Nothing like some bonus football, as the Seahawks extended their season with an overtime 23-20 loss to the Cardinals. The Seahawks definitely had their chances, but remember the Cardinals were just as hot as the Seahawks coming into the game.
No playoffs for this season, but lots of growth was made in the second half of the year. While Eric’s down getting his interviews, here are few subjects to ponder:
• Defense: Do you still like what’s been established this season, with the young defensive backs getting valuable time, the line finding its legs against the run behind the return to health of Red Bryant and the emergence of the two safeties as one of the best combos in the NFL? Is another pass rusher a must-have this offseason, whether its through the draft or free agency?
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• Speaking of defensive backs, what should be done with Marcus Trufant? Is he done, and is that OK considering the development of Browner and Sherman? And what of Walter Thurmond?
• And how about the linebackers? Is this a group that can continue to grow? Or is there a pressing need for a dynamic playmaker?
• T-Jack: Have you seen enough to be convinced that he could be the long-term answer at quarterback? Is it fair to judge him considering he did not have Sidney Rice or Mike Williams for chunks of the season?
• Speaking of receivers… Has Doug Baldwin shown enough to be a No. 2 behind Rice? And then there’s Ricardo Lockette, who had a TD vs. the Cardinals and shown tremendous speed. Is this unit, with Golden Tate and Ben Obomanu, going to be more than adequate going forward?
• Marshawn Lynch: Is he a franchise back who should be kept at all (almost all, anyway) costs?
• The offensive line: This group has shown some depth after losing three starters. But next year, who should start when Russell Okung, James Carpenter and John Moffitt return?