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If you’ve felt yourself feeling a little down the past two days, perhaps so far as in the dumps, it’s likely because Seattle Seahawks‘ funny-man John Moffitt was traded to the Denver Broncos yesterday after it had been announced that J.R. Sweezy had won the starting guard job.
But, as in all things Moffitt, he made sure his exit from the organization was comical.
First rumored to be heading to the Cleveland Browns on Monday, it was then announced the trade was rescinded because he failed a physical that was required to complete the trade. Many thinking he would perhaps remain in Seattle due to the news of a failed physical, it was just minutes later that he was on his way to the Denver Broncos in exchange for DT Sealver Siliga.
Here’s the news from Softy:
Hearing Moffitt failed physical with Browns. Bad knee. Told Hawks are now trading him to Denver.
— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) August 20, 2013
Perhaps a little disappointing for Seahawks fans to hear at first (Moffitt had become well-known in the community and was always one of the key pieces of “Real Rob Reports”), some may also consider him the first true bust of the Pete Carroll and John Schneider era.
Selected with the 75th pick overall and in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin, there were questions surrounding his pass-blocking potential but the All-American was considered to have the potential to make an impact at the next level.
Your sense of humor will be missed, Moffit. (Photo: AP)
Making nine starts in his rookie campaign before getting hurt, he flashed an ability to develop into a better pass-blocker, but it was clear his skills were really not there.
While he did excel in run-blocking and could open up some holes for Marshawn Lynch, Moffitt struggled with his athleticism and ability to be wherever he was needed, especially in sustaining pass-blocks.
Though some now call him a bust, it should be noted that many draft analysts originally considered Moffitt a reach by the Seahawks with the 75th pick in the 2011 draft.
His athleticism was always doubted, so I guess I’m not too surprised by the news he was let go, especially considering Sweezy’s apparent rise.
It could be argued that while Moffitt was a bit of a disappointment, Sweezy is apparently doing everything to be a huge surprise for Seattle. Originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the 225th pick overall, Sweezy was a defensive tackle at NC State who would make the move to guard after being drafted by the Hawks.
Struggling in his first appearance at the new position against the Arizona Cardinals, coaches thought it best to sit him and let him develop before really throwing him into the lions den in the final four weeks of the season, where Sweezy played much better in two regular season and two playoff contests.
Competing with Moffitt for the starting spot this year, the Seahawks gave the position to Sweezy and noted his development and the talent of the younger guys behind him, effectively making Moffitt somewhat expendable.
It’ll be very interesting to watch Sweezy really take hold of the guard position this year, especially with his relative success in the final two regular season games of last year and the two playoff games as well.
Nothing much to say about Siliga, really (no offense). He’s another body on the defensive line and isn’t one of those guys you expect to see significant starting time — or any time at all.
It’s tough to see a guy like Moffitt go, but I’ll trust in the wisdom of the front office and Carroll and Schneider.
They’ve worked wonders with this team so far, and I truly believe Sweezy has big potential at the guard position.
Best of luck to Moffitt in Denver, and here’s to hoping he turns it around and becomes an athletic and successful guard.
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