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Hawks D-line coach Todd Wash follows Bradley to Jacksonville

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 28, 2013 at 11:12 am with 55 Comments »
January 28, 2013 11:52 am
Seahawks defensive line coach Todd Wash works players out during practice drills, Monday, July 30, 2012, at NFL football training camp in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seahawks defensive line coach Todd Wash works players out during practice drills, Monday, July 30, 2012, at NFL football training camp in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Seattle Seahawks apparently will be looking for a new defensive line coach.

First reported by Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union and later announced by the Jaguars, Seahawks defensive line coach Todd Wash has followed good friend Gus Bradley to Jacksonville, where he will serve as the Jaguars defensive line coach.

O’Halloran reports because it was a lateral move, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll had to sign off on the move.

Wash outside linebacker with Bradley at North Dakota State, and also coached with him in college for the Bison and at Tampa Bay.

With Dan Quinn taking over as the defensive coordinator for Bradley, his defensive line coach at the University of Florida, former San Francisco all-pro defensive lineman Bryant Young, could be a consideration to replace Wash.

Former Seattle assistant defensive line coach Mike Phair, who worked with the Seahawks while Quinn was here, also could have been a possibility, but he accepted a job to stay in Chicago as that team’s defensive line coach for new Bears head coach Marc Trestman.

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  1. OUCH!! The bleeding continues – I wonder who they have in mind for this position!!

  2. bigmike04 says:

    What a thing to do is follow your friend for same position coaching job… I mean don’t leave a job if it not a promotion & leaving for same position isn’t much of a promotion.. Atleast Bradley could have done is offer him the Defensive Coornator job than it would be better thing to leave oh well..

  3. CDHawkFan says:

    I liked what I read about B Young a few weeks ago, would like and expect him to come aboard.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    xcman – Bryant Young. See Eric’s piece above.

    Quite honestly, I don’t see this as big of a loss as some. Not with Quinn on the staff, in any case.

  5. I don’t see it as a great loss either. The Quinn hire, as Duke mentioned, is a mitigating factor and maybe even one reason he took off. And let’s face it, the weakest part of our defense was the DL…now obviously personnel (the serious lack-of-depth issue) played a role in that, but with a new DC it might not be a bad idea to get some new coaching blood in at our area of greatest weakness.

  6. I agree, not a big loss and gives Dan Quinn a chance to bring ‘his own guy’ in to do the job (whoever that might be).

  7. If the new DL coach can help our guys pressure quarterbacks, this may be a blessing in disguise.

  8. mindnbrad says:

    Agree with Audible.

  9. Thats Eric’s opinion based on who he worked with – which makes total sense, but that doesn’t mean thats who the team has in mind – I am SURE they have a list of guys to talk to, they have been rather prepared for this type of thing this off season so far!!

  10. We will all just have to wait and see who our next D-line coach is.

    You cant really blame Wash for following Bradley to Jax. The guys played college football together and have coached together on and off for years. Wash must have been kinda bent that Bradley didnt hire him to be DC though.

    I dont know how to grade Wash here in Seattle, but he did a pretty nice job in Tampa with their line previously.

    I wonder if Carrol was disappointed to lose Wash? If they really thought well of his work this year, its pretty cool they let him out of his contract to follow his buddy Bradley. It also shows they think highly of Bradley to let a good coach go to help him get his feet under him.

    I still think its funny how excited Philly fans were to get Bradley as HC, then the Eagles hire someone else and Jax gets him. Eagles fans cant win for losing!

  11. montanamike2 says:

    Ahem Ahem….
    Thanks for not bashing me guys for my overenthusiasm for Wilson as MVP, that was true homerism all the way. AJ Green looked awsome as did many players, i had to laugh when Luck had a bad start. I have to give credit for the Bobby Wagner pick too.

  12. SandpointHawk–Its more sad then funny. Definitely NOT the way to come out of the closet.

    I cant make fun of the guy–he was gone before Harbarf showed up so I bear him no ill will.

