When the Seattle Seahawks hired former USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll as the head coach and executive vice president of football operations, they had no idea how quickly he could turn this team around.
Granted the Seahawks have yet to play a game under the new regime, but one thing is certain. The players that Carroll and John Schneider have brought in to resurrect this program, along with the players already on the roster, will make for an explosive football team.
Especially on offense where the Seahawks faltered last season ranking 25th in the league in points scored per game (17) and 26th in the league in rushing yards per game (97).
Since arriving in Seattle, Carroll has preached over and over the importance of competition at every single position which will bring out the best in each individual player.
Carroll, along with general manager John Schneider, has stuck with their plan and has brought 48 new players into the Seahawks program. Seattle used trades, free agency, and the draft (including undrafted free agent signings) to reshape and retool this team.
Some of the more notable names brought in were quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, running backs LenDale White and Leon Washington, wide receivers Golden Tate, Mike Williams, and Reggie Williams, offensive tackle Russell Okung, offensive guard Ben Hamilton, defensive ends Chris Clemons and Ricky Foley, and safety Earl Thomas.
Looking at the depth chart on offense, the Seahawks have loaded up with explosive players at running back and wide receiver. Seattle has also greatly improved the offensive line and secured the future starting quarterback all in the same offseason.
As it stands right now, here is how the offense shapes up:
Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie Whitehurst, Mike Teel, Mike Riley (4)
Leon Washington, LenDale White, Julius Jones, Justin Forsett, Quinton Ganther, Louis Rankin, Ryan Powdrell (FB) (7)
TJ Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch, Deon Butler, Golden Tate, Mike Hass, Ben Obomanu, Patrick Carter, Mike Williams, Reggie Williams, Michael Jones, Jameson Konz, Ruvell Martin, Sean Morey (13)
John Carlson, Chris Baker, Anthony McCoy, Cameron Morrah, Jason Pociask, Patrick Devenny (6)
Russell Okung, Sean Locklear, Ray Willis, Jacob Phillips (4)
Ben Hamilton, Max Unger, Mansfield Wrotto, Mike Gibson, Mitch Erickson (5)
Chris Spencer, Steve Vallos, Adrian Martinez, Jeff Byers (4)
So, as you can tell, Carroll still has that college mentality inside of him and he's using it to the fullest value here in the NFL.
Now most of these players will be released before the 53-man roster cut, but for those who will stay, there's going to be an explosive offense in Seattle while Carroll is the head coach.
If you look closely at the players that Carroll has brought into the Seahawks offense it is reminiscent of his offense at USC.
The combination of Washington-White replicates the Bush-White tandem he had while he was at USC. Carroll also has the benefit of a veteran quarterback that can organize all the explosive players Seattle has and create a high-flying offense, something Seattle hasn't had since 2007.
When the Seahawks offense is clicking to the fullest extent the entire team does better. When the offense is lackluster, like it has been over the past two years, the entire team bows out.
So Carroll has done the smart thing with the Seahawks roster, and especially the offense with an assortment of playmakers that can bring back the offense that Seahawks fans and the NFL have come to know.
Hasselbeck has the opportunity under Carroll to hit the refresh button on his career and bring back that winning attitude that used to be the Seattle Seahawks.
With a rebuilt offensive line, a true rushing attack, and an assortment of talented receiving options, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is getting on last shot to bring the city of Seattle the Super Bowl trophy it has long since deserved.