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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



January 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

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Seahawks offseason off to slow start

So what did I miss the past two weeks?

For the Seahawks, not much. And that's remarkable.

For the first time since 2001, Seattle was not either a) in the playoffs, or b) making a significant front-office move.

Seriously, go back, look it up. After the 2002 season, Mike Holmgren got defrocked of GM responsibilities. In 2003 through 2007, the Seahawks were in the postseason. After 2008, the Seahawks completed the world's most ham-handed head-coaching transition from Holmgren to Jim Mora and after the following season, Pete Carroll was brought in as the Seahawks' effectively hit the reset button.

This has been a most uneventful offseason so far. That's good, and I'm not just saying that because this post marks the end of a two-week moratorium here on the blog. It's good for the Seahawks in terms of continuity. The franchise has had four different offensive coordinators the past four seasons.

There are no indications that Tom Cable, the team's offensive-line coach and associate head coach, is headed elsewhere. Seattle lost assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus, who went to his alma mater at Illinois. Assistant special teams coach Jeff Ulbrich took a spot on Jim Mora's coaching staff at UCLA.

Those are minor changes, though. Nothing like the systemic overhaul that has occurred the past few years for a team that has had four different offensive coordinators and four different offensive-line coaches over the past four years.

This afternoon's post announces the return of the blog for business, and we'll start tomorrow morning with an analysis of what the past two weeks of playoff results have to say about the feasibility of the run-first approach Seattle truly embodied the second half of this season.



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