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Two Deep: Sizing up the Seahawks

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm with 5 Comments »
September 8, 2011 4:19 pm


The skinny: Tarvaris Jackson was anointed the starter at the beginning of training camp. But if the Seahawks struggle to compete in the team’s first five regular-season games, Charlie Whitehurst could get the nod after Seattle’s bye week in October. Carroll’s not looking for an explosive playmaker from the quarterback position, but just someone who can manage the game and not turn the ball over.

Backups: Whitehurst has used the demotion to second team as motivation to have his best training camp as a Seahawk. And Josh Portis has been a pleasant surprise, showing the athleticism, poise and potential.

7Tarvaris Jackson2-Jun2256thAlabama State
6Charlie Whitehurst5-Jun2256thClemson
2Josh Portis3-Jun211RCalifornia Univ. (Pa.)


The skinny:
Marshawn Lynch is expected to get the majority of the carries, with Justin Forsett and Leon Washington getting the nod on third down. Michael Robinson isn’t a traditional fullback, but is enough of a thumper in the running game and is also a standout special teams performer.

Backups: The Seahawks don’t have a runner with a similar running style as Lynch, so should he get injured, that could be a concern.

24Marshawn Lynch, TB5-112155California
20Justin Forsett, TB5-81984California
33Leon Washington, TB5-82036Florida State
26Michael Robinson, FB6-12406Penn State


The skinny: Sidney Rice is the most talented receiver Seattle has had on its roster in decades, and could be the first Seahawks’ receiver to make the Pro Bowl since Brian Blades went to Hawaii in 1989. Mike Williams should benefit with better matchups on his side of the field because teams will have to pay attention to Rice.

Backups: Seattle likes the overall depth at this position; expect Golden Tate to emerge and play a larger role in the offense in his second season. Ben Obomanu is a solid performer who also helps on special teams.

18Sidney Rice6-42025South Carolina
87Ben Obomanu 6-12046Auburn
81Golden Tate5-102022 Notre Dame
16Kris Durham6-6216 RGeorgia
15Doug Baldwin5-10189RStanford


The skinny: With John Carlson done for the year with a shoulder injury, Anthony McCoy needs to step up and provide some support in the run game as a blocker, and also serve as a red zone threat in the passing game. Zach Miller, picked up in free agency after four years in Oakland, is a Pro Bowl-caliber tight end and upgrades the position.

Backups: Dominique Byrd has been impressive catching the ball down the middle of the defense, and Cameron Morrah (toe) starts the year on the PUP list.

86Zach Miller6-52555Arizona
85Anthony McCoy6-52592USC
82Dominique Byrd6-32553USC


The skinny: Tom Cable is the fourth different offensive line coach this team has had in three seasons. The expectation, though, is for more consistency in Cable’s version of the zone blocking scheme. The key for the line is health; last season the team used 10 different starting offensive line combinations.

Backups: Rookie James Carpenter and Breno Giacomini will battle for the starting right tackle job, while Carpenter also provides depth inside at guard.

76Russell Okung, LT6-53102Oklahoma State
72Robert Gallery, LG6-73258Iowa
60Max Unger, C6-53053Oregon
74John Moffitt, RG6-4319RWisconsin
75James Carpenter, RT6-5321RAlabama
78Tyler Polumbus, T6-83004Colorado
68Breno Giacomini, T6-73184Louisville
61Lemuel Jeanpierre, C/G6-33012South Carolina
67Paul McQuistan, G6-63156Weber State
77Jarriel King, T6-5317RSouth Carolina


The skinny: Brandon Mebane moves back to his more comfortable position of nose tackle, which should help strengthen Seattle’s run defense, along with the return of Red Bryant from season-ending knee surgery. However, this unit still needs to get a more consistent pass rush.

Backups: Depth is a concern after Seattle lost the versatile Jimmy Wilkerson to a season-ending knee injury in the team’s final preseason game. Unknowns Clinton McDonald, Al Woods and Landon Cohen will have to fill in when needed.

79Red Bryant, DE6-43234Texas A&M
92Brandon Mebane, DT6-13115California
99Alan Branch, DT6-63255Michigan
91Chris Clemons, DE6-32548Georgia
98Raheem Brock, DE6-427410Temple
58Dexter Davis, DE6-12442Arizona State
69Clinton McDonald, DT6-22973Memphis
90Al Woods, DT6-43072LSU
95Landon Cohen, DT6-13114Ohio


The skinny: David Hawthorne will be counted on to emerge as a defensive leader with Lofa Tatupu gone. Aaron Curry was asked to restructure his contract, making 2011 an important season if he wants to stick around after two years of not living up to his No. 4 overall draft status. After a year of off-the-field issues, Leroy Hill is back to playing at a high level.

Backups: Rookie K.J. Wright and Malcolm Smith have looked more-than capable if one of the starters go down, and Matt McCoy provides more depth, and a standout on special teams.

57David Hawthorne, MLB6-02464Texas Christian
59Aaron Curry, OLB6-22553Wake Forest
56Leroy Hill, OLB6-12387Clemson
50K.J. Wright, MLB6-4224RMississippi State
53Malcolm Smith, OLB6-0226RUSC
52Matt McCoy, OLB6-02327San Diego State


The skinny: The Seahawks decided to go young here, with Marcus Trufant, voted defensive captain, the only one with real experience. Seattle gave up 31 touchdowns through the air last season, third-worst in the league and needs better in 2011

Backups: Seattle will play more press coverage, so expect big corners Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell to have an impact.

23Marcus Trufant, LCB5-111979Washington State
39Brandon Browner, RCB 6-42211Oregon State
31Kam Chancellor, SS6-32322Virginia Tech
29Earl Thomas, FS5-102022Texas
28Walter Thurmond, CB5-111902Oregon
27Atari Bigby, S5-112136Central Florida
32Jeron Johnson, S5-10212RBoise State
25Richard Sherman, CB6-3195RStanford
41Byron Maxwell, CB6-1207RClemson


The skinny: On cut down day, the Seahawks surprisingly cut 10-year veteran kicker Jeff Reed and claimed Denver Broncos reserve kicker Steven Hauschka off waivers. However, coaches feel Hauschka has a stronger leg and more upside than the 32-year-old Reed. Jon Ryan is developing into one of the better punters in the league. And Washington reestablished himself as a top returner, although the league moving the kickoffs up to the 35-yard line should affect his number of touches.

Backups: Golden Tate likely will back up Washington on kickoff and punt returns.

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  1. I love this team! Yeah, I would love a “Sam Bradford” type of youngster at QB, but I more than satisfied with the rest of the talent that this dynamic duo have assembled in such a short time.

    I also think TJax and Charlie will be competing all year long, with one always thinking that they’re better than the other. That chip on their shoulder(s) will keep them sharp. When Matt went down, we generally felt doomed. If something happens now, I don’t think we’ll miss much of a beat.

    Of course and unfortunately, this team is nowhere near the caliber of the two teams we witnessed tonight. That was a great game.

    But on Sunday, the Niners are going down…can’t wait!


  2. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Hey guys, I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but you know that Aaron Curry guy we drafted out of Wake Forest #4 overall in 2009? He’s a huge bust.

    Just thought I’d let you know.

  3. Hey guys, I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but you know that AaronCurryIsBUST guy that started posting here in mid 2009? Well, he is a huge douche.

    Just thought I’d let you know.

  4. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Oh you mad cuz I’m stylin on ya

  5. jimpassi says:

    you need to update your info
    most players are not on the team any more
    i think only lynch is still there
    your like 2 years old way outa date put something new up

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