Identifying Needs For The Seahawks Offseason

Since we have a few extra days between games, I’ve decided I’m going to to take a moment to look ahead to the upcoming offseason. This next offseason is going to be a very important one for the Seahawks. This is a team with many pieces in place to be able to contend for a title, so the pressure will be on the front office to fill in the remaining holes left on this team.

After going through the roster and looking at contracts, trying to figure out what the the Seahawks offseason “needs” are going to be. Here’s my take, position by position:

QB: Jackson will return, but a QB of the future needs to be found.

RB: Lynch is a free agent but is likely to be re-signed. Forsett seems to be a likely cut, so the Seahawks need a backup.

FB: Robinson is playing better. A solid Mack Strong caliber player would be nice, but isn’t required. 

WR: Rice, Tate, Baldwin and Obomanu are all likely back. I expect Williams and Butler to move on.

OL: All 5 starters are in place and returning, but 2 are recovering from major knee injuries. Clearly depth is an issue.

DE: Red Bryant is a free agent, but he doesn’t fit any defense quite like he fits ours. I expect him to re-sign. Clemons isn’t going anywhere. I expect Brock to be gone. I see a need for a pass rusher to replace Bryant on passing downs, and a need for couple new backups.

DT: Both Mebane and Branch have been great and both are under contract. There’s a need for some depth there. I’ve also been convinced that a DT who can collapse the pocket, and replace one of the run stuffing starters on passing downs, would help the DEs.

LB: Both Hill and Hathorne are free agents, and the depth behind the starters is very weak already. This is a rather weak unit to begin with, and if either of the 2 starters leave it’ll only get weaker.

CB: Sherman looks like a budding star. Browner has been frustrating, but he’s improved enough that I think he could be the team’s third corner. (I don’t think he’s a starter on a contending team). Walter Thurmond will be back. I’d be shocked Marcus Trufant was back next season. Lewis is a decent nickel or dime back. That’s decent depth even without Trufant, but I think the Seahawks should pursue someone to start opposite Sherman.

S: Team is set with Thomas and Chancellor as the starters. Replacing or re-signing Bigby as the primary backup will keep the Seahawks solid at safety.

K/P: Ryan and Hauschka should both be back, and neither needs to be upgraded in my opinion.

What’s your thoughts on all this? Am I way off?

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  • ricefield

    I like your analysis but I wonder about the order in filling needs. With a possible 7 or 8 win season the Hawks pick will be middle of the pack. Won’t the top 4 qbs be gone by then? If a good right tackle or pass rusher (tackle, end, or linebacker) is rated a better player than qb #5 wouldn’t that be a #1 pick and take a qb #2? Another mauler RB would be nice in a lower round. Washington could be the change of pace. When Lynch goes out now we only have speed backs. I love the 4 interceptions because the backs/linebackers caught the ball. How many times have you seen the defense drop balls. Go Hawks!!

  • ricefield

    I like your analysis but I wonder about the order in filling needs. With a possible 7 or 8 win season the Hawks pick will be middle of the pack. Won’t the top 4 qbs be gone by then? If a good right tackle or pass rusher (tackle, end, or linebacker) is rated a better player than qb #5 wouldn’t that be a #1 pick and take a qb #2? Another mauler RB would be nice in a lower round. Washington could be the change of pace. When Lynch goes out now we only have speed backs. I love the 4 interceptions because the backs/linebackers caught the ball. How many times have you seen the defense drop balls. Go Hawks!!

  • bromar24

    Qb is the biggest need for sure. I would then say pass rushers (DE), linebackers, CB and then the DT’s.Then RB, OL, FB, and S is set up for years to come.

    I would still like to see maxwell and M Smith play, I think they may have more going for them than most people think.

  • Hawkman

    Pretty close. I believe Williams is still under contract and I would like to know why he was so productive last year( MH) and not this year(Tarvaris). Need to know that. QB has got to be at the head of the list , trade up if need be. Resign Marshawn but be smart about it. Hill is playing real well and LB’s are one of the easiest players to find. DE , absolutely, a man who can rush and play the run. Quality depth through out. GO QB draft! GO HAWKS

  • bromar24

    Qb is the biggest need for sure. I would then say pass rushers (DE), linebackers, CB and then the DT’s.Then RB, OL, FB, and S is set up for years to come.

    I would still like to see maxwell and M Smith play, I think they may have more going for them than most people think.

