Seahawks Insider

Roster analysis

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:14 am with 48 Comments »
February 12, 2013 10:14 am

With a little over a week before this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, I thought we should take our first look at the Seattle Seahawks 2013 roster.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider are in good shape, with 61 players under contract, including 20 of 22 starters.

Unrestricted free agents include linebacker Leroy Hill, cornerback Marcus Trufant, defensive tackle Alan Branch, defensive end Jason Jones, offensive lineman Frank Omiyale, tight end Cameron Morrah, defensive end Patrick Chukurah and kickers Steven Hauschka and Ryan Longwell.

Projected restricted free agents for Seattle in 2013 include defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, long snapper Clint Gresham, receiver Deon Butler and safety Chris Maragos.

Number kept last season: Two
Currently on roster: Two
Average number kept since 2009: 2.75
Lock: Russell Wilson
On the bubble: Matt Flynn
Comment – The Seahawks have Wilson under contract at a more-than-reasonable $3 million, four-year deal. Wilson is scheduled to make just $526,217 in base salary in 2013. Flynn is still owed $2 million in guaranteed money on a three-year, $19.5 million contract after making $8 million in total compensation while holding a clipboard in 2012. Flynn is scheduled to make $5.25 million in base salary in 2013. Seattle general manager John Schneider will listen to trade offers for Flynn. He doesn’t necessarily have to move Flynn, but it’s likely the LSU product will by plying his trade elsewhere in 2013. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he would like a more athletic quarterback with a similar skill set to Wilson in the quarterback room.

Running back
Number kept last season: Four
Currently on roster: Five
Average number kept since 2009: 4.25
Locks: Marshawn Lynch, Leon Washington, Robert Turbin and Michael Robinson.
Longer odds: Derrick Coleman.
Comment – Lynch proved he wasn’t just playing for a contract last year, finishing with a career-high 1,590 yards during the regular season. However, Lynch did have trouble holding onto the ball, with seven fumbles, including two in the playoffs recovered by the other team. Turbin is a nice complement to Lynch because of his explosive burst in the open field, and played better in the second half of the year. Washington is heading into third year of a four-year deal that will pay him $2.5 million in total compensation in 2013. Washington turns 31 in August, but has held up pretty well and still performs at a high level as a returner.

Wide receiver
Number kept last season: Five
Currently on roster: Nine
Average number kept since 2009: 5.0
Locks: Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate.
In the hunt: Jermaine Kearse, Charly Martin, Ben Obomanu, Phil Bates, Stephen Williams.
Longer Odds: Deon Butler, Bryan Walters.
Comment – In his third season as a pro, Tate finally emerged as the playmaker the team had hoped, finishing with a career-high 45 catches for 688 yards and seven touchdowns. And after surgery on both shoulders during the offseason, Rice played a full 16-game season for only the second time in his career, leading the team with 50 catches for 748 yards and seven touchdowns. The team’s leading receiver last year, Doug Baldwin, struggled with injuries in his second season. Baldwin finished with 29 catches for 366 yards and three touchdowns. Seattle could still use another speedy, downfield threat on the perimeter. At 6-5 and 208 pounds, Williams is an intriguing prospect.

Tight end
Number kept last season: Three
Currently on roster: Four
Average number kept since 2009: 2.75
Locks: Zach Miller,
Looking good: Anthony McCoy,
In the hunt: Cameron Morrah, Sean McGrath
Longer odds: Cooper Helfet
Comment – After finishing with a career-low 25 receptions in his first year in Seattle, Miller emerged as a favorite target of Russell Wilson. The Arizona State product finished with 38 catches for 396 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season. Miller also totaled 12 catches for 190 yards and touchdown in the playoffs. McCoy showed some explosiveness this season, finishing with 18 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns. But McCoy still had trouble with drops at times. Don’t count out Morrah’s possible return to this team. When healthy, Morrah has the ability to stretch the field as a pass-catching tight end.

