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Morning links: Put your GM hat on

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 15, 2008 at 8:11 am with 22 Comments »
November 15, 2008 8:11 am


Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald addresses some interesting points in his story discussing the makeup of Seattle’s roster heading into this season. Johnson reports that 36 of the 53 players on this year’s roster are different from the team’s Super Bowl season in 2005.


Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian also weighs in on the Seahawks future here.


Johnson points to several roster decisions the team made over the last three years that seem to have backfired.



They include the departure of left guard Steve Hutchinson through free agency after the Super Bowl season in 2005; signing Seneca Wallace to a 4-year, $6.3 million contract last year as the potential quarterback of the future; not drafting a receiver in the 2008 draft to help bolster a depleted receiving corps; and giving up a first round draft choice in a trade for Deion Branch, who has had trouble staying healthy.


Obviously there’s been a lot of talk on the blog about the job team president Tim Ruskell has done in building this team. Ruskell supporters believe he put the pieces in place, particularly on defense, to help Seattle get to the Super Bowl in 2005. While Ruskell detractors point to the Hutchinson episode and the Branch signing as moves that ultimately played a role in the disappointing record of the Seahawks this season.


Instead of looking back and dissecting the team’s triumphs or failures, I think it’s more interesting to look forward. The Seahawks should have some flexibility under the salary cap next season to sign free agents. But they will have to choose among their own players who they want to bring back, including Leroy Hill, Bobby Engram, Rocky Bernard, Leonard Weaver and Koren Robinson.


What should Seattle’s management do with the team? Are the Seahawks still a couple players away from competing again for another NFC West title and making a deep playoff run, or should this team be blown up and rebuilt for another run three to five years down the line? Let us know in the comments section.




Seattle Seahawks


Owen Schmitt will likely get the start at fullback on Sunday. Frank Hughes talks to Schmitt about his first season in the NFL.


Wide receiver Courtney Taylor looks to prove that he can play again.


Gregg Bell of the Associated Press reports Matt Hasselbeck and Deion Branch are ready to go.


KJR’s Mitch Levy talks to wide receiver Bobby Engram about Sunday’s game against the Cardinals in this audio link.


And KJR’s Dave "Softy" Mahler and Hugh Millen interview Cardinals’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt in this audio link.


San Francisco 49ers


Isaac Bruce tells John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle that he will not be emotional playing against his former team the Rams.


More Crumpacker: Running back Frank Gore is ready to play.


San Francisco safety Mark Roman is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams. If he can’t go Keith Lewis will start, according to Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News.


San Francisco tackle Jonas Jennings returned to practice this week after dislocating his shoulder in Week 2, but the 49ers will work him back slowly, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.


Arizona Cardinals


Kurt Warner is on the path to the Hall of Fame, writes CBS Sports Pete Prisco.


Anquan Boldin talks about the Cardinals season and his contract situation with members of the NFL Network.


Boldin continues to play well since his return from injury, Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune reports.


The Cardinals will continue to do what they do best – throw the ball, reports Kent Somers of the Arziona Republic.


Arizona Safety Antrel Rolle has four interceptions returned for touchdowns — and to more called back — in the last year and a half. He leads a Cardinals defense that thrives on big plays.


St. Louis Rams


Jim Haslett defends his decision to continue to start quarterback Marc Bulger.


The Rams expect more from running back Antonio Pittman, Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports …


… because Stephen Jackson will be out again this week.

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  1. Eric,

    Did you mean: “Morning links: Put your GM hat on”?

  2. BORNHAWK says:

    I think thats what he said.

  3. I think we need to resign Leroy Hill, Leonard Weaver and Koren Robinson. Its time for Bobby Engram to retire after this season, and Rocky Bernard has never taken the next step beyond journeyman.

    Add another WR, CB, and a big bad DT to this team and get everyone healthy at the same time, and they will compete with anyone next year.

    Ruskell has had some hits and misses, but injuries are what sunk this team in 2008, not the GM.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    I’ll keep it brief; No need to blow it up. The foundation is here for a deep playoff run. However, there are some glaring holes particularly on the O line. Must get younger (Walt)/ must get better. Secondary; Russell must be replaced and they have got to find an answer opposite Tru. Depth at D line. Mebane and Bryant are future in middle. Kerney is now fragile / older. Jackson the answer?

    In the short term those are biggest concerns, looking farther ahead; Running Back, Quarterback, but again, the foundation is here.

  5. SharkHawk says:

    I think when Ruskell puts his GM hat on it is actually a dunce cap unfortunately. Maybe somebody should just buy him a new GM hat.

  6. nidhighe says:

    Tim Ruskell needs to be replaced. Other than drafting Tatupu and Hill in 2005 and adding a few one year free agents that same year, what has he done since then?

  7. luckman15 says:

    They need a WR or two, a new shutdown corner opposite Trufant would be nice and a new SS at some point. Possibly another o-lineman? This team definitely doesn’t need a rebuild. Everyone that doesn’t win it all is rebuilding and this is the parody-full NFL. The Hawks are really in good shape.

    BUT, This is what I would do: Not let Holmgren leave to build up a division rival. What is Ruskell doing with this team? You can’t deny the fact that Holmgren can be a GM and that he made good moves overall in his time as GM-coach. So many of the moves that Holmgren made resulted in them getting to the Super Bowl (and they should’ve had a fair game there). Trading for Hasselbeck. Hutchinson would never have left if Ruskell hadn’t completely screwed that up. Traded Galloway essentially for an MVP in Alexander Holmgren deserves to get whatever he wants and I would be so disappointed as a massive fan to see him not get it from the Hawks. He should absolutely be our GM after his sabbatical. Whatever Paul Allen needs to do, it must be done.

