Opponent: Seattle Seahawks

2010 record: 5-5, in first-place in the NFC West. The Hawks have lost three of their last four games, including last Sunday in New Orleans. They’ve beaten San Francisco by 25 points, San Diego by 7, Chicago by 3 and Arizona by 12 and then 18. Seattle has lost games to Denver by 17 points, St. Louis by 17, Oakland by 30, the New York Giants by 34 and the Saints by 15. They are 1-2 against the AFC West.

Last year’s record: 5-11 and third in the division under head coach Jim Mora, Jr.

QB Matt Hasselbeck (left) has spent 10 seasons now leading the Seahawks offense.

Record for the last five seasons: 41-39, with division titles in 2005-06-07. They finished 4-3 in the post-season and went to the Super Bowl after the ’05 season, losing to the Steelers in Detroit. In the span of four years, they went from 13-3 in ’05 to 4-12 in ’08.

Last appearance in the playoffs: 2007, when they hosted Washington and beat the Redskins 35-14, but then fell on the road in Green Bay 42-20.

Owner: Paul Allen, one of the world’s richest men thanks to his history and stake in Microsoft. Allen purchased the Seahawks for $200 million from Ken Behring in 1997. His purchase was contingent on approval of a stadium initiative by voters in the state of Washington. Once it was approved, he took over the Seahawks under his Vulcan Sports & Entertainment business. A 57-year old native of Washington, Allen became friends in his high school days with another Seattle native named Bill Gates. The two of them formed a company called Microsoft in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The rest is history. Allen left Microsoft and now has only marginal involvement in the company, although he still owns 138 million Microsoft shares. In 1988 Allen bought the Portland Trail Blazers which he still owns. Several years ago he started the Seattle Sounders FC, outdoor soccer team. By most recent estimates, Allen’s personal worth is $13.5 billion, making him one of the richest men in the world. He is easily the richest owner in the NFL.

General Manager: John Schneider was named the Seahawks GM in January of last season, joining the franchise after spending eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers. The 39-year old Schneider spent three years (1997-99) as the director of pro personnel for the Chiefs, working for Carl Peterson and Marty Schottenheimer. He began his career in NFL personnel in 1993 with his hometown Packers, where he worked for GM Ron Wolf.

Head coach: Pete Carroll was named executive vice-president of football operations and head coach on January 11 of this year, after spending nine seasons as head coach at Southern Cal. It’s Carroll’s third shot at being an NFL head coach. He previously spent a year as head coach of the New York Jets in 1994, and then three seasons as head coach of the Patriots (1997-99). His overall record in those four seasons as an NFL head coach was 33-31 with two appearances in the playoffs. Carroll began coaching in 1974 and got his first job in the NFL in 1984 with the Buffalo Bills. During his time at USC, he directed the Trojans to a 97-19 record with national championships in 2003 and 2004.

Coordinators: offense, Jeremy Bates, first year with Seahawks, first year as a coordinator and eighth season in the NFL; defense, Gus Bradley, second year in Seattle, first season as coordinator and fifth year in the NFL; special teams, Brian Schneider, first year with Seahawks, third year as NFL kicking game coordinator.

Roster overview: The Seahawks are built differently than just about any team in the league and one of the major reasons is that the ’10 squad is caught between the old regime that was directed by Mike Holmgren and Tim Ruskell and the new leaders in Pete Carroll and John Schneider. They have only 21 draft choices on the active roster and eight of those players were selected in the 2010 NFL Draft. Half of their starting 22 are draft choices with six of those taken in the first round. They have eight players that were acquired in trades, including five starters. They have five unrestricted free agents and then 19 free agents out of college or from the streets. This is not a particularly young roster, as there are only four players who have been in the league 10 years or more, but only 12 who have been in the league two years or less.

