Seattle Seahawks had waited, and waited for some return on that first round pick we traded to get Super Bowl winning and MVP Deon Branch, but they haven't gotten much back outside of injury after injury from him.
However, one of the good things that came later in the Seahawks '09 season was the sudden apperance of Deon Branch. Out of nowhere in a offense that could not do ANYTHING, there came Branch.
Branch didn't end up with huge numbers, mainly because nobody had big numbers in 09 ( Justin "J.Rock" Forsett 5.4 yds a carry not bad) but what Deon did have was a feel for what was going on, on the field. He showed his ability to run very nice routes, get open when needed, and have a feel for when the pocket would break down and he'd have to come back to help Matt out of a jam. Of course this didn't happen everytime, with most plays not having more then 2 seconds till Matt was sacked, Branch did help and he did show something he hasn't showed since coming here in 2006.
Matt and Deon Branch do have a good feel for each other, and Deon is healthier then he has been since '06?! Granted we will be spreading the ball around to a lot to these larger recievers that Carroll has brought in, plus T.J. Housh, Speedy Deon Butler, and Golden. But I see Branch having his best year in a Seahawks jersey, and he will be a big part of helping this new age form of the West Coast system. He will have more burst this year with his knees healed more and more time training and prepairing for this new challange for him and this new team.
Like Carroll said after the first mini-camp Deon (Branch) "was SHOWING OFF out there today" Believe me, when you are a winner for so long, and you go through some hard times, injuries, and losing. When you are healthy and are given a chance to win and be great again, YOU (Branch) jump all over that train when it comes around.
Deon thought maybe that train for him would be a trade back to his old team N.E. But what he now sees is his best chance to play big and win is with the team he KNOWS he owes something to, and the team he is used to being around..Seattle Seahawks!
I have been all about trading Branch over these past 2-3years, but we still have him now and it might end up being one of the best "No move" moves, outside of the Marshall deal, in Seahawks history if he comes back and really helps this team win.
What a great resource for Golden. I mean T.J. will be also (a good resource), but Deon being a smaller quicker guy, it will give Golden (and Butler) something to lean towards and learn from even more so.
Watch out for this team, we will be running and throwing like crazy! With a strong defense to keep the other teams off the field, watchout for the 'Hawks. Branch ended up being a good fit moving into the 2010 season, and for all those still hating on him don't hold your breath for a Branch trade this year.
"I never exhauled.... man"
Hasselbeck, Lofa, and Branch all huge leaders, and all big parts of the Seahawks winning in 2010!