|Thoughts on Pete Carroll, and the Seahawks' draft so far
||[Apr. 23rd, 2010|04:26 pm]
Always the underdog
The Seahawks have had a killer draft so far. (And water is wet, and the sky is gray.) But the coverage over the last 20 hours has given a lot of the credit to Pete Carroll. (One random example. Most of this sentiment I've heard has been coming in over radio.)|
But Pete Carroll can't take any of the credit for our windfall-so-far, because:
1) It was blind, filthy luck that Okung dropped to 6. Pete needed a Left Tackle, whether it was the best, the second best, or even lower. It was openly speculated he may even have to take Bulaga at 6th overall, just because they needed someone.
2) Earl Thomas was a good value pick to fill a need. But that wasn't our pick, originally. We got it last year by trading to Denver, giving them our 2nd round for their 1st this year. So if anyone deserves credit, it should be Jim Mora. (It's too bad, too. Future trading is a great investment, but if coaches know a nominally proven guy like Mora, in his first year at a new job, can't bank on the fact that he'll be around the following year to cash in on his investment and get the credit he deserves, they'll be less likely to make the good move for the team, and be more likely to make the move that makes themselves look good.)
3) So far, Pete Carroll's only move has been to effectively draft Charlie Whitehurst in the second round (dropping from #40 to #60 this year, and giving up our third rounder next year). The only way this becomes even rational is if a #40 value pick drops to us at #60. I would have accepted Jimmy Clausen as that steal, if he had somehow dropped, but he just now got drafted by the Panthers. And I can't name anyone else that would retroactively justify the Whitehurst trade. (Of course, I care fuck all about college players, so maybe y'all could name someone I couldn't.)