2012 State of the Seahawks – The season preview & 2011 rewind

Season Preview Part 1

Hard to believe the NFL season begins this Sunday with a Seahawks matchup versus the Arizona Cardinals.

I’m ready…are you?

The Seahawks 2011 Recap

“History is a vast early warning system.”  ~Norman Cousins

The 2011 season was a head-scratcher wasn’t it?

The NFL Draft brought us James CarpenterJohn MoffittK.J. WrightRichard ShermanByron Maxwell, and Malcolm Smith.

All still with the club in 2012.

We also stumbled upon Brandon Browner a CFL retread who had himself a pro bowl season, and a UDFA from Stanford named Doug Baldwin who had a coming out party.

The first season in over a decade where the Seahawks had a new starting QB in Tarvaris Jackson who beat out 2012 holdover Charlie Whitehurst. (Now in San Diego…again…thank god).

Matt Hasselbeck one of the most popular Seahawks EVER departed via free agency for the Tennessee Titans. Deion Branch exited quietly, just like his play on the field.

Also exiting stage left were past Tim Ruskell first round picks Kelly Jennings for Clinton McDonald from the Bengals, and Lawrence Jackson for a 6th rounder from Detroit.

Throw in a beastmode running back named Marshawn Lynch, and a maturing young, fast defense and the wheels were in motion for a return to past glory.

Doug Baldwin

A UDFA from Stanford named Doug Baldwin had a coming out party in 2011.

A crazy first eight games saw them go 2-6. Wins over Arizona and the NY Giants.

Then came the second half of the season.

Seattle looked like a budding playoff team for the last eight games last year. They went 5-3 during that span, and did not lose a game by more than six points.

They also picked up a win over a very strong Baltimore team.

The Seahawks equaled their 7–9 record from 2010, however this time they failed to defend their NFC West division title (finishing 3rd) and missed out on the playoffs.

They scored 321 points, averaged 20.1 PPG good for 23/32 teams, and they had a Top 10 defense.

The talent was there in 2011, and its here in even bigger ways in 2012.

Seahawks 2011 Record: 7-9
Seahawks 2011 ATS Record: 9-6-1

The Seahawks 2012 Preview

Pete Carroll and John Schneider have quietly built a team their way up in our great northwest.

The 2012 Draft Class

After making a couple of trades to gather extra picks, the Seahawks compiled an impressive 2012 draft that met the needs of the team all the way through.

Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, starting QB Russell Wilson, Robert Turbin, Jaye Howard, Jeremy Lane, Winston Guy, converted D-tackle J.R. Sweezy, and Greg Scruggs.

All but one of the rookies are on the Seahawks 2012 roster. (Korey Toomer is on the practice squad)

As we said earlier this year in our draft recap.

The first 4 picks were pretty solid, but the team continued to go defense in positions that were already stacked. Carroll & Schneider value special teams players, and we’ll see plenty of the rookies on the teams.

There were no sexy picks in this draft class, but the Seahawks fulfilled their biggest need with the Irvin pick (who might be the steal of the draft in all honesty).

More New Faces

The 2012 off-season was fun to watch. In came Kellen Winslow, Terrell Owens, Antonio Bryant, Deuce Lutui, Alex Barron, and two kids that went to Northwest colleges. Jermaine Kearse and Lavasier Tuinie.

When the team made the cuts to the 53 man roster, the only guy still around was UW’s Kearse (practice squad).

Making the 2012 roster however were some more new faces.

Ex Packer and Aaron Rodgers understudy Matt Flynn our new backup QB, and obviously one of the higher priced backup QB’s in the NFL was the first big signing.

When compared to Charlie Whitehurst and Tarvaris Jackson its obvious we have an upgrade at the teams most important position.

Ex Titans DT Jason Jones picked the Seahawks over the Rams and ex-coach Fisher. He came in on a 1-year contract hoping to prove that he deserves a long term deal as an inside pass rush specialist.

Charly Martin at WR hopes to be this years Doug Baldwin, and Frank Omiyale (from the Bears) provides depth on the O-line.

Russell Wilson

How far can the 5’10” Russell Wilson take us in 2012?

Just in this week TE Evan Moore (picked up from the Browns who had released him) will get a lot of looks as a pass-catching tight end.

ON IR and missing the 2012 season are, Dexter Davis, Jameson Konz (the world’s luckiest football player), Matt McCoy, Cameron Morrah, and Vai Taua.

On the 2012 practice squad to start the year are Allen Bradford, Edawn Coughman, Rishaw Johnson, Josh Portis, DeShawn Shead, Kearse and Toomer.

Per Curtis Crabtree on Twitter on Thursday September 6th theSeahawks have added TE/LB Gabe Miller and OL Tommie Draheim to the practice squad and released OT Edawn Coughman and LB Allen Bradford.

Deep Thoughts

How far can the 5’10” Russell Wilson take us in 2012? That is the $100,000,000 question.

Some people are in love with the idea of having him start for the Seahawks, others hate the idea.  I’ll let you know where I’m at after I see him play a few games versus the Cardinals and the Cowboys.

Wilson is now a starting quarterback, and with Pete Carroll making him the starter he is now one of the top 32 people in the world who play that position. That much we know for certain, and I have his back.

He is on my team, and I trust Pete and John. I hope for the best.

While we have re-stocked the cupboards so have the San Francisco 49ers, last years second best team in the NFC and the 2012 NFC West champs.

The Seahawks are going to have to come on strong if they want to win the fight versus the Niners this year. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but one would be wise to think its going to be a MAJOR challenge.

I’m not sure I should begin to talk about the Arizona Cardinals or the St. Louis Rams.

These two franchises in my opinion will be fighting for the basement in 2012, and I really don’t want to waste your time. They’ll be fairly competitive but neither strike fear into me.  I see a 6 win season in the desert, and for the re-tooling Lambs a 4-win season is in their future.

Our Seattle Seahawks have the potential to get into the 2012 NFL playoffs, but we all know the NFC West is not the walkover division it was back when we made the playoffs with a 7-9 record.

Remember those days?

Here’s  how I see our record for the 2012 Seahawks. I can only hope its good enough for a wildcard slot in the NFC.

Seahawks 2012 Record: 10-6
Seahawks 2012 ATS Record: 9-7

Still to come on the Seahawks blog, our 2012 Season Preview / Depth Chart analysis, that Alistair is working on. Followed by our 2012 Season Preview – The Predictions (Game by Game) so stay tuned.


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