    Soy sauce and underpants, though…never thought those were worth fighting over.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Double agree with Audible.

  14. princeaden says:

    I hope we announce the hiring of Bryant Young soon. :)

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Really who cares at this point about our D-line. Overall our D is plenty good to help us win the SuperBowl. Didn’t we lead the NFL in points allowed with a young and growing Defense? They are only going to get better imo.
    What will help us more to win a SuperBowl next year is to get Wilson a true #1 WR, ( Rice is not a true #1 wr ) Not in my eyes or any football experts eyes, except for a few Seahawks fans that have a delusional, ( Nates favorite word, lol ) man crush on him. He is a good compliment WR though.
    And also we need to continue upgrading the Guard position. Sweezy should take Moffitts spot for good, but that’s not a given. And Carpenter is still three cheeseburgers away from being a bust unless someone like Richard Simmons can do some miracle work on him. Perhaps Flynn and a #2 for DeCastro would help? All kidding aside-Yes we need to get better on the D-line too, however its all about getting our Franchise QB better tools to work with imo.

    There really is no dominant defenses anymore with all the rule changes.
    So it’s really all about the big O.

  16. GeorgiaHawk–Rice sure looked like a #1 WR with Favre. And his second half of the season this year was, for the most part, impressive. But yeah, perhaps his hip injury cost him some speed, and he isnt the most physical WR around.

    I have to disagree with you that our D-line coach doesnt matter and offense is all; having dominant lines is very important. I love offense, and I hate ground and pound, but Seattle is in dire need of an improved D-line. We need a stud DT in the worst way.

    And yeah, we need to scare up 2 starting caliber G’s and put their butts on the field…Im sick to death of watching our G’s stink up the NFL, they been doing it since 2006, and its been atrocious since 2008. Havent we suffered enough?!

  17. SandpointHawk says:

    Well I don’t give a rats butt about his sexuality. But this is ole false start Kwame Harris we are talking about and pulling your lovers pants down in a public place and accusing them of stealing your underwear is still pretty funny as long as you didn’t happen to witness the act… But if you say it’s sad so be it….

  18. Its sad that two people got into a fight about soy sauce on rice and underpants. Thats not appropriate behavior, even for a breakup.

    Oh, and they are suing the crap out of each other. Aint Love Grand?!

    If this episode were in a Hollywood Movie, it would be funny. Real life its just messy. I was just feeling bad because I admit, I laughed when I read the article.

    I still remember how bad that dude was. A real turnstile. Perhaps the coaches should have motivated him by putting soy sauce on his rice or stealing his shorts…

    And now I am officially a terrible person.

  19. SandpointHawk says:

    Now that was funny…

    Perhaps the coaches should have motivated him by putting soy sauce on his rice or stealing his shorts…

    Might not have hurt his career….

  20. princeaden says:

    Oh I feel dirty now !!

  21. I have to disagree, Georgia Hawk, D-Line does matter. It may have cost the Seahawks a shot at the Super Bowl this year. (Of course, it can’t be pinned just there, but it may have been a very important factor).

    Our defense may have had good stats but it broke down at critical times and that cost us games, particularly in Miami and Detroit, that would have given us at least one home game in the playoffs and a bye. That might have been the difference and it is something that is correctable if we can make strides there like we did in other areas last off-season.

  22. tealskin says:

    If Bryant Young can coach as well as he played, he’d be a great addition. Don’t know how to grade Wash. The Dline has much room for improvement and hard to say where the coaching enters in to the equation and how much is personnel. Think a shakeup is not necessarily a bad thing.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I didn’t mean that the D-line just doesn’t matter. It just doesn’t matter in regards to where they are right now compared to where our offense needs to be next year.
    I’m all for upgrading the D-line, however I just think a #1 WR and better Guard play is more important to the teams success next year.

    And yes Rice shows flashes of being a #1, and has incredible catching range and hands, however he just doesn’t have the top speed and durability to be our #1 WR moving forward imo.

