It’s taken only two offseasons for Carroll and crew to inject the 12th man with a much needed shot of hope. Maybe not even hope- just excitement. Of course every Sunday I’ll watch my team, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited to. Just look over the message boards and blog comments. Our Pete Carroll-esque sense of enthusiasm is palpable… we’re PUMPED and JACKED, as it were.
Prior to free agency, I wrote about my expectation for the running game; how I anticipate a post-bye week surge of Lynch and Washington credited mainly to the gelling of a very young, inexperienced offensive line. Truth be told, the run game’s transformation was really the only thing that was truly thrilling. Then came free agency. I still expect a shaky start to the year, but despite the shortened offseason, lack of continuity, youth, and the tough schedule, there’s a lot to look forward to.
Carroll and Schneider have done a pretty spectacular job crafting this offense into something worthy of, well, being called an NFL offense. They’ve added talent and playmakers at skill positions, strengthened the line, and most importantly crafted a team that, on paper, is exciting to watch. Hiring Tom Cable was huge, as he nearly singlehandedly persuaded both Robert Gallery and Zach Miller to sign- two players who will be extremely important to the success of this team, as I’ll detail in a coming article.
I love the Sidney Rice pickup as well. I don’t love his fragile hip, but injuries happen, so we’ll see how it goes. He’ll give Mike Williams the opportunity to star as a possession receiver which many claim is a better fit, and I tend to agree. What I like most about this move- okay, second to adding a playmaking #1 receiver