FoxSports.com's Adam Schein believes the glass is half empty for the Seattle Seahawks in 2009, and that the best Seattle has to hope for is an 8-8 season. He points to Walter Jones' health as the key, and believes Jones is not 100 percent. And if Jones can't come back, Schein says the team will struggle to protect quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
Schein also points to several other concerns heading into training camp, including the running back tandem of Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett, who he calls perhaps the worst in the league. Schein said Deion Branch will continue to not live up to his lucrative deal, and that defensively Patrick Kerney and Leroy Hill's production will be key to the team's success.
FoxSports.com's Adrien Hassenmeyer ranks Seattle's pass-catching unit 17th in the league.
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Peter Schrager of FoxSports believes Walter Jones still has some gas left in the tank, and Aaron Curry is a future Defensive Player of the Year.
The Sporting News picks Hawks LB Curry as a breakout player candidate for Seattle.
Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly says according to his Seahawks sources offensive lineman Max Unger is too good not to start. I would agree that Unger is as talented as advertised, but I believe interior linemen Mike Wahle, Chris Spencer, Rob Sims and Ray Willis will be given every opportunity to earn a starting job inside. But if Unger is the best guy, he'll play.
Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post offers some words of wisdom for the Arizona Cardinals to follow to avoid the Super Bowl swoon that usually follows the runner-up in the championship game.
Sports Illustrated's Don Banks offers five story lines on each division. The last time Mora debuted as a head coach he led the Falcons all the way to the NFC title game in 2004. Can he do it again in Seattle?
Washington TE Chris Cooley subs in for Sports Illustrated's Peter King in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback Column, where he advocates for a smart football system to take the human error out of calls on the field. Cooley also says the next time someone tries to video him taking a leak he'll punch him square in the mouth, and that cell phone pictures of celebs is getting out of control. It's worth a read.
Zachary Hebner of the Bleacher Report says T.J. Houshmandzadeh is exactly what the Seahawks need – a player with some swagger.
ESPN's Mike Sando and John Clayton talk about the NFC West in this audio link.