    I just can’t believe this organization would be that stupid to let Holmgren leave to be GM of a division rival when he’s proven himself before in the role here, also while trying to balance being a coach! I know that Holmgren started in SF but doesn’t he have at least the same amount of loyalty and allegiance to the Seahawks now after spending 10 years here? He has to. You know he would love to see his ‘Hawks get a Super Bowl or multiple Super Bowls. I’m sure he wants that for the city too. I just don’t see why Holmgren would take a year off and then go to SF, especially if soon enough, the GM position here were to open up again. Holmgren would in essence be Papa Seahawk for a long time to come. He could fly up from SF for games if he wanted to live there for what, the weather? The issue isn’t even much about Ruskell. It would make me sick to let Holm walk out the door when he’s done so much good for this franchise and would go try to do it for SF, a division rival. Like SF wouldn’t be back in a big way within years with us in their current floundering position? I don’t want to see that.

    What do you think? I can’t imagine anyone doesn’t agree? When the time is right, I think Ruskell should go. Holmgren still has work to do. I think he wants to do it too.

  8. fountaindale says:

    The Seahawks are a pass first offense with the top 2 QBs and top 4 or 5 receivers limited by significant injuries… how do you analyze who that team would have been. Add to that season long injuries to Tatupu and Kearney who have a bigger effect an a game than other players. If the Hawks had Hasselbeck and his top receivers we would be 4 and 5 at the worst. With the exception of the Pats, few teams have had a better run than the Seahawks for the last 5 years. That being said, the Seahawks have drafted 26, 26, 31, 55, and 28 (including Branch which turned out to be a bust). It’s tough to draft that low and stay on top. I think a big commitment to rebuilding the offensive line is the highest priority.

  9. luckman15 says:

    Aaron Fentress, you don’t know what you’re talkin’ about.

  10. fountaindale says:

    Come on folks… the Hawks have the third best record in the NFL over the last five years. If Ruskell sucked half as much as you say…

  11. fountaindale says:

    Just curious… who is Aaron Fentress?

  12. yankinta says:

    This is why I say shut down Matt for the year. Let’s see what Branch can give us, meaning put him on a try-out for the rest of the year. If we don’t like it, then release him after the season is over.

    But most importantly, gave us a 2-14 record. Give us close and exciting games but be sure to lose it. We need fresh talents from the Draft.

    This will be Tim Ruskell’s last Draft, if he doesn’t perform.

    We need, Shut Down CB, WR with 6 feet or higher, DT who will demand double teams and a decent Saftey. Do that and we have chance in 2009.

    Don’t tell me Rookies cannot make impacts. Look around the NFL rookies are making huge impacts.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    luckman15, That article was in yesterday’s Oregonian. He has no clue when it comes to the Seahawks. I’ve left him several messages this season correcting him on his injury report, siting wrong games to illustrate his points and, like yesterday, saying that Lofa is their best young player on D this year. (LeRoy Hill anyone) He’s totally lost when it comes to football.

  14. CowboysP says:

    The Seahawks have much more talent than is currently showing. The Seahawks “lame duck” coaching staff has been the real problem. Once Mora is able to implement his defense, and get a new offensive coordinator (and maybe a new offense), the Seahawks players talent will show.

    The only real question is Hasselbeck. He will soon be 34, has a bad back, and was not Tom Brady to start with. It might be time for the Hawks to go get a QB?

  15. I’d better wait and respond to this one when I’ve got plenty of time on my hands.

  16. As far as I am concerned, if LeRoy Hill wants the big money then he can walk. He isn’t worth it. He’s a good, but not great OLB that is a liability in pass coverage. When I watch LeRoy Hill play, he reminds me a lot of Anthony Simmons – another fast, athletic, overrated linebacker. Perhaps in a different defensive scheme, with a different d-coordinator, some different coaching, maybe he can be this amazing LB that everyone seems to think he is. But I haven’t seen enough from him this season to warrant some massive payday in ’09. If he walks because some other team out there gave him the keys to the vault, then so be it.

    Holmgren was an ok GM. Far from great. I understand he brought Hasselbeck here, a guy who he had drafted in Green Bay and had already invested time into evaluating and grooming. After that, it’s Alexander and Hutchinson, and that is about the extent of Holmgren’s success as the Seahawks GM. What might have been if Koren Robinson had actually been as mature, and grounded as he is today when Holmgren drafted him.

    What I really didn’t like about the Holmgren/Ted Thompson days was that they made so many bad decisions on defensive players – both through the draft and free agency. Holmgren admittedly stated years later that he made a mistake with his approach to building the team, and that he short-changed the defense by depending on free agency to find his quality starters, and using the draft to supplement depth.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    BobbyK, save it, he is hopeless.

  18. Aaron Fentress is an idiot. you cant make bold predictions like that on next year. we have a pretty solid nucleus. there’s a lot of holes to fill for sure, but to predict we’ll be lucky to win 7 next year is rediculous.

    i’ve come to learn that most of these so called NFL experts don’t know their ass from a whole in the ground. How many predicted Tennessee? How may picked dallas? how many figred NYG superbowl was basically just a one shot run?

  19. Holmy took Larmar King with his first pick.

  20. I’d say our best, young defensive player is Mebane. He’s a beast.

  21. Matt might improve with another coach. But, he’ll definitely need to get something like an inversion table to get his back in shape and keep it there. Otherwise, back trouble will bring an end to his career before age does.

    And, it would be fun to have them make the miracle comeback run.

    Go Hawks!

  22. Hill & Weaver should definitely come back. Engram also IF IF IF IF he isn’t physically done for. KR would be a nice 4th wr IF HE SIGNS CHEAP.Bernard also only if HE SIGNS CHEAP.

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