Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Seattle Making All the Right Moves Pete Carroll and John Schneider are quickly becoming household names in the NFL world. They have built a unique core of young Seahawks players that have grown together to form a family-esque identity. A family that likes to hurt people. The dynamic front office duo broke the mold this off season with the trade for Percy Harvin. With the likes of Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, and Danny Amendola all available, Seattle felt Harvin was the best possible fit for their team. And I find it hard to disagree. Harvin is arguably the most talented individual in the NFL. His unique skill set allows the offensive coordinator - Darrell Bevell – to line him up in multiple positions in on the field. He is also one of the most dangerous returners in the game. For this reason the Hawks took the risk on Percy – baggage and all – because he will likely put this impressive offense to the next level. Pete Carroll and John Schneider earning their paychecks… Lining up beside Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch in the read option? Good luck defensive coordinators. D-Line Additions Before the media splash from the Harvin acquisition had time to settle, Seattle then picked up former Lions’ defensive end Cliff Avril. After Chris Clemons tore his ACL in the Wild Card round, the pass rush was a focus for improvement in the off season. They addressed that immediately with Avril. Avril’s play is nearly identical to that of Clemons’, who has great speed off of the line and consistently harasses quarterbacks off the edge. Avril was thought to receive a major pay day after declining the 3-year, $30 million contract extension offer from Detroit. He bet on himself, and claimed he thought he would receive Mario Williams-like offers. That didn’t happen, so he settled for a 2-year $15 million deal from a championship caliber team. Score two for Seattle. After the Avril addition, many assumed the Seahawks were done in the free agent market and would focus on the draft. But Carroll and Schneider had different ideas, as they picked up former Seahawk Michael Bennett late Thursday. Bennett was signed by the Seahawks in ’09 as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M. Bennett had a very brief tenure with Seattle, as he didn’t play in a single game. Instead he went to Tampa Bay, where he had three mediocre years and finally a breakout season in 2012. Michael Bennett is back in Seattle. Signed for 1-year, $5 million. After posting 9 sacks and 3 FF, many believed Bennett would receive a large payout in free agency. Like Avril, he didn’t receive the consideration that was expected, so he signed to Seattle for 1-year, $5 million. A building block contract for a big pay day in the next off season. One Goal + One Goal ONLY All of these moves can only mean one thing: It is super bowl or bust for this Seattle team. They have the assets, they were already elite, and have already found ways to improve their dynamic roster. Pass rush was their biggest need, and they added the top two rushers in the market – neither over the age of 27. And if that doesn’t get your jolly’s up, peep this: Last season Clemons, Bruce Irvin, Avril and Bennett combined for 38 sacks. Good for 11th in the league if we are comparing to ENTIRE TEAMS. If these moves are any sign of the team’s future decisions, they aren’t done yet. Seattle fans were already excited, now they are ecstatic. This city may be burned to the ground out of anticipation before the season begins. But if not, it’s going to be a hell of a ride. GO SEAHAWKS!!!! CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE AT NWSB!
1 Comment:
  • Their defense is not elite, too many blown leads and third down efficiency, numbers no lie.
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