    We wouldn’t be having this conversation if the Seahawks had the fire power to keep up with Atlanta in the first half of the game.

    Weapons for Wilson is what I want to see. Better pass protection, better guard play, and faster WRs.
    And of course if the right player is there better pass rushers.

    Is that too much to ask for? Lol.

  24. raymaines says:

    “The alleged victim, Dimitri Geier, also has filed a civil lawsuit against Harris for assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.”

    Oh my. That’s pretty serious s*** for the misuse of soy sauce.

    This is the sort of thing that caused me to vote for same sex marriage. If these guys were legally entangled, they might not be in a public pissy match about wearing each others underpants.

  25. How many games did Rice miss this past season?

    Zero. Yet he’s somehow still injury prone to some of you?

    When you have a QB that only throws for barely 3,000 yards, you only have so many receptions/yards to go around.

    I’ll take Sidney Rice over a guy like Roddy White any day of the week even though the numbers of White blew Rice’s away this past season (same # of TDs though). White had about 500 more yards than Rice.

    White was in an offense where they threw the ball (and Wilson was handcuffed early on for us). Matt Ryan threw for about 1,600 yards more than our QB did. That’s why White had better numbers because it certainly isn’t because he’s better than Rice.

    Does anyone really think a guy like Roddy White would have had over 1,350 yards if he’d been in our offense (and among the leaders in dropped passes)?

    The mighty Larry Fitzgerald had 798 yards and 4 TDs this past season and yet people here talk about how great he is (Rice had 748 yards and 7 TDs).

    How can that be if there aren’t other factors at play?

    If you want to say that Fitz didn’t have anyone throwing to him, that’s fine. But Rice has proven that he can go for over 1,300 yards when he has a great QB throwing to him, too. Plus, he’s only 26 years old and I’ve followed his career enough where I can tell he hasn’t lost any significant (if any) speed.

    Look. We have a great young QB that we’re all jacked about. I realize why the coaches were hesitant with Wilson early though. But we have a #1 WR, he proved it when he had a #1 QB throwing to him.

    Next year Wilson will get to that status full time from games 1-16 and the numbers that Rice will put up because of it will shoot up as well. Rice is a lock for well over 1,000 yards next year. I’m guessing he’ll be around 10 TDs too. That’s what a #1 does and that’s what he will do if Wilson keeps on improving.

  26. Our guard play is the least of our worries next year, IMO.

    Carp is going to be 100% for OTAs. He’ll play LG.

    Sweezy was a rookie. A rookie who had been used to playing defense. The experience he gained this past year was huge and will help him going into next year. Heck, Sweezy was a defensive player as late as the end of April. He hasn’t even been a guard for a year.

    If Moffitt can get into shape, he’ll give Sweezy a run for his money at RG. Actually, if he gets in shape, I think he’ll win the job.

    Then there’s always McQuistan for quality depth. He’s just not a great starter, but he’s one of the better back-ups in the game at that position (G).

    Just because our guard play wasn’t good this past year doesn’t mean that it doesn’t project to be good next year.

    People badmouthed Tate at this time last year because of his lack of production up to that point. They didn’t bother to project how experience makes a talented player better. I feel the same way about our guard position moving forward as I felt about Tate at this time last year.

  27. Dukeshire says:

    Well said Bobby, regarding Rice.

    I also find it amazing that asking “who cares about out d line”? is actually a comment about the offense and their need for, among other things, a #1 WR.

  28. bbnate420 says:

    I agree that the Wash loss probably will be a wash, at worse. Hyuck yuck yuck. I think it’s impossible for fans to determine these kinds of things for sure. We don’t have the access, even if we have the knowledge to evaluate position coaches.

    I think Rice is a #1 receiver, but I’m not sure he’s as good as White. It’s really hard to compare. He’s a #1 IMO, but I’m not sure I could put him in the top 10. Regardless, he’s definitely a big part of the team and I don’t see him going anywhere. I wouldn’t take Mike Wallace for this team over him. Maybe if we had some other receivers with size and needed a burner really badly. Bowe instead of him? No thanks. Jennings? No.

