Seahawks Building Blocks
With fellow NWSB Seahawks blogger Brett B. already releasing his 2011 Midterm Seahawks Grades on Offense and Defense I thought I’d take a different angle at looking at the 2011 roster. I’m going to do a top five list for the Seahawks as I find that way more interesting.
The Seattle Seahawks are struggling this year with a 2-6 season which everyone knows isn’t very good.
With the San Francisco 49ers running away with this division talking about the Seahawks opponents coming up seems pointless.
So for now I’ll count down the top five Seahawks players on the roster right now, my guys to build the future of this team around, and you’ll notice that four of these guys play on the same side of the ball.
5. Sidney Rice Wide Receiver:
I know he’s having a disappointing season but he still leads the team in receiving yards with 435 despite missing two games. Sidney Rice is still a pretty good receiver whose numbers are down more so because his quarterback play this year has been pretty bad.
4. David Hawthorne Middle Linebacker:
David Hawthorne has made fans forget about Lofa Tatupu as he is second on the team in tackles with 54. He also has a sack, with an interception and is a key player in stopping the run.
3. Kam Chancellor strong safety:
Kam Chancellor has played so well that Sports Illustrated at the midway point said he was first team all-pro. For the season Chancellor has 50 tackles tied for third on the team, a sack and three interceptions.
Chancellor has been so solid that the Seahawks aren’t giving up big plays in the passing game like they have in years past.
2. Red Bryant Defensive End:
The son in law of Jacob Green has returned to health from his injury. When Red Bryant is in there the Seahawks stuff the run as he blows up the opposing offensive lineman on a regular basis.
Bryant on the year has just 17 tackles and one sack which doesn’t look like much.
What doesn’t show up is the Seahawks being ranked in the top five against the rush which is mainly due to Bryant.
1. Earl Thomas Free Safety:
Thomas like Chancellor is a second year safety. He was also named pro bowl alternate last year too. Earl Thomas has been terrific this year leading the team in tackles with 55 while also having an interception.
With Thomas and Chancellor this is the best safety play the Seahawks have had in quite some time.
In conclusion, you can see why the Seahawks are 2-6. Besides Thomas and maybe Bryant these guys aren’t top five players on a good team.
You can also see the influence of Pete Carroll as three of these players were brought in by him and four are on defense.
The Seahawks won’t be a good team until they have their quarterback high up on this list.