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State of the Seahawks - Training Camp Preview
John Tuvey
July 30, 2009
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This series of analysis on the 32 NFL teams takes a look at where teams have been over the last three years for each position - where they have ranked in the most notable categories and the hard statistics produced. This is to give a view of each team heading into training camp and what they most likely need to improve on this season and where their strengths lie that likely won't need any changes. Ending each team review is a brief summation of what to watch in training camp in August to uncover those developing situations that you can take advantage. Combining where teams have come from and what they have done in free agency and the NFL draft gives you the very same thing that NFL coaches are looking at as they attempt to improve their team for 2009.
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Training Camp Opens: July 30 (Rookie), July 31 (Veteran)
Head Coach: Jim L. Mora (1st year)
Stadium: Qwest Field  Surface: FieldTurf
2009 Schedule   2009 Roster   2008 Statistics   2008 Record: 4-12

QB Carries Rush YD Rush TD Pass Comp Comp % Pass YD YPP Pass TD Int Rank YD Rank TD
2006 31 229 0 512 292 57% 3369 11.5 26 22 18 6
2007 44 107 0 600 375 63% 4215 11.2 30 14 7 7
2008 54 260 2 508 309 61% 3724 12.1 21 19 12 13

Quarterback - Losing Matt Hasselbeck for nine games, as well as all five linemen and most of the wide receivers on the roster, did little for the Seahawks’ passing game in Mike Holmgren’s final season. How bad did it get? Charlie Frye started a game, for crying out loud! While Seneca Wallace received some valuable experience, no one in Seattle is disappointed that Hasselbeck’s back is healthy and he’ll return to the helm this season. Jim Mora would like the Seahawks to be more of a running team than they were under the Walrus, so even if the line and wideouts join Hasselbeck for 16 games of good health the numbers might not be quite as gaudy as they were under Holmgren.

RB Carries Rush YD YPC Rush TD Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD Rcv TD Rank YD Rank TY Rank TD
2006 446 1649 3.7 8 78 53 68% 264 0 17 25 23
2007 384 1509 3.9 9 122 86 70% 675 2 22 15 20
2008 335 1320 3.9 7 111 79 71% 733 3 28 22 26

Running Backs - This ground game has had little to cheer about since Shaun Alexander’s MVP season in 2005; they haven’t averaged better than 3.9 yards per carry since then and finished in the bottom half of the league in running back yards and touchdowns each of the past three seasons. The Seahawks will enter 2009 much as they did last season, planning to use some sort of committee approach headed by Julius Jones with T.J. Duckett at the goal line and possibly Justin Forsett on third downs. Mora has indicated that he expects a feature back to emerge, and if the offensive line stays healthy it’s possible Jones could return to the 1,000-yard mark he reached with Dallas in 2006. However, fantasy players are not usually big fans of committees and this one isn’t exactly brimming with optimism.

WR Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 354 203 57% 2773 13.7 21 9 5
2007 396 242 61% 3104 12.8 23 6 4
2008 316 185 59% 2432 13.1 15 12 11

Wide Receivers - The injury bug ravaged Seattle’s receiving corps last season, to the point that Billy McMullen, Michael Bumpus, and Logan Payne combined for five starts between them. Split amongst seven different players, and considering that Wallace and Fry played more than half the season, the Seahawks’ final wide receiver totals actually weren’t that bad. With Nate Burleson and Deion Branch healthy and T.J. Houshmandzadeh signed via free agency Seattle is relatively stocked at the position. If Bumpus, Payne, et. al. could rank in the top third of the league in receiver yardage and TDs, the prospects of Housh, Burly, and Branch catching balls from a healthy Hasselbeck should override any fears of Mora attempting to field a more run-oriented offense.

TE Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 69 36 52% 332 9.2 5 29 16
2007 61 41 67% 355 8.7 5 31 20
2008 72 44 61% 555 12.6 3 22 21

Tight Ends
- For a West Coast offense, usually considered to be a tight end-friendly scheme, the Seahawks have offered little at the position fantasy-wise. John Carlson emerged as a rookie last season, but that came primarily with backup quarterbacks and a depleted wide receiver corps. Will he still be a go-to guy with Hass at the helm and Housh in the mix?

Training Camp Fantasy Angle - Now that everyone is healthy, the Seahawks can get reacquainted—and work Houshmandzadeh into the mix as well. If Seattle can break camp with its lineup relatively intact—no back flare-ups for Hasselbeck, no worries about future Hall of Fame left tackle Walter Jones, no plumbing the depths for replacement receivers—this could be a sneaky source of fantasy points

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