From 2003 through 2007, the Seahawks ruled the roost in the West, earning five consecutive playoff berths including four division titles and a Super Bowl appearance in 2005. The main cogs of those teams were RB Shaun Alexander, LT Walter Jones and QB Matt Hasselbeck. Alexander was gone following the ’07 season. Jones _ a future Hall of Famer _ retired this offseason. And the gritty Hasselbeck, underrated nationally, is much closer to the end than the beginning of his career. (He turns 35 in September.)

Little wonder then, that the Seahawks have lost 23 of 32 games over the past two seasons, with four of those nine victories coming over the woebegone Rams. Enter Pete Carroll, who after a highly successful, sometimes controversial stint at USC must now prove he’s more than just a middle-of-the pack NFL coach. It won’t be easy, at least initially. You look at the Seattle roster, and not unlike the Rams, there just aren’t many difference makers. Rookie wide receiver/return man Golden Tate, passed up by the Rams in the 2010 draft, could be one.

But it’s hard to get excited about a running back trio of Justin Forsett, Julius Jones, and Leon Washington _ unless Washington shows he’s fully recovered from his broken leg last season with the Jets. Russell Okung, drafted No. 6 overall (as was Jones in 1997), moves in at left tackle. On defense, after years of having one of the NFC’s top pass-rushing units, the Seahawks have totally revamped the end position.

SEAHAWKS OFFSEASON SCORECARD

 

Key veterans added:

LG Ben Hamilton, UFA Denver (starter)

RB Leon Washington, trade New York Jets (explosive runner)

QB Charlie Whitehurst, trade Chargers (backup)

WR Mike Williams, UFA (competing for starting spot)

DE/LB Chris Clemons, trade Philadelphia (starting right end)

TE Chris Baker, UFA New England (No. 2 tight end)

 

Key losses:

WR Nate Burleson, UFA Detroit (starting WR)

DE Cory Redding, UFA Baltimore (starting DE)

DE Darryl Tapp, Trade Philadelphia (backup DE)

LG Rob Sims, trade Detroit (starter)

DE Patrick Kerney, retired (starter)

S Deon Grant, released, subsequently signed with Giants (starter)

 

Impact draft picks:

LT Russell Okung, first round (expected to start)

FS Earl Thomas, first round (expected to start)

WR Golden Tate, second round (slot receiver)

TE Anthony McCoy, sixth round (competing for playing time)

S Kam Chancellor, fifth round (special teams/competing for playing time)

 

Seahawks Training Camp

Seahawks headquarters: Virginia Mason Athletic Center

Renton, Wash.

Rookies report July 29

Veterans report July 30

First practice July 31