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who is the CORE...?
Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:13 pm
  • When it comes to sports teams, we always seem to talk about the "core" or the "nucleus" of the team that makes the team be what it be and do what it do. So with our team, who is the "core" of the team that will carry us through the next 6-8 years?

    In no particular order, MY core is...

    Russell Wilson (d'uh). He's like the core of the core. The nucleus's nucleus. He's like the God particle. He's be be all to end all. He is our savior and will take us to the promised land. Can I get an amen?

    Russell Okung - Gotta protect the God particle. LT's this good don't come around very often.
    Max Unger - 27 and possibly the best center in the league. I'll take another 6 years of that please.
    Golden Tate - He's a difference maker, a TD maker and Russell's favorite target. Love him or hate him, I don't see him going anywhere.
    *Percy Harvin - * because he hasn't played a down as a Hawk yet, but I think he's going to be kinda important
    Bobby Wagner - heady Mike with excellent range and great fundamentals. He'll be the man in the middle for the next decade.
    Earl Thomas - He's the key that makes the entire secondary defense work. 2nd most important piece behind Russell Wilson.
    Kam Chancellor - Sets the tone for our physical defense and is the leader of the LOB.
    Richard Sherman - Best corner in the game. Nuff said.

    If we can keep THIS group together and surround them with a cost effective supporting cast comprised of rookies with something to prove on their way into the league and vets with a little bit left to give on their way out of it, we should be competing for titles for the next 6 - 8 years IMO.

    Guys on the fringe of the core:

    Sidney Rice - it's an age thing. Like Unger he'll be 27 this year but unlike C's, WR's decline rather quickly north of 30. He's super important to us in the short term, but I don't really expect to see him here 6 years from now.
    Bruce Irvin - He hasn't shown it yet. He's young and has all the physical tools (my god does he ever) but hasn't shown he's capable of being on the field for all 3 downs. If he does though...
    Zack Miller - again an age thing. He is SO important to what we do now just as a blocker, but the fact he runs great routes and has great hands makes him even more important. I hope we find a way to make the $'s work and keep him around because I don't see his skillset being easily replaced...
    Brandon Browner - The man is a BEAST! but I don't nessessarily know if he's in the long term plans. He doesn't have a lot of NFL miles on him, but he's still 27 years old and has played a lot of football in his life. The difference between an elite CB and a regular CB isn't much and I could see him decline down to "average" rather quickly. He'll be expensive to re-up and I'm not sure if there'll be room for him. Given the road he travelled to get here, I'd love to see him get his payday... I just don't think it's going to be here.
    KJ Wright - A strong Sam with great length. Helps set the end against the run and is pretty good against the pass too. I had him in "the core" originally, but... I dunno. Something about a SAM just feels pedestrian to me and not worthy of "core" status. Tell me why I'm wrong...

    You're not the core:

    Antoine Winfield - He's an ageless wonder true, but he's not here in 6 years. Right now, he is like a wonderful seasoning that makes the steak all that much better; but even with out it, you're still eating a steak. We'll still do what we do without him, but we'll just do it so much better with him.
    Marshawn Lynch - Lynch is a fricken PHENOM... right now. The way he runs, while incredibly effective, doesn't make for all that much longevity. Given he already has well documented back problems, I don't see him making it that far past 30. We have 2 other backs in house who should be able to shoulder the same load in a balanced offense. THis is the big money year for Lynch and I think this is as long as they realistically expected to keep him here; everything else is gravy. I love Marshawn to death though and would love to be proven wrong though...
    Red Bryant - He has a very special skillset and plays a very specific role in our defense, but for some reason I just don't see him being here for the long haul. Red will contribute in the short term, but I can see us getting younger and cheaper at the position in a few years when the big money years of his contract kick in.

    Undecided:

    Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett - We have to see how they fit into the system first. These are 2 27 year old guys on "show me" contracts, so they have to show me something. Bennett in particular could be a huge difference maker if he can provide that much needed pennetration from the 3-tech spot.
    Christine Michael - He's so young, so strong, so fast and so talented. From what I've seen of him, he has Adrian Peterson like tools. If he gets an opportunity to show what he can do, he just might make Marshawn expendable (and I fricken LOVE Marshawn).


    So what do y'all think? Is the core actually bigger? Is it smaller? Is it totally different? Let's talk about the core.....
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:36 pm
  • I don't disagree with your breakdown of the players, I would just suggest that the core is considerably smaller than that.

    I would say:

    Wilson (franchise QB)
    Okung (franchise LT)
    Unger (Unger:: Wilson as Saturday::P Manning. Very important relationship)
    Harvin (elite young playmaker, rare gamechanger)

    Wagner (long term upper level MLB)
    Sherman (lockdown true #1 CB)
    Thomas (special range)
    Chancellor (the extension was the team saying he was part of the core, whereas I would have said he was a probowl talent but not as crucial as the other key guys)

    Not to knock anyone else, but I really based it upon projected years left and positional value. That said, double digit sacks from Avril, Irvin or Bennett puts them right into the core.

    lol, my core didn't actually end up that much smaller.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:54 pm
  • Russell
    Okung
    Max
    Percy
    Tate

    Irvin
    Wagner
    Sherm
    Kam
    Earl

    Quick brain storm there.