  29. bbnate420 says:

    I’m all for adding a WR with size, and hopefully speed too although that combination is extremely rare, with one of our first 3 picks. I don’t think we need to get someone we’re counting on to be a #1 WR anytime really soon. Our top 3 WRs are pretty good if they are healthy and still improving. A pass catching TE might be a better pick, dependent on the grades. I like McCoy more than most people here I suspect, but he still hasn’t shaken the inconsistency bug.

  30. Health concerns aside, I still feel that we are a dominant DT away from being Superbowl Champs. Someone build that time machine and head for 1992. Bring back Cortez Kennedy or at least get some dna and Paul Allen’s team can have him cloned.

    The offense improved by leaps and bounds over the season. We can add depth & competition to the mix at every postition but there is no glaring hole to be filled. Rice and Miller are living up to their contracts. Okung and Unger are fixtures now. The guards should sort themselves out by season’s start. “The Russian” is ok. Wilson is a superhero. I still pray for Lynch’s health. Rob rocks. Rice, Tate & Baldwin form a respectable group and have an entire off season to mesh with “Dear Leader”.

    The DL followed distantly by the OL are my main concerns going into next season as our arch rival currently has us beat on both (by slim margins). Without Justin Smith they weren’t even close to the same team. We need to find our own version of “the cowboy”.

  31. princeaden says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I Love Rice. But, I would replace him with a Fitzgerald or a Marshall (without the headcase) in a skinny second. If you are saying that Rice’s play making ability didn’t drop off in the last 3 weeks of the season, I would beg to differ. He was obviously hurt.
    personally, I think he is too slight to take the beating. As far as pass catching TE’s go, how many YAC do TE’s really make? A TE that catches everything is precious. Anything after that is gravy. Zach is the perfect combo of physical blocker and pass catcher IMO.

  32. The loss to Atlanta was frustrating, especially after gaining the lead so late. There may be a lesson there in that there is a difference between defending against a touchdown difference as opposed to a field goal difference. It is difficult to go the length of the field for a touchdown, but a field goal means only 30 or 40 yards.

    If you have a 6 or 7 point lead, the team needs to defend the deep play. But if the lead is 3 or less, then the team needs to keep advancement to as little as possible. In my view, if they need a field goal to beat you, then you don’t sweat the big play, long TD pass. If they get it, too bad, but they are more likely to be trying for the medium length gain to set up the field goal. Trying to defend the long play when they only need 20 or 30 yards is just foolish.

  33. princeaden says:

    I agree with Galena :)

  34. bbnate420 says:

    I would probably trade Rice for Fitz, the only hangup being age, or Marshall, the hangup being his tude, but those aren’t options they actually have so far as I know. I’d also trade Mebane for Suh, but it doesn’t really mean shit since it won;t happen. Sorry if that comes off as combative.

  35. bbnate420 says:

    *won’t

  36. montanamike2 says:

    I hope Steven Williams recovers from that achiles injury, he looks like he could be a player. I think Irvin needs another year or two to learn techniqe and put on a little muscle, i don’t know what to think of Sweezy, Carpenter or Moffitt, hopefully they’ll also turn out descent. I don’t know much about this years prospects and i hope we hit a couple more home runs, we’ll probably have to draft a backup qb in the later rounds unless Portis gets the call. The NFC is way tougher than the AFC, we had some of the most exciting players at the pro-bowl and some of our studs weren’t even there. Everyone knows who Wilson is now and he’ll only get better. I’m sure he tapped some of the greats for insight, i was surprised he didn’t have his notebook and pen,(just kidding).

  37. montanamike2 says:
  38. Rice was limited with injuries in a couple games, and one of our last couple regular season games he didnt catch a pass. He disappeared from a few games, even late when we had our offense rolling. He just isnt fast or physical enough, from what Ive seen, since he came to Seattle, to take over a game or get open in traffic when you HAVE to have a play.