Quarterback: Matt Hasselbeck has started nine of the 10 games this year, missing only a game in early November because of a concussion. He’s really found his form in the last two games, throwing for 333 yards against Arizona and then 366 yards vs. New Orleans. The key for him was two consecutive games without an interception. This year, Hasselbeck has eight TD passes against seven interceptions and has a 79.5 passer rating. Over his 10 NFL seasons, he has played twice against the Chiefs, throwing for 524 total yards with four TDs and no interceptions and a 113.9 passer rating.

Offensive threats: When it comes to offensive play makers, the Seahawks have struggled to find much in the way of explosion. A former first-round pick of the Lions WR Mike Williams is a reclamation project who leads the team in receiving with 52 catches for 654 yards, but only one TD catch. WR Deon Butler has caught 25 passes, but three went for TDs. WR Ben Obomanu has only 15 catches, but three found the end zone. TE John Carlson is also a solid receiver. RB Marshawn Lynch has averaged just 3.1 yards a carry since coming over from Buffalo. Justin Forsett has 407 yards rushing and a 4.4-yard average.

Defensive stars: According to the Seahawks, they have four players tied for the team lead in tackles, each with 52: LBs David Hawthorne and Lofa Tatupu and S Lawyer Milloy and Earl Thomas. Leading the team in sacks with 7.5 is DE Chris Clemons. Thomas has five interceptions. Last year’s first-round pick LB Aaron Curry has not made a big splash with the Hawks.

Special teamers: Leon Washington is tied for second in NFL history with six kickoff returns for TDs, including two earlier this year when he went for 101 and then 99-yard scores against San Diego. K Olindo Mare has been very busy, making 19 of 22 FGs. Mare can be a bit quirky, as he’s missed twice inside the 30-yard line, but is 7 of 7 between the 30 and 50 yard lines. P Jon Ryan has pretty pedestrian numbers, with a 42.9-yard average.

By the numbers: Over 10 games, Seattle ranks No. 29 on offense, averaging 300.4 yards per game. They are 30th in rushing yards and 20th when throwing the ball. On defense, they are No. 28, breaking down to 13th in rushing defense and 30th in passing yards allowed. The Seahawks are minus-48 in point differential, they are minus-1 on the turnover ratio and they are plus-2 in the sack ratio.

Top ’10 draft picks: 1.) OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State, has missed 6 games because of injuries, but started the other 4 at left tackle, including last Sunday’s game against New Orleans. 1.) FS Earl Thomas, Texas, has held down the starting job at FS all season and has contributed 52 total tackles, 5 INTs and 3 tackles in the kicking game. 2.) WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame, has played in six games and missed four because of injury. He has 10 catches for 151 yards and 15 punt returns for an 11.4-yard average. 4.) CB Walter Thurman, Oregon, has played in 8 games, contributing 26 total tackles and 3 on special teams. 4.) DE E.J. Wilson, North Carolina, was released on Monday after playing just two of 10 games and contributing one tackle.

Familiar faces: In the starting lineup for the Seattle defense is DT Junior Siavii, who entered the NFL as the first player taken (second round) by the Chiefs in the 2004 NFL Draft. Siavii joined the Seahawks after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys and has started the last three games and played in all 10, contributing 16 total tackles. On the Seattle practice squad is G Lemuel Jeanpierre, a rookie out of South Carolina who spent training camp and the pre-season with the Chiefs.

One Response to “Opponent: Seattle Seahawks”

  • November 24, 2010  - JB says:


    As a lifelong fan of the NFL and our Chiefs, this kind of team analysis are one of the many reasons I am a satisfied paying customer of the site. I haven’t accessed the home town bird cage liner (the Scar) in months since you launched this site. I don’t always agree but it’s always a great read. PS I still think Cassel is overpaid and under performing but geez I guess this is what $60M gets you in the NFL these days (nice try Kent) But then again I’ll be paying $35 to see Garcia play in the UFL during the lockout next year just to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Further evidence there is no justice and life is hard….

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