Pro Football Teams


Seattle Seahawks:

Seahawks are the dark horse coming out of the rain

Since breaking into the National Football League in 1976 the Seattle Seahawks have been anything but a force to be reckoned with. They have had 11 winning seasons, 2 divisional championships, six playoff appearances, no conference championships and no league championships. However, the sun does come up at the end of the night. The Seattle Seahawks of more recent memory are a young up and coming team that has an almost unlimited potential. The team is led by 28 year old signal caller Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck was hand picked by coach Mike Holmgren who was familiar with the quarterback when he was a back up to Brett Favre in Green Bay. Hasselbeck earned his first invitation to Honolulu and was very deserving of it. He passed for 3,841 yards, 26 touchdowns and only 15 interceptions, while completing 61% of his pass attempts. They are also led by their fresh legged running back Shaun Alexander who is the ripe old age of 26. Alexander has averaged 1,309 yards and 14 touchdowns in the three seasons he has been the featured back in the Seahawk offensive attack. He was also named to his first Pro-Bowl along with Hasselbeck, offensive tackle Walter Jones, 30, guard Steve Hutchinson, 26, and wide receiver/special teams specialist Alex Bannister, 25. The youth movement with the Seahawks has made them the trendy pick to dethrone the St. Louis Rams in the NFC West.

Last year the Seahawks stepped back into contention for a Lombardi Trophy. The team finished the season with a 10-6 record which put them in second in the NFC West, behind the Rams, and earned them a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. The Seahawks found themselves down 20-27 with a little less than three minutes left in the game. Matt Hasselbeck went 3-5 for 59 yards on the tying drive that was capped off by an Alexander one yard touchdown run. In overtime the Seahawks won the toss and Hasselbeck said, “We want the ball and we’re going to score.”

The Seahawks took the ball and punted it away after three plays and the Packers followed suit when they got the ball. The Hasselbeck completed two passes to get a first down and on third and eleven from the Seattle forty five the unthinkable happened. Packers cornerback picked off a Hasselbeck pass and took it 52 yards the other way to finish the game. After the game Holmgren said “I’m dying inside. It hurts to lose a game like that.”

In the off-season the Seahawks brought in two very high profile players to help give the defense a well needed shot in the arm. Cornerback Bobby Taylor and defensive end Grant Wistrom are two players who have played in and won a great deal of big games in their career and will be looking to do the same in the Emerald City. They also let go of a number of defensive players from the year before like linebacker Randall Godfrey, defensive end Lamar King, defensive tackle John Randle, cornerback Shawn Springs, and strong safety Reggie Tongue.

In the draft the Seahawks started the youth movement of their defense by using four of their seven draft picks on defensive players. With their first two picks they grabbed defensive stopgaps Texas defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs and Florida State outside linebacker Michael Boulware. Boulware will actually see time at the vacant strong safety position because he has the athletic (4.44 40-yard dash) and playmaking ability to be a Pro Bowl strong safety in the league. With these new players coming in the team hopes to sell more Seahawks tickets.

The Seattle talent level on offense is rivaled only by their divisional foes the St. Louis Rams. They not only feature a Pro Bowl quarterback (Hasselbeck) and running back but they have two very good very young receivers manning the outside. Koren Robinson, 24, and Darrell Jackson, 25, are expected to have Pro Bowl type seasons this year. The offensive line is also a very young unit that isn’t afraid to throw defensive lines to the ground to make holes for Alexander.

The Seahawk defense is hoping to keep opposing offenses from making a big splash against them. They lost almost half of their defense that was ranked a sub-par 19th overall in total yards last year and hope that the fresh blood will bring more stops too.

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