    Edit: Interesting I did my brain storm there without looking at the previous posts because I wanted to see how they matched up. Almost exactly like Can's & Kobe.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:57 pm
  • Offense- wilson, unger, okung, harvin (he's new but his contract dictates he be on the list.)

    Defense- Thomas, Kam, Wagner, Wright, Mebane, Bryant
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:05 pm
  • One couldn't possibly leave Chancellor out of the core group. Recent priority on resigning him......
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:09 pm
  • I tend to agree with the picks. I do think Red and Mebane will not see another contract with the Seahawks, same with Rice and Miller (which is going to hurt).

    With Clemons most likely gone after this or next year, the DL is really missing on core players. That needs to change and hopefully the two young DTs will help there. I don't see Avril coming back next season. Not sure about Bennett. I hope Irvin can come back from his suspension and shows his impact to establish himself as a core player.

    Turbin could become an important cog post-Lynch. I would count MRob as a core player but his role is diminishing in my mind due to the other options and would not be surprised to see him gone after this season if Ware shows he can step into a MRob role on offense. Either way, MRob is a player in transition from core to fringe in my mind.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:24 pm
  • vin.couve12 wrote:One couldn't possibly leave Chancellor out of the core group. Recent priority on resigning him......


    Yeah, the fact they just re-upped him for 5 years kind of shows he's part of the long term plan doesn't it?

    Doc, the lack of D-linemen on my list of core guys felt like a glaring problem to me as well. Bane is a great 1-tech and will man that spot for the forseeable future, but not long long term (another 3-4 years maybe). I'm sure we'll see those positions addressed in future drafts. Hopefully the Crazy Aussie Jesse Williams will take over the 5-tech slot in a couple years after Red rides off into the sunset and might work his way into being a long term core guy. With Avril, Bennett and Irvin, we have lots of candidates to be long term Leos. It's just a matter of seeing which one rises to the occasion.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:30 pm
  • Wilson
    Okung
    Sherman
    Thomas
    Lynch

    The truth is, you don't want a core. You want to keep drafting and replacing as many players as possible. That is how you stay good for a long time.

    Who was the core of the Colts for their perennial playoff run? The Pats? The Steelers? A couple guys, that is it. Those franchises were known for being able to replace their talent with younger, cheaper talent. It is a cold way to do it, but the best way to build a perennial contender. We want to be married to as few of these guys as possible.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:32 pm
  • Offense: Max Unger, Russel Okung, Wilson, Harvin.

    Defense: Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, KJ Wright, Bobby Wagner.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:37 pm
  • I think I'd include Rice and Miller in the "core" group at least until we have a clear replacement for each of them; which as of this moment, we don't. IMO, Rice and Miller are the two best possession targets on a team built around grinding out long drives. Both are expensive, but both still have many years remaining in their primes (assuming they stay healthy).

    If I had a crystal ball and I knew for a fact that Christine Michael would stay healthy over the next five years, I think he'd easily make my core list as well. He has scary upside for our style of running game.

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Re: who is the CORE...?
Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:41 pm
  • Tical21 wrote:Wilson
    Okung
    Sherman
    Thomas
    Lynch

    The truth is, you don't want a core. You want to keep drafting and replacing as many players as possible. That is how you stay good for a long time.

    Who was the core of the Colts for their perennial playoff run? The Pats? The Steelers? A couple guys, that is it. Those franchises were known for being able to replace their talent with younger, cheaper talent. It is a cold way to do it, but the best way to build a perennial contender. We want to be married to as few of these guys as possible.


    Hmmm... There's a lot to be said for that. Build your system and draft for that system. As long as you have the QB, the LT and a few stars on the D, everything else should be interchangeable provided you have a top knotch personnel dept. to keep the talent cycling through.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:07 am
  • Seems that there is some difference of opinion regarding the size of the core.

    I say that if you look at all the other teams, you'll probably arrive at about five key players on each that drive the production. That's a total of five on both sides of the ball. When one or two of these five go down, the whole team suffers. When you start looking at the teams considered elite, I think you arrive at a number closer to eight or nine players that contribute exceptional service. When you take away two or three of these guys, the team then becomes "beatable".

    Using this criteria, I think my list mirror's what Twisted submitted.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:29 am
  • For the Colts, it was Manning, Wayne, Harrison, Edge/Adai and Clark, with Freeney/Mathis. Sanders was continually hurt, though he helped solidify the run D on their Superbowl run, or maybe I am forgetting?

    For the Patriots, it was Brady, McGinest, Wilfork, Bruschi and lesser degree Brown, Branch, Milloy, Harrison etc.

    The Steelers had Ben, Troy, Bettis, Harrison, Ward, several LBs I forget, couple of DBs.

    You may not need a 20-man core but you also cannot expect to have 2-3 core players and a bunch of revolving players.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:29 am
  • This is a great gawd damn thread. Regardless of author, it's a good one. That's very painful to admit because a Canadian touched me when I was a child...and it was either Bryan Adams or CANHAWK.

    I think now that the Hawks nabbed a generational, franchise-altering QB the core has shrunk. It's REALLY only Wilson and Earl. The QB's offensively and defensively are all that matters. Defensively the "QB" can be either safety spot or sometimes LB. Manning and Sanders, Flacco and Reed, Brady and Harrison, etc.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:57 am
  • kearly wrote:Nice avatar CanHawk... I'm not particularly into TV series or fantasy, but Game of Thrones RULES.


