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Seahawks GM Disappointed With ESPN’s Trent Dilfer’s Remarks

On ESPN and in an interview with Peter King of Sports Illustrated Saturday night, analyst Trent Dilfer, the former Seattle quarterback, was highly critical of how the Seahawks are doing business.

Dilfer said Seattle should have capitalized on the momentum of the playoff win over New Orleans and re-signed good friend Matt Hasselbeck, likely to leave in free-agency, by now, and he said he thinks the Seahawks over-drafted — meaning, they picked players too high — several players over the weekend, including first-round pick James Carpenter, a tackle from Alabama projected by many to be a second-rounder. “Part of my heart lies in Seattle, and I have great respect for them,” Dilfer said, “but I think the Seahawks had a very poor week.” On Sunday night, GM John Schneider defended his scouts and his picks to King.

“That was disappointing to hear, coming from a quality guy like Trent,” said Schneider. “I have to tell you, I’m totally excited about our draft. So are our scouts, who’ve spent 11 months working and getting ready for this weekend, and quite honestly, we did what we wanted to do in this draft. As far as James Carpenter goes, we know Pittsburgh liked him, and we know Green Bay liked him, and then Buffalo at the top of the second round. We had Carpenter rated higher than [Wisconsin tackle] Gabe Carimi, based on his versatility. We think he can play four positions on the line. He’s a legitimate left tackle who we expect to start at right tackle.”

The guard Seattle took in the third round, Wisconsin’s John Moffitt, is a likely starter at right guard. The one thing Seattle didn’t do is get a quarterback; King says he’s got a feeling the ‘Hawks have a specific player in mind to go after once the league year opens, and he asked a personnel man what he thought of Dilfer’s criticism, and about Seattle’s draft.

“We weren’t as high on Carpenter as they were, but he’s a solid guy,” the personnel man said. “I like Moffitt. Any lineman from Wisconsin usually can step in and play. And we were very interested in the receiver they took from Georgia, [Kris] Durham. Their draft was fine. Here’s the thing about drafts: No one really knows. You’ve just go to let them play.”


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