    He’s a good player, but Im still not convinced he’s elite, and he is being paid as if he is. And everyone knows I love Golden Tate. I think he’s going to keep improving.

    Still, we’ve got two guys who should be FL (Tate should be playing FL to start, and perhaps slot in 3 or 4-wides) and no true SE. We still need that big fast dude. And since WR’s take a couple years to really get going, we need that guy RIGHT NOW.

    Tate, Rice, and Baldwin are a good trio when healthy, but they dont really seem to fit together. As I said, two guys who seem to bounce between FL and Slot and one FL. Where’s the SE?! And no one knows if Baldwin can repeat his rookie season or if he can stay healthy in the NFL.

    I like Sidney Rice, but hes a bit frustrating. We still dont know what we have in him. Its not like I want him gone, I just want to see him get open when we have to have it. I want to see him make tough catches in traffic, and I want to see him burn guys deep with speed, not just by catching them off guard. Im not so sure hes fast enough nowadays to do that.

    There were games where he looked like what hes supposed to be, but too many other where he looked pretty average. And that wasnt just becuase we werent throwing the ball all that much.

    But next year will be different. I think we’ll finally see if Rice is a number one, and we’ll see Tate step it up another notch. Miller is now integrated into the offense, and teams will have to account for him. Plus, with Morrah coming back, and McCoy improving, our offense should be ridiculously efficient.

    God, I hope youre optimism regarding Sweezy and the other G position is well founded, Bobbyk, because I for one am not sure Sweezy will learn enough to be good by next year in pass pro, and I shudder at the idea of McQ starting again. Im so sick of crappy G play I could puke. I cant stand another season of musical incompetent G’s.

  39. GeorgiaHawk says:

    STTBM- Totally agree with everything on your last post. And thanks for saving me the time. Lol.

  40. monmornQB says:

    So we loose our Dline coach. Does this mean that next year the Dline will get to the QB and stop the run?
    What a moron. Why would you go to such an awful team when when you could coach a winner.

  41. Rice is overpaid at $8.5 million per year but Fitz and his $15 million per year would be good to replace him with? I’m sorry, but I’d take Rice and $7.5 million per year than Fitz all by himself, espectially when that money could potentially be given to a good pass rusher.

    So when Rice is running downfield all by himself for an easy 50 yard TD and the QB doesn’t see him and he runs for about 25 yards instead, that’s Rice’s fault? That’s one example of Wilson gaining experience next year and instead of being a rookie… he’ll be a young veteran who will make that play. Then all of a sudden people will wonder why Rice is putting up better numbers.

    Rice put up great numbers when he had a great QB (Favre). Lets see if Wilson can answer the call next year. I think he can.

  42. bbnate420 says:

    Rice isn’t overpaid, but Fitz has outperformed him by far. Not nearly twice as much though IMO.

  43. I am excited to see what Carp will be able to do next year. He showed up to training camp as a rookie slow and out of shape. He really missed out by not having any OTAs (anyone did that wasn’t in tip-top shape). Then he tore an ACL so when he came back this past year he seemed slow and out of shape. I am jacked to see what he’ll look like at 100% for OTAs. He is going to enter his third year with health, experience, and you’d think he will finally be in shape (he didn’t know better as a rookie and last year he had been hurt). I’d say that qualifies his position (LG) as an area that will be among the least of our worries next year.

    If Moffitt can get in shape, I think he’ll play RG. Last year he got hurt in the middle of training camp and then seemed to get somewhat out of shape due to the injury. Then he was never able to work himself into shape again and ended up in the dog house (seemingly). I would think he’ll be extremely motivated to come in lean and mean next year because unlike his rookie year when he didn’t have to comPete for a job, he’s got Sweezy breathing down his neck and if he doesn’t come into camp in shape, there’s no way he’s going to be a starter.