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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:30 am
  • drdiags wrote:For the Colts, it was Manning, Wayne, Harrison, Edge/Adai and Clark, with Freeney/Mathis. Sanders was continually hurt, though he helped solidify the run D on their Superbowl run, or maybe I am forgetting?

    For the Patriots, it was Brady, McGinest, Wilfork, Bruschi and lesser degree Brown, Branch, Milloy, Harrison etc.

    The Steelers had Ben, Troy, Bettis, Harrison, Ward, several LBs I forget, couple of DBs.

    You may not need a 20-man core but you also cannot expect to have 2-3 core players and a bunch of revolving players.

    The Colts did plenty without Edge/Addai, Clark and Mathis being contributors, and would have done just fine with other folks in their places.

    You listed 4 Pats, the rest were revolving doors.

    You listed 4 Steelers, and the rest were revolving doors.

    What I'm trying to say is that those teams didn't pay their 7-10 best players to big money to keep them around. For little money, sure, keep Bruschi and Dallas Clark and KJ Wright around, but being good enough at drafting to secure the next KJ Wright is better for your franchise than overpaying for him.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:16 pm
  • Tical21 wrote:
    drdiags wrote:For the Colts, it was Manning, Wayne, Harrison, Edge/Adai and Clark, with Freeney/Mathis. Sanders was continually hurt, though he helped solidify the run D on their Superbowl run, or maybe I am forgetting?

    For the Patriots, it was Brady, McGinest, Wilfork, Bruschi and lesser degree Brown, Branch, Milloy, Harrison etc.

    The Steelers had Ben, Troy, Bettis, Harrison, Ward, several LBs I forget, couple of DBs.

    You may not need a 20-man core but you also cannot expect to have 2-3 core players and a bunch of revolving players.

    The Colts did plenty without Edge/Addai, Clark and Mathis being contributors, and would have done just fine with other folks in their places.

    You listed 4 Pats, the rest were revolving doors.

    You listed 4 Steelers, and the rest were revolving doors.

    What I'm trying to say is that those teams didn't pay their 7-10 best players to big money to keep them around. For little money, sure, keep Bruschi and Dallas Clark and KJ Wright around, but being good enough at drafting to secure the next KJ Wright is better for your franchise than overpaying for him.



    And the "revolving doors" you mentioned how many trophies did those teams hoist?
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:32 pm
  • CALIHAWK1 wrote:
    Tical21 wrote:
    drdiags wrote:For the Colts, it was Manning, Wayne, Harrison, Edge/Adai and Clark, with Freeney/Mathis. Sanders was continually hurt, though he helped solidify the run D on their Superbowl run, or maybe I am forgetting?

    For the Patriots, it was Brady, McGinest, Wilfork, Bruschi and lesser degree Brown, Branch, Milloy, Harrison etc.

    The Steelers had Ben, Troy, Bettis, Harrison, Ward, several LBs I forget, couple of DBs.

    You may not need a 20-man core but you also cannot expect to have 2-3 core players and a bunch of revolving players.

    The Colts did plenty without Edge/Addai, Clark and Mathis being contributors, and would have done just fine with other folks in their places.

    You listed 4 Pats, the rest were revolving doors.

    You listed 4 Steelers, and the rest were revolving doors.

    What I'm trying to say is that those teams didn't pay their 7-10 best players to big money to keep them around. For little money, sure, keep Bruschi and Dallas Clark and KJ Wright around, but being good enough at drafting to secure the next KJ Wright is better for your franchise than overpaying for him.



    And the "revolving doors" you mentioned how many trophies did those teams hoist?


    Well the Pats have 5 conference championships, 3 superbowls and 10 division titles since 2001. That seems to be pretty good.

    The Steelers <spit> have 3 conference Championships, 2 Super Bowls (should only be be 1) and 8 division titles over the same span. That also seems to be somewhat successful.

    Not quite sure what your point was there Cal...

    I'm kind of re-thinking my list a little. The guys I listed could still be considered "the core", but the absolutely essential retain at all costs guys - for me - would be:

    Russell Wilson
    Russell Okung
    Max Unger
    Earl Thomas
    Richard Sherman

    The QB makes the whole thing go and we have a great one in Russell. Russell Okung is proving to be one of the best young LT's around and considering that so much of our success will come on the shoulders of our QB, it makes sense to protect him with the best bodyguard possible. Hats off to Marshawn, but the O-line makes the running game go and Max has proven to be the glue that holds that line together. By all reports, he's outstanding at making the line calls to make our zone blocking scheme work. As long as we have a capable back to hand the ball off to and some willing garbage men to fill out the line, we'll still have a top 10 running game. Pete's defense is built around having an elite secondary and Thomas and Sherman are two elite defensive backs. As long as we have those two guys doing what they do, the other pieces should be able to be filled by our FO.

    I really want to put Bobby Wagner in that group too, but I think our FO is capable of finding a suitable replacement for him should he become too expensive. We managed to put up a top 10 defense with the Heater in the middle (remember that guy?) so I think we could manage without Bobby. The one thing missing from the "essential" core for me is a D-lineman; I'd love to have that pennetrating 3-tech or a long term answer at Leo to round that group out.

