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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Seattle Seahawks Preview 2004

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posted on Sep, 14 2004 @ 05:23 PM
For 10 straight seasons, the Seahawks had claimed anywhere between six and nine victories, never ascending to great heights or sinking to terrific lows. Sort of like the temperatures in their home city. In 2004, the Seattle Seahawks may just be the team to beat in the NFC. Coming out of the relatively weak NFC West, Seattle should head into the season as the division favorite with the Rams as their only true competition. The Seahawks were (5-1) in their division last year and a perfect (8-0) at home, but if they are going to go far this year, they must improve on their (2-6) road record. It appears that the schedule makers were paying attention to these numbers because Seattle will not only play their first 2 games of the season on the road, but also six of their first nine games as well. If the Seahawks can keep things together during this early stretch on the road, they will have a great opportunity to finish the season strong playing 5 of their last 7 games at home.



Star Power: Matt Hasselbeck (QB, 6th year, 6'4", 225 lbs); Shaun Alexander (RB, 5th year, 5'11", 225 lbs); Darrell Jackson (WR, 5th year, 6'0", 200 lbs); Steve Hutchinson (OG, 4th year, 6'5", 313 lbs); Walter Jones (OT, 8th year, 6'5", 310 lbs); Anthony Simmons (OLB, 7th year, 6'1", 240 lbs); Marcus Trufant (CB, 2nd year, 5'11", 200 lbs); Ken Hamlin (S, 2nd year, 6'0", 205 lbs)

Notable Additions: Grant Wistrom (DE, 7th year, 6'4",272 lbs, signed from St. Louis); Bobby Taylor (CB, 10th year, 6'3", 216, signed from Philadelphia)

Notable Subtractions: Reggie Tongue (S, signed with New York Jets); Shawn Springs (CB, signed with Washington); Norman Hand (DT, signed with New York Giants)

Notable Returnees: Chris Terry (OT, 6th year, 6'5", 300 lbs); Cedric Woodard (DT, 5th year, 6'2", 310 lbs); Ken Lucas (CB, 4th, 6'0", 205 lbs); Koren Robinson (WR, 4th year, 6'1", 205 lbs); Chad Brown (OLB, 12th year, 6'2", 245 lbs); Mac Strong (FB, 12th year, 6'0", 245 lbs).

Matt Hasselbeck has developed into one of the better QBs in the league under head coach Mike Holmgren the past couple years and will continue to lead an offense that was ranked sixth in the league in 2003. He has good touch and arm strength, although he doesn't throw the long ball particularly well. He is a great fit for Seattle's version of the West Coast offense, and he is developing into a leader on the offensive side of the ball.

Shaun Alexander isn't your prototypical West Coast back, but he is among the best runners in the league. He's a good cutback runner who hits the line aggressively and has the speed to bounce outside. He is very strong between the tackles, but he needs to do a better job of picking up the blitz. Backup Maurice Morris has displayed some explosiveness, but durability would be a concern if he were asked to fill in for Alexander for a significant period of time. Inexperienced Kerry Carter should see time as the No. 3 back and the versatile Mack Strong will remain the starter at fullback. The Seahawks have a solid trio at receiver with Koren Robinson and Darrell Jackson on the outsides and veteran Bobby Engram in the slot. Robinson has great athletic ability, and he makes some spectacular catches, but he dropped too many balls in 2003. He has the ability to be one of the top receivers in the league, but he has got to become more consistent. Jackson is an excellent route-runner and he is good at finding holes in the zone, but he’s not much of a vertical threat. Engram is a cagey veteran with excellent hands who matches up well with most No. 3 cornerbacks. Alex Bannister, who will likely be the No. 4 receiver, lacks polish but has shown some potential. At this time, Itula Mili is penciled in as the starting tight end, but the coaches are hoping 2002 first-rounder Jerramy Stevens finally puts it all together this year and takes the job away. He is as physically gifted as most tight ends in the league, with great size and the speed to create match-up problems for defenses, but up to this point, he has been inconsistent. He appears to have rededicated himself during the off-season, however, and seems better prepared to fulfill his potential.

