November 20, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams cornerback Justin King (21) is called for pass interference on Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) in the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Seattle Seahawks Offseason Needs Taking Shape

We’re only through 7 games, but I’m taking advantage of the long week to get some work done on my draft coverage. I figured I’d start by identifying the needs the Seahawks have, so that way the stuff I put up on the site here is more useful for everyone reading it.

Here’s my list of needs for next offseason, in order of importance:

1) Wide Receiver – This one is a complete no brainer. Both of the young projects the Seahawks were counting on (Kris Durham and Richardo Lockette) failed to develop and are no longer with the team. Besides Sydney Rice, and Doug Baldwin when healthy, this team has no weapons on the outside. The team could really use 3-4 new players at the position, and one needs to be dominant playmaker.

2) Right Tackle – James Carpenter is now a Guard (and a pretty damn good one). Breno Giacomini is proving that he can’t pass protect well enough to warent regular playing time. He’s pretty good as a run blocker, but has been a complete liability in pass protection. Plus there’s the penalty problem, but I doubt I needed to remind everyone about that.

3) Defensive Tackle – Both Allen Branch and Jason Jones are free agents after the season. Greg Scruggs might be a Jason Jones replacement (though a lesser version), but then there will be a backup that needs repalced. There’s also no one on the roster capable of replacing Branch without being a major downgrade. Unless the Seahawks can manage to re-sign both (unlikely given the cap space it will take), a mid round draft pick will need to be used on the position for 2013.

4) Tight End – Zach Miller’s cap number for 2013 is $11 million. He wont play under his current contract next year. If the Seahawks can keep him, that’ll be great, but don’t think it’s a done deal. Anthony McCoy and Evan Moore are backups at best. The entire position needs an overhaul.

5) Weak Side Linebacker – LeRoy Hill has already lost his job as one of the nickel linebackers this year, and that’s a good thing. Go back and watch the film fromt he Arizona game and you’ll see Chancellor and Thomas yelling at him over and over because he kept botching coverages, especially on the game wining TD drive by Kolb. It’s the same thing he did all last year too. It’s time the team upgraded the position with a young talent like they did at the other 2 LB positions.

I was going to add cornerback to the list, since the team needs some depth behind the 2 starters, but Walter Thurmond is about to come of the PUP list and should be that 3rd corner the team needs. I also thought about putting Quarterback on there, but that was only for my own entertainment as I could watch people flip out over it.

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  • Ron Grummer

    Don’t forget “objective and sport-qualified fans and media pundits,” that seems to be something Seattle has always lacked but which seems particularly and obviously wanting this season.

    • Kevin Bilbro

      Be glad you’re not a “hawk fan living in chicago. They have the worst , butt-kissing media around, and the fans are some of the fattest, stupidest bozos you’ll ever meet.

      • ricefield

        Agree with that Kevin. I am the opposite of you a Bears fan who lives in Washington. Reading the Trib for news is terrible. They are an extension of the Bears PR staff. The Hawks have become my west coast team though. As for the fans….

  • Hawk_Eye

    Keith, nice list. You have to add nickel cornerback to the list. We keep getting burned by the speedy slots receivers and Walter is too injury prone.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I agree, which is why it’s included at the bottom. It’s just a much lower priority compared to the other 5. This team is good enough with the players it has at the position if the other 5 needs are taken care of. Or at lease that’s my opinion anyways.

  • hawkman

    What I see consistently on D is Kam C and KJ getting beat on coverage in the pass game. Over and Over again they are dragging behind and getting took for ten yards or more. LH might be a liability BUT he is in no way the only one . The middle has been open all year in the pass game!

  • James Turne

    Posted this on another article but it think its relevant.

    I think an interesting little experiment would be to release Moore and call up…TO. Yes let him take a shot at TE. He’s actually similar in stature to Shannon Sharpe. Would never happen but an athlete like him is more valuable than Moore. TO got cut because we needed to trim WRs and we didn’t want to risk a developing prospect on a possible wash up. And he’ll work for cheap.