Offensive line

Number kept last season: 10
Currently on roster: 10
Average number kept since 2009: 10
Locks: Russell Okung, Paul McQuistan, Max Unger, James Carpenter, Breno Giacomini, J.R. Sweezy.
In the hunt: John Moffitt, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Frank Omiyale.
Longer odds: Mike Person, Rishaw Johnson.
Comment – The Seahawks stayed mostly healthy up front, and it resulted in the best performance from the team’s offensive line since 2007. Okung and Unger earned their first Pro Bowl appearances, and Unger had the additional honor of making the All-Pro first team. But this unit can get even better if offensive guard James Carpenter can come back from a knee injury fully healthy. Carpenter is a road grader in the run game, and if Seattle can pair him with Okung on the left side, the Seahawks could have one of the most dominant left sides in the league. Sweezy, a converted defensive lineman, actually started three games at right guard, exceeding expectations. The key for Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable is to continue improving the team’s depth up front, particularly at right guard.

Defensive line
Number kept last season: Eight
Currently on roster: 7
Average number kept since 2009: 8.5
Locks:Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, Clinton McDonald, Bruce Irvin, Greg Scruggs.
In the hunt: Jaye Howard, Alan Branch, Jason Jones.
Longer odds: Dexter Davis, Patrick Chukwurah, Myles Wade
Comment – The Seahawks finished in the top 10 during the regular season against the run. However, the 167 rushing yards Seattle’s defense gave up against Atlanta in the playoffs will leave a bad taste in players’ mouths as they prepare for the offseason. Part of the reason for Seattle’s struggles defending the run is strong-side defensive end Red Bryant was playing with a torn plantar fascia in his foot for the second half of the season. After a strong first half, Mebane’s play tailed off as well.

Number kept last season: Seven
Currently on roster: 8
Average number kept since 2009: 6.5
Locks: K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Malcolm Smith, Heath Farwell.
In the hunt:Mike Morgan, Allen Bradford, Kyle Knox, Korey Toomer.
Longer odds: Leroy Hill
Comment – After losing leading tackler David Hawthorne in free agency, second-round selection Wagner did a nice job filling those big shoes. But Wagner has to get better in pass coverage and reading route combinations in his second season. Wright’s play also dropped slightly in his second season. Malcolm Smith came on in the second half of the year, as he challenged Hill for the starting weak-side, outside linebacker job. Knox, who spent the second half of the season on the practice squad, is a player to watch. Hill’s legal issues make him unlikely to return in 2013.

Number kept last season: Six
Currently on roster: 6
Average number kept since 2009: 5.75
Locks: Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Jeremy Lane.
Looking good: Byron Maxwell, DeShawn Shead
On the bubble: Marcus Trufant, Ron Parker.
Longer odds: Chandler Fenner.
Comment – The Seahawks could be ready to move on from 10-year veteran Trufant, which means they will be looking for a nickel cornerback in free agency or the draft. Lane and Thurmond also are considerations to fill that role. Browner becomes a restricted free agent in 2014. Sherman’s contract can be renegotiated at the end of 2013, and he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014 season.

Number kept last season: Five
Currently on roster: Five
Average number kept since 2009: 4.25
Locks: Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor.
In the hunt: Jeron Johnson, Chris Maragos, Winston Guy
Comment – Along with Browner and Sherman, the Seahawks need to be thinking about new deals for Chancellor and Thomas. Chancellor will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2013 season, and Thomas’ deal is up in 2014. Both have been very productive players in the back end for Seattle.

Specialists kept last season: Three
Currently on roster: Three
Average number kept since 2009: 3.0
Locks: (P) Jon Ryan, (LS) Clint Gresham.
On the bubble: (K) Steven Hauschka, K Carson Wiggs
Comment: Seattle signed kicker Carson Wiggs to a futures contract as part of the team’s 80-man roster for the 2013 season. The Purdue product was with the team during training camp in 2012, and also was brought back for a tryout during the playoffs, with the Seahawks ultimately signing Longwell because of his postseason experience. Hauschka finished the season on the injured reserve with a calf issue, and will be an unrestricted free agent in March. Hauschka’s been very accurate during his two years with Seattle, finishing 49 of 57 (86 percent) in field goal attempts. But he’s just 3 of 8 from 50 yards or more while with the Seahawks. Wiggs has the stronger leg between the two kickers. Hauschka’s 41.4 percent touchbacks was No. 22 in the league last year.

Roster Analysis
Leave a comment Comments → 48
  1. “Wright’s play also dropped slightly in his second season.”

    I am not sure that I agree. Could you please explain this one? While I do not think K.J. made some kind of big jump from year one to year two, I certainly am not seeing how he took a step back. The SLB in this scheme isn’t really supposed to be the guy making all the tackles; he’s more responsible for contain and setting the edge. Yet somehow K.J. nearly eclipsed the 100 tackle mark. I find that fairly impressive considering his position within this scheme.

