wilson QB 5'11 204 Wisconsin
Analysis: After a very impressive preseason Wilson has rocketed up the Seahawks depth chart and has won the starting QB job over free agent signing Matt Flynn.
4 (106) Robert Turbin RB 5'10 222 Utah St. 
4 (114) Jaye Howard DT 6'3 301 Florida
5 (154) Korey Toomer LB 6'2 234 Idaho
6 (172) Jeremy Lane CB 6'0 184 Northwestern St.
6 (181) Winston Guy DB 6'1 218 Kentucky
7 (225) J.R. Sweezy DE 6'5 298 N.C. State
7 (232) Greg Scruggs DE 6'3 284 Louisville
» Complete NFL Draft Results

Season Outlook

Reasons to Believe
1. The Kid Can Play - Yes, it's only a few preseason games, and yes there have been a few rookie mistakes. But Russell Wilson sure has looked good under centre. Through three total NFL preseason games, Wilson has completed 35 of 56 passes for 464 yards, five touchdowns, one interception, and he has the NFL's best preseason quarterback rating at 119.4. He can throw, he can run and he looks poised in the pocket. What more do you want from your quarterback?

Youth Is Served
Third-round draft pick Russell Wilson came out of nowhere in the pre-season to make his claim for the starting QB gig. Can the undersized rookie be the answer for the Seahawks?

2. Take your pick - Seattle's secondary showed a serious knack for ball-hawking last year, finishing fourth in the NFL with 22 interceptions. Overall the team tied for fifth in the giveaway-takeaway department and as the old adage goes, if you win the turnover battle, you win the game.

3. Beast Mode - Marshawn Lynch had the best year of his pro career last season and keyed the Seahawks offence. Running behind a solid offensive line coached by Tom Cable Lynch should be able to repeat that type of production and help take some of the pressure off Wilson. Throw in the fact that Robert Turbin is looking like a powerful second option and the run game looks secure.

Reasons to Doubt
1. Relying on a Rookie - Is it hypocritical to have the same guy in the reasons to believe and reasons to doubt sections? Probably. But that's what you get with a rookie third-round pick starting at quarterback. As good as he has looked, Russell Wilson is still a first-year NFL player and with that comes first-year NFL mistakes. At the quarterback position those mistakes will be magnified. Wilson certainly looks to be a great quarterback for the future, but putting lofty expectations on him this year just isn't fair.

2. Receiver Reliability- There are major questions at receiver for Seattle. Projected number one Sidney Rice had a terrible first season in Seattle limited by injuries and had off-season surgery on both his shoulders. Kellen Winslow and his wonky knees apparently didn't work out. The team took a pair of shots in the dark with Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens but neither impressed in pre-season and Owens was amongst the team's cuts. Doug Baldwin had an impressive rookie season in 2011 and is likely the most reliable bet for solid production.

3. Tough Opening Schedule - The Seahawks are going to face some pretty stiff competition and tough scheduling right off the bat. Their first eight opponents are the Cardinals (road), Cowboys, Packers, Rams (road), Panthers (road), Patriots, 49ers (road) and Lions (road). Of the easier matchups for the Seahawks in that bunch all the games are on the road where the Seahawks have traditionally been very bad. The schedule gets alot more friendly in Week 9 but the Seahawks could already find themselves well behind the eight-ball by that point.

What to Expect
The Seattle Seahawks actually have a pretty high ceiling for success this year but a lot of things would need to go right for that to happen. The team could push the 49ers for the division if Russell Wilson can be a solid quarterback in his rookie season... if Sidney Rice can stay healthy... if Marshawn Lynch stays motivated after a new deal... if the offensive line stays healthy... if the defence can make the jump from pretty good to good. That's too many ifs to have high expectations and also means the Seahawks floor is pretty low. What if Wilson flounders, Rice gets hurt, Lynch is lazy and the defence falls off? The most likely scenario is the team will hover at or near .500 just as they have the last couple seasons.


Fantasy


Get ready for the season with the latest from TSN.ca.
Players: QB | RB | WR | TE | DEF | K
Fantasy Schedules: AFC | NFC
2012 Auction Values: Cheat Sheet
Fantasy Depth Charts: Offence


Team Schedule
Week Date vs Week Date vs
1 Sep 9 9 Nov 4
2
Sep 16 10 Nov 11
3 Sep 24 12 Nov 25
4 Sep 30 13 Dec 2
5 Oct 7 14 Dec 9
6 Oct 14 15 Dec 16
7 Oct 18 16 Dec 23
8 Oct 28 17 Dec 30
Bye Week: 11
» Full NFL Schedule



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