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Schneider and Carroll have scared off draft critics
John Schneider and Pete Carroll have earned the benefit of the doubt after hitting with draft picks that were initially panned.
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  • Oh no I didn't wrote...
    JS & PC
    They have revolutionize the NFL. Who should we believe? These pro mock draft guys with their hit and miss picks and grade or JS & PC, who's track record speaks for itself.
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  • RWIII wrote...
    Mike Mayock
    I was watching Mike Mayock on Saturday. Mayock said that Seattle is the team no one wants to play. He was referring to the fact how hard they hit. The Seahawks are not afraid to HIT YOU. Teams shy away from that. You gotta love it.
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  • Oregon Duck fan wrote...
    I can understand.....
    the pick of RB Michael, We now have three really good to elite running backs who would be a starter for most franchises on our team, two of them which are incredibly cheap, I would definatly consider that a luxury, Seattle now has bar none the strongest stable of running backs in the league and we wouldn't miss a beat offensively if Lynch went down or he got suspended! Not taking away anything from Beast mode, just praising the talent of the other two backs on the roster! GO HAWKS
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  • egTman wrote...
    Thanks Dave
    Always enjoy the perspective of your articles. The perfect mix of fan, analyst, and most importantly, a former player. When you talk about "playing pro football", whether what it's like going through training camp, playing in hostile environments, or knowing what coaches and players are thinking, no one can dispute your experience...
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  • Hawkin wrote...
    egTman
    Wyman Plug Alert: If you like reading Dave Wyman writing and football experiences you would probably like the book "Then Zorn Said To Largent." It was an awesome read, especially if you like the Seahawks.
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  • Sterling wrote...
    I feel a draft
    Remember three years ago, when Brock and Salk were talking about how just-hired Pete Carroll and John Schneider closeted themselves for several days and boarded every single player, pro or college that they could find and rated them as to where they might fit into the Seahawks' plans? At the time, Brock said that he thought they had gone further than the other teams to identify everyone in the near future that might be useful to them. Is it reasonable to presume they have kept updating that study? I think so. I have to go all the way back to the Dallas Cowboys of the '70s to find any other published evidence of the like when Clint Murchison had Gil Brandt do a similar study and first computerized team planning. By the way, the Cowboys played "Monopoly" with their accumulated draft choices and reportedly (Sunday New York Times magazine article in the mid '70s) ended up completely staffing the league with the equivalent of two other NFL teams with the players they cut and traded over the '70s. And that period was their best for Super Bowls. The Seahawks (and maybe the 49ers) seem positioned to do the same sort of thing. That's why I don't personally pay much attention to the Bristol Pundits who have to file stories of interest about the draft; they don't report what really is going on do they? If I'm right, Seattle will try to hold onto a surplus of draft choices and use them judiciously, not waste them. We will see them replace and augment their team personnel from a position of strength rather then a position of need. Pretty cool. They revolving-doored a couple of hundred players in 2010 to find their core but now they look like they can control their needs regardless of who gets injured, suspended, or retires, for the next several seasons. Having the right coaches (yet to be proved) and designing imaginative offensive and defensive game plans to maximize their match-ups against each of the teams they play should make the team big winners given the control they now have of their personnel needs.
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  • jcalexander wrote...
    Hawks are right, everyone else is wrong?
    I have difficulty believing that Christine Michael, presumably the third-string running back going into camp was a better draft value than Arthur Brown.
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  • akleb wrote...
    jcalexander maybe Christine Michael...
    jcalexander I was just thinking that maybe Christine Michael has a better draft value in the Seahawk system and Arthur Brown has better draft value overall. Both are not equally exclusive. This is why I think the Seahawk managemant works so well. They only evaluate players based on their team criteria.
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  • Derrol_o wrote...
    "Hawks are right, everyone else is wrong?"
    It's happened several times since Pete and John took charge here, is that so hard to believe? I'm with you on Arthur Brown but then again if he's as much of a slam dunk NFL prospect as he appears then why did he fall to 56? He was a projected late first, early 2nd rounder leading up to the draft so why did he get passed over 24 times before the Ravens picked him? So other teams were thinking along the same line as the Hawks were. Two things to consider before panning the Hawks on the move. First off, Brown would have faced the same thing as Michael. Not much chance he'd win the starting job over Wagner so he'd also, like Michael, be just a backup. Also, it wasn't just a case of them picking Michael instead of Brown. They got the extra picks too, one of which they used to get Jesse Williams, a potential starter. So that might be the more accurate comparison in draft value. Williams and Michael vs Brown. It then becomes more clear on possibly why the Hawks decided to go the direction they went.
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  • Truhawk wrote...
    Exactly!
    John and Pete are steps ahead...Successful players want compensation, and salary caps dictate choices on who can be kept. Free Agency can pull players who want more than a team can spare. Injuries to key personnel can hurt a playoff run (see Chris Clemons). Michael is quality depth at RB, a position that has a short career span historically. And Arther Brown is an inside 'backer, not where we are in need. It seems obvious that John and Pete want to use hybrid SAM/DE's to fill the strongside 'backer spot, giving us tremendous depth at the DE spots in case of injury, suspension, etc. They have earned the right to look that way without my contempt, that is for sure. I wouldn't bet against them succeeding and other teams copying them in the future.
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  • Truhawk wrote...
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    Don't know why they posted me above akleb, I was responding to his comment.
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