Friday, February 22, 2008

The good and the bad, plus another RB option

A brief flurry of news in Seahawks land has got me smiling and wincing simultaneously. It's not a good look, I must say.

The Hawks signed RT Sean Locklear to a 5-year contract, reported to be worth $32 million. This is great news. Locklear is a solid RT, who is probably our best option to replace Walter Jones when he leaves in a year or two. It would have thrown our line into disarray if we lost him. I don't think he had a fantastic season, but we can't afford to re-shape our entire line and hope to win big next year.

The bad news was the Hawks applying the franchise tag to Marcus Trufant. It wasn't that I disagreed with the move, but we really need a lower cap number for him to allow us to snap up other free agents like Alge Crumpler. I certainly believe the Hawks will sign Tru to a long-term deal. The question becomes, "When?"

Lastly, the Carolina Panthers dumped RB DeShaun Foster in a salary cap move yesterday. Foster is not as good of a fit as Warrick Dunn might be, but he's 28, and has shown flashes of being a premiere runner. He would certainly be an upgrade over Mo Morris.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Let the pilfering continue

As you probably have seen, Alge Crumpler was released by the Falcons today. This is a guy who has not caught less than 42 balls and 5 TDs in any of the last five seasons. Outside of Jerramy Stevens "break-out" year in 2005 (45 rec, 5 TD), those numbers would be the best of any Hawks TE. Considering Stevens' set Seahawks TE records that season, Crumpler could walk in tomorrow and have his worst season, and potentially be the best TE in Hawks history.

More please.

Perhaps more intriguing is the possibility that Warrick Dunn will be released in the future. He might be the perfect near-term solution for our RB situation. He's still one of the best combination of catching and running out of the backfield in the NFL, and he's a consummate pro. Links to Kerney and Mora Jr. can't hurt.

Filling some needs this way will give the team maximum flexibility to pick the best player available in the draft and avoid reaching.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mike Wahle: A cautionary tale

As you have all noticed, I am not exactly burning up the blogosphere with posts here lately. I did, however, see the Mike Wahle release a few days ago and thought to myself, "I should blog about adding him to the Hawks."

Wouldn't I have looked smart now?

In case you missed it, the Hawks signed G Mike Wahle who was recently released by Carolina. Wahle is not the answer to our prayers, but he cannot be worse that what we ran out there at guard last year. The guy was a Pro Bowler in 2005 and 2006. Chris Gray and Rob Sims have a combined ZERO pro bowls. They likely have a combined zero pro bowl considerations as well.

Now if we can just convince Faneca to sign for a lifetime supply of coffee, smoked salmon and Redhook ESB, we'll be set!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Analysis: Zorn to coach Redskins

I was on the fence about posting about the Zorn news, but our #1 commenter, cwu91 brought it up, so what kind of blogger would I be if didn't share my opinion?

As I've mentioned before, I think Zorn should have received more consideration as the Hawks next coach. He's got everything I'm looking for in Holmgren's successor:

  1. Continuity with Hasselbeck (i.e., has his trust, bridge between old and new system)
  2. Leader of men
  3. Creativity
  4. Energy
It's a bonus that he's also a former Seahawk. Ruskell has clearly decided to focus on defense throughout the organization. Considering his consistently poor personnel decisions for offense and the fact that our defense is now better than our offense, we could really use a head coach with some offensive credentials.

This is not to say I'm unhappy with Mora Jr. as our next head coach, but I'm skeptical. With Zorn, I'd be hopeful.

The most surprising part of this story is not Zorn getting a head coaching gig, but that Daniel Synder was smart enough to make the call.

Since I'm here, I might as well also add that I'm concerned what the impact of Mora's announcement will have. I understand the rationale, but how will the coaches behave? The next head coach is Jim Marshall's secondary coach? What's that dynamic like? What if Mora disagrees with a scheme Marshall installs? What about other defensive assistants? Are they going to be looking to Marshall or Mora? You almost need to make your assistant coaching calls this year as well in some cases.

I will close with this prediction:

Ruskell's second greatest blunder (after the Hutch transition tag) will be choosing not to guarantee Zorn a position next year and letting him go to another team

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Congrats to the Giants

Amazing game. I was not shocked, but definitely surprised. I think I was more shocked how they won than that they won. What were the odds that the team driving the length of the field to win the game would be the Giants?

That play where Eli avoided the sack and Tyree made the catch was quite possible the best play I have ever seen in pro sports. Consider the game, the time, the degree of difficulty, the opponent. Unbelievable.

I'm not sure I see a player on the Hawks that makes that play. Maybe Nate. Maybe Deion. I'm not talking about the exact play. I'm talking about making that type of play in that situation. Who is our guy for that? (Not that Tyree was that guy before tonight)

On to the draft.