    “Knox, who spent the second half of the season on the practice squad, is a player to watch.”

    Hmm… when you say “player to watch”, is that with the anticipation that he is on the cusp of making some sort of real impact? Or is that just a “let’s see what he’s got in year two” perspective?

  2. Sekolah: K.J. Wright had one sack and one interception. I thought he played solid, but I expected him to make more impact plays in his second year. Part of that could be attributed to scheme, but I expect more from a player of his caliber.

    I think Knox is someone who could threaten to make the final 53 if given the opportunity. He has good instincts.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    It’s a really a surprisingly thin roster at several positions: WR, and across the defense in general.

    Im not.convinced Thurmond is a lock. Not considering his inability to stay healthy.

  4. SaigonSun says:

    Speaking of Knox; I guess my wish of Johnny Knox in our uni isn’t happening ( unless they can sign him cheap and , shelf him for a year or two like they did with Walter Thurmund). I didn’t realise Tony Hargrove messed him up that bad. Shame; he was a good WR. Good luck to him.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Interesting what Eric had to say about Wagner, because Heater’s main shortcoming was his pass coverage. However Wagner has a much higher ceiling amd I expect significant inprovent in that area next season.

  6. I agree with Eric. I expected more from Wright. Just like the deep scouting reports on him coming out of college said, he seems thus far to be an exceptionally football-smart player who is rarely if ever out of position, but he lacks the speed to make many impact plays. He’s a solid, if unspectacular, player.

    Of course, I always hope a guy like Wright can find the magic. Im a big fan of undersized, slower guys who somehow play football at a high level. I just dont want to see my team take too many chances on those kind of guys! But Im rooting for Wright.

    Knox is a flat-out beast! That guy can hit, and seems to have a nose for the ball. He may lack the speed Carrol craves at LB, but he’s just too good not to keep around. I like him a lot! He reminds me a lot of Heater his first three years, before injuries wore him out.

    Seattle has GOT to get better downfield coverage from their LB corps. Its the achilles heal of the defense. And they need a capable big boy backup to Big Red. If Reds healthy, we will have the best run D in the NFL. If he isnt, all bets are off. We MUST find a backup to him!

  7. Well, Eric, when K.J. starts getting more opportunities to rush the passer then I guess we can critique his sack numbers. How many times was he even sent on a blitz last season? I can agree to a certain extent about a lack of INT numbers, but that’s because K.J. has shown himself to be very adept in coverage since arriving here. So yeah, that is to be expected. The lack of sacks though, that doesn’t feel like a fair criticism to me.

    I’ll keep a look out for Knox. Nothing about him has really jumped out at me, other than his listed weight at as being a meager 220 lbs. Seems to be a discrepancy with his weight though as I have seen him listed as 235 lbs. elsewhere. There is a very low budget video out there on him, but aside from some plays on special teams I don’t really see much.

  8. Seattle is likely to sign at least one DT and one DE in FA, but it might not be the big splash type we all seem to be hoping for. Just so long as they contribute…

    Also its a safe bet we draft a DT, DE, and WR and a LB.

    I agree, a nickel back who can hit would be nice, though between Guy, Lane, Thurmond, and the backup Safeties like Johnson and Maragos, we may already have next years starter on the team.

  9. “Im a big fan of undersized, slower guys who somehow play football at a high level. I just dont want to see my team take too many chances on those kind of guys! But Im rooting for Wright.”

    @ STTBM

    You worded that a little weird. Are you insinuating that K.J. Wright is “undersized”?

  10. Carlsonkid says:

    I just haven’t seen what everyone else has with Carpenter on the O-line I guess . The guy has been marginal at best when healthy , which isn’t very often . Can we all at least agree that he shouldn’t have been a 1st round pick ? IMHO , the guard position is one of need on this team . The Sweezy experiment was a little scary at times last year ; the guy was a turnstile a couple of games and certainly should never have started against the Cardinals the first game . Moffitt has played .. OK , at least when healthy .

    We need a bona-fide starting caliber guard and I’m not convinced he’s on the roster right now .

  11. bird_spit says:

    I thought it was masterful to start both RW and Sweezy in AZ. It sends a message to the player and the team. Obviously we needed backups to our guards, so Sweezy was both necessary, rewarded for his hard work, and was sent the message that he would be a player so be ready. I think the decision turned out pretty well. Sweezy is the kid to watch next year. I expect him to push to start all 16 reg games.