    And then with what Sweezy showed as a rookie this past year, it’ll be night and day for him in ’13. I can’t imagine how hard it would be for a guy like that to be a DT until the end of April and then all of a sudden start at guard in the NFL. He really showed some good/great skills in the run game and he was pretty brutal in pass pro. However, you know that is going to greatly improve with an entire off-season of actually knowing what position you are going to play and can focus/study/work on it.

    I’d say we have three quality guards moving forward and only two spots for them. I don’t think any of the three will be playing in a Pro Bowl anytime soon, but I do think all three can/will be above average, good, solid players moving forward.

  44. Yes. Fitz is a top WR. Clearly. I’d say he’s #2 after Megatron. But there were a lot of WRs who outperformed him based on numbers this past year. That’s why you can’t always compare numbers to numbers in my opinion (because there are so many other variables at play). No way $haun would have been MVP of the NFL in ’05 had McQuistan played LT and a rookie Rob Sims played LG. There are always so many things to consider that most people never want to admit/consider for themselves.

  45. I want our WR’s upgraded and step up more when we need them – there are times when they are all non existent – but on the flip side we were able to get points when needed at the end of the season.

    I Don’t feel it is a HUGE pressing need but yes it does need to be addressed, We do need a fast guy who can consistently get open

  46. Southendzone says:

    I’m totally behind looking for some upgrades on the OL at guard. Sweezy might get better but that’s no lock for a player who is this new to the position.

    Also for Carp, I’m officially de-enlisting from the Carpenter support group. I don’t think he’s going to ever be a solid contributor for our team. The circumstances surrounding his 2012 season and injury status were TOO WEIRD! The only thing more fishy than his injuries in 2012 was the Matt Flynn elbow issue near the mid point of the year. From here on out he can’t disappoint me because I have zero expectations out of him as a Seahawk.

    On WR, if we go into 2012 with this exact same group, I won’t be too disappointed. I have faith in them (barring significant injuries) to get the job done. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t welcome some new blood but if they focus elsewhere I’m not going to be overly concerned that this WR corp can’t get the job done.

  47. No question adding a young WR early in the draft would be fine with me. Preferably a big, tall, fast guy. Since we have good starters, we need a young guy in the draft.

    But first and foremost, we need pass rushing help.

  48. I like Rice and he is our #1 WR, however I tend to side with PrinceA…he has a slight frame. Tate did improve tremendously, but I think his true spot is in the slot (sorry Baldwin).

    When I think of a true #1 (and they’re hard to come by), I think of a guy that is THE GO TO GUY when you need it and that usually means going up, shielding the defender and yanking the ball down to move the chains. Sid is a nice player, but I haven’t seen him do that very often.

    Calvin, Brandon, AJ, Andre, Julio and Roddy, Crabtree, Fitz, VJax…I’d probably even include H. Nicks are the kind of guy we need. They’re not that easy to find, but it’d be the perfect complement to our existing receivers.

    At the same time, IF we could land someone like M. Wallace who is just a pure burner, that would work as well, but I agree with many in that I want a force on 3rd and 6 that can go across the middle.

    In Pete and John we trust.

    GO HAWKS!!!

  49. CDHawkFan says:

    It looks like a lot of people are forgetting why we lost @ Atl, @ Miami, and @ Det, @ Az and probably @ Stl, we need pressure on their QB’s.

    By talking about WR, G, TE as needing high quality picks, I shake my head with thoughts of Stafford, Ryan, Tannenhill burning us all day.

    We know what are problems are right; DT, DE, OLB.

    Pete said it right after the Atlanta game while being pissed off, they tried to address it last year with Jones and Irvin and they need to keep making additions there until they get it right. I expect 1 – 2 guys added/resigned on the D line, then at least 2 of the top 3 picks to be for the front 7.

    The WR, G, TE are going to have to wait until Rd 4 or later.

  50. princeaden says:

    I somehow let myself get drawn into the WR conversation. With that said, I agree that this team’s most pressing need is a stud 3tech and DE to pressure the QB. From there I say building quality DL and OL depth. And to throw in one unrealistic dream, We will send Flynn to Arizona for Dockett :)

  51. SeventiesHawksFan says:

    This is a curious debate between DT and WR. And I think a bit of a false one.

