Clark Judge of CBS Sports believes that head coach Pete Carroll could have the Seattle Seahawks back in the playoffs after a 7-9 campaign in 2011.
Judge lists the Seahawks as one of five teams that missed the playoffs last season that could be back in the postseason in 2012. Along with Seattle, Judge says Chicago, Philadelphia, Buffalo and San Diego are teams on the outside looking in last year that could be back in the playoffs in the upcoming season.
Judge: Seattle is chasing San Francisco in the NFC West, and the last time they met — late last season — they fell just short, losing by two points after quarterback Tarvaris Jackson fumbled with a little more than a minute left. Those Seahawks played great defense but didn’t have enough offense. These Seahawks think they fixed the problem with the acquisition of quarterback Matt Flynn, and maybe they’re right. Flynn has only two NFL starts, but he was marvelous in both. I don’t know, but this looks like a carbon copy of the 49ers’ blueprint, a club that can hammer you with defense and put just enough points on the board — largely thanks to its running game. It worked for San Francisco. Why not here?
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks to Seattle’s salary cap specialist and contract negotiator John Idzik about the team’s early signings of Bruce Irvin and seven other draft choices.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times believes it’s premature to think Tarvaris Jackson will not be with the Seahawks in 2012 if he does not win the starting quarterback job.
ESPN’s Mike Sando confirms through agent Ken Harris that Seahawks offensive lineman Deuce Lutui has in fact taken on a vegan diet to help control his weight.
Chad Reuter of NFL.com ranks the top five prospects at each position for next year’s draft.
Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network ranks USC quarterback Matt Barkley as his top college prospect in 2013.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune champions the continued implementation of safety measures by league commissioner Roger Goodell to protect players from concussion issues.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports obtains a signed declaration to the league detailing how former Seahawks defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was instructed by current and former Saints assistant coaches Joe Vitt and Gregg Williams in 2010 to deny the team’s bounty program.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports takes a cloer look at the depth on the rosters of all 32 teams from a personnel evaluator perspective, and concludes that New England and St. Louis could cut loose a talented receiver because of depth at the position.