The 2011 Seahawks got off to a slow start to their season, but finished strong. They are building an identity in the run game with Marshawn Lynch, and their defense is starting to develop talented players. A weakness that can be argued with Seattle is their passing game. The Seahawks brought in Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice last season to upgrade their pass offense. Although Jackson didn’t have a horrible season, it was not the best either.
In the 2012 off-season, the Seahawks need to address:
1) Quarterback – The Seahawks have gone out and signed Matt Flynn to a 3 year / $26 million dollar deal. Flynn was Aaron Rodgers back up in Green Bay and has had two career starts under his belt. He broke Green Bay’s franchise records for yards thrown in a game (480), and touchdowns thrown in a game (6). Think about that for a second. Bart Starr, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers had never done that before, but Matt Flynn did. Many speculated Flynn would land down in Miami due to the fact that his ex-offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin, would be the head coach. It would have made sense since Philibin will be running the West Coast offense and the chemistry would have been there. The Dolphins staff were not sure if Flynn would have taken the starting job over Matt Moore, and he decided to sign with the Seattle Seahawks. Both Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson will be competing for the starting job in the 2012 season.
2) Free Agents – The Seahawks signed Marshawn Lynch to a 4 year / $31 million dollar deal. They locked up a great young running back for the next four seasons. The only solid free agent that the Seahawks have on the market is Marcus Trufant out at cornerback. Other than Matt Flynn, the Seahawks have added Jason Jones at defensive end and Frank Omiyale at offensive tackle. They re-signed: Red Bryant (DT), Heath Farwell (LB), Paul McQuistan (OT), and Michael Robinson (RB).
3) Draft Needs – I believe after the signing of Matt Flynn, the Seahawks must address their need at defensive end. Drafting an aggressive pass rusher opposite side of Chris Clemons would drastically improve their defense. Clemons lead the defense last year with 11 sacks, while the next guy up being Leroy Hill only had 4 sacks. It’s clear that they need another player on the defensive side of the ball to put pressure on the quarterback. Other needs the Seahawks have include Linebacker, Guard, and Tight End.
4) Who to draft? – Keeping our sites set on the first round here, I believe two players stand out for Seattle come the draft in April. Both Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram, defensive ends, could be headed to Seattle in this years draft. Some are starting to say that Melvin Ingram could be drafted before Coples. Coples has been the front runner at the position ever since the off-season. There is a very legitimate chance that one of these two players will be available to the Seahawks at the 12th overall pick. As of right now, BTK Mock Draft 4.0 has the Seattle Seahawks selecting defensive end Melvin Ingram.
Written By – David Rantisi- NFL Draft and NFC North Writer
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