    And , well, obviously RW is a lock.. Even under the rush AZ brought that day, RW was pretty fluid out there.

    The DL is my biggest concern for 2013. Lots of holes to fill. I hope JS/PC also provide wilson a new toy to play with.

  12. @Carlsonkid

    What you aren’t seeing in Carpenter is the fact that athletically and physically he is relatively unmatched by those at his position on this roster. Injuries the first couple of years haven’t helped him, and he no doubt needs to get his house in order in terms of his conditioning.

    If you want to know what Pete and Tom see in Sweezy, go back and watch the Sunday night gave vs. S.F.. Watch that first TD drive and iso on Sweez during Lynch’s TD run. See the absolutely vicious cut-block he puts on Willis, which ultimately contributes to springing Lynch.

    With OL, probably more than any other position, other than perhaps QB (maybe CB as well) it takes time for these guys to develop. Patience is an absolute virtue here. Do you know how many games the Seahawks lost before Steve Hutchinson made a name for himself as the best LG in football? Quite a few by my estimation. Patience, my friend. Patience.

  13. Sekolah–Not really undersized, but a bit of an underdog due to his lack of straight-line speed. Sorry about the confusion.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Wright plays at a much higher speed than his 40 time. by STTBMs description I would have thought he was refering to Tatupu (who played well for 3 seasons).

  15. I am with you on that one, Duke. I’ve seen STTBM criticize Wright for his speed on at least one other occasion, and near as I can tell, STTBM is in a bit of minority group that views K.J. as “not fast enough”. He was certainly fast enough when it came to tracking down Kaepernick. In fact I think K.J. at several times during that game was the spy on Kaep. Kaep’s damage via the run was kept in check that entire game.

    Now as far as standing up TE’s and pressing them in man coverage, I have seen him struggle, but it’s never been an issue of speed. It’s typically just him not winning the battle at the LoS, and the TE getting behind him as a result.

  16. Dukeshire–I agree, Wrights football smarts make up to some degree for his lack of speed. However, that lack of speed is noticeable on many plays, and is the exact reason he fell as far as he did in the draft. The scouting reports that actually bothered to go into detail about him before the draft said he was likely to be a good football player, right from the get-go, but his lack of speed would likely prevent him from making impact plays with regularity. They said he would likely go in the 4-6th round, despite having the ability to come in and start for many teams. I would say that through his first two seasons, that scouting report has been right on the money.

    So to my mind he’s the same kind of underdog player I end up rooting for–like Deon Butler, Lofa Tatupu, or David Hawthorne–guys who lack the total package physically, yet make up for that with a knack for the game and/or toughness. While Wright isnt undersized per se like Tatupu or Butler, his lack of elite speed puts him in this category, at least in my mind. You may categorize him differently, but thats how I see it.

    Like Knox. If given an opportunity, I believe Knox will be a fine starter at LB, whether its here or somewhere else where big hits and toughness are more important than speed at LB.

  17. Sekolah–Im not criticizing Wright at all, merely pointing out that he isnt as fast as many–including Carrol–would like to see at LB. They have stated their wish to get faster there, and I see Wright as a guy they just couldnt pass up, but one who they may replace going forward if the opportunity presents itself. I like the guy a lot. But he has struggled at times, and its often due to simply not being fast enough to make those game-changing plays.

    As for that play on Kaepernick, that was awesome! But he used his smarts to get him–he used the field and took the right angle. He didnt out-run Kaep, who can run a 4.4 all day long. On plenty of plays throughout the season you could see that unless he took a perfect angle on a given play, he was simply out-run.

    One pick and one sack arent exactly elite stats. And its not that I go by stats alone, but they do paint a partial picture. Im hoping as he learns more, and as Seattle learns his limitations (and adjusts to minimize them and highlight his strengths), he can make more big plays for us. He’s just too heady a player, and too hard a hitter, to be a benchwarmer.

    I dont understand how some folks keep insisting his lack of speed has no bearing. Thats like saying it doesnt matter that Butler is short and slight. Yeah, it does. And Butler’s speed doesnt entirely make up for it; thats why he cant get a shot elsewhere. And Wrights beastliness and smarts dont completely make up for his lack of elite speed. Is he fast enough? Yeah, probably. Does it cost him and the team, from time to time? Yeah, it does. But no team is perfect everywhere and we cant field 22 elite players with a salary cap.

