Niner Noise Around The NFC West: Seattle Seahawks

As October ends the 49ers stand firm as the gatekeepers to the NFC West at 5-1, while the Seattle Seahawks come in a distant second with 2-4. Despite finishing last year in the playoffs, they entered the playoffs with the worst record in history. Pete Carroll decided to shake things up at the end of his first season by letting go of Matt Hasselback, who had finished his 10th season with the Seahawks. Just like Arizona, Seattle seems adrift looking for the right fit at quarterback. Thus far Carroll has worked with Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst to lead this team to its two wins. Problems have plagued Pete Carroll’s Seahawks, from injuries, poor performances, to lack of break out play calling.

Since week one the Seahawks seemed to have six players on average out per game. Few teams ever manage to stay afloat with the absence of reliable depth. The worst of the injury any team can suffer struck the Seahawks when quarterback Tavaris Jackson suffered a pectoral injury.

Looking beyond the injuries Seattle has seen mixed results from its players. If Pete Carroll could erase the interceptions, a hand full of dropped passes, and fumbles, then we would be looking at a team giving San Francisco a run for its money.

Seattle was excited to add Pete Carroll to the team. With what they had seen of Carroll at USC, it would be hard to imagine a vanilla style offence, but given the situations the Seahawks have provided lackluster play calling with only a hand full of exceptions. To put an exclamation point on Seattle’s play calling one only needs to watch week sevens 3-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

It’s hard to see a path for the Seattle Seahawks finishing this season with a winning record. However it isn’t difficult to imagine a halfway respectable record if Pete can manage to pull together his team, and eliminate the mistakes. Ironically right now the Seahawks resemble the 49ers of last year, which left head coach Mike Singletary out of a job.

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