Let's Try This Again... What the Bollocks are the Seahawks Doing?

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Let's Try This Again... What the Bollocks are the Seahawks Doing?

Under the impression that the Seahawks traded 20 spots back in the second round this year and traded our 2011 third-round pick without getting a third-round pick this year for QB Charlie Whitehurst, last night I wrote an article I called, "What the Bollocks are the Seahawks Doing?" About 20 minutes into it being posted I received a comment from a fellow Hawk fan, who shall remain nameless, telling me I shouldn't run my mouth before I know what was really happening. He claimed the second-round swap was correct but that we also swapped our third-round pick next year for San Diego's third-round pick this year.

I was immediately ecstatic. I don't care about how much money we pay the guy I just care that this year we have all the firepower needed to make the moves in the draft to get us the players we need. Adding a third-round pick this year made my night. I could care less that we got Whitehurst in the deal. I quickly deleted my article, sang praises to Pete Carroll for his brilliance, and went to bed smiling.

This morning I woke up and did my usual routine of checking ESPN and Seattle Times. I became frightened. ESPN reported only 10 minutes before I began publishing the article that there was no third-round pick swap but that we simply gave our third-rounder and moved 20 spots back. The Seattle Times reported the same.

Now this may all just be some big misunderstanding on my part. If I'm misunderstanding it, then again, I will remove this article to not have to expose you to my stupidity, but for now it looks as though it's time to start running my mouth:

WHAT THE BOLLOCKS ARE THE SEAHAWKS DOING?!

When we released Grant I said, eh, oh well. At least that means we'll probably be going after a safety like Eric Berry or Taylor Mays which will be exciting. When the Tapp trade went down, I said eh, oh well. We got a fourth-round pick. Maybe we'll use that as firepower to pick up Brandon Marshall in a trade without having to give up either of our first-round picks.

When Seneca Wallace was traded I thought oh well, we'll find a good backup. When Nate left I looked for the good in saying he was getting too old any way. We can do better.

When I heard Sims might be going I got somewhat frightened. The dude was our best blocker last year, but I kept a happy face on and said we'll get some good value for him...hopefully. Finally, when I heard what we gave up to get third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst I lost my fricken mind.

Don't question my loyalties. The first haircut I was ever given was the Boz spikey mullet, ok? I'm a diehard—nay—die-never fan, but I'll speak my mind when I think a lot of stupid things are happening with our team...as should you.

If you're one of those people who say Pete Carroll bringing in Whitehurst is like Mike Holmgren bringing in Matt Hasselbeck, there's one thing you're forgetting. Holmgren worked with Hasselbeck before coming to the Seahawks. Just because Carroll coached college ball in the same state Whitehurst played pro ball doesn't make this a Holmgren/Hass thing.

Here's a little run down I've put together on the what we've gotten versus the what we've given (not saying more moves won't be made to better replace some of these guys, just saying this is what it is so far):

We lose (in some aspects) our No. 1 receiver (Nate Burleson) and replace him with Ruvell Martin. We lose a defensive end who was ranked seventh in the entire league for hits on the quarterback and in return get a fourth-round pick (instead of the second-round tender we put on him) and a random "DE." They say he's a DE/LB hybrid so we won't get pissed when actually he's a LB. If he did play DE he'd be the smallest DE in the world.

We release our starting safety. We trade our backup QB who has at least somewhat proven he's not going to fumble the ball every game for a 2011 late-round pick, and replace him with a third-string QB who hasn't proven anything other than he fumbles and acquires more INTs than TDs playing against second and third-string defenses. Not only did we have to move back 20 spots in the second round to pick him up, but (if the reports on ESPN and Seattle Times are correct) we gave up our third-round pick next year with no swap for their third-round pick this year.

I know this is a rebuilding phase, but it'd be nice to keep some pieces that worked better than others last season to at least hold the team in place while you add other parts.

It would have been so much more intelligent to simply take that second or fourth-round pick and draft a QB. You'd get more years out of him and more importantly it'd cost less, you wouldn't need to lose a third-round pick, and he'd be just as proven as Whitehurst.

It just seems to me like Carroll knows he's safe for at least a few years and is fine losing this year in order to pick high next year. I know he's high up on Jake Locker but you don't need to lose every game in order have a shot at him. Every year in the draft there's always teams looking to trade out of the top five because of the money involved.

Most likely the same teams will be back in the top five. If St Louis picks up Bradford this year then that means Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, and Kansas City will have all gotten their QBs of the future within the past couple years. It would not be a longshot for either of these four teams to want to trade out of the first spot if they wound up there.

Please, someone prove me wrong. Give me a real link to a reliable site that says we did in fact get San Diego's 2010 third-round pick.

Either way it isn't the end of the world. We still have the draft to look forward to and could make some really big moves come the end of April. It just seems like we're making moves without thinking them through or being patient and that we could get a lot more and give a lot less than what we're doing in this free agency.

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