    I think as long as we can keep those 5 guys together, we'll at least be competitive for a very long time...
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:48 pm
  • I'd go:

    Offense:

    Okung
    Unger
    Wilson

    Defense:

    Thomas
    Sherman

    That's not to say, I don't think it's worth extending others -- or that we won't extend others. Certainly guys like Rice and Miller could resign. I'm pretty sure neither of them will command a contract the likes of which they are under now. Chancellor, while he did resign -- he did so in a pretty cap friendly way. When we say core guys, I'm thinking guys we need to pay open market value for. Those 5 guys are the only ones I would say we should match the highest at their position if it comes to that.
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Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:20 pm
  • CANHawk wrote:
    CALIHAWK1 wrote:
    Tical21 wrote:[quote="drdiags"]For the Colts, it was Manning, Wayne, Harrison, Edge/Adai and Clark, with Freeney/Mathis. Sanders was continually hurt, though he helped solidify the run D on their Superbowl run, or maybe I am forgetting?

    For the Patriots, it was Brady, McGinest, Wilfork, Bruschi and lesser degree Brown, Branch, Milloy, Harrison etc.

    The Steelers had Ben, Troy, Bettis, Harrison, Ward, several LBs I forget, couple of DBs.

    You may not need a 20-man core but you also cannot expect to have 2-3 core players and a bunch of revolving players.

    The Colts did plenty without Edge/Addai, Clark and Mathis being contributors, and would have done just fine with other folks in their places.

    You listed 4 Pats, the rest were revolving doors.

    You listed 4 Steelers, and the rest were revolving doors.

    What I'm trying to say is that those teams didn't pay their 7-10 best players to big money to keep them around. For little money, sure, keep Bruschi and Dallas Clark and KJ Wright around, but being good enough at drafting to secure the next KJ Wright is better for your franchise than overpaying for him.



    And the "revolving doors" you mentioned how many trophies did those teams hoist?


    Well the Pats have 5 conference championships, 3 superbowls and 10 division titles since 2001. That seems to be pretty good.

    The Steelers <spit> have 3 conference Championships, 2 Super Bowls (should only be be 1) and 8 division titles over the same span. That also seems to be somewhat successful.

    Not quite sure what your point was there Cal...

    I'm kind of re-thinking my list a little. The guys I listed could still be considered "the core", but the absolutely essential retain at all costs guys - for me - would be:

    Russell Wilson
    Russell Okung
    Max Unger
    Earl Thomas
    Richard Sherman

    The QB makes the whole thing go and we have a great one in Russell. Russell Okung is proving to be one of the best young LT's around and considering that so much of our success will come on the shoulders of our QB, it makes sense to protect him with the best bodyguard possible. Hats off to Marshawn, but the O-line makes the running game go and Max has proven to be the glue that holds that line together. By all reports, he's outstanding at making the line calls to make our zone blocking scheme work. As long as we have a capable back to hand the ball off to and some willing garbage men to fill out the line, we'll still have a top 10 running game. Pete's defense is built around having an elite secondary and Thomas and Sherman are two elite defensive backs. As long as we have those two guys doing what they do, the other pieces should be able to be filled by our FO.

    I really want to put Bobby Wagner in that group too, but I think our FO is capable of finding a suitable replacement for him should he become too expensive. We managed to put up a top 10 defense with the Heater in the middle (remember that guy?) so I think we could manage without Bobby. The one thing missing from the "essential" core for me is a D-lineman; I'd love to have that pennetrating 3-tech or a long term answer at Leo to round that group out.

    I think as long as we can keep those 5 guys together, we'll at least be competitive for a very long time...[/quote]


    I get they have been good my point was that since the Pats (the genius that is Belchick) dismanteled the defense thet have become one dimensional and haven't captured the prize. Seymore, Milloy to a degree, Mcginest were a huge part of their success. It also speaks to how good Brady is. While thet can fill a Pro Bowl roster with defensive players they suck.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:32 pm
  • 1 year can change a lot, If you asked this before last year I'm sure there would have been more people suggesting Mebane, Clemons, Red, ET, and Wright as our core cause they we the play makers on a top 5 defense.

    So much has changed but "Core" guys have to be leaders and guys who's play elevates the players around them. I'd also throw out the word irreplaceable, they had to be guys that you can't put a value on, guys that are worth more to your team than another.

    #1 Wilson
    #2 Thomas
    #3 Lynch
    #4 Okung
    #5 Chancellor
    #6 Unger


    Guys like Sherman, Harvin, Rice, Miller, Bryant, Mebane, Wright, Wagner, Tate are on the fringe but are not quite there for me.

    I'd like to argue against Sherman as a core player, he might a top CB in the league but I think some is due to our system and the other DB's surrounding him. To me ET is more important to our defensive scheme and I think PC & JS have shown they value the saftey position more than the CB. We drafted ET in the 1st, paid Kam big money but have plugged the CB position with a UDFA form the CFL and a 5th round pick. I think WT3, Lane, Simon, or Maxwell would not lose us the game if they had to fill Sherm's shoes. Without ET and probably even Kam our defense would struggle.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:07 pm
  • Wenhawk wrote:1 year can change a lot, If you asked this before last year I'm sure there would have been more people suggesting Mebane, Clemons, Red, ET, and Wright as our core cause they we the play makers on a top 5 defense.

