A few meta-learnings about our new front office:
1) Pete Carroll will not just pick guys he is familiar with
This may seem like a small thing, but remember that both Holmgren and Ruskell had a habit of trading with teams they had a former relationship with, and taking players who they were familiar with. I always found this limiting. It limits risk, but also limits potential reward by narrowing your field of view.
2) The genius of this past weekend shines a new light on the Whitehurst deal
We all felt that too much was surrendered for Whitehurst. It felt like a rookie mistake. I was buoyed by the fact that we didn't get suckered into overpaying for Brandon Marshall, and was further emboldened by the weekend's events. If you step back and look at all the moves the Hawks have made, including letting Deon Grant go, trading Daryll Tapp, etc., it's hard not to see a pattern of competence emerging. And if Whitehurst really is worth what they gave up for him, that trade may end up being the best move of them all.
While I may have been anxiously looking for trade-back opportunities to pick up more draft picks, the Hawks waited...and waited...and waited. And then they nailed a value pick each time. There was no appearance of desperation looking for the pass rushing DE we all know we needed. If felt like this was a multi-year plan, and not just some guys hoping to fix everything on a 5-11 team in three days. Finding a Chuck Darby-like veteran that can play a year for us at DE should not be so hard on the remaining free agent market. If the young player isn't there that we need, don't try to invent him.