The Seattle Seahawks are a team that seems to be on the cusp of greatness, but as with any team, they have problems; however, their problems seem manageable. One of the biggest problems is that pass rushing specialist and first round draft pick last season, Bruce Irvin, has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s policy on illegal drugs. Despite the fact that he never started a game for the Seahawks last year, Irvin still amassed eight sacks and a forced fumble, and it will likely continue for the rest of 2013 at least.
Another pain, this time literately, is Percy Harvin. Harvin was traded from the Minnesota Vikings prior to the NFL Draft for three picks, including a first rounder this year that resulted, ultimately, in Xavier Rhodes. What’s causing the Seahawks great pain is that the fact that Harvin tore his Labrum in his hip, and will not be able to return until at least Thanksgiving; in fact, the team would most likely be better off shutting him down for the year, and having him start over in 2014. Also, having been dealt to the Pacific Northwest, Harvin signed an extremely lucrative six-year, $67 million contract, with $14.5 million of it guaranteed. As a result, it is likely his days of being a return specialist are, indeed, over.
All and all, it shall be interesting if the Seahawks can beat down the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.