    So much has changed but "Core" guys have to be leaders and guys who's play elevates the players around them. I'd also throw out the word irreplaceable, they had to be guys that you can't put a value on, guys that are worth more to your team than another.

    #1 Wilson
    #2 Thomas
    #3 Lynch
    #4 Okung
    #5 Chancellor
    #6 Unger


    Guys like Sherman, Harvin, Rice, Miller, Bryant, Mebane, Wright, Wagner, Tate are on the fringe but are not quite there for me.

    I'd like to argue against Sherman as a core player, he might a top CB in the league but I think some is due to our system and the other DB's surrounding him. To me ET is more important to our defensive scheme and I think PC & JS have shown they value the saftey position more than the CB. We drafted ET in the 1st, paid Kam big money but have plugged the CB position with a UDFA form the CFL and a 5th round pick. I think WT3, Lane, Simon, or Maxwell would not lose us the game if they had to fill Sherm's shoes. Without ET and probably even Kam our defense would struggle.



    I don't mind your list but a RB that is 28-29 and has had 2 backups/replacements drafted the last two years?
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:21 pm
  • Wenhawk wrote:I'd like to argue against Sherman as a core player, he might a top CB in the league but I think some is due to our system and the other DB's surrounding him. To me ET is more important to our defensive scheme and I think PC & JS have shown they value the saftey position more than the CB. We drafted ET in the 1st, paid Kam big money but have plugged the CB position with a UDFA form the CFL and a 5th round pick. I think WT3, Lane, Simon, or Maxwell would not lose us the game if they had to fill Sherm's shoes. Without ET and probably even Kam our defense would struggle.


    Aside from his league leading cover rate, which I doubt ET deserves (or wants) any credit for, Sherman is a core player because his fearlessness rallies his teammates. His loud mouth lets the world know Seattle's a force to be reckoned with, even when ESPN is trying to ignore them.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:43 pm
  • Core for the next two to three years:

    Wilson
    Lynch
    Okung
    Unger

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    L.O.B. (Browner, Chancellor, Thomas, and Sherman)

    I feel like if we can retain those pieces over the next 3 years, there's no way the team isn't at least competitive every year regardless of what happens around them. Physical run attack (function of Beastmode + line play), the secondary, and Russell Wilson comprise the core identity of the Seattle Seahawks.

    Over the next 5-6 years, I see Wilson, Okung, Unger, Thomas, Chancellor and Sherman as the core pieces to an elite team. Obviously, Harvin has a big contract, but right now, I see him as the guy that puts us over the top. As we get a chance to see how he and the team mix and evolve, he'll then likely be part of the discussion as a core piece.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:46 pm
  • Picking up on the "irreplaceable" discussion; there's only two guys that fit that description IMO: Russell Wilson and Earl Thomas.

    RW is fairly self explanatory (he's amazing) but Earl's range is siiiiiiiiick. That crazy range allows him to play as the single high safely, which is a ridiculously hard thing to do. Earl playing single high allows the secondary to do all kinds of other crazy things with Kam, and this year will translate into doing crazy things with Kam and Antoine Winfield. Earl's amazing skill set allows the defense to do what it do, and in that way Earl is irreplaceable.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:52 pm
  • Speaking of that, I don't know how many people caught this, but Russell said yesterday that he and Earl have a spent the last six months exchanging notes and watching tape together to better understand defensive/offensive looks.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:22 pm
  • Wilson
    Sherman
    Lynch
    Thomas
    Rice
    Kam

    Harvin is on the list if he plays as projected. Only two of those player's on that list are a must sign, Wilson and Sherman. Earl is a very good free safety but we'll be ok without him .Wilson and Sherman are crucial that's how I see it. Lynch is on his last deal, i'm not exactly sure about Rice's contract but if he is resigned it will be for less money than he's currently making that's a given. I think they should do everything they can to keep Earl but if it's him or Sherman i'm keeping Sherman he's the better player of the two.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:47 am
  • Long term might be different but right now Lynch is in the very nucleus of the core of this team. In fact, I would call it hardcore. Lynch, Wilson and the Legion of Boom.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:54 am
  • Tical21 wrote:Wilson
    Okung
    Sherman
    Thomas
    Lynch

    The truth is, you don't want a core. You want to keep drafting and replacing as many players as possible. That is how you stay good for a long time.

    Who was the core of the Colts for their perennial playoff run? The Pats? The Steelers? A couple guys, that is it. Those franchises were known for being able to replace their talent with younger, cheaper talent. It is a cold way to do it, but the best way to build a perennial contender. We want to be married to as few of these guys as possible.


    The Ravens of the last decade disagree with you

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Re: who is the CORE...?
Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:33 am
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    Tical21 wrote:Wilson
    Okung
    Sherman
    Thomas
    Lynch

    The truth is, you don't want a core. You want to keep drafting and replacing as many players as possible. That is how you stay good for a long time.