    Like I said, if Seattle can tweak their scheme a little, and Wright gets even more intuitive, he will hopefully be more than just a solid pro. And even if he doesnt, there’s certainly nothing wrong with having a solid pro at the LB spot.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    If Wright were a Will backer, obligated to run sideline to sideline, I might be inclined to agree he’ slow, within that context. But at Sam and even in the middle, his straight up speed I’d average at worst, IMO.

  19. bird_spit says:

    I hope we start hearing noise soon in regard to the individual/offseason conditioning that is taking place. Our team has now been off the field for three weeks. They should be ramping up offseason conditioning.

    My fantasy would have the OL, particularly Moffit, Carp, and Sweezy working with some OL expert on conditioning. Big Walt would be my fantasy pick as the conditioning coach. Eat at Walts table, and kick some ass doing what ever the big man was doing those prime years where he would just show up late for camp, and own his position.

  20. SeventiesHawksFan says:

    The criticism of Wright is entirely misplaced. It is VERY seldom that SSL gets sent on a blitz. And he’s not the player to send of given the other options on the field.

    He’s better than average covering a tight end, though not lock down. And he tracks down the ball carrier, holds his gap responsibility, and sheds blocks very well.

    Leroy Hill and KJ Wright were both excellent first and second down LB’s the past season. And KJ Wright will be hard to upgrade on third down as well.

    The stats to look at for evaluating KJ would be completions on him in coverage against TE’s. Number of tackles. And average gain per play when running to his side of the field. Without having looked, I suspect he held up rather well.

  21. bsinnitt says:

    Bird_spit – I remember reading an article detailing big Walt pushing an SUV around during the offseason. A used Chevy Tahoe should be well within those players’ budgets.

  22. I’m excited to give Carp another shot at LG this year, now fully and hopefully in shape. If he can’t stay healthy this year, well then he can serve as a $1.4M backup in 2014.

  23. SandpointHawk says:

    I do believe Jones pushed Cadillac Escalades but he was a class act…

  24. Southendzone says:

    It’s interesting to see Jason Jones & Alan Branch described as in the hunt when I’m pretty sure they are both UFA’s for 2013 and unsigned by the Hawks.

    Depth on the D-Line should be the #1 priority. When you see Eric mention that both Bryant & Mebane tailed off in the late season, I think it’s directly related to a lack of depth on the D-Line and though I don’t have play count analysis to support it, it felt like they played a lot of downs for the Hawks.

    I remember Branch playing a great game vs the Redskins for the Hawks and hope he comes back along with another FA and 1 or 2 draft picks.

    I think it was Sando that had a post on espn describing how many snaps the 49’ers D-Line played and suggesting that was a big part of their end of season drop in Defensive performance, not just J.Smith’s tricep. It sounded very reasonable and I think in a lot of ways it applies to the Hawks too.

  25. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    interesting write up over at fieldgulls on the first pick at 25.

    25: Seahawks | GM Jacson Bevens

    The Pick: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

    What can I say? I’m a huge fan of Seahawks touchdowns and I don’t think any remaining people in the draft are gonna be as capable of scoring them at the next level as Austin.

    You know those visions of Percy Harvin in a Seahawks uniform that you have dancing on the insides of your eyelids at night? All those jukes, all the different ways Russell Wilson could use him, the constant matchup advantages… Well, Tavon Austin can be that for a fraction of the price and, presumably headaches.

    Consider this: after spending all season as one of the nation’s leading receivers, Austin filled in for an injured starting running back, against a Top 10 team in Oklahoma, and rushed 21 times for 344 yards, adding 82 receiving yards and a couple of touchdowns. No one left on the board possesses more playmaking ability than Tavon. The Seahawks offense will continue to evolve; Tavon Austin could expedite that process faster than anyone else in the draft.

  26. If Austin is less than 6′-2″ or less than 205 lbs, color me unexcited on the prospect of spending a first round pick on him when we have glaring needs at DT and DE. If we draft a WR in the first or second round, I want a big tall fast tough guy, not a Percy Harvin. That isnt what we need. We can find a guy like that in 3 years, when things are different. As of right now, our offense only lacks consistent play at G, and one Big Fast WR.

  27. You can add Wil Blacmon to the roster.

  28. who is Wil Blacmon? And what position does he play?

  29. SouthEndzone–I think Eric listed them as in the hunt because he believes they may be offered a contract and brought back, then again they may not be.

