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 Post subject: Re: Exciting times ... BUT (Fiscal Cliff?)
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:22 pm 
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My best guess...we will see some more extensions before the season is out. The FO knows whats coming their way and I'm sure they will do what ever it takes to make sure things sit pretty for a while.

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Paul Allen.


I know he's rich and all, but exactly how does that help us against the cap?


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Paul Allen.


I know he's rich and all, but exactly how does that help us against the cap?

He'll buy the 31 other teams and refuse to sign any Seahawks..?

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CANHawk wrote:
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I know he's rich and all, but exactly how does that help us against the cap?

He'll buy the 31 other teams and refuse to sign any Seahawks..?


That was pretty good.

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With regards to drafting players to replace future free agents, we should keep in mind that Pete has said that the advantage he's had as a former college coach will eventually dwindle. Now I do think we still have a great scouting staff, including our own John Schneider, but we should not automatically assume that Pete and John will continue to find these diamonds in the rough to the same degree they have thus far.

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I like Browner more than Sherm, but we got to keep ALL FOUR of our secondary. It would be a disaster if we lost any of them.


your kidding right? You'd prefer the guy with more penalties and less passes defended? I like Browner too, but his age makes him expendable to me. He'll be 30 soon and he's not exactly blazing fast. 2 me Earl and Sherman are the 2 most important players in the secondary.


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Earl Thomas
Richard Sherman
Kam Chancellor
KJ Wright
Brandon Browner



Golden Tate
Jason Jones
Alan Branch


The first 5, to me, are the identity of the team and are critical to keep. The last three I like, but I don't see them as critical in growing the team. Golden is coming into his own, but I think there are rookies in the draft that can be had to replicate what he gives us, and the same with Branch and Jones. Does that mean I want to jettison them? No, I would love to have long-term relationships for them here. I just know I won't lose sleep if we can't keep them. I don't feel that way about the Legion of Boom, however.

The only change I see is I'd let Wright go and bring back Jones

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^Amen. Tate is super important to the offense. I'm a huge fan of what he brings. I wouldn't even think about parting ways with him at this point (unless he demands a totally stupid contract extension that is.)


What you have to ask is...could a cheaper rookie do his job? That's it...it's a bidness, and I waod say that any number of 4-7 draft picks can do what he does...and get separation as well on a consistent basis.

Had a great year..but replaceable

In fact I could argue that a faster taller version I him could do more!
And cheaper mid round pick with a chip on his shoulder fighting for veteran contract

You'd also have to ask if continuety and the chemistry would play a part in bringing in an unknown, remember Koren?


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 Post subject: Re: Exciting times ... BUT (Fiscal Cliff?)
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To be honest I'm not that concerned. With the way this team finds players throughout the draft, I don't think it's going to be much of an issue. I have faith in our FO to keep this going. Every draft they show us what they can do . Yes it would be nice to keep all our great players around but just keep in mind that 2 years ago, or even beginning of last year, you wouldn't have care about most of these guys. We find talent. We will keep who we need, and find what we need to replace .

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 Post subject: Re: Exciting times ... BUT (Fiscal Cliff?)
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Diamonds in the rough still need polishing. What I mean is that tremendous athletic ability and field smarts still need a nourishing environment to flourish. This beautiful problem we're discussing is a direct result of having a well-honed coaching staff and GM who operate under a philosophy that is much more encompassing than we've seen here in a long time.

Pete brought the "always compete/win forever" focus, but it's not "his" system, the way Holmgren (and so many other coaches) had "his" way of doing things. If you didn't buy into Holmie, you didn't play. Right now, Seahawk players have to buy into competing more so than Pete, the man; the difference seems subtle when reduced to a single sentence like that, but it's a major one. If you shy away from competition, you're gone. The ones who stick with it get polished and they shine. I believe it's the adoption of the larger, conceptual, mantra that has brought out the best in all these players we're talking about.