In their former home, the AFC West, the Seahawks would have had a hard time contending with the Broncos and Chiefs for a division title and playoff berth this season. But this is the NFC West, where nine or 10 wins could very well be good enough to claim the division title. Seattle is the favorite to wear that crown, with a stable offensive unit and capable defense leading Holmgren's team to success probably akin to last year's. To expect more requires a leap of faith. Wistrom, Taylor, and Tubbs, the three players that were supposed to make the defense dominant, all remain question marks, and Brown, one of the unit's linchpins, might not be ready to make an impact until the second half. The Seahawks should again be good, not great, are likely to win the West, and could earn their first playoff victory in 20 years. But much more is improbable.

posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 09:30 PM
St. Louis obviously isn't going to let this team walk away with the division, but I have a feeling that they just may steal it for themselves. Once they learn that the game isn't over until the 4th quarter is over, they have a chance of heading deep into the playoffs.

posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 09:37 PM
last weeks 4th quarter implosion by the seahawks has certainly cast a pall on their season, this week they go to new england where they will likely lose, if they had played all 4 quarters last sunday they would have come out of ne with at worst a 4-1 record and still in control of the it is they will likely be 3-2 with a trip to st louis coming up later in the year......if the seahawks have a turning point to the season those 15 minutes they took off last sunday may well be it.....

posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 09:39 PM
I have a feeling they may be the team to take it to the Patriots, holmgrem won't let them give up.

posted on Oct, 18 2004 @ 09:32 PM
Seahawks lose Wistrom for 4-to-6 weeks with broken knee

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks defensive end Grant Wistrom will be out 4-to-6 weeks with a small fracture in his left knee.

After their 30-20 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, dropping their record to 3-2 after a 3-0 start, the Seahawks got the surprising news about Wistrom. Seahawks doctors initially believed Wistrom had only hyper-extended his left knee.

"It was a little bit more than I heard right after the game," coach Mike Holmgren said. "The slight fracture has to heal, first of all."

Wistrom, who spent his first six NFL seasons with the St. Louis Rams, signed with the Seahawks in the offseason, getting a $33 million, six-year contract that included a $14 million signing bonus.

Holmgren also said Monday that wide receiver Bobby Engram sprained his left ankle and may miss next week's game at Arizona.

The loss of Wistrom is a major blow to Seattle's defense, which is allowing only 15.2 points per game and is already missing starting linebacker Chad Brown, who broke his left leg in training camp.

"It's a hit," Holmgren said. "There's no question about it. He was our number one acquisition in the offseason. He brings a lot of energy and started the season well for us."

Wistrom will most likely miss Seattle's visit to St. Louis on Nov. 14, a game he was looking forward to playing.

"This really comes at a bad time," he said. "I really need to get on the field and help these guys."


posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 04:14 PM

The Seahawks' Ken Hamlin braces for impact as Cardinals running back Emmitt Smith approaches.

posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 06:19 PM
the seahawks have dropped 3 straight games, 2 of which they should have won, the loss to st louis seemed to get the ball going and it is only gaining momentum as the hawks season heads downhill, i have to wonder how much longer holmgren will be around if the seahawks don't start winning soon


posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 05:26 PM
Matt Hasselbeck never performed like this last season. Seattle's defense, slowed by injuries, didn't look so vulnerable through the first three weeks.

After a 3-0 start, the Seahawks are in a funk following three straight losses. Back in training camp, the chatter around the league was that Seattle was ready to join the NFL's elite.


Not quite yet.


posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 06:21 PM
In a league rash with parity, thanks to Pete Rozelle and Paul Tagliabeau, you have to believe that a team like this can make it to the playoffs. They just aren't a dominate team. But, I still favor them to win the division, but they are no longer my favorite bird to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.


posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 07:00 PM
Well they still have a ways to go yet and i don't think i have seen Hasslebeck throw so badly.....

posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 07:14 PM
true, but the NFL sesaon is more of a roller coaster these days, I expect that they'll pick it back up here shortly.

posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 04:58 PM
Another crushing defeat, this time to the NY Jets.

They have to be the most underacheiving team of the season.


posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 10:36 AM
Seattle Seahawks are back in the playoffs, led by a couple of record-setting performances by Shaun Alexander and Darrell Jackson. Alexander rushed 30 times for 154 yards with three touchdowns and Jackson caught six passes for 101 yards receiving, leading Seattle to a 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. With the victory, the Seahawks (8-7) secured no worse than a wild card, and they'll win the NFC West and get a first-round playoff game at home if Philadelphia beats St. Louis on Monday night.


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