    We don’t have the DT we need to run the 4 – 3 Under properly. And pass rush has already been identified as the major area for improvement by PC.

    Add to this: PC was quite explicit in his last press conference of the year that our receivers were ‘open all day’ in the Atlanta game. This is an area of priority, insofar as we are a Rice or Tate injury away from being extremely compromised at the WR position.

    And one stretch the field, fast receiver who draws the attention of the deep safety and a corner, would be another tilt the field chess piece to be added that would make the Hawks offense downright scary (it already is anyway) in both the run game and for the production of the other players we already have.

    I hope (and rather expect) that both positions will be addressed in Free Agency though. And then also through the draft.

    Especially for the WR position, draft picks tend to be total crap shoots and needing at least a year (or two) to develop.

    So if we want a little more insurance at the WR position, a proven free agent on a 2 year contract would be ideal.

    And I would be very surprised if we do not draft for both the DT and WR positions as well, especially a WR who can be developed as a true deep threat and stretch the field presence, and which any DC must account for any time he’s on the field.

    JS is already on record as saying he likes this years WR class. So I expect we’ll take one within the first three picks. All of which will probably depend on who’s on the Hawk’s board as BPA at the DT, WR, TE or OLB positions.

    If I’m speculating at PC / JS’s top off-season priorities though, it’s probably the following order. And I think they’ll take more than one season to address them all:

    1. DE or DT (not sure which is first)
    2. DE or DT
    3. OLB
    4. Nickle Corner (will need to have at least one legit player in camp in addition to Lane and Walter Thurmond; and if WT can come into camp healthy then the solution is already on the roster)

    The above four are the most glaring holes on the team imo.

    5. WR or TE
    6. WR or TE
    7. OG (I think we are a lot stronger here than most suspect; this was more an injury driven problem than a skill problem. Moffit and Carp were never able to get into pro-football shape and strength after coming back from their injuries)
    8. Future RT.
    9. Additional LB depth
    10. Additional RB depth
    11. Additional Safety Depth. I think we are going to see a pretty big jump in play-making ability and field awareness from Guy in his second year.

  52. If you’re going to have unrealistic dreams, why not Flynn for Dockett AND Fitz.

  53. “When you have a QB that only throws for barely 3,000 yards, you only have so many receptions/yards to go around.”

    That’s a good point. And if you look at his number of targets in his big Minny year, he was getting 7+ per game, compared to exactly 5 per game this year. I thought he looked good this year when the ball came his way(it’s always hard to tell on the tv broadcast if the receivers are getting open and being missed, or if they’re covered up) – – he showed his special ability, which is to go up and get the tough, high balls and hang onto them. It’s a little off-base to compare him to Fitzgerald, of course we’d all love to have him, or anyone else in the league who is top-3 at their position.

  54. SeventiesHawksFan says:

    Also regarding some of the comments on Rice: I don’t think he ‘disappeared from games’.

    As much as we like RW, he often didn’t try to find him until we were trying to come back or it was one of those late-game drives at the end where we need to hold onto the ball and move the chains.

    Or maybe it was Bevell not dialing up plays designed to find Rice downfield.

    Whatever the case, my recollection was that when we saw long stretches without a catch from Rice, it wasn’t like there were multiple plays being called with him as the primary target, but he just couldn’t get open.

    And on many plays where he was covered there were two defenders around him, a circumstance that would more often be different if he had another big play receiver on the field with him.

    That being said, I suspect that Rice would be far more effective with a complementary receiver to go with him that can draw the number one corner and a deep safety.

    Rice being covered by a number two corner on a intermediate route with no safety around is a mismatch the tilts in our favor just about every single time.

    And there is nothing wrong with him not being Megatron, Marshall, Fitz, Jackson, et al. Nor do I think JS / PC had any expectations that he would be that kind of player.

    What he is is very, very good and can accomplish exactly what the expectations were for him when we got him.

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