Gary Mihoces of USA Today pens an early season preview of the Seattle Seahawks.
Mihoces predicts that linebacker Aaron Curry will be a big boost for the Seahawks defensively.
Mihoces also breaks down each position for the Seahawks and has this to say in a capsule overview of Seattle's 2009 season.
No team was hit harder by injuries last season. After winning the NFC West title for four consecutive years, the Seahawks went 4-12 during Holmgren's final season. If Hasselbeck can stay healthy, that will be a start. But there are many lingering injury question marks. An 8-8 finish would be a return to respectability for a team in transition.
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Pat Kirwan of NFL.com ranks the Seahawks 15th overall in his league power rankings, which I think is about right.
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If you haven't heard already, former Tampa Bay head coah Jon Gruden will replace Tony Kornheiser on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team, which has made Yahoo Sports Shutdown Corner blogger Matthew J. Darnell giddy.
I like Kornheiser and I'm a semi-regular viewer of PTI, but I always thought someone with more football knowledge was needed on Monday nights. I'm a John Madden/Al Michaels fan, and I only see Gruden doing this for a year, maybe two years tops before he gets another head coaching gig. I know Matt Millen was an awful GM for Detroit, but I always thought he was a good broadcaster and would be a nice addition for Monday night football.
Julius Jones is left off of the Sporting News rankings of the top 20 running backs in the NFL. His brother Thomas Jones comes in at No. 17, and of course Adrian Peterson is No. 1.
Justin Griffith hasn't played a down for Seattle, but he ranks fourth among fullbacks in the Sporting News rankings. Former Hawk Leonard Weaver comes in at No. 9.