Pandion Haliaetus wrote:1) I don't think the Seahawks are desperate for a bonafide 3 tech as many believe and presumably aren't relying on Branch to return to be satisfied at that position.
Seattle needs depth for Red Bryant as the 5-tech run specialist. Until they sign back Branch, they don't have it. I agree that Seattle is no longer "desperate" at 3-tech, but the need is absolutely still there. If Branch and McDonald both leave, we'll have to add two more bodies from somewhere just to make the numbers. Until Branch signs back, we do not have a run specialist 3-tech. Given how Carroll is so emphatic about the run game on both ends, I think he considers this a priority.
Pandion Haliaetus wrote:A) I think that the Seahawks think that Red Bryant can provide similar play to Alan Branch at the position. I know of the arguments that Bryant was very underwhelming until he was a 5 tech but I'll counter argue that he played DT on a very bad defense his first two seasons and whilst incredible athletic, he was also very very raw.
I want to agree with you here. But that said, Bryant's ability inside is an unknown at best. He struggled there before. Maybe he wouldn't now, but we can't know that until the offseason is over and the preseason is upon us. Seattle would be unwise to bank on the unknown, and I don't think they would. Besides, if you move Bryant inside, who plays the run stopping 5-tech specialist? Either way, you'd need to add a body in the draft.
Pandion Haliaetus wrote:B) With the addition of Michael Bennett, and the further development of Greg Scruggs and on a questionable side note, Jaye Howard. The Seahawks have able bodies to fill the nickel 3 tech role as well as depth at 5 tech.
I think Scruggs and Bennett are very similar players. Both are 5-tech / 3-tech hybrids who are more natural at 5-tech than the 3-tech. I'm not sure if Scruggs offers the kind of run defense inside that Pete wants, although Bennett probably would.
Seattle really values run defense and seems averse to adding more specialists (they highly value versatility and utility). For that reason, I think Jaye Howard is probably in trouble. Unless his run defense skyrockets towards respectability this season, unless that happens, I think he's PS material at best.
I don't think any
of those 3 players are the ideal 3-tech that Pete Carroll wants. Bennett comes the closest, but he's far more valuable in a 5-tech role so putting him inside would waste his talents. Seattle doesn't really have a "pure" 3-tech right now. Even Alan Branch is more of a Brandon Mebane type.
Pandion Haliaetus wrote:2) The Seahawks aren't desperate to find a bonafide WLB as many want and believe. More importantly they do need to add significant depth.
Agreed 100% on point 2 and all the subsections to it.