Friday, March 19, 2010

He Played Well In Bad Weather?

Pete Carroll and John Schneider did little to soothe fears that the trade for Charlie Whitehurst was a stretch. I counted myself among the more optimistic fans when I heard about the trade, and assumed we'd find out some additional context that made Whitehurst worth losing 20 spots in the 2nd round.

We did get additional context, but instead of some significant insight our front office had into Whitehurst that others did not, we found out that Schneider was impressed how he threw in bad weather during his pro day and that they liked the mobility he demonstrated during his 15 exhibition appearances.

There are now two ways this can go:

1) We find out our front office is superhuman and can predict a QB of the future on minimal information. This would bode well for our scouting in many areas.

2) We find out our front office is amateurish, and is prone to getting fleeced by more experienced NFL teams.

No matter what you think of this deal, all Seahawks fans should pray for #1.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Whitehurst: What's The Connection?

I have been supportive of acquiring our next starting QB via trade or free agency over the draft largely because the position is so hard to project, that any evidence of their ability to play in the NFL can be hugely helpful. My major question with the acquisition of Charlie Whitehurst is "what evidence?" Hasselbeck never played regular season games (outside of possible kneel downs) before we acquired him, but had excelled enough in pre-season to be titled, "Mr. August." Whitehurst has not even been the backup yet, and got third-string snaps in pre-season.

I don't think the new Seahawks front office is stupid (at least not yet), so there has to be more background than we know about. Pete Carroll being in Southern Cal, getting access to Chargers camps, games? John Schneider heavily scouting him a few years back for the Packers?

If the Hawks had given up a future third round pick, I'm not sure anyone would have been too concerned, and might even be excited. Giving up the 40th pick in a strong draft means you better be right. I was almost as excited about that pick as I was about the two first-rounders.

That said, I'm really excited that it appears we will not waste a top 15 pick on a QB. This frees us up to improve the team elsewhere, and we really need it.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tapp Traded...Wake Me When We Get To The Draft

The Seahawks, Tuesday, traded one under-sized defensive end for an even more under-sized defensive end in Chris Clemons. Clemons (240 lbs) makes Nick Reed (245 lbs) look like Goliath. He has had some success rushing the passer, and brings a 4th round pick along with him. I don't see any down side to this deal since Tapp is a guy who will never reach the Pro Bowl. Try-hard, small pass rushers are a dime a dozen.

I like Tapp, and believe he was among the most consistent players on defense last season. I wish him the best, but you won't see me mention him here again.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Knowing Who *Not* To Select

I've been thinking about the upcoming draft a lot lately. I am much more confident about who I want us to avoid than I am about who I want us to choose. Instead of a list of who I'd like us to choose, here is a list of who I don't:

1) Brandon Marshall
Any use of our top three picks to get Brandon Marshall would be a huge downer. Not only is the guy a cancer, but he's 26 and due a ton of money. The Seahawks are not a "Brandon Marshall" away from being a Super Bowl contender, so why would we waste the chance to pick a Top 40 player in a talent-rich draft?

2) Jimmy Clausen
Not only have I read that this guy is a punk, but I ran into a friend who played college football in the Pac-10 who told me the same thing. I would take that risk in the 3rd or 4th round if the player has undeniable talent, but it would be a mistake to risk it at the 6th or 14th pick.

3) Taylor Mays
Mays is in a different class than the first two because I'd love to have him on the team, but not at the #6 pick. Nobody is suggesting that the Seahawks would do that, but given his strong combine and relationship with Carroll, it's not unfathomable.

4) Any WR
Very few WRs drafted in the first round earn that draft position, and the ones that do, rarely do it quickly. I'd rather see us use a 4th rounder on a WR with raw potential that runs reliable routes.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Brandon Marshall, Really??

Brandon Marshall is said to be visiting the Seahawks this weekend. That is horrible news for every Hawks fan. Not only is Marshall a cancer, that would add challenges to an already sensitive receiving corps (Housh), but it would cost the Hawks some amount of draft picks. The default compensation would be our #6 pick in the draft!

If we surrendered a first round pick for a person like Marshall, it would be a move comparable to letting Hutch walk. That's certainly not the way to start your new era Mr. Carroll.

I should point out that being opposed to signing a cancer, does not mean I only want us signing choir boys. There is a big difference between limiting yourself to squeaky clean nice guys and going after a guy who has proven to be trouble in the locker room and off-the-field.

Let's not over-compensate for our good-guy image folks. Say "no" to Brandon Marshall.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Please God, No More Jones

I see Thomas Jones is going to be released by the Jets, and Pete Carroll continues to sing the praises of Julius Jones. If there is one thing I am certain of with the Seahawks, it's that Julius Jones will never be the answer at running back. There are exactly zero situations where I'd prefer him to be on the field over Forsett, and that doesn't even count the stud I hope we draft this year.

My other soapbox issue is free agent running backs. Stay away! Sproles looks tempting at 26, but don't do it! Running backs are not hard to find, and we should not be paying a premium for a position where the best years are generally the first five.

Why we might trade down

I've been fretting for some time about the effect Alex Gibbs might have on our interest in taking a top-flight tackle in the first round. This is an unusually strong tackle draft, and we are in a unique position to get one of the best available. Alex Gibbs does not draft tackles, and almost never has done so in the first round. Nightmares of drafting undersized defensive tackles in the name of a "tampa 2" defense flash before my eyes.

Then, today, I started to wonder if that becomes a real advantage for us, and not just on the field. If we don't value the prototypical tackle as much as the other NFL teams, that would seem to create an opportunity to fleece someone who wants to move up and secure one. Maybe we can get another first round pick this year or next, or add a third rounder back. Make no mistake about it, the Seahawks need quantity AND quality, and this appears to be a draft to get it.