Morning Gab: 5/26 Seahawks Links

Not much to write about in Hawkville over the last day, here are the scant few links from the blogosphere.

Nate Burleson Dig?

Apparently Nate was in the mood for some subtle jabs.

Here is a full quote passed along from Clare Farnesworth of Seahawks.com of Roger Goodell on 10 AM starts for West Coast teams:

“It’s something that we’re looking at to see how we can address when a team comes back from the West Coast and plays in an early time slot — 10 o’clock on their clock, if you will. It’s something we try to address as best we can in the scheduling format. … It’s difficult to do, because we have a lot of factors that go into that scheduling, including the broadcast patterns. But it is something we’ve got to try to find a way to deal with. We’ve been working with the clubs. The Seahawks in particular, and the 49ers, have raised this issue with me. I actually have a memo sitting right here on my desk on that front.”

Revisiting Deion Branch Trade.

Basically for a first round pick, the Seahawks received an average of about  434 yards per season and 14 touchdowns and KJ Wright.

You can be the judge of that deal, but the majority of fans will say Branch and his injury proneness was a bust in his time in Seattle. A common misperception because if you actually care to break down his averages in New England vs. Seattle they are surprisingly nearly identical. The person you should be angry at is Tim Ruskell for overpaying for borderline No. 2 production based on the fact his numbers in both four year stints are so similar.

He definitely added a spark to the Patriots offense upon re-arrival and performed like the Seahawks knew he was capable of and could never get him to do.

Also for those who do not have insider they weighed in on the Branch trade in their “top ten worst deals” list:

10. Seattle Seahawks trade a 2007 first-round pick (which became Brandon Meriweather) to New England Patriots for Deion Branch

Branch was unhappy with his contract situation in 2006; he balked at the three-year contract extension the team offered him, then held out of training camp. When the Patriots coaxed a first-round pick out of the Seahawks just before the season, it appeared to be an all-time swindle. Seattle GM Tim Ruskell, channeling his inner Steinbrenner, signed Branch to a six-year, $39 million contract, only to discover that his prize acquisition was an injury-prone product of the New England system. The Patriots, meanwhile, turned their first-round pick into Meriweather, a two-time Pro Bowler at safety.

But before you applaud New England’s genius, think back to the 2006 AFC Championship Game loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Reche Caldwell, the team’s No. 1 receiver by default, dropped two passes in that game, one of them a screen that practically buried itself in his jersey. In other words, trading Branch might have cost the Patriots another trip to the Super Bowl.”

All due credit goes to ESPN  and the Seattle Seahawks for the content in parentheses.


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