    Who was the core of the Colts for their perennial playoff run? The Pats? The Steelers? A couple guys, that is it. Those franchises were known for being able to replace their talent with younger, cheaper talent. It is a cold way to do it, but the best way to build a perennial contender. We want to be married to as few of these guys as possible.


    The Ravens of the last decade disagree with you

    Edit: Ex-Ravens, sorry

    The Ravens are the prime example! They stayed relevant for a decade with Lewis, Reed, Ogden and Suggs. Now their entire core is Flacco, Rice and Ngata. Where are all their other LB's? CB's? DE's? Offensive players? Do they have a 10 man core? Did they overpay Kruger? Boldin? Reed? Aren't those guys people you might have considered "core" people?
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:43 am
  • The moral to the story is that we've already paid a bunch of guys, and have a bunch more to come. As much as we all hate it and love our guys, there are going to be some brutally painful decisions coming. The good news, is that we have a fantastic front office that is going to be able to replace this guys with other folks that will become household names. We're going to see a few of the Sherman, Thomas, Tate, Wright types failing to be signed. Just be thankful that we have a staff that is as good as it gets at finding Lane, Guy, Harper, Smith etc. As much as I hate to say it, the Steelers have been an absolute model franchise. The Packers just had to let Chuck Woodson walk. The Pats got rid of Richard freaking Seymour. How many LB's have the Steelers replaced? WR's? If you're doing it right, you don't have to overpay your own guys.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:50 am
  • As good as Sherman is I don't think you can pay a CB 15 or 16 mil a year like Revis is getting.That is about what he is going to want.You let him walk.
    Off the top of my head I cant think of any dynasty that managed the salary cap that way.
    Imo the positions that deserve franchise money are QB LT a true No 1 WR and maybe another OL or 2 if you have the cap space.
    On D Thomas will be one of the core, the rest I think the jury is still out on.Most are replaceable I think.
    Unfortunately there will be some popular players released when the new contracts start coming around.Tough choices to be made thats for sure.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:59 am
  • justafan wrote:As good as Sherman is I don't think you can pay a CB 15 or 16 mil a year like Revis is getting.That is about what he is going to want.You let him walk.
    Off the top of my head I cant think of any dynasty that managed the salary cap that way.
    Imo the positions that deserve franchise money are QB LT a true No 1 WR and maybe another OL or 2 if you have the cap space.
    On D Thomas will be one of the core, the rest I think the jury is still out on.Most are replaceable I think.
    Unfortunately there will be some popular players released when the new contracts start coming around.Tough choices to be made thats for sure.

    No. You don't let him walk. After year three you propose a long term deal that is generous, but not dumb. Unless you have thought of a way to generate one turnover per game, which is damn near Richard's average. If he refuses that payday looking for the big score, you tag his ass in year 5, then negotiate again. Or trade him for draft capital.

    You are right, players will go that people love. But they don't have to go without compensation.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:29 am
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    justafan wrote:As good as Sherman is I don't think you can pay a CB 15 or 16 mil a year like Revis is getting.That is about what he is going to want.You let him walk.
    Off the top of my head I cant think of any dynasty that managed the salary cap that way.
    Imo the positions that deserve franchise money are QB LT a true No 1 WR and maybe another OL or 2 if you have the cap space.
    On D Thomas will be one of the core, the rest I think the jury is still out on.Most are replaceable I think.
    Unfortunately there will be some popular players released when the new contracts start coming around.Tough choices to be made thats for sure.

    No. You don't let him walk. After year three you propose a long term deal that is generous, but not dumb. Unless you have thought of a way to generate one turnover per game, which is damn near Richard's average. If he refuses that payday looking for the big score, you tag his ass in year 5, then negotiate again. Or trade him for draft capital.

    You are right, players will go that people love. But they don't have to go without compensation.


    I think that's a big BIG thing. If we can identify those guys who aren't going to be able to fit into the long term plans and wheel them off for picks in their last year (instead of pigeon holing ourselves by tossing money we don't have at them or letting them walk for nothing), we should be able to use those picks to rebuild the supporting cast with the same type of good, young and CHEAP players that this current team is built out of.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:15 am
  • Russ
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    Earl
    Sherman

    The rest can be plugged in with new players over time.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:12 pm
  • justafan wrote:As good as Sherman is I don't think you can pay a CB 15 or 16 mil a year like Revis is getting.That is about what he is going to want.You let him walk.
    Off the top of my head I cant think of any dynasty that managed the salary cap that way.

    Sure you can, if you play such a style where a corner is important enough. Not that long ago, the best corner in the game was rented at higher prices than this for championships. Not saying Sherman is as good as Deion, but I think you can apply the same philosophy.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:17 pm
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:46 pm
  • Tical21 wrote:
    fsmassey wrote:
    Tical21 wrote:Wilson
    Okung
    Sherman
    Thomas
    Lynch

    The truth is, you don't want a core. You want to keep drafting and replacing as many players as possible. That is how you stay good for a long time.

    Who was the core of the Colts for their perennial playoff run? The Pats? The Steelers? A couple guys, that is it. Those franchises were known for being able to replace their talent with younger, cheaper talent. It is a cold way to do it, but the best way to build a perennial contender. We want to be married to as few of these guys as possible.