  30. Dukeshire says:

    The way Carroll has traditionally used his “under” 4-3 defense, the Sam ‘backer has been a behind the line player. And the last month of the ’11 season we saw Wright used in that way quite a bit. Not unlike how Capers uses Matthews in GB. If anything, that’s what was disappointing to me about Wright this season: scheme. I was really hoping we’d see him used as they did in late ’11. But when I consider now how often Bradley / Carroll ran nickel, that was probably foolish on my part.

  31. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    STTMB, that was the last of 12 in the write up. although i, like you favor some of the other choices more. however if they were to take a receiver at 25 i like this one small or not. let’s face it our QB makes a lot happen on run that said it’s real easy for a smallish receiver to find the open space. this guy screams dynamic.

    the rest of the article has from DE/DT couple of OG/OT gives a great write up on each.

    STTBM for all the reasons you stated it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if they did make this pick. one thing i will say a player that explosive demands attention opening up opportunities for others.

  32. SaigonSun says:

    Of topic: Wagner did look good all day on NFL network.
    Also, Walter football has us to SB after disposing of the Saints in NFC Championship game. We win SB by beating Denver.
    From his keyboard to Gods’ ears.
    PS: WOW, pre season Superbowl favorites !!! My (our) Seahawks !?! Thanks PC/JS.

  33. OregonHawk says:

    Name: Tavon Austin
    College: West Virginia
    Height: 5-09 Weight: 175

  34. The Seahawks were also a trendy Super Bowl pick for a year or two in the 80s after the magical run in ’83. That got us NOWHERE. I want results, not predictions (part of the reason I’m still IRATE about the missed opportunity in Atlanta). It’s fun and dandy to be paper champions, but I want to actually see a real Lombardi Trophy awarded to my team in real life (not some pre-season prediction).

  35. Singularitarian says:

    i was wondering how much of red bryants 7.6 mill contract cap hit this year would be off the books if he were cut or traded. I’m not saying he should be, just wondering how much of a lock he truely is. Maybe if we get a big aquisition he might be expendable? Again, not saying he should be or will be, just wondering about his cap hit if cut?

  36. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    if red can get healthy he is a beast. i would say he is a lock regardless.

  37. Singularitarian says:

    not saying he’s not, when healthy

  38. Singularitarian says:

    Ohh and I like both Patterson and Justin Hunter for Seattle. Hunter could be a stud at the tail end of the second round

  39. raymaines says:

    My wife really likes the Under Armor Bowl, i.e. the Scouting Combine.

  40. My wife really likes cereal in a bowl.

  41. Dukeshire says:

    While true about Red’s dominance on the strong side against the run when healthy, he’s one dimensional. Still. If Seattle is to truely improve the dine pass rush tney need to consider playing the run situationally, not the pass. Tjat is, Red is being paid like a 3 down lineman and he is not. As much as I like him, and I do, tough decisions are going to have to be made up front for them to improve. We can’t have it both ways: demanding better pass rush while playing run defenders.

  42. bbnate420 says:

    You mean that WalterFootball predicting a SB for the Hawks doesn’t guarantee it? Damn, I thought it did! That guy isn’t even very good at predicting the draft, much less the games.

  43. Singularitarian says:

    Well said Duke, my thoughts exactly

  44. princeaden says:

    I feel like we got ran right up the gut when McDonald was in there. Maybe that was because it was passing downs as much as anything. But, I feel like he is due for replacement, much less a lock to make the team. Just my opinion.

  45. McDonald is cheap, young, and a hard worker and all-around good guy. He’s pretty solid to make the team, though his role is up for competition like always.

  46. nate – No. It doesn’t guarantee it. You’re not very smart.


    If you didn’t get the smiley face – it’s a joke. Like a LOL.

    Duke – ditto about Red.

  47. I agree with Duke that its notable how thin (talented starters, but little depth) we are at WR and across the D. But its still an impressive roster for the third year of a rebuild.

    The deepest unit on this team? After QB, I think its O line. A few years ago I couldn’t imagine saying that, but Cable and Schneider have build great depth on the O line. As for not knowing exactly who all the starters will be? I’m not worried. The only short-coming with this O line last year was youth and inexperience and not playing together as a unit long enough. We have 6 or 7 quality starters in this unit and, barring injuries, they should solidify into a great line next year. (and they will have to if we expect to top the Niners)

We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0