An Opposing Scout's View: Enemy Lines
Matt Hasselbeck isn't a quarterback who could succeed in any system, but he's a good fit for the West Coast offense. He's at his best when they run play-action because he knows how to dink and dunk, and he's got a knack for finding holes in zone coverage.... There's always been a toughness issue with Shaun Alexander. He dances a little too much. There's not always going to be a hole, and sometimes he'd be better off just slamming it in there and gaining three or four yards. Plus, if he wants to be paid like the best back in the league, he needs to do a better job of blocking and catching the ball.... They're going to miss Koren Robinson's athleticism at wide receiver. Bobby Engram was a reliable No. 3 because he knew how to operate in the slot, but he's not a starter.... They brought in a lot of new faces on defense, which tells you how bad they were.... The guy I really like in their secondary is Marcus Trufant. He has good size, smooth hips and can run with just about anybody in the league. He just needs to become more consistent.... I don't know how much better they'll be at linebacker. Jamie Sharper gives them a veteran presence with some versatility, but he's an above-average player at best.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2004 statistics
2004 RECORD: 9--7
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total): OFFENSE 8/13/8 DEFENSE 23/23/26
COACH: Mike Holmgren; seventh season with Seattle (125--83 in NFL)