5 Biggest Mistakes of Seattle Seahawks’ 2013 Season So Far
Pete Carroll's Made Some Smart Calls, But Some Mistakes As Well
The Seattle Seahawks have not done much wrong so far in 2013. They added depth to their defensive line, acquiring Michael Bennett from Tampa Bay and Cliff Avril from Detroit to combat the issues of Bruce Irvin’s suspension and Chris Clemons' injury. They also re-signed strong safety Kam Chancellor, making sure that they keep the “Legion of Boom” secondary together for at least a couple more years.
Their roster is filled with big, strong, athletic, and fast players. They fly to the ball on defense, hit you hard when they arrive, and talk trash as you limp back to the huddle. On offense they pound you into the ground with Marshawn Lynch, and when that doesn’t work, they rely on the playmaking ability of second-year quarterback Russell Wilson, a third-round selection of the 2012 NFL Draft who went from 3rd string quarterback to starter as a rookie in just one short preseason. I expect Wilson to have another great year.
As great as the Seattle Seahawks did in the offseason, there were a couple, well, to be exact, there were five big mistakes the team has made so far in 2013 that made me scratch my head. They weren’t egregious mistakes by any means, as Peter Carroll really knows what he is looking for in players, but they were mistakes nonetheless. Some of these mistakes will hurt them; others may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. But to me, these are the five biggest mistakes the Seahawks made so far.
Brady Quinn-First-Round Bust
Signing Brady Quinn. Need I say more? Okay, I will, but I won't be nice about it. Brady Quinn looks like an NFL quarterback. If you had Wilson and Quinn in the same room and asked a bunch of people which one played quarterback, everyone would choose Quinn. That’s where the positives end for him, though. As a first-round pick he was a bust. Heck, if he were a third-round pick, he would have still been considered a bust. His career stats are 53.8 completion percentage, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions with an average yard per pass of only 5.53 yards. As a Kansas City Chief last year he had a 4-to-1 interception to touchdown ratio. The Seahawks, however, made up for this mistake bringing back Tarvaris Jackson to be the backup instead of Quinn.
Jordan Hill-3rd-Round Draft Pick
Drafting three defensive tackles was a misstep. Their roster is already loaded with players like Brandon Mebane, Clinton McDonald and Tony McDaniel. They could have just done fine with one defensive tackle in the draft, and for me I would have drafted Jesse Williams from Alabama. I feel Seattle got Williams as a steal in round five of the draft, but drafting defensive tackle Jordan Hill in the third-round wasn’t the smart choice to me. Granted they took him before Williams, but they could have used a pick like that on their linebacker group. They also drafted Jared Smith in the seventh-round as the third defensive tackle.
Christine Michael-2nd-Round Speedster
Drafting two running backs in the draft as a mistake. They already had Marshawn Lynch, “Beast-mode” as some would call his running style, and Robert Turbin, a Lynch clone. Lynch and Turbin are two big, physical runners that wear you down. To the surprise of most, the Seahawks in the second-round of the 2013 NFL Draft took Christine Michael, who was Seattle’s number one running back on their draft board. Then in the fourth-round they selected Spencer Ware. Apparently they are going to use Ware at fullback, but they already have one of the best in Michael Robinson at fullback. Michael was a good pick as he will bring a change of pace speed to the running back position, but there were just other needs that should have been addressed first, including offensive tackle.
Percy Harvin Paid Too Much Money
The fourth mistake of the Seahawks made was trading for and giving big money to Percy Harvin. I love Percy Harvin; I had him on my fantasy team last year and through eight games I looked like a genius. Then Harvin did what he does every year and got injured. Whether it's reoccurring migraines, a sprained ankle or a hip injury, he just doesn’t stay on the field consistently. Yes he only missed a couple of games in his career till last year, but a sprained ankle keeping you out for seven weeks is a little absurd. Seattle also paid top-dollar for a player whom has never had 1000 yards in a season.
John Moffitt- Traded to Broncos
Trading John Moffit was awful. Moffitt lost the starting right guard spot this offseason to converted defensive player J.R Sweezy, but trading him to Denver wasn’t the answer. Yes, the added cap space is nice, and yes, there are some promising rookies on their roster, including seventh-round draft choice Michael Bowie and free agent guard Alvin Bailey, but I would much rather have a unspectacular but solid player who has experience in games, especially when you are a contender to win the Super Bowl.
That’s it, five mistakes the Seattle Seahawks have made so far in 2013. I would love to listen to your comments if any of you Seattle Seahawk fans have any. See you the end of the season, where I can see if I made any errors in the mistakes I picked.