Former NFL scout weighs in on Seahawks’ moves

Jul 28, 2011, 5:57 PM | Updated: 6:02 pm

By Jacob Thorpe
Special to

In his career as a scout in the NFC West, Dave Razzano worked for every team in the division except Seattle. But that doesn’t mean that he isn’t familiar with the Seahawks, or that he doesn’t have some strong opinions about the team.

Razzano joined the Kevin Calabro Show on Thursday to talk about the Seahawks recent free-agent additions, as well as what holes still need to be filled.

The former scout believes that Tarvaris Jackson will win the quarterback battle with Charlie Whitehurst, due in no small part to his relationship with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who coached Jackson in Minnesota.

“I’m not a big fan of his,” Razzano admitted. “But he brings an element of excitement, especially in bringing in Sidney Rice to team with Mike Williams. Those [two] are probably the biggest wideout tandem in the league; those guys are giants.”

He added that Jackson is physically much more impressive than Whitehurst, which could contribute to him winning the starting position.

Razzano also gave his thoughts on what work the Seahawks have left to do, specifically on defense.

“When I look at the Seahawks right now, their defense really lacks talent,” Razzano said. “That’s why the NFC West is so much up for grabs, because all the teams are pretty much middle-of-the-pack to mediocre on the defensive side, especially the Seahawks.

While many expect the Seahawks to try and sign a pass-rushing defensive end, Razzano thinks they need help just about everywhere. He cited a pass-rushing defensive end, linebackers and a cornerback as positions the Seahawks should be on the market for. He also said that linebacker and former No. 4 draft pick Aaron Curry’s lack of development has been a big problem for the Seahawks.

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