They are playing for money, as all professionals are, but these guys are playing for pride and starting spots like no other team in recent memory. These guys are playing with the unbridled passion of a great high school team, and that is a compliment. Cash and cap room will be issues, but I think these players who are performing so well understand there is something special about this program (remember how much PC uses that term?) and that a little cost-share amongst teammates will go a long way to preserve the atmosphere that propelled each of them to excel as they have. The motivation is built into the entire organizational structure because of PC, JS, the rest of the coaches, and the players believing in it.

Ultimately, the more we win, the more these great players will want to stick around. But even with that, after two 7-9 seasons, none of these competitors came close to giving up, slowing down, or wanting out. We've seen that kind of stuff in the past. It is the belief in the philosophy that has this team, and individual players, getting better all the time. I foresee this belief being essential in keeping the core components and key players together as long as they're productive.

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It is the belief in the philosophy that has this team, and individual players, getting better all the time. I foresee this belief being essential in keeping the core components and key players together as long as they're productive.


I always rolled my eyes a little when Pete goes into his "Always Compete" mumbo jumbo.

IMO the brilliance of how Carroll and Schneider have built the Hawks is because they've made a concerted effort to draft and bring in players with chips on their shoulders for one reason or another.

- Lynch: Told he was a head case and not worthy of being an elite back
- Wilson: Told he was too short
- Irvin: Pass rushing specialist with a troubled past never going to achieve anything
- Sherman: Converted WR too slow and big to amount to anything at the DB position
- Chancellor: Too big to play Safety, should have been drafted as a late round LB
- Browner: Canadian Football wash out

You get the point, all players that are going to bust their ass, study, prepare and scratch and claw every ounce of effort to prove the haters wrong. THIS is the genius behind the rebuilding process over the past 3-4 years.

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Call me selfish, but that is one reason why I don't want some of these players to go to the pro bowl (not saying they don't deserve it). Just one more thing for them to be able to hike up their value. I know that sounds stupid, but really I think the Pro Bowl is completely pointless nowadays. Can't we just have our cake and eat it too!?

Here's :thirishdrinkers: to hoping that most of them love playing here and are willing to negotiate a decent contract to stay even if that means not getting as much as they could if they went elsewhere!

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It is the belief in the philosophy that has this team, and individual players, getting better all the time. I foresee this belief being essential in keeping the core components and key players together as long as they're productive.


I always rolled my eyes a little when Pete goes into his "Always Compete" mumbo jumbo.

IMO the brilliance of how Carroll and Schneider have built the Hawks is because they've made a concerted effort to draft and bring in players with chips on their shoulders for one reason or another.

- Lynch: Told he was a head case and not worthy of being an elite back
- Wilson: Told he was too short
- Irvin: Pass rushing specialist with a troubled past never going to achieve anything
- Sherman: Converted WR too slow and big to amount to anything at the DB position
- Chancellor: Too big to play Safety, should have been drafted as a late round LB
- Browner: Canadian Football wash out

You get the point, all players that are going to bust their ass, study, prepare and scratch and claw every ounce of effort to prove the haters wrong. THIS is the genius behind the rebuilding process over the past 3-4 years.


That is true, no argument. But that chip does no good if there's no support system to funnel the resentment into competition. A guy can have something to prove, but with no unifying guidance – in a team sport especially – it does not necessarily translate to success. Without the philosophy, there's just an angry young man out for himself. If the players rolled their eyes at competition "mumbo jumbo" we would not be having this conversation. With a lesser coaching staff, or an incomplete philosophy, we would be trying to figure out how to get rid of all these head-cases and bitter late-round picks. Pete's approach is not a bumper-sticker slogan ("It's NOW Time", anyone?) it's an approach to the game and to life that he has refined through experience and reflection. Richard Sherman answered a chat question last week asking what Pete Carroll was like behind closed doors with "Just as he is in front of everybody." There's no posturing, no head games, no grandstanding. Doing your best is not about listening to him, it's about what is inside each player. You compete at every moment to maximize your potential and this belief is the focus of this team. No doubt, you gotta get the right guys to buy in; those chip-on-the-shoulder guys you mentioned are a perfect fit for this FO's approach.

