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Carroll likes Wright at OLB; Hawthorne on Hawks’ radar?

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm with 14 Comments »
February 24, 2012 9:01 pm

NOTE: I uploaded the video again so it should work now.

With middle linebacker David Hawthorne set to become a free agent in March, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has sent mixed signals on the possibility of the TCU product returning to Seattle.

Hawthorne has led Seattle in tackles the past three seasons, but Carroll said he wanted to get faster at linebacker and liked the way rookie K.J. Wright played inside when given the opportunity.

However, when asked about Wright’s role on the team moving forward at the combine today, Carroll said he believes Wright’s best position is at outside linebacker.

“We’ll have to wait and see what happens,” Carroll said. “We’ve got some free agency issues that we’re dealing with right now, and he gives us some flexibility, so we’ll just have to wait it out.

“If I had my way I’d let him play where he finished up outside. I think he has the versatility to do that, and it gives us the opportunity to move him around and to pressure him, and to drop him out under coverage and also do some things inside at times with the way we move our defense that you can take advantage of all that.”

Carroll also did not leave out the possibility of chasing one of the top pass rushers in free agency in Houston’s Mario Williams, should the Texans not franchise him.

“We’re going to entertain every opportunity, because that’s just the way we do it,” Carroll said. “Our conversations are about every opportunity that is out there for us.

“We have set our direction from the beginning to try and build through the draft, and do everything we can to do that and stay young and competitive and healthy from that standpoint. But we’re always looking. We need to address the issue about our pass rush. It’s a big factor for us. We’d love to make some movement there.”

Carroll echoed general manager John Schneider’s comments that the team continues to work to get deals done with Marshawn Lynch and Red Bryant.

And Carroll also talked about some of the quarterbacks available in the draft, particularly gushing over Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Carroll believes that Griffin can successfully make the transition from a spread offense in college to a West Coast or play action-based offense in the pros.

“He’ll be able to do whatever is asked of him,” Carroll said. “He’s got that kind of range of ability. Now it’s a different system he’s coming out of, much different than what we typically see with the big-time pocket passing quarterbacks.

“But he’s just such a marvelous athlete, and he’s so smart. And he has such a great makeup about him – and I’m saying that ahead of us visiting with him when we’ll get to know him more in time. But I would think that he can handle anything.”

Carroll declined to talk about the possibility of going after Peyton Manning in free agency should Indianapolis release him.

“We really can’t talk about it,” he said. “He’s on somebody else’s team. So we’re not part of that discussion right now.”

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Leave a comment Comments → 14
  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It’s nice to have something football related to talk about, however I don’t believe much of what comes out of Carroll and Schneider’s mouth this time of year.

  2. If we signed Manning and Williams, I’m pretty sure I’d make my Super Bowl reservations early!

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Carroll is on of the more straightforward HCs in the league. Every time I try to read between the lines with him, I’m wrong. He’s more candid than we give him credit for, IMO.

    I would love Heater to come back while keeping Wright at Sam, if it’s a matter between he and Hill.

  4. Hawksince77 says:

    I can only get 8 seconds of the video. Is something wrong on my end, or yours? I’d love to hear what he has to say.

  5. JazBadAzz says:

    we should use the tag on Big Red since Lynch will probably get a deal done soon!

  6. SandpointHawk says:

    Yep 8 seconds is all I get also…..

  7. Dukeshire says:

    I love Red, but he’s not worth the median of the top 5 paid players at his position. Not yet he’s not, anyway.

  8. JazBadAzz says:

    Red is worth it, I remember our run defense when he got hurt for the rest of the yr. He makes a major difference!

  9. My guess is that Pete and John want Heater back, but they don’t want to overpay for him. If they talk him up, that may make another team more interested in him and willing to pay more, thinking they’re going to have to pay more than the Hawks. So why even bring him up? As I say, just a guess. Is he worth keeping? Yes, if you don’t have your eyes on a better FA linebacker. Are there better FA linebackers likely to move? Don’t know. But I wouldn’t let Heater go and force the team to draft a linebacker to replace him. We should draft a linebacker, even if we keep Heater.

  10. freedom_X says:

    Inside linebacker is the position where great instincts trump great athleticism and speed. Instincts are far more important there than a couple of tenths in the 40, especially in a 4-3 defense.

    I don’t think there’s a technique or scheme that minimize an inside LB that lacks good instincts there.

    At OLB, you can have good production from average instincts and superior athletic ability, but, IMHO, not from ILB, certainly not from a 4-3 ILB anyway.

    However, the guy does need to be able to fill and tackle even if he’s not a sprinter or decathlete. If Lofa hadn’t lost the ability to fill and wrap up tacklers, he might still be on the team. As far as I can tell, Hawthorne didn’t have too many problems (if any) tackling, and his instincts were the reason why he kept producing despite his bad wheel.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    That’s a pretty sound assessment, IMO.

  12. I wonder if we can bring back Aaron Curry to play Mike.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    I just threw-up in my mouth a little bit.

  14. Thanks! I’ll be here all night :)

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