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Seahawks’ hopes spring eternal

Chance to forget dismal ’08 season begins today

Danny O’Neil Seattle Times

SEATTLE – There will be a moment today when the disappointment of last year gives way to the untainted promise of this season.

It is a moment that has been more than eight months in the making for the Seahawks. The potential energy of all their offseason preparations becomes kinetic and the 2009 edition of the Seahawks runs out of the tunnel into a sold-out Qwest Field in a city that will be watching expectantly.

Today’s kickoff against the St. Louis Rams is the starting point. No looking back now.

“It’s time for a new year and a new hope,” linebacker Leroy Hill said.

Spring might be the season of renewal, but it’s September that offers the possibility of starting over for a football team. This is the NFL, in which the Miami Dolphins went from 1-15 in 2007 to last season’s playoffs.

Everyone begins the season with hope, even those who wound up on skid row in the standings last year. The Seahawks were 4-12. The Rams were 2-14.

Today’s game won’t be decided by memories.

“You can’t be thinking about last year,” Hill said. “Everybody has a new slate. Everybody’s hopes are high.”

Last year was Seattle’s worst season in 18 years. They signed free agents such as T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Colin Cole, they drafted players such as linebacker Aaron Curry and guard Max Unger – who will start as rookies against the Rams. There are five new starters on defense, three new starters on offense.

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