The Seattle Spectator: 2013 Seahawks Preview

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    The Seattle Seahawks are under new ownership for 2013, as former career backup quarterback Jim Luby put together an investment group that purchased the team who drafted him in the eleventh round 30 years ago. Luby has had his hand in the personnel side of things early and often so far in his short time as owner, as he has green lighted multiple big signings and trades.

    The Seattle Seahawks were one of the feel good stories in the NFL in 2012. Led by underestimated rookie QB Russell Wilson, who fell to the middle of the 3rd round in the 2012 rookie draft, the Seahawks secured an NFC Wild Card and advanced to the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Jim Luby is hoping the moves he has made, as well as those yet to be made, will propel this already good team into a championship run.

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    OFFENSE

    QUARTERBACK
    With Russell Wilson coming off of a Pro Bowl rookie season, the Seattle offense appears to be in good hands for many years to come. While he doesn't possess prototypical size for the position, Wilson's mix of great arm strength, mobility, and accuracy makes for a very dangerous weapon under center.

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    RUNNING BACK
    The Seahawks said goodbye to one of the best running backs in the league last year in Marshawn Lynch. Dealt to the rival Cardinals in a blockbuster trade orchestrated by Luby, the absence of Beast Mode appears to leave a gaping hole in the Seattle backfield. Second year back Robert Turbin steps into the starters role, and the coaching staff believes he is comparable to a young Lynch. With a unique mix of speed and power, Turbin could be poised to have a breakout season. Taiwan Jones, acquired from the Raiders in a preseason trade, will provide a change of pace out of the backfield, with his blazing speed and elusiveness.

    RECEIVERS
    Wilson has no shortage of targets to throw to with a receiving corp boasting weapons such as Percy harvin, Sidney Rice, and Golden Tate. Harvin, acquired early in the off-season in a trade with the Vikings, has shown great chemistry with Wilson already and is expected to be the 2nd year passer's primary target this season. Not to be forgotten is tight end Zach Miller, who has quetly developed into one of the premier tight ends in the league.

    OFFENSIVE LINE
    Probably the biggest question mark on this team is the suspect offensive line. While center Max Unger and left tackle Russell Okung are solid, the rest of the squad is a collection of journeymen and unprovens. Did the organization make a big mistake in not better addressing their questionable line this off-season? Time will only tell.

    DEFENSE

    DEFENSIVE LINE
    The Seahawks said goodbye to another popular standout, when they traded defensive end Red Bryant to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The new regime decided to make Bruce Irvin a full time speed rusher at defensive end, and that made Bryant and his substantial contract expendable. Starting opposite Irvin will be free agent signing Cliff Avril. These two, along with veteran Chris Clemons as the 3rd man in the rotation, are expected to combine to give the Seahawks a fierce pass rush from the edge, even without the blitz. Second year rusher Andre Branch, acquired in the Bryant trade, will see some playing time as a situation pass rusher.

    Michael Bennett makes the switch to defensive tackle this year and will lead a three man rotation, along with Brandon Mebane and rookie Jesse Williams, clogging up the middle of the defense.

    LINEBACKER
    The Seahawks are young, fast, and athletic at the linebacker postion. The starters on the outside are K.J. Wright and Malcolm Smith, both of whom show great promise, but have a lot of growing yet to do. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner is yet another 2nd year Seahawk who is poised for a breakout season. Wagner, a 2nd round pick, burst on to the scene as a rookie and ended up among the league leaders in tackles for the season.

    CORNERBACK
    The secondary of the Seahawks could really be the difference maker for this team. With the trade of Lynch and former Pro-Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner, the Seahawks acquired one of the most exciting young play makers in the league today. Already an All Pro and 2-time Pro Bowler, in just his 3rd season, cornerback Patrick Peterson appears to be already on the path of becoming one of the greatest in the game. Not to be overlooked is incumbent All-Pro corner back Richard Sherman, who some consider the best cover corner in the league today. There is no doubt that the combination of Peterson and Sherman will lead to many sleepless nights for opposing quarterback and offensive coordinators.

    Not to be overlooked is the free agent acquisition of cornerback Richard Marshall. A crafty veteran, good enough to start for many teams in the league, decided to chase a ring and accepted the Seahawks modest one year offer to be their nickel back.

    SAFETY
    Antoine Winfield joined the Seahawks as a free agent this year, with an eye on becoming their nickel back himself. When it became clear that the cornerback position was much too crowded, the coaching staff convinced Winfield to accept a change of position to strong safety. With his hard hitting style, Winfield took to the switch like a fish to water. Winfield even supplanted incumbent starter Kam Chancellor, although both will see plenty of playing time for this Seattle defense.

    Two time All Pro and Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas round out this phenomenal Seattle secondary. In the conversation among the best in the league at his position, Thomas is still only 24 years old and we could very well be witnessing the early stages of a Hall of Fame career.


    SPECIAL TEAMS

    Kicker Steven Hauschka and punter Jon Ryan give the Seahawks are both quality veterans that have provided stability on the kicking units.

    With Percy Harvin and Patrick Peterson both capable of taking any ball they touch to the house, the Seattle return game should be something to watch this season!


    SCHEDULE

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