Happy and sad all at the same time. Happy that the season is done for my beloved Seahawks. (Pitchers and catchers report soon).Sad because it means only a few more weeks of football. I feel I have to rant about the season that was. Being that I live in AZ and have to listen to all the nonsense that comes out of Cardinals camp. The season was a long one just as last year was.
I went into this season all amped up and ready for the return back to the top as NFC West champs. Saw no reason why not, after all 2008 was a season of unthinkable amount of injuries that no team could endure. Every O-lineman was coming back. The receiving corp was healthy and better with the addition of T.J. Houshmandzadeh. M.Hasselbeck was healthy, A highly touted rookie LB and a new head coach.
All that ended early into preseason as I watched the O-line fall apart AGAIN. Mike Wahle retires, Walter Jones hurts, all season. Rookie starting at guard, linemen moved around brought in, cut etc…This line has slowly declined ever since Hutch left.
It seemed as though my fears were all for not after the 28-0 drubbing of the Rams in the season opener. Little did I think the Rams were that bad. Outside a few bright spots and the
I went back and looked a Matt Hasselbeck’s numbers and notice beside last year in which he was hurt. His numbers were not all that off. Sure worse than before but after being placed in a new system much different from what he has been in his whole career. I would argue that he did fine. 293/488 comp/att 3029 yds 17/17 TD/Int Passer rating 75.1. Sure down the stretch he played awful, I even suggested to my fellow hawk friends it was time for him to pass on the raines but after doing some more looking that is the last place I would start. Our offensive line is beat up and can’t really run block Who’s know if W. Jones will be able to come back and even then, if the Hawks plan to zone run he’s need to move to right tackle or be traded. With Max Unger anchoring the line at center and a core of young linemen if they can stay healthy will be fine in the future. What we need is a running back that will keep the defense honest. Justin Foresett has shown that he can get it done when giving the carries problem is Jim Mora’s waffling about who should get the plays. Julius Jones is done why he kept going back to him I don’t know. With the 6th and 14th pick in the upcoming draft I think the Hawks should go after a RB like CJ Spiller out of Clemson big and fast. If not there are plenty of backs coming out this year that would fit into this scheme.
We need to revise the secondary, I like Deon Grant but his time has come. Hopefully
The Seahawks are better than 5-11 but the window might close if they are not careful and none of us wants to go back to the late 80’s and 90’s.