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STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
The Seahawks' 2010 season was highlighted by Marshawn Lynch's improbable, electrifying, eight-tackles-breaking, 67-yard playoff run that literally made the earth move. Other than that lasting memory, there wasn't much to remember.
Seattle became the first NFL team to win a division with a losing record (7-9) thanks to last year's NFC West being perhaps the worst division in North American team sports history. That the Seahawks even won seven games was an achievement in itself. Seattle suffered from offensive line problems all season, a unimaginative offense and a lack of playmakers.
To transform his second season into something better than his smoke-and-mirrors first season in Seattle, coach Pete Carroll hired former Minnesota offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to invigorate the offense and former Raiders head coach Tom Cable to mold the offensive line into his snarling image as its new position coach. Carroll then drafted offensive line reinforcements James Carpenter (first round) and John Moffitt (third round) and signed free-agent left guard Robert Gallery.
The biggest move, though, came at quarterback where Carroll apparently decided neither of his signal-callers were good enough to lead the team in 2011. The Seahawks dumped long-time quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who fled to Tennessee, and benched his heir apparent, Charlie Whitehurst, who was acquired at great cost and geat fanfare just one year ago, to sign Tarvaris Jackson from Minnesota. Jackson has excellent running ability but doesn't offer much of an upgrade over Whitehurst, though