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Seahawks Show Why Rest Of NFL Should Be On Notice Next Season


You hear it often out of the mouths of football coaches

“it takes cohesion” or “a couple more weeks”, something along those lines, in regards to progress in a scheme.

A lot of the time it’s all for naught, or else you wouldn’t have what they called firings.

My Cougars just gave four years to a man who leaves with the worst football record in school history and just four Pac-12 wins. Despite some not to be disregarded improvements in recruiting and structure, those lines quickly lose their viablity.

Tom Cable wasn’t bluffing.

Minus almost half his starting line, (Russell Okung is said to be “seriously” injured), the Seahawks have been pounding defenses with their rushing game; just like Cable said they would all along.

Pete Carroll is beginning to win exactly how he wants to win, with a young freakishly athletic defense and a team that is overall stout against the run and in the run game.

They are doing what I feared; playing themselves out of an opportunity to draft a young franchise quarterback. Still though, it is hard to deny that this team is a slipped game against Washington and a 2 point Falcons defeat from actually holding a wild card playoff spot with Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback.

That’s exactly why the rest of the NFL should be on notice, big time.

Carroll has built a daunting defense to play against. The secondary he’s created is something I have never seen done; a 6″3 and 6″4 pair of corners and a pair of legitimate pro bowl contending safeties; one of which also coming in at an imposing 6″3.

Brandon Browner was picked on early in the season adjusting to the NFL on the fly and playing regular season games when he normally wouldn’t even be done in the pre-season yet. He has since emerged as a legitimate starter.

Richard Sherman is looking like a gem of a fifth round pick, coming in strong for the injury of Marcus Trufant and playing, at least in my opinion, extremely well.

Have we all forgotten about the poor veteran Cougar Marcus Trufant already? I think the emergence of Browner and Sherman casts serious doubt on his future as a Seahawk.

The Seahawks have gone from perhaps the worst team in the league in many eyes to a team people are getting scared of.

With $25 million in cap room to play with the Seahawks can make more serious runs at players in the off-season. Why not take a more high profile “baggage” player like DeSean Jackson and revive his career at a slight discount? Carroll seems to have a knack for getting the most out of guys seemingly used up or cast aside.

Justin Forsett, Marshawn Lynch, and DeSeason Jackson all back together again?

It’s unfortunate that the Seahawks have by far played themselves out of the Luck derby because he is the perfect quarterback for the system Carroll is running because Stanford does the same exact thing in the run game with a more ball control grinding out attack; which may come as a surprise to you given all the hype about Luck.

Unless they are really about to run the table at 9-7, spoil the poor crumbling Lions playoff hopes, and claim improbable glory once again, they really need to stop doing well or they may have to trade future first and second round draft choices to secure their quarterback of the future.

An 8-8 record is really just about the worst thing that can happen, something I definitely fear, the exact middle ground where you both don’t generally make the post-season (that 7-9 NFC West winning loophole is now closed for 2011), with an 8-8 record and your stuck picking right in the middle of the draft.

Both I assure you will be plenty disappointing to both the 12th Man and the Seahawks front office. They don’t want to miss another miracle slip into the postseason but I bet they don’t want to be picking high in the draft without making the postseason either.

Picking 17thish would probably require a massive sacrifice of future draft compensation, as Barkley and Jones may be chosen within the top 10. While passing on a less impressive rookie quarterback class looked to be the wise move, leaving Andy Dalton on the draft board may have backfired. Less teams are going to want a quarterback and it won’t be a secret that a wanting-to-trade-up Seahawks squad wants one, which could work against them in negotiations.

Regardless, the future is very bright. With either Barkley or Jones at the helm of this team how it is and with a very rookie QB friendly rush heavy scheme; I would say the floor for future Pete Carroll teams is a playoff spot.

I wouldn’t call it a stretch to say that this team will find themselves competing for a spot in next years NFC Championship Game and that they could very well be hosting it.

For two teams who haven’t exactly been lights out programs recently, the hiring of former Texas Tech coach (f**k yes!) Mike “cannonballs defenses” Leach by my lord and savior Bill Moos for the Washington State Cougars and the progression of former Pac 10 (12) overlord Pete Carroll’s young talented Seahawks squad have me giddy for 2012 football and beyond in the state of Washington.





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