3. As an outsider, it looks like the Seahawks defense has a chance to develop into something special. What will it take for Seattle to take a big step forward like the 49ers took last season?
KM: Improved QB play. The defense should be among the league’s very best, and we’ve seen how dominant Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle running game can be. But unless the QB play and passing game can take a big step forward, the Seahawks’ win total wont match it’s talent level.
4. What has been the local reaction been like to the aggressive restyling to the Seahawks’ uniforms from Nike?
KM: It’s been mixed, and very polarizing. People either love them or hate them. Those that love them generally like the look and like the tribute to the 12th man that’s built into the design. Those that hate them usually mention that the Seahawk “feather” look like tulips, and how the helmets look like they’ve been run over by a small car. I think the arguments being made by both sides of the debate have merit.
5. What are your expectations for the Seahawks in 2012?
KM: That’s a tougher question than it should be, since the team’s one big question mark is the game’s most important position. Depending on the QB play, the Seahawks could end up finishing anywhere from a mediocre 8 wins, to winning the division and making a run deep into the playoffs. My expectations are somewhere in between those: a wildcard berth into the playoffs with an early exit due to not enough production from the passing game.