2009 Seattle Seahawks Season Preview
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2009 Seattle Seahawks Predictions
By Adam Barone
Seattle management will try to blend a new era with an old one in 2009, as Jim Mora replaces Mike Holmgren. T.J. Houshmandzadeh joins the offense, and Matt Hasselbeck returns in what will almost certainly be a bounce-back year for the Seahawks.
After going 4-12 in 2008 mostly due to injuries, the Seahawks got the fourth overall pick in the draft and selected Aaron Curry, the consensus “most talented” player in the pool. Curry can do it all, though his pass rushing skills could use a little polish. He’ll add a ton of athleticism to the defense, but the key to the Seahawks’ success in 2009 will be the rejuvenation of the offense.
Despite the signing of Houshmandzadeh, expect the Seahawks to run quite a bit. New offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is known for his west coast offensive style, and his squads always finish in the top 10 in rushing. Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett are still the main options in the backfield, so expect a big year from Jones, after averaging 4.4 yards per carry last season with a beat up line in front of him.
Hasselbeck missed the final nine games of last season with a bulging disk, but says he’ll be healthy for the coming year. He should be rushing to get back with the additions of Houshmandzadeh and talented athletic former Penn State receiver Deon Butler to a group of targets that already includes Deion Branch and Nate Burleson. Butler could bring the spark that this passing game has craved for years.
A major part of Seattle’s struggles last season was the slew of injuries to the offensive line. All five starters finished the season on injured reserve. Tackle Walter Jones is likely the best in the league at the position, and his health could determine this team’s fate. He had microfracture surgery on his left knee in the offseason, but should be ready to go for training camp.
New defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, one of many new coordinators in the NFC West, will bring the Tampa 2 style to Seattle. Cory Redding comes to town via the trade that sent Julian Peterson to Detroit, and one-time Seahawk Ken Lucas returns to play cornerback opposite Marcus Trufant. Lucas may be useful in coverage of big receivers in the division like Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Crabtree.
LeRoy Hill may or may not return to the linebacker corps, as a contract dispute is still unresolved. Hill was solid for Seattle last season with 84 tackles. Keeping Hill to play next to Lofa Tatupu and opposite Curry would make Seattle’s linebacking trio among the most intimidating in the league.
Olindo Mare resurrected his career after leaving the Dolphins, and made 24 of 27 field goals in Seattle in 2008. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the return game.
When this team is fully healthy they’re easily the best team in the division. Jim Mora has head coaching experience, and the return of Hasselbeck and key additions through the draft and free agency will give them the confidence they’ll need. Assuming all the key cogs get healthy and stay that way, look for Seattle to be in the playoffs again.