Here’s a fair point for discussion as The Sporting News grades each NFL team’s off-season moves. The Seahawks penciled out at a C-minus.
A lot of heads shook on draft day when they took Bruce Irvin in the first round, but that’s making more sense as we see the potential he has to address their major off-season need – a pass rush. Irvin could be even more valuable as Chris Clemons’ contract status causes disruption. In the practices I watched, I don’t think any of the young guys progressed as much in a short time as Irvin, who looked increasingly smooth and comfortable with his role. He’s more physically imposing than he first appeared, and his quickness is everything it was cracked up to be.
The article also questioned the investment on Matt Flynn. “It seems curious that the Seahawks would go all-in for Flynn yet still have him compete for the starting job,” according to the commentary by Vinnie Iyer. I would say that Flynn’s contract is nowhere near an “all-in” situation. It’s an upgrade in spending, certainly, but it’s not so cumbersome that it would strangle the cap if he didn’t pan out.
The signing of Jason Jones was the team’s best off-season move, the article states. I would say that far more important than adding a situational defensive lineman were the re-signings of Marshawn Lynch and Red Bryant. Those two are probably the most important players on either side of the ball in terms of attitude and leadership. The addition of tight end Kellen Winslow, too, should have greater impact.
Also, veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant was listed as a “key loss,” neglecting the fact that Trufant is not at all lost and could be a crucial defender in the role as nickel corner.
At Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth previews the Seahawk rookies’ involvement in the league rookie symposium. In a recent column on Hawk administrator Mo Kelly, we looked at the ways in which the team counsels players on life in the NFL, as Kelly put it, “to protect our most precious investment.” The rookies now face similar orientation in a symposium put on by the league.
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson: “The symposium is a great thing, because it helps all the rookies kind of understand what you go through as a rookie – certainly financially, media-wise and just in terms of everything that you have to deal with as a rookie. It will be a good experience, just because you get to see all the draft picks again. So that will be great.”
NFL.com features a predictable story about Matt Hasselbeck’s mentorship/competition with Jake Locker. I say “predictable” since it’s hard to imagine anybody better from whom to learn about being a professional — in all aspects — than Hasselbeck. But as generously as Hasselbeck will teach Locker the ropes, he’s a hyper-competitive athlete, too. It was logical that Locker would serve as an apprentice last season. But first-round draft picks can’t sit forever, so it will be interesting to see how this develops in the preseason.
I think Brock Huard does a great job of offering insightful and reasoned analysis with Mike Salk on mynorthwest.com and 710ESPN. In this link, Brock assesses the Seahawks’ current quarterback situation relative to decisions they could have rushed into in the past year. While we have little to go on at this point regarding Matt Flynn, Brock thinks the Seahawks were smart to lay off the expensive deals they might have pursued for the likes of Kevin Kolb or Carson Palmer.