    The Ravens of the last decade disagree with you

    Edit: Ex-Ravens, sorry

    The Ravens are the prime example! They stayed relevant for a decade with Lewis, Reed, Ogden and Suggs. Now their entire core is Flacco, Rice and Ngata. Where are all their other LB's? CB's? DE's? Offensive players? Do they have a 10 man core? Did they overpay Kruger? Boldin? Reed? Aren't those guys people you might have considered "core" people?


    I can agree with the idea that the core is small, but the notion that teams don't stick to cores is ridiculous. The niners stuck with Alex Smith, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Joe Staley for the better of a decade, and just now, 8 years later one piece is replaced.

    We could talk about the core of the Steelers, too, because they've been around for a long time too.

    What I'm saying is that this idea that the league's mindset is just to recycle players is ridiculous. You keep really good players, even as they age. You only replace it if it needs replacing or if its a clear upgrade in cap space. This Seahawks team is just full of those really good players.

    A better question would've been which starters are the most replacable
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Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:19 pm
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    pehawk wrote:This is a great gawd damn thread. Regardless of author, it's a good one. That's very painful to admit because a Canadian touched me when I was a child...and it was either Bryan Adams or CANHAWK...........

    I'll bet that Cuts Like A Knife.

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Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:37 am
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    pehawk wrote:This is a great gawd damn thread. Regardless of author, it's a good one. That's very painful to admit because a Canadian touched me when I was a child...and it was either Bryan Adams or CANHAWK...........

    I'll bet that Cuts Like A Knife.

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Re: who is the CORE...?
Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:30 am
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    justafan wrote:As good as Sherman is I don't think you can pay a CB 15 or 16 mil a year like Revis is getting.That is about what he is going to want.You let him walk.
    Off the top of my head I cant think of any dynasty that managed the salary cap that way.
    Imo the positions that deserve franchise money are QB LT a true No 1 WR and maybe another OL or 2 if you have the cap space.
    On D Thomas will be one of the core, the rest I think the jury is still out on.Most are replaceable I think.
    Unfortunately there will be some popular players released when the new contracts start coming around.Tough choices to be made thats for sure.

    No. You don't let him walk. After year three you propose a long term deal that is generous, but not dumb. Unless you have thought of a way to generate one turnover per game, which is damn near Richard's average. If he refuses that payday looking for the big score, you tag his ass in year 5, then negotiate again. Or trade him for draft capital.

    You are right, players will go that people love. But they don't have to go without compensation.



    Revis signed a contract that represents about 13% of the salary cap.In my mind only QBs are worth that kind of money unless you are talking about a game breaker and true shutdown like Sanders.Most of the time we over value what other teams will give for our players.By the time we come to negotiations and put him on the trading block other teams know we dont want to sign him and you lose the leverage, unless you find a team as dumb as the Bucs the FA ends up walking if you dont sign them.
    Franchising usually creates alot of bad blood and creates more problems than it solves unless its a rare player like Walt who quietly waits it out then comes in ready to kick ass,I dont see Sherman handling it with that much class or professionalism.
    We will be a victim of our draft success it happens to every team that has a run of picks like we have had.
    I have always thought there should be 2 salary cap pools one for allowing teams to keep the players they draft and reward them for drafting well and another for FA which would keep teams from buying an all star team like the Yankees try to do.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:20 am
  • Tical21 wrote:Wilson
    Okung
    Sherman
    Thomas
    Lynch

    The truth is, you don't want a core. You want to keep drafting and replacing as many players as possible. That is how you stay good for a long time.

    Who was the core of the Colts for their perennial playoff run? The Pats? The Steelers? A couple guys, that is it. Those franchises were known for being able to replace their talent with younger, cheaper talent. It is a cold way to do it, but the best way to build a perennial contender. We want to be married to as few of these guys as possible.


    Peyton Manning
    Marvin Harrison
    Edgerrin James
    Jeff Saturday
    Dwight Freeney
    Reggie Wayne
    Tarik Glenn
    Mike Vanderjagt

    Those were Indianapolis' core players, and every one of them was kept until they were "past their best" (Edge played one more top quality season, Manning obviously still has it in him but was let go because they drafted the future in Luck).
    They did exactly what any good team does and kept their best players as long as they were good.

    And the same is true of the Pats and the Steelers - how many players can you think of have left those 3 teams and gone on to perform at a high level for a number of years? The reason those teams were so successful is because they kept a hold of their best players until they weren't their best players any longer.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:24 am
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    Tical21 wrote:Wilson
    Okung
    Sherman
    Thomas
    Lynch

    The truth is, you don't want a core. You want to keep drafting and replacing as many players as possible. That is how you stay good for a long time.

    Who was the core of the Colts for their perennial playoff run? The Pats? The Steelers? A couple guys, that is it. Those franchises were known for being able to replace their talent with younger, cheaper talent. It is a cold way to do it, but the best way to build a perennial contender. We want to be married to as few of these guys as possible.


    Peyton Manning
    Marvin Harrison
    Edgerrin James
    Jeff Saturday
    Dwight Freeney
    Reggie Wayne
    Tarik Glenn
    Mike Vanderjagt

    Those were Indianapolis' core players, and every one of them was kept until they were "past their best" (Edge played one more top quality season, Manning obviously still has it in him but was let go because they drafted the future in Luck).
    They did exactly what any good team does and kept their best players as long as they were good.

