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Seattle Seahawks

Offense expects to thrive under new QB Hasselbeck

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Posted: Friday July 20, 2001 12:07 PM

  • 2001 schedule
  • Head coach: Mike Holmgren (third season with Seahawks, 10th season overall, 90-55-0 career)
  • Stadium: Husky Stadium
  • Seahawks all-time record: 182-214-0
  • 2000 rankings: Offense, 19th; Defense, 31st
  • 2000 team statistics
  • 2000 season results
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  • City Page: Seattle, Wash. 

    Seattle opens its training camp at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash., on July 27.

    By Jon A. Dolezar, CNNSI.com

    Mike Holmgren got tired of having a crummy defense. So, he went out and bought a new one. The addition of John Randle, Levon Kirkland, Chad Eaton and Marcus Robertson should get the Seahawks out of the defensive cellar. Not to be forgotten, Seattle's offensive unit also received an infusion, starting with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, drafted by Holmgren during his Green Bay tenure.

    The Seahawks can make the playoffs if Hasselbeck's first season as a starter emulates Brett Favre's first full season. Holmgren coached Favre to a 9-7 record in 1992, when he threw for 3,227 yards, 18 TDs and 13 INTs. If Hasselbeck can duplicate those totals -- which would top Seattle's combined QB numbers of last year (3,198 yards, 21 TDs, 21 INTs, 60.7 percent) -- the Seahawks likely will return to the postseason.

    Pivotal games: Oct. 14 vs. Denver; Dec. 23 at New York Giants. Seattle has five of its first seven games at home, but none are bigger than the Week 6 meeting with the Broncos. The Seahawks' toughest interconference challenge comes in the second last week of the regular season against the defending NFC champs.

    On the hot seat: Guard Frank Beede is penciled in as the starter at left guard, replacing Pete Kendall who left as a free agent. Beede will be asked to replace Kendall's run-blocking ability and also beef up the Seahawks' pass protection. The team finished 23rd with 46 sacks allowed last season.

    Up-and-coming: Second-year wide receiver Darrell Jackson looks to be a star in the making. He had 53 catches for 713 yards and six touchdowns, putting up one of the best rookie years by a wideout under Holmgren since Jerry Rice caught 49 passes for 927 yards and three touchdowns with the 49ers in 1985.

    Sports Illustrated's season preview will post Aug. 29.

  • AFC West Previews: Broncos | Chiefs | Raiders | Chargers | Seahawks

    Seattle Offseason Movement
    Signings  Departures 
    Fabien Bownes, WR  Jay Bellamy, FS 
    Chad Eaton, DT  Sean Dawkins, WR 
    Matt Hasselbeck, QB  Pete Kendall, G 
    Levon Kirkland, LB  Cortez Kennedy, DT 
    Itula Mili, TE  Jon Kitna, QB 
    Chad Overhauser, LT  Derrick Mayes, WR 
    John Randle, DT    
    Marcus Robertson, FS    
    Jeremy Staat, DE    
    Willie Williams, CB    

    Seahawks' 2001 Draft Picks
    Round  Overall Pick  Player  Pos.  School 
    Koren Robinson  WR  North Carolina St. 
    17  Steve Hutchinson  OG  Michigan 
    40  Ken Lucas  CB  Ole Miss 
    82  Heath Evans  FB  Auburn 
    104  Orlando Huff  OLB  Fresno St. 
    127  Curtis Fuller  CB  TCU 
    128  Pork Chop Womack  OG  Mississippi St. 
    140  Alex Bannister  WR  Eastern Kentucky 
    172  Josh Booty  QB  LSU 
    210  Harold Blackmon  CB  Northwestern 
    222  Dennis Norman  OT  Princeton 
    237  Kris Kocurek  DT  Texas Tech  

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