This is my follow up to my end of season article located here. Go ahead and check it out first. I will wait. Then we will go through the list and add a few details.
Before I get rolling though, I need to say something to all those people that whine about the NFC West being a dump and that the Seahawks aren’t that good because they play in it. Get over it! It’s not like the team picks where they play. What matters is winning and that is what the Seahawks have done for the last 4 years.
When the 49ers were the dynasty team in the 80s, do you remember who was in the West? That’s right, the Rams, the Falcons and the Saints. Not exactly a powerhouse back then either, was it? I don’t hear anyone complaining about the 49ers not having to play a tough schedule back then.
So, with that little diatribe out of the way, let me lower my blood pressure and begin.
1) Start at the top.
This was the area that got shook up the most in the offseason. Mike Holmgren decided to make this his swan song year. Let us pray that he will not follow his former quarterback’s example. Yes, Brett Favre, I am looking at you. With all due respect, get over yourself and move on. Back to the subject again, the Seahawks immediately named Jim Mora Jr. as the heir apparent.
Excellent move by management, but I was not pleased how the assistant coaches situation was handled. Jim Zorn was long overdue to move from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. It should have been in Seattle. No one predicted head coach for Zorn though. I think Zorn will be a good head coach, although I will be surprised if it is with the Redskins.
2) Prudence in free agency.
One of the things I like about the Hawks management is that they never just sign the big names for the sake of a signing. There is always a plan of action. Take the O-line, an obvious place to upgrade with the big name out there being Alan Faneca. I joined the chorus of voices baying for the team to sign him no matter the cost. The Seahawks decided, however, not to get involved in the Alan Faneca sweepstakes and took Mike Wahle early on in free agency. Another superior move by management, they took an excellent veteran guard that fits our offense, plugging a hole in the line for less than Faneca would have cost. I have heard rumblings that Wahle is getting old but actually, he’s only a couple of months older than Steve Hutchinson.