Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/13/13
The Seattle Seahawks special teams play in 2012 was good, and now they're looking to be great in 2013. With a strong unit already in place, they might be even better going forward, writes Clare Farnsworth of the team's official website. The first order of business this offseason was to replace the departed Leon Washington, who was released when the team acquired receiver Percy Harvin. Releasing the 2012 Pro Bowler was a headscratcher to many, but the stats didn't lie. Washington had an 8.7-yard average with a long of 52 yards last season, but when looking at receiver Golden Tate's 2010 rookie season, where he averaged 12.6 yards on 16 punt returns with a long of 62 yards, it's not hard to tell what their thought process was. While the unit enjoyed success in 2012, the team wants to see more consistency, something they had plenty of last year. “We were very consistent last season,” special teams coordinator Brian Schneider. “Very consistent. We had big plays, but the thing that jumped out at me was the consistency.” Farnsworth writes: ' It was reflected on the special-teams board which hangs in the hallway that connects the locker room to the training room at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Schneider grades his team in 12 categories following each game. Achieve the goal and a Seahawks logo is placed in the box. Last season, in the Week 2 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the Seahawks posted the first “12” that Schneider or Farwell had ever seen. Even more impressive: the low “score” was a 6, while they also posted an 11 twice and averaged an 8.5. '
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