    And the same is true of the Pats and the Steelers - how many players can you think of have left those 3 teams and gone on to perform at a high level for a number of years? The reason those teams were so successful is because they kept a hold of their best players until they weren't their best players any longer.


    The trick in that though is being able to identify when the drop happens. More to the point, identify when the drop is going to happen before it actually happens so you can wheel the asset of to a dumb team like the Bucs for some draft capital.

    I imagine it's SO easy as a GM to over-value your own player and hang on to them for too long as you can get attached to them because they're almost like your kids! You picked them, you coached them up, you plugged them into your system and you fostered their success. Now I have to say that my baby's no good anymore? I can see how some guys might have a problem with that... Though I suppose the GM's who have the tendency to do those kinds of things are probably not the most successful GM's around and probably won't last long enough with one team to be faced with that problem anyway... And I really don't see John & Co. having that kind of problem.
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:57 am
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    justafan wrote:As good as Sherman is I don't think you can pay a CB 15 or 16 mil a year like Revis is getting.That is about what he is going to want.You let him walk.
    Off the top of my head I cant think of any dynasty that managed the salary cap that way.
    Imo the positions that deserve franchise money are QB LT a true No 1 WR and maybe another OL or 2 if you have the cap space.
    On D Thomas will be one of the core, the rest I think the jury is still out on.Most are replaceable I think.
    Unfortunately there will be some popular players released when the new contracts start coming around.Tough choices to be made thats for sure.

    No. You don't let him walk. After year three you propose a long term deal that is generous, but not dumb. Unless you have thought of a way to generate one turnover per game, which is damn near Richard's average. If he refuses that payday looking for the big score, you tag his ass in year 5, then negotiate again. Or trade him for draft capital.

    You are right, players will go that people love. But they don't have to go without compensation.



    Revis signed a contract that represents about 13% of the salary cap.In my mind only QBs are worth that kind of money unless you are talking about a game breaker and true shutdown like Sanders.Most of the time we over value what other teams will give for our players.By the time we come to negotiations and put him on the trading block other teams know we dont want to sign him and you lose the leverage, unless you find a team as dumb as the Bucs the FA ends up walking if you dont sign them.
    Franchising usually creates alot of bad blood and creates more problems than it solves unless its a rare player like Walt who quietly waits it out then comes in ready to kick ass,I dont see Sherman handling it with that much class or professionalism.
    We will be a victim of our draft success it happens to every team that has a run of picks like we have had.
    I have always thought there should be 2 salary cap pools one for allowing teams to keep the players they draft and reward them for drafting well and another for FA which would keep teams from buying an all star team like the Yankees try to do.


    Key words: In your mind. That is the only place Sherman's as yet undetermined too big salary of the future exists. Along with his future anger about being franchised. If you think a minimum wage 5th rounder will be pissed about a guaranteed 10 million dollar franchise tag, you are inventing stuff to worry about.

    Also, don't worry about tying up too much money at cornerback. The current NFL model allows about 5 to 7 highly paid playmakers on a team. Key word: Playmakers. 11 turnovers for Sherman last year. He is a playmaker. An All Pro playmaker. Sherman makes offensive coordinators lose sleep. He isn't a corner, he is a presence with a football intellect. Remember when he made an uncalled blitz against the Jets based on a look they had preset a blitz for back in training camp? That wasn't a cornerback at work, it was a playmaker.

    And what is this concern about being a victim of our own draft success? What would you prefer? We have every reason to think the draft success will continue. The business model is working pretty good. Listen to a presser from John's first year, he specifically talks about losing players being a byproduct of building a team the right way. The alternative is much less pretty. Trust the model. It is working so far. If Sherman wants too much, it will be dealt with the time for it comes. The CBA won't even let them talk about an extension until the season is over.

    If you want to be concerned about any one thing based in fact, let it be that we have not yet established a pattern of extorting picks from other teams for our sought after free agent to be players.
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:55 pm
  • Im not worried or concerned, its just the nature of the NFL.You can't keep them all.If he stays he stays if he doesn't they will find a replacement.Maybe you are right that he will be happy with 10 mil.Personally I think he will want a better contract than Revis and if 16 mil is the market then he deserves it.I wouldn't pay it though.
    You make it sound like I am disappointed in the great drafts the FO we have had,again its just the nature of the business.You can't keep them all.With success will come teams over paying for players.It happens.
    We all have opinions on what positions and players should be considered core players and where the franchise type contracts should go.I hope we sign them all.But its not gonna happen
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:51 pm
  • Wow, this is all going a bit too far. First, Sherman would throw a fit if franchised. If he were to be happy being franchised, it would be the first time in NFL history.

    As far as paying him, it is all going to come down to how much the front office values the CB position and Sherman in particular. The other piece of the equation is what they would replace him with. If they think Thurmond or Lane are 95% of Sherman for 10% of the price, the best franchises would let Sherman walk, unless they thought that 5% improvement would put them over the top. Too much is yet to be determined.

    It is possible, maybe even probable, that they re-sign him, but it is also very possible that they don't. Go ahead and make yourselves dizzy speculating.
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Re: who is the CORE...?
Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:14 pm
  • I just think this thread needs more Beast Mode all around.
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