Starting today up and until training camp, each day we'll look at an aspect of the Seattle Seahawks that could help them improve on last year's 4-12 campaign.
Today we start with Seneca Wallace, and how the Seahawks can use that dynamic quarterback's playmaking abilities to add punch to the offense.
Walllace, 28, started eight games for Seattle last season, with the Seahawks finishing 3-5 in those contests.
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Wallace threw for more than 1,500 yards, finishing with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions with Matt Hasselbeck out because of bulging disk in his back. Wallace completed 58 percent of his passes. And he still believes he can be an effective starter in the league.
"You always have to have confidence that you can come in and be the starter on any team," Wallace said. "I always feel that way. I'm adamant about it. And I'm going to keep working to improve each day, and hopefully something happens."
However, with Hasselbeck healthy going into the season, one of the Seahawks potent playmakers may not see much time this season.
But the Seahawks could make sure he sees the field by creating a Wildcat package and giving him a couple series a game as a change-up offense.
Seattle knows first-hand how effective the Wildcat can be, as the Miami Dolphins gashed them with the offensive scheme last season. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp also knows how to use a running quarterback, spending time with Michael Vick in Atlanta.
"As soon as we come back and start getting into training camp maybe, but right now we're not doing too much," Wallace said about the possibility of playing other positions besides quarterback. "We're just trying to grind through this offense, trying to learn the offense and see where it takes us from there."
Wallace likely will only be here for two more seasons. He's signed through 2010, and will earn $1.5 million for this season and next year.
The Seahawks will again have to make sure they feel comfortable with either Mike Teel or Jeff Rowe taking snaps as the third team quarterback, but now is the time to get Wallace some touches in order to make other defenses have more to prepare for heading into the 2009 season.