I need a minute. Usually news such as this is given with a warning like: “You may want to sit down for this” or “are you holding anything sharp?”. There are very few things I don’t like about the team currently residing in Seattle. I love the Coach. I love the fact he has built a great defense, and running game. And I love the tough as nails physicality he’s trying to install. That was up until a short while ago when Pete Carroll was abducted by aliens and returned with a small screw loose. (That’s the only thing that explains it)
In the past few months, he has signed Kellen Winslow (current pass catching TE Diva), Antonio Bryant (ex Diva now, cut Diva), Braylon Edwards (still wants to be Diva,Diva), and now…
Almost 39 yr old Terrell Owens (The Diva of them all) who hasn’t played in the NFL since his short stint with the Bengals in 2010. A bizarre ESPN filmed workout with 0 NFL teams in attendance, and a nasty situation with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League later, and he lands in Seattle on a one year deal (Contract details have yet to be released).
To say Terrell Owens has baggage is an understatement. He’s been wildly spectacular on the field (1st ballot HOFer) his entire career but his act in the huddle, on the sideline, in meeting rooms, and during the off-season have been crazy and over the top negative more often than not. To his credit though, he did manage to avoid setting the Bills and Bengals organization on fire..At least publicly.
Enter Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson, and Russell Wilson. For Pete Carroll to subject his 3 headed race to the starting Seahawks QB position to a testy herd of needy pass catchers is bizarre, and almost cruel. Teams that add players like this need a towering and established vet leader at QB to control the huddle..Matt Flynn? Tarvaris Jackson? Russell Wilson?
I just don’t see it.
I said earlier today on twitter (check the timeline) that one of my concerns was the amount of reps available in practice that are going away from developmental players.. Ricardo Lockette, Golden Tate, Kris Durham and so on..Adding players who have not been through OTAs and will need to cram to consume the playbook means continuity with whatever QB Pete Carroll picks will be non existant..Don’t give me the “we can cut them anytime” line..Meanwhile the limited number of reps are gone, and you can’t legally get them back. This is a calculated risk here by Pete Carroll.
My question is basically this: When will the Seahawks offense begin to find its identity?
In the past when Pete Carroll went all Madden front office mode with the Seahawks roster I applauded because those moves were needed badly..Now I’m beginning to feel the urge to snatch the controller from his sun tanned hands..
Time will tell if my concern is warranted. I guess it’s time for me to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fireworks with my extra-large tub of popcorn, and try not to choke..
At the end of the day I love my team, and will support them to the end. But just like my parents said to me as a young boy..”Just because I love you, it doesn’t mean I like you at the moment”.
So welcome to Seattle Mr. Owens. Here’s to Seahawk success, and my fears laid to rest.