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Peter King
September 03, 2007
Front-office moves and good news on the medical front point to better things--possibly even a return to Super Bowl form
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September 03, 2007

1 Seattle Seahawks

Front-office moves and good news on the medical front point to better things--possibly even a return to Super Bowl form

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There's one other twist to making this year's offense better than 2005's. Alexander, who had 27 receptions in his last 26 regular-season games, will have to become a bigger part of the aerial game. "A major point of emphasis on offense this off-season has been throwing the checkdowns to the back," Hasselbeck says. In other words, instead of forcing the ball into small spaces to wideouts, Hasselbeck will dump it off to Alexander. If Alexander can't do the job, don't be surprised to see Holmgren occasionally sub for him on third down, maybe with staff favorite Leonard Weaver, a 242-pounder out of Carson-Newman in 2005 who had an impressive training camp.

"I'm ready to be more active in the passing game," Alexander says. "Let's do it." From his lips to Holmgren's ears.--P.K.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
WITH 2006 STATISTICS
COACH MIKE HOLMGREN (147-93 in NFL), ninth season with Seahawks

OFFENSE

DEION BRANCH
POS WR
REC 53
YARDS 725
TD 4

SHAUN ALEXANDER
POS RB
ATT 252
YARDS 896
AVG 3.6

REC 12
YARDS 48
AVG 4.0
TD 7

MATT HASSELBECK
POS QB
ATT 371
COMP 210
PCT 56.6

YARDS 2,442
TD 18
INT 15
RATING 76.0

MACK STRONG
POS FB
ATT 33
YARDS 149
AVG 4.5

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