Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/20/14
2012 Question Marks

There are questions looming as the Seattle Seahawks are currently preparing themselves for the 2012 season. Most of the answers we won’t even know until Week 1.

New players acquired through the draft will be spending this offseason adjusting to the professional level and proving that they are ready to play. Returning starters will be pushed and pressured by backups who want their share of playing time.

There are questions about the Seahawks in general and how they will compare to the rest of the division in the future.

In part one, we look at Bruce Irvin and the quarterback competition that is anywhere but near the finish line:

Will Bruce Irvin prove himself as a legitimate pass rusher?

Bruce Irvin has been criticized for his small frame and lack of potential ever since he was selected with the 15th overall pick in the draft last month.

Pete Carroll has said that Irvin will spend most of his time on the outside line, giving him more opportunities to use his speed and strength to get to opposing quarterbacks.

Irvin does have experience playing at the outside linebacker position, but his focus will be more towards defensive end, in Seattle that is of course the LEO position.

He’s the new Raheem Brock. He’ll essentially take the snaps Brock used to have we recently heard Pete Carroll say.

One thing. He’s faster, younger and with the right coaching probably a MUCH better player.

The time is now for him to make a name for himself and cause commotion opposite Chris Clemons on defense.

Who will be the starting quarterback?

There have been many rumors regarding the quarterback competition in Seattle, so believe what you want.

It is very possible that Tarvaris Jackson will remain the starter into the 2012 season and play until he needs to be replaced.

There is a very real possibility that former Green Bay backup Matt Flynn received a starter’s salary for a reason.

And wait…what about Russell Wilson? Head coach Pete Carroll has announced that he will be entering the competition as well.  People in the Seattle media are saying a three-man QB competition is crazy. No one can excel with all the reps split up.

I say lets just wait and see how it plays out. Lets the best man win.

What will happen to Josh Portis?

Josh Portis, the third-string quarterback last season, might be seeing his final days in Seattle. With the addition of quarterback Wilson in the draft, Portis has been moved down to fourth on the depth chart.

Bruce Irvin will essentially take the snaps Raheem Brock used to have at the LEO

Many teams in the league are looking for young backups with potential, and Portis has been admired for his strong arm and playmaking ability along with his character off the field.

His experience playing with Pete Carroll has kept him in the hunt – but there is a very real chance that he will not remain on the team or move to the practice squad.

(If another team doesn’t grab him first)

How much playing time will Robert Turbin get?

With running back Marshawn Lynch returning with a fresh contract, and being deemed irreplaceable, it is assumed that he will be getting most of the carries next season.

Robert Turbin could play a pivotal role on earlier downs, as Lynch’s hefty running style compares to that of a third down back like Brandon Jacobs of the San Francisco 49ers.

It would be nice to have someone to take the load off of Lynch, who faced injuries earlier in his NFL career. Turbin could either be a situational player or get many carries as an alternative to Lynch.

He is incredibly fast for his build. I can’t wait to see him on the field on Sunday’s.

The Hulk, and Beastmode.

Will Seattle keep up with the rest of the division?

Read my article on the NFC West after the draft. The three other teams in the division all picked up a considerable amount of talented players with potential through the draft.

The NFC West now has huge potential to shed its reputation as the laughing stock of the league and produce powerhouse teams in the NFC.

The Seahawks must focus on winning the divisional games, as they finished the season only 3-3 without being able to pick up a win against San Francisco.

Stay tuned for part 2 coming eventually…

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1 Comment:
  • Questions for the Hawks version 1.0 I have to disagree that Brandon Jacobs would be a third down back for the 49er's unless it was an extreme short yardage situation. Their second round pick James or Kendall Hunter will be holding down that role.
    As far a Robert Turbin and how he is going to be used this season. I seriously doubt it would be on 1 or 2nd down with Lynch as the third down back? I would imagine that it would be the opposite barring injuries, Lynch typically comes out in longer third down situations for either washington or Forsett and now with Forsett not on the team likely Turbin or L Washington . Lynch compares to Brandon Jacobs as a third down back?? Jacobs isn't a feature back. No comparison.
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