Finding good in a bad season.

Now that Seattle Head Coach Mike Holmgren will be freed up to concentrate on the Xs and Os we take a quick look back at some of the positives the coach can build upon.


Team MVP: Matt Hasselbeck.   After a lackluster start in Oakland and a mediocre performance in the Dallas game, Hasselbeck regained his confidence and blossomed into the field general that everyone thought he could become. Hasselbeck finished the season second in the NFC in quarterback rating (87.7) and set a team record for passing yards in a game (449 vs. the Chargers in San Diego). Hasselbeck finished the season with 3,075 passing yards and 15 touchdowns.

Best Offensive Player: RB Shaun Alexander, WR Koren Robinson and Matt Hasselbeck all had great seasons, but the best offensive player is tack Walter Jones. After a contract dispute that resulted in missing training camp and the first two games of the season, Jones stepped in the same week he reported and never looked back. At seasons end Jones was named to his third Pro Bowl in four years.

 Best Defensive Player: Strong Safety Reggie Tongue. The seven-year Safety from Oregon State led the team in tackles (93) and interceptions (5). Other positives include Chad Eaton 73 tackles, the play of Anthony Simmons and John Randle.

  Best Special Teams Player: Punter Jeff Feagles. Feagles punts kept teams bottled inside the 20-yard line and compensated for a poor punt coverage team. Half of Feagles 61 punts were either downed inside the 20 or went out of bounds.

 Most improved Player:  Koren Robinson (hey we can't give Matt Hasselbeck all the props) after a disappointing rookie season, Robinson rebounded with 78 receptions and 1,240 receiving yards.

 Best Play of the Season: Bob Whitsitt announcing the team will hire a General Manager so that Mike Holmgren can spend more time concentrating on the X's and O's. Give credit to Mike Holmgren for realizing a good thing. This team is young and on the verge of greatness. If he can lead the team to the Promised Land, will anyone care what his other title is besides coach and hero Top Stories