Yet another new regime is in place in Seattle. Al Dannity says that means the rebuilding project has to start all over again.
Off-season changes For the most part the Seahawks got younger during the off-season. The three top draft picks addressed areas of need with elite young talent. Russell Okung will step in for Walter Jones on the offensive line, big shoes to fill. Earl Thomas will shake up the secondary and Golden Tate offers a competitive young alternative to TJ Houshmanzadeh in the receiving corps.
All of these moves under Pete Carroll point to an effort to shake things up but some of the former USC coach’s moves were questionable. The acquisition and subsequent cutting of LenDale White showed some misjudgement on Carroll’s part. The high cost of Charlie Whitehurst, who has never thrown a pass in the NFL, to be Matt Hasselbeck’s back-up also raised eyebrows. The man who preaches the ‘Win Forever’ philosophy will have a hard time achieving it with this roster.
Mark your calendar Seattle’s first month will tell us plenty about where the Seahawks are going. NFL betting fans should keep a keen eye on the opening week game at home to San Francisco and the trip to Denver in week 2. The visit of the Chargers in week 3 will be a good indicator of how Carroll adjusts back to the pro game after a decade in the College ranks. If he can shock the Bolts then this Seahawks team will be able to hang with any of the NFL’s elite franchises.
The second half of the schedule presents some good chances for wins outside the division with the visits of Carolina and Kansas City in consecutive weeks. Seattle closes out the season with a home game against Tampa Bay and a trip to St. Louis, both winnable games.
The verdict The Seahawks certainly have problems and would be hard pressed to contend anywhere but the NFC West. A questionable running game and a shaky defense tend to do that. The schedule however is quite favorable so an 8-8 season is not out of the question. In this division that could be enough to win. Such a scenario however would require everything to go right for the Seahawks and in the NFL there are bound to be some bumps in the road. I like Seattle to finish 6-10 or 7-9 and take the second or third spot in the division. Take the under of 7.5 games at -159 with Sports Interaction.