The Seattle Seahawks have a deep, talented team, and they have the tools to make a serious run at the Super Bowl. Still, health will be an ongoing concern throughout the season. Percy Harvin has already been lost for a number of months, and other players have lingering injuries that may drag into the season.
Tony McDaniel is a player that could play a key role for the Seahawks. The ‘Hawks are built on a fast, athletic defense. That said, the ability of the secondary to control the wide-open spaces will start with the defensive line’s ability to maintain control of the line of scrimmage.
McDaniel is a huge body (6-foot-7, 305 pounds) and he is a player that has the ability to anchor a talented defensive line. There are some youngsters such as Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams who may eventually be the future of this defense. Right now, the Seahawks could benefit from the veteran presence of McDaniel.
Granted, McDaniel may have an NFL body, but he has struggled to stay healthy during his career. In seven NFL season, McDaniel has only played in 16 games one time (2009). Out of 112 possible games, McDaniel has played in 79. The last four seasons with the Miami Dolphins have seen a slow decline of 16, 15, 12 and 11 games played.
If that progression were to continue, McDaniel would theoretically play in 7-to-9 games this season. Not good. This scenario would not be ideal for the Seahawks, though there is depth to compensate for McDaniel if he is not able to stay healthy.
For the Seahawks to succeed, they need a cohesive defense throughout the year. If McDaniel were to get hurt at some point, it would not necessarily doom the defense. However, the ‘Hawks would prefer that the big man stay in the lineup. Winning the Super Bowl this year will be about staying focused and remaining healthy. Here’s hoping that McDaniel plays like it is 2009.