Five weaknesses on the Seahawks roster
Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good Seahawks football team. I would say that it has a serious chance of going down as the best team in franchise history.
That said, they have weaknesses just like every other team in the NFL.
I broke down the roster positions by group and then broke each group’s players into three categories:
- Those who are quality keepers i.e. Russell Wilson
- Those who I could keep or replace i.e. Jeron Johnson
- and then those who I would not expect to make the teams 53 man roster i.e. Josh Portis.
I compared the results to the number of players the Seahawks would need at each position.
It is evident that this group is in serious need of help. Bobby Wagner is a very good young middle linebacker who will likely be the Seahawks starter for years to come.
K.J. Wright is a decent starter as the teams strong-side linebacker. Though we could see Cliff Avril replacing Wright in passing situations when Chris Clemons returns. This move would create more pass rush from the linebacker position.
Malcolm Smith is a good backup at the weak-side linebacker position. The team is still in need of a solid starter at WLB.
The book is still out on Korey Toomer.
The rest of the group needs to be upgraded. I know that Heath Farwell is an excellent special teams player but I am not comfortable having him start at middle linebacker if Bobby goes down. If the teams wants to carry him as a special teams ace that is a different story.
The way I see it the team is in need of three linebackers:
Starting weak-side linebacker, Backup middle linebacker and strong-side linebacker
While looking at this group I see Zach Miller and then I need to grab binoculars so that I can see Anthony McCoy trailing in the distance. That is not a complete knock on McCoy because Miller is a very good tight end. I would rank Miller near the top of the NFL due to his abilities as a blocker as well as a receiver.
Anthony is an okay player but he is far too inconstant for my liking. One game he makes spectacular catches and helps the team win, then the very next week he will be wide open when a ball that hits him in the numbers and falls to the ground.
That is it, the rest of the group is very weak. I would like to see the team address this position with a player who can relieve Zach Miller from his blocking duties at times.
The way I see it the team is in need of another TE to compete with Miller for receptions:
So much of this group is hanging on the unknown.
Will James Carpenter be healthy? If so he instantly becomes the teams starting left guard. I’m hearing his offseason has been great, and he’s the strongest guy lifting all off-season.
Can John Moffitt or JR Sweezy become a solid starter at right guard?
If both those things happen the team can move Paul McQuistan back into a backup role. He has the ability to backup Breno Giacomini, at RT, and at both guard positions. This would allow the team to look for a player who can backup both tackle positions.
The way I see it the team is in need of another guard (most likely a late round pick:
The addition of Antoine Winfield in free agency should secure the teams nickelback position.
I think this buys Walter Thurmond one more year to prove that he can get healthy and stay on the field. The team has been very patient with Walter but this is the final year of his contract. Thurmond is a very good player, if he wasn’t so good the team would have already parted ways with him.
6th round pick Jeremy Lane was a pleasant surprise last season. We all knew he would do great on special teams, however it was surprising to see how much he improved in coverage as a rookie.
He’ll be a more than adequate replacement for Obo as a gunner.
I have to commend Seahawks DB coach Kris Richard for the job he has done developing the teams young corners.
The way I see it the team is still in need of another one or two DB’s:
Russell Wilson . . .
Need I say more? He is clearly the teams starter for the foreseeable future.
What happens if he is injured?
The team made the right player management move by trading Matt Flynn to the Raiders. You couldn’t have his salary on the roster any longer, his cap space will help out BIGTIME in the future to sign the core and future leaders on this team.
Unfortunately that has lead to a big hole behind Wilson.
Almost immediately the team brought Josh Portis back. I see no indication that he will ever be anything more than an emergency quarterback and I doubt he will make the teams final roster. I don’t think he even saw the field in Canada last year.
Soon after, the Seahawks signed Brady Quinn which made a lot of sense to me. He has experience, albeit not very successful experience, as a starter. In the worst case scenario Brady can be the teams backup during the 2013 season.
I think the teams will look in the mid-to-late rounds for a QB who can run the same offense that Wilson runs. The hope from this player is that he will be able to unseat Brady Quinn as the teams backup. *Competition.*
The way I see it the team will draft a young QB next week:
Pete Carroll and John Schneider are making these pieces more and more difficult to write. Every year the teams roster looks better and better leaving fewer and fewer needs, turning them more into wants than actual needs.
One thing is for sure, some very good football players will not survive the cuts during training camp. We will watch them play for other teams next season.
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