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  • Hawkman

    Pretty close. I believe Williams is still under contract and I would like to know why he was so productive last year( MH) and not this year(Tarvaris). Need to know that. QB has got to be at the head of the list , trade up if need be. Resign Marshawn but be smart about it. Hill is playing real well and LB’s are one of the easiest players to find. DE , absolutely, a man who can rush and play the run. Quality depth through out. GO QB draft! GO HAWKS

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  • Keith_12thMR

    @Hawkman Regarding Williams, He is under contract. My biggest concern is his drops. Obviously speculation, but it doesn’t appear his head is in it right now. It’s also pretty clear the offense has done better when Obo was in and Williams was on the sideline. Someone will have to convince me that he’s not a “dead weight” cut after the season, because it seems like an obvious call at this point.

  • Keith_12thMR

    @bromar24 You have a point there. I didn’t think Sherman was partof the picture until he played. The Pre-season had me believing that he was just Browner’s backup and nothing more, but the coaches have really done well getting him up to speed. Perhaps the same is true for Maxwell and Smith, we’ll see.

    The one reason why I don’t think that is true is that the coaches have given playing time Lewis on Cox ahead of those 2. They also went to a 3 safety look in dime packages. The fact that the coaches aren’t getting those 2 on the field even with all the injuries in the secondary leads me to believe that they coaches don’t think very highly of them. Just speculating of course…

  • Keith_12thMR

    @ricefield With the draft it’s all about value at the draft spot. You’re right that the 5th best QB might not be the team’s best option when they pick, and thus they’ll take someone else, but that doesn’t mean the QB isn’t the teams biggest need.

    I still see them finding a QB to develop into the future starter at some point in this offseason.

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  • Keith_12thMR

    @Hawkman Regarding Williams, He is under contract. My biggest concern is his drops. Obviously speculation, but it doesn’t appear his head is in it right now. It’s also pretty clear the offense has done better when Obo was in and Williams was on the sideline. Someone will have to convince me that he’s not a “dead weight” cut after the season, because it seems like an obvious call at this point.

  • Keith_12thMR

    @bromar24 You have a point there. I didn’t think Sherman was partof the picture until he played. The Pre-season had me believing that he was just Browner’s backup and nothing more, but the coaches have really done well getting him up to speed. Perhaps the same is true for Maxwell and Smith, we’ll see.

    The one reason why I don’t think that is true is that the coaches have given playing time Lewis on Cox ahead of those 2. They also went to a 3 safety look in dime packages. The fact that the coaches aren’t getting those 2 on the field even with all the injuries in the secondary leads me to believe that they coaches don’t think very highly of them. Just speculating of course…

  • Keith_12thMR

    @ricefield With the draft it’s all about value at the draft spot. You’re right that the 5th best QB might not be the team’s best option when they pick, and thus they’ll take someone else, but that doesn’t mean the QB isn’t the teams biggest need.

    I still see them finding a QB to develop into the future starter at some point in this offseason.

  • bromar24

    @Keith_12thMR I know Maxwell’s had some nagging injuries and illnesses, which could be a large factor in his playing time.

  • bromar24

    @Keith_12thMR I know Maxwell’s had some nagging injuries and illnesses, which could be a large factor in his playing time.

  • glor

    BMW = 2010 65 receptions, 2011 18

    He hasn’t had 40 drops, he hasn’t even had as many drops as Sidney Rice. The dude hasn’t been targeted, and he has been WIDE open. I’ve been to all the home games, and if we had MH behind center he would be a star again this year. You see it all the time, star players go to other teams and all of the sudden they suck, well they don’t suck, they typically either aren’t be used properly, etc.

    it is unfortunant that finally after the entire season, TJ starts to target MW and then his ankle gets broken.

    Lets all face the hard fact that TJ is just way to concervative with the ball to attempt to “throw a receiver open”, he just plain doesn’t do it (maybe the exception was SR). I hope MW is back and has an off season with TJ for them to gain that trust.

  • glor

    BMW = 2010 65 receptions, 2011 18

    He hasn’t had 40 drops, he hasn’t even had as many drops as Sidney Rice. The dude hasn’t been targeted, and he has been WIDE open. I’ve been to all the home games, and if we had MH behind center he would be a star again this year. You see it all the time, star players go to other teams and all of the sudden they suck, well they don’t suck, they typically either aren’t be used properly, etc.

    it is unfortunant that finally after the entire season, TJ starts to target MW and then his ankle gets broken.

    Lets all face the hard fact that TJ is just way to concervative with the ball to attempt to “throw a receiver open”, he just plain doesn’t do it (maybe the exception was SR). I hope MW is back and has an off season with TJ for them to gain that trust.

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