March has been a busy month for our Seattle Seahawks, and even as I write this article there are big moves in the works.
Backup quarterback Matt Flynn is reportedly on the move to the Oakland Raiders for draft picks, and there is speculation the Seahawks could look toward Bills backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen or Browns quarterback Colt McCoy to move in behind him.
Seattle has been extremely patient in waiting to see where the big free agents land. For teams desperate for a quarterback, they’ve now had an opportunity to fully evaluate the college talent and those that don’t like what they see are looking at Flynn.
Of course one of the biggest moves of the offseason was completed when the Seahawks traded away their first-round draft pick to Minnesota for wide receiver Percy Harvin. The move isn’t without risk considering his reported troubles with coaches in Minnesota, but it’s definitely worth the risk considering the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell worked with Harvin before coming to Seattle.
Another big free agent signing was the addition of former Lions’ defensive end Cliff Avril. He was ProFootballTalk’s second-ranked player behind Mike Wallace on their list of top 100 free agents. Not too much farther down on the list at number 11 is defensive end Michael Bennett, also picked up by Seattle this month.
By taking two of the top-three free agent pass rushers, the Seahawks are making their intensions clear—they want to get to the quarterback in 2013.
These moves have the attention of the rest of the NFL, with ESPN moving the Seahawks up the power rankings to number one. While it may not mean anything at this point of the year, it does show that people are paying attention to Seattle now and giving them some respect.
Speaking of disrespect, I’m reminded of the program that showed up on NFL Network called, Top 10 Coaches Who Belonged in College, with Pete Carroll in the nine hole – three spots behind former Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson.
I understand that this is an old program that was updated since Carroll came to Seattle. While he may have deserved that spot four years ago, I think he’s already done enough to get taken off the list.
Maybe they could put former Raiders coach, and current USC coach, Lane Kiffin in that spot. Though one could argue that he doesn’t even belong in college, he hasn’t won anything in college outside of the regular season.
But back to Carroll, considering the moves he is making with general manager John Schneider, it’s only going to be a matter of time before his pro career with Seattle begins to overshadow his college career.