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Morning links: Weaver misunderstood in Philly

Post by Eric Williams on March 28, 2009 at 9:29 am with 19 Comments »
March 28, 2009 9:29 am

Ex-Seattle Seahawks fullback Leonard Weaver is learning the hard way in how to deal with the Philadelphia media. Weaver said during an interview with the Philadelphia media that the Eagles were his second choice and he would have preferred to stay in Seattle.

He’s been pretty consistent about saying that, so it’s not a big deal, right? Wrong.

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford took Weaver to task for his comments. Here’s an except.

Having to accept a paltry $1.75 million is just a terrible insult, a fallback position that no one — even someone who makes up verbs that don’t agree with impersonal pronouns — should not have to bear. Oh, the humanity. TO HAVE TO PLAY IN PHILADELPHIA FOR A TEAM THAT MADE THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP AND LEAVE THE STINKING SEAHAWKS. It is too much to take.

Weaver, of course, was on the defensive afterward, trying to clarify his statements. In his comments he also refers to himself in the third person as Weave.

Look, I like Weaver a lot and think he’s a good guy and all, but less might be more in this instance. Just go out and show them what you can do Weaver.

From the Seahawks Draft Blog, Charley Casserly of the NFL Network recently revealed his mock draft, and he had a surprise pick for the Seahawks, running back Chris “Beanie” Wells at No. 4 over Michael Crabtree. Casserly’s reasoning is Seattle needs a playmaker and Jim Mora wants to establish the running game, so Wells would add some thump to the running game. It fits my reasoning of Seattle needing a home run hitter because Wells has good speed when he hits the hole, is a big back and has pretty good speed in the open field.

Of course, there’s been questions about Wells being injury prone, but if you limit his carries maybe that’s less of an issue.

Adam Caplan’s of is reporting that quarterback Josh Freeman will take a pre-draft visit to Seattle.

Jim Moore of gives us an update on how former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren is filling his days now that he is no longer coaching.

Frank Cooney of provides a pretty good overview of the top offensive lineman in the draft.

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  1. Beanie is not a “Ruskell Guy” and Moreno is. Casserly must not understand that.

    Casserly is also an overrated analyst. He is credited with taking Williams over Bush (which has proved to be very smart). However, he was pretty much getting pushed out the door by Houston. The organization knew there would be a public relations backlash by not taking Bush and the easiest way to get it done (take Williams) was to have they guy who drafted him to leave (they were moving in a different direction and didn’t want the old regime in any longer). So, it wasn’t Casserly doing what he wanted, he was doing what he was told. He’s kind of like Lee Harvey Oswald. He got framed but took the fall, except in this case Casserly came out looking smart. Just one man’s theory.

    The people of Philly IMO are mostly all dirty, uncompassionate pigs so I don’t really care what they think.

    Another day in the life. Another day closer to the draft.

  2. HarryHawk says:

    Beanie Wells at #4? Oh brother, that’s beyond rediculous. Also, poor Leonard Weaver, but welcome to Philadelphia! The Seattle media really does treat it’s players fairly and with respect. Although referring to yourself in the third person is never going to help.

  3. Philly does have great cheese steak sandwiches, but thats about it. Both Weaver and Jaybaby Cuttler would do better staying quiet and just perform. The more Weaver speaks, the less I miss him.

    Charlie C. talked about the run focus for Coach Jim and that could also translate into an OT. But “ground Jim” just sounds lame.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Eric is right, nothing Weaver can say will pacify the Philly fans. Just go out and pay hard, although I’m sure they’ll find something to kill him about, no matter what.

  5. philly fans are a pretty forgiving bunch of rapscallions, I bet this thing blows over within minutes.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    I’ll be grateful for the draft to arrive and put an end to all the speculation. It’s enough, already.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    I like on the Josh Freeman profile, they list intangibles as a strength. Those would be what, exactly?

  8. Moreno can’t wait to become the next Julius Jones,,, LOL

  9. for all those who really were sad to see weaver go this might be good news. he does have only a 1 year deal and if he finds himself not liking philly he might be looking to come back here if the team decides to get rid of duckett. i do agree though that once the season starts if he performs, the philly fans will like him and it will strongly outweigh this.

    i think 4 is way too high for beanie. i don’t like him myself, but wouldn’t put either him or moreno going before #10 even if i did.

    re: speculation, i find it kind of interesting. its way more fun to think of crabtree or smith/monroe or curry coming in and starting than the past few years where at the end of round 1 you have no idea if you will get another small corner or some guy you hadn’t really heard much about or whatnot.

  10. Leadership Duke is typical of one intangible( google” Rick Meirrrrerrerrerrr-lack of”)

  11. kind of odd that the OL article has the top 3 tackles all at 6’5 and 309, britton at 6’6 and 309, and max unger at 6’5 309, with a several others between 305 and 311. is 310 the target weight for tackles now or just coincidence?

    also the third center on the list is called “taller than most centers” but he is the same or shorter than the others on the list.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    woofu – Lol, well, then put leadership. Just listing “intangibles” as a strength doesn’t really mean anything. I think it’s kind of funny (and shallow).

  13. And the Bears traded for him!

  14. Online scouting reports are pretty lame sometimes. I saw that too, mpoff.. I also read that Donald Brown lacks lower body strength, but also squats close to 700 pounds.. Figure that one out..

  15. itscarlstime247 says:

    Much ado about nothing, methinks. Philly fans will forget all about it once they see his Baptism.

  16. OutSydeDog says:

    If Philly can handle T.O. for a season or so, they can handle Leonard just fine. Eric nailed it with the just play ball and everything will be all right. Personally, I’m just lost on the draft. Too many choices, depending on if any of the projected top three drop down to us (please, not Stafford, as I’m on record as against any QB in the 1st round). Curry looks awesome, but we’re pretty set there. We certainly could use help in the OL, but that’s not enough impact, since we’ve been spoiled by Big Walt’s excellence, and we aren’t ready to give him up. Plus, there’s enough depth in the draft to get OL help in later rounds. Whew, now we’re down to the great/bust in waiting Crabtree or a RB to be the “impact player” at #4. I don’t know or even pretend to know what TR and JM are thinking, but as a fan, I am trusting them to know what they’re doing. Whatever it is, I’ll be screaming my lungs out at whatever they come up with.

    GO HAWKS!!!

  17. Philly fans seem less upset about Weaver’s comments than a Philly sportswriter looking to create controversy.

  18. mystireeman says:

    i was just about to post that, their comments section accuses the writer of trying to create a controversy when there is none.

  19. nighthawk2 says:

    Two thousand years ago the Philadelphia media would have had “CRUCIFY HIM!” as their editorial headline. What a bunch of scumbags.

    Why would a team take a running back at 4th overall, and then limit his carries? For a guy like Julius Jones? If you want a running back there, take a guy who doesn’t have a glass jaw (or foot, or knee…) like Knowshon Moreno.

    It’s not a question of “giving up” on Walter Jones. It’s a question of whether a 35 year old offensive tackle can successfully come back from microfracture surgery and play at the same level. If you want to take a chance he’s as good as new and take a lesser talent in a later round in favor of another 6’1″ receiver with unknown speed and a bad foot, or add another tens of millions of dollars to an already overpaid linebacking group, fine. Just done cry about your quarterback getting pounded into Fielddust and sweeps going for 4 yard losses in the aftermath.

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