Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Where the Seahawks must improve
By Mike Sando
Seeing the Seahawks listed with the Bucs, Lions, Bills and Chiefs for having zero players among the leaders in Pro Bowl balloting affirmed the decline we have seen on the field.
The time is coming for the organization to acknowledge that the talent deficiencies aren't mostly a product of injuries.
Kevin Calabro of 710ESPN Seattle asked Tuesday where the team needs to begin its upgrade.
I pointed directly to the offensive line (answer begins 21 minutes into this audio file).
The Seahawks also need to think about finding their next quarterback. But fixing the offensive line is the surest way to restore a quarterback, develop a running game and take pressure off a defense.
Left tackle Walter Jones is either finished or nearing the end. It's time to draft the next long-term starter in that spot. It's time to decide whether to re-sign Chris Spencer at center. It's time to consider adding a veteran free agent with more staying power than the now-retired Mike Wahle. It's time to treat the offensive line the way management treated the receiver position last offseason: as priority No. 1.
Earlier: NFC West draft watch focusing on the big guys up front.