I really don't put a lot of stock in anything Peter King says.
But, putting that aside, I can see how people were drooling over Seattle's draft, especially since they did a fine job this year. But, overall, I don't rank Seattle that high just because they had a good offseason - although they have a lot of new offensive skill players I'm not sold on their O-line holding up and giving Hasselbeck time.
meh. I just read this too. I think King gets swept up by many of the "celebrity personalities" in the league and drools all over them. He is right in the fact that Alex Smith is the x-factor, but i still can't imagine us finishing behind Seattle.
Hasselback is the only QB in the division worth putting any faith into as of right now. I can see how folks would take Seattle b/c this a a qb league first and fore most. Your team will go as far as your qb takes you. If they can protect him he's easily the best qb in the division. Having the best qb masks a lot of problems. See 2nd game against Seattle for evidence. Even the 1st game vs Seattle was tough til Hasselback was broke in half by Willis. I don't understand them beign rated this highly league wide though. That's a King stretch
Quote: 24. Detroit. If the Lions were in the NFC West, they might win it this year. They're making significant progress -- assuming Ndamukong Suh is the genuine item and Kyle Vanden Bosch has something left.
Originally posted by lamontb: Hasselback is the only QB in the division worth putting any faith into as of right now. I can see how folks would take Seattle b/c this a a qb league first and fore most. Your team will go as far as your qb takes you. If they can protect him he's easily the best qb in the division. Having the best qb masks a lot of problems. See 2nd game against Seattle for evidence. Even the 1st game vs Seattle was tough til Hasselback was broke in half by Willis. I don't understand them beign rated this highly league wide though. That's a King stretch
But he has a rookie protecting his blidside. I think Okung will be great, but against Justin Smith on day one? I'll place my bets on Smith.
I really don't understand why Seattle is getting so much respect. Yes Alex Gibbs will be coaching their OL and he's great at putting together a running game. However, in Denver he had some really talented runners. In Atlanta he had a really good runner. In Seattle he has Leon Washington.
So if we have doubts about Alex Smith why not doubts about Washington - a runner coming off a catastrophic injury.
And what about defense? They really don't have a pass-rush, so even if they have a great running game, opposing teams will also be able to maintain long drives. Seattle is getting too much respect IMHO - just way too much. They have more questions than the 49ers yet people seem to be ignoring theirs and emphasizing ours.
I wrote Peter to tell him I thought SF would be the team to beat, not Seattle...I know Carroll's bringing in a winning attitude and they've had a successful off-season, but I feel Singletary's closer to getting over the hump than the 'Hawks. I read a lot of his columns...and he's a very good sportswriter, but is undoubtedly an East Coast homer. If you look at his top 10 list, there's only one West Coast team...the Chargers. He has the Raiders winning only 5 games because in his eyes neither Gradkowski nor Campbell is good enough to win more. I disagree...their defense is good and they simply need some consistent QBing and they can fairly easily be at least an 8-8 team. I make that point only to illustrate what I mean about Peter favoring East Coast teams.
Originally posted by LasVegasWally: He writes such crap. "... impenetrable tackels", Snyder gave up 9 sacks by himself! AT the end of the season we should Email him and SI to remind them of their prediction expertise.
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