2004 Seattle Seahawks Season Preview

<b>Head Coach: </b> Mike Holmgren (116-76) <br><br><b>Last Season's Record: </b> 10-6, 2nd NFC West <br><br><b>Last Play Off Appearance: </b> 2003 <br><br><b>Key matchup(s): </b> @ New Orleans (September 12th); St. Louis (October 10th); @ San Francisco (November 7th); Dallas (December 6th); @ Minnesota (December 12th)

09/12/04 @New Orleans
09/19/04 @Tampa Bay
09/26/04 San Francisco
10/10/04 St. Louis 
10/17/04 @New England
10/24/04 @Arizona 
10/31/04 Carolina
11/07/04 @San Francisco
11/14/04 @St. Louis 
11/21/04 Miami
11/28/04 Buffalo
12/06/04 Dallas
12/12/04 @Minnesota 
12/19/04 @NY Jets 
12/26/04 Arizona
01/02/05 Atlanta
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks could be on the way to win it all, if they can stay consistent and healthy. 
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Star Power: Matt Hasselbeck (QB, 6th year, 6'4", 225 lbs); Shaun Alexander (RB, 5th year, 5'11", 225 lbs); Darrell Jackson (WR, 5th year, 6'0", 200 lbs); Steve Hutchinson (OG, 4th year, 6'5", 313 lbs); Walter Jones (OT, 8th year, 6'5", 310 lbs); Anthony Simmons (OLB, 7th year, 6'1", 240 lbs); Marcus Trufant (CB, 2nd year, 5'11", 200 lbs); Ken Hamlin (S, 2nd year, 6'0", 205 lbs)

Notable Additions: Grant Wistrom (DE, 7th year, 6'4",272 lbs, signed from St. Louis); Bobby Taylor (CB, 10th year, 6'3", 216, signed from Philadelphia)

Notable Subtractions: Reggie Tongue (S, signed with New York Jets); Shawn Springs (CB, signed with Washington); Norman Hand (DT, signed with New York Giants)

Notable Returnees: Chris Terry (OT, 6th year, 6'5", 300 lbs); Cedric Woodard (DT, 5th year, 6'2", 310 lbs); Ken Lucas (CB, 4th, 6'0", 205 lbs); Koren Robinson (WR, 4th year, 6'1", 205 lbs); Chad Brown (OLB, 12th year, 6'2", 245 lbs); Mac Strong (FB, 12th year, 6'0", 245 lbs)

Offensive Overview: The offense that Holmgren employs is dynamic and dangerous. Their strength lies in the number of playmakers they have on offense. If a defense takes one aspect away, Holmgren has the players to go to a different style. Holmgren believes that it is easier to complete a pass for five yards than it is to run for five yards. He passes about 60% of the time and mixes in quick hitting runs by Alexander and backup RB Maurice Morris. Their weakness lies in the hands of the offensive line. If the line doesn't do its job, the entire offense collapses behind it. Jones is conducting his annual (third season in a row) holdout after being named the team's franchise player and Terry is nursing a sore shoulder. C Robbie Tobeck has been nicked up in camp but he is solid in the pivot. The Hawks are hopeful that OG Floyd "Porkchop" Womack will be ready to take over for "Greybeard" Chris Gray and solidify the RG position. If they can gel like they have before this offense could be very scary.

Defensive Overview: The weakness of the defense is that the front four are an unknown quantity. First-round draft choice Marcus Tubbs is being counted on to solidify the middle and that is asking a lot from a rookie. Woodard along with DTs Rashad Moore and Rocky Bernard return and have talent but it remains to be seen whether they can get the job done on a weekly basis. Not wanting to be left out the Linebackers are a question mark as well. Brown is out for the first four game with a broken leg and behind him are unproven backups. Simmons is a playmaker but the middle spot is still unsettled. The secondary is the strength. Trufant is becoming a shut-down corner and Lucas has had an excellent offseason. Trufant and Lucas along with Taylor as the third corner form one of the best trios in the league.

Special Teams Overview: Second-year K Josh Brown is looking to build on a solid rookie season. His kicks need to be deeper and he still needs to work on his accuracy after hitting only 73 percent of his field goal attempts. P Tom Rouen is a consistent pooch and directional punter. Engram and Morris are the leading returners and while Engram is consistent, Morris has the big-play potential that Holmgren is looking for. Backup WR Alex Bannister went to the Pro Bowl last season for his work on special teams.

The Seahawks will finish (12-4) and play in the Super Bowl if Hasselbeck continues to mature as a leader, the receivers catch everything that comes their way and the defensive middle plays up to its talent level.

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