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.