It All Begins – Thursday July 25th at 10am at the VMAC!
Expectations are high for the Seattle Seahawks in 2013. Coming off a year that saw them dominate the second half of the season while vaulting themselves into the playoffs and just missing out on a potential Super Bowl berth, many expect the Seahawks to explode in 2013 and be one of the front-runners for this year’s Super Bowl.
As I said earlier, expectations for Seattle are high (except for fellow NWSB writer Jonas Hyde, who believes the Hawks are in for a 7-9 season. You can ridicule him further by clicking here).
But maybe Jonas has a point; maybe expectations in Seattle are being set unrealistically high. For, as solid as this team is, there are undoubtedly some question marks surrounding the organization heading into training camp.
Then again, he could still be completely wrong and deserve all the ridicule from all you Seahawks fans who, like me, believe Seattle is destined for greatness this coming season. This still does not mitigate the fact, however, that questions about this squad still remain. I mean, the Seahawks aren’t going to be invincible.
Let’s address them down below.
Question Mark No. 1: Who will the backup be?
One of the biggest competitions heading into the season will be the backup quarterback competition between Brady Quinn and Tavaris Jackson. Once one of the more promising quarterbacks out of Notre Dame, Quinn has had a tough go-of-it after some lackluster years in Cleveland followed by a turbulent seasons in Denver and Kansas City.
Though he has the intelligence to lead a team, his overall skill level remains in question.
Jackson, on the other hand, is in his second tenure with the Seahawks and looks poised to be apart of a team who could potentially contend for a Super Bowl.
More of a proven player than Quinn, question marks surrounding Tavaris originate from speculation about how well he could execute the read option.
The backup QB battle will definitely be one worth watching over the course of the next few weeks, but let’s just hope there’s never a need to see these guys in a game other than a huge rout.
Question Mark No. 2: Who will compliment Percy Harvin?
Opposing defenses were already having a tough time defending Seattle’s offense, but the Seahawks’ organization decided to make it much harder for them in 2013 by signing Percy Harvin, a versatile player who opens up the field even more for Russell Wilson and company.
Though he does bring a speed element to the outside that will be deadly in Seattle’s offense, the signing of Harvin does not mitigate the fact that Seattle’s other receivers need to step up.
Partially a consequence of the way Wilson spreads the ball around, there really wasn’t a dominant receiver in Seattle in 2012-2013. Golden Tate and Sidney Rice were great, but each need to make adjustments to help the Hawks reach the next level.
If one of them is able to do so and compliment the deadliness of Harvin, Seattle will be virtually unstoppable on offense in 2013.
Question Mark No. 3: What will happen with the defensive line?
The biggest potential weakness and question mark part of Seattle’s 2013 squad is their defensive line. Accumulating just 33 sacks in 2012-2013, Seattle reached into free agency to fill some needs across the line, signing Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, two players who should help shore up some issues.
However, questions still remain about Chris Clemons and when he will make his return and be 100% healthy.
The Seahawks will also be without Bruce Irvin for the first four games, further emphasizing the need for Seattle to find a legitimate groove along the line before his return.
Bennett and Avril will surely contribute to helping answer some of the questions surrounding the line, but their health issues are also in flux right now and rather confusing to interpret.
In a sense, anything could essentially happen with this defensive line right now.
They could either be the best, or worst, in the league.
Though there are some question marks surrounding the Seahawks in 2013, many of these will be ironed out during training camp, and I fully expect Seattle to contend for a Super Bowl in 2013.
With the amount of talent they have on their roster and the focus and determination they have built up over the offseason, the Hawks will be soaring next season.