Good morning. I’m back from vacation, which means a return to more activity on the blog this week.
We’ll begin our offseason rewind series, taking a closer look at issues from last year and ways the Seattle Seahawks might address them in 2012. I also plan to bring back the personnel reviews that Brian McIntyre expertly put together here at Seahawks Insider two seasons ago. So this week look for some of those in-depth game reviews to appear on 2011 regular season games.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated believes Seattle could take a big leap up the NFC West standings after a strong second-half finish in 2011.
Because the Seahawks were more or less out of the playoff picture by the 2011 season’s midpoint, they kind of flew under the radar late. Which means that a lot of people now fail to grasp how close this team was to contending.
Assuming one of the QBs steps up, the offensive line stays upright and someone — anyone — breaks through at wide receiver (don’t count Seattle out as a player for WR Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft), the offense could be pretty solid. The defense has question marks at linebacker with Ruud, K.J. Wright and Leroy Hill expected to start, but the front four and secondary are stout.
Carroll may need one more year to fully implement his plan, but Seattle is on the upswing."
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reviews Seattle’s situation at defensive back heading into this year’s training camp.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a closer look at Seattle’s wide receiver situation. O’Neil lists Mike Williams and Deon Butler as receivers on the bubble to make the 53-man roster.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post uses Marshawn Lynch’s bruising touchdown run against Philadelphia last year as an example of how to finish runs in the NFL.
More Bowen: He provides a cheat sheet of receiver conversion routes against Cover 2.
Dan Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com provides a run down of the eight college players eligible for this year’s supplemental draft, which will take place on Thursday.
Sean Conboy of Wired.com takes a closer look at how Kevlar padding is being used by NFL athletes as added productions, and being marketed as concussion-reducing technology.
Jen Floyd Engel of Fox Sports argues that league commissioner Roger Goodell has too much power, and that players are using that as a rallying cry in their fight against the Bounty scandal in court.
I haven’t had a chance to look at this closely, but if you have a spare hour on your hands this morning, Smart Football’s comprehensive look at the Air Raid offense developed by Hal Mumme and Mike Leach looks interesting.