Calling Shots From Afar: My Beef With Taylor Mays and More

Sam WoodsCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2010

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 7:  Taylor Mays #2 of the USC Trojans listens to music as he looks in the stands before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 7, 2009 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  USC won 14-9.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
Jeff Golden/Getty Images

This series will mostly be a hodgepodge of thoughts, both baseball and football, mostly concerning the Mariners and Seahawks.

First, I must address a pressing matter, and that is the wave of obsession over Taylor Mays that is sweeping 'Hawks nation.

"OMG he's soooo fast and hits sooo hard and is like...such a presence! With Pete Carroll in Seattle now, and Taylor being from here, it’s totally like it was meant to be!!!"

Child Please.

Yes, Taylor Mays is a presence, yes he is a freak of nature, and yes he lays the wood. He accelerates like no other and changes directions like a running back.

That's great and all, but there are two sides to every story. In pass coverage, he gets caught out of position and frequently takes false steps, negating his speed and acceleration advantages.

His instincts are on par with Chad Pennington's arm strength.

When the moment of truth comes, he displays zero ball skills, and will frequently give up the big catch down the seam.

I know this will anger a lot of you, but I even doubt his ability to stop big running plays. In space, he will throw his body at his target, not wrap up. This will result in occasional fumbles and concussions, but at the price of frequent failed tackles.

Finally, over the course of the last two to three years, I have seen little improvement in his flaws, and while I don't know for sure of course, I have to wonder what his work ethic will be like once he gets that fat check.

Ultimately, it comes down to this. Taylor Mays will fly through the gap and stop a run for -2 yards on first down.

Two plays later on third down, he will lose himself on a double move, say a post corner route, and give up 18 yards and the first down.

Not worth a first or second rounder.

Second on our agenda, a brief note about Jimmy Clausen .

I personally believe Clausen will do just fine, if not great. He has carried the spotlight since the seventh grade and he will not even blink to at the scary prospect of playing in the NFL.

He has great leadership, poise, and ability to get the job done. He is a film room rat and has well renowned work ethic. I see him as a stronger armed Kurt Warner. They both have a 3/4 release, major work ethic, and intelligence points and the ability to "find a way."

Where Clausen loses points is in his slight footwork issues (which shouldn't be a problem) and his constant I-,I-,I- statements.

What the Seahawks (or Redskins, Rams, whoever) need to do is go back as far as they can, and question anyone and everyone that came within five feet of him in middle school, high school, and college.

Said team needs to do their homework, take the bad with the good, and then do more homework. These kinds of quarterbacks are extremely high risk/high reward.

You could get Phillip Rivers. You could get Jay Cutler (which isn't THAT bad really).

You could get Peyton Manning. You could get Ryan Leaf (Gasp!).

It's up to the team's management to carry this out and act accordingly. The fans of the world just have to sit and wait patiently like obedient children and realize that we just don't know.

We, as fans, cannot get over the fact that we just don't know. We buy "insider access," read blogs, twitter accounts, and hot stove stuff. We create the bleacher report's of the world to pretend that we know.

We do all this and more just to get an edge and prove someone else wrong or to figure something else out before the rest. But really, we have no clue, and we're taking stabs into relative darkness. We don't want to admit that we just don't know.

We just don't know.

On that happy note, stay tuned to hear me piss you all off when I make a case for Justin Forsett being one the most replaceable players on the roster.

Also, should the 'Hawks go after another WILL linebacker (the position Aaron Curry plays) in this year's draft?

Log in next time, when I call more shots from afar.