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That is true, no argument. But that chip does no good if there's no support system to funnel the resentment into competition. A guy can have something to prove, but with no unifying guidance – in a team sport especially – it does not necessarily translate to success. Without the philosophy, there's just an angry young man out for himself. If the players rolled their eyes at competition "mumbo jumbo" we would not be having this conversation. With a lesser coaching staff, or an incomplete philosophy, we would be trying to figure out how to get rid of all these head-cases and bitter late-round picks. Pete's approach is not a bumper-sticker slogan ("It's NOW Time", anyone?) it's an approach to the game and to life that he has refined through experience and reflection. Richard Sherman answered a chat question last week asking what Pete Carroll was like behind closed doors with "Just as he is in front of everybody." There's no posturing, no head games, no grandstanding. Doing your best is not about listening to him, it's about what is inside each player. You compete at every moment to maximize your potential and this belief is the focus of this team. No doubt, you gotta get the right guys to buy in; those chip-on-the-shoulder guys you mentioned are a perfect fit for this FO's approach.


Don't get me wrong, Pete's positive approach to football (and life) is infectious........so I'm sure that rubs off on the players. But if we were to divide up into percentages as to what's making this team tick? I'd say it's 80% roster of players playing with a purpose to prove people wrong and get paid, and about 20% Carroll's "always compete happy happy" philosophy.

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That is true, no argument. But that chip does no good if there's no support system to funnel the resentment into competition. A guy can have something to prove, but with no unifying guidance – in a team sport especially – it does not necessarily translate to success. Without the philosophy, there's just an angry young man out for himself. If the players rolled their eyes at competition "mumbo jumbo" we would not be having this conversation. With a lesser coaching staff, or an incomplete philosophy, we would be trying to figure out how to get rid of all these head-cases and bitter late-round picks. Pete's approach is not a bumper-sticker slogan ("It's NOW Time", anyone?) it's an approach to the game and to life that he has refined through experience and reflection. Richard Sherman answered a chat question last week asking what Pete Carroll was like behind closed doors with "Just as he is in front of everybody." There's no posturing, no head games, no grandstanding. Doing your best is not about listening to him, it's about what is inside each player. You compete at every moment to maximize your potential and this belief is the focus of this team. No doubt, you gotta get the right guys to buy in; those chip-on-the-shoulder guys you mentioned are a perfect fit for this FO's approach.


Don't get me wrong, Pete's positive approach to football (and life) is infectious........so I'm sure that rubs off on the players. But if we were to divide up into percentages as to what's making this team tick? I'd say it's 80% roster of players playing with a purpose to prove people wrong and get paid, and about 20% Carroll's "always compete happy happy" philosophy.


I'm pretty sure the desire to win makes up more than 0% of that.

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That is true, no argument. But that chip does no good if there's no support system to funnel the resentment into competition. A guy can have something to prove, but with no unifying guidance – in a team sport especially – it does not necessarily translate to success. Without the philosophy, there's just an angry young man out for himself. If the players rolled their eyes at competition "mumbo jumbo" we would not be having this conversation. With a lesser coaching staff, or an incomplete philosophy, we would be trying to figure out how to get rid of all these head-cases and bitter late-round picks. Pete's approach is not a bumper-sticker slogan ("It's NOW Time", anyone?) it's an approach to the game and to life that he has refined through experience and reflection. Richard Sherman answered a chat question last week asking what Pete Carroll was like behind closed doors with "Just as he is in front of everybody." There's no posturing, no head games, no grandstanding. Doing your best is not about listening to him, it's about what is inside each player. You compete at every moment to maximize your potential and this belief is the focus of this team. No doubt, you gotta get the right guys to buy in; those chip-on-the-shoulder guys you mentioned are a perfect fit for this FO's approach.


Don't get me wrong, Pete's positive approach to football (and life) is infectious........so I'm sure that rubs off on the players. But if we were to divide up into percentages as to what's making this team tick? I'd say it's 80% roster of players playing with a purpose to prove people wrong and get paid, and about 20% Carroll's "always compete happy happy" philosophy.


I'm pretty sure the desire to win makes up more than 0% of that.


Wouldn't that be a part of the playing with purpose?

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