NFL front offices are conservative. They’re endangered with five-year skeleton and long-term salary-cap government and building by a draft. This is prudent. This is safe. This leads to pursuit confidence (we’re not bad, we’re usually rebuilding). This is boring. Seattle ubiquitous manager John Schneider will never be indicted of being boring. After Monday, his business label substantially reads, “SCREW IT.”
The Seahawks traded a 2018 fifth-round pick, a 2019 second-round pick, and (disgruntled) cornerback Jeremy Lane to a Houston Texans for left tackle Duane Brown. It’s another assertive pierce from an assertive ubiquitous manager perplexing to block a holes on Seattle’s roster. Schneider looked during a meek, common NFC, and pushed his team’s chips into a center of a table.
The Seahawks have done large moves for large players before, appropriation a likes of Jimmy Graham and Percy Harvin with churned results. The disproportion this deteriorate is that they’re building from a inside out, appropriation an descent and defensive lineman to residence a heart of Seattle’s register rather than targeting voluptuous ability players. On a initial day of September, Schneider acquired defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson from a New York Jets to accelerate a invulnerability that already played like it lived on Fury Road. Now a Seahawks have combined Brown, a three-time Pro Bowler and former first-team All-Pro, to yield a post of support to an descent line in ruin.
Brown was holding out in Texas for a new agreement until final week. Just a few days after his return, a Texans found themselves engulfed in predicament after it was suggested on Friday that owner Bob McNair reportedly compared players to prisoners in a assembly progressing this month, sparking sharp difference from Brown and protests from his teammates before to their diversion opposite Seattle on Sunday.
That Seahawks-Texans strife wound adult being a game of a season, with Seattle circumference out Houston and Deshaun Watson, 41-38. Russell Wilson threw for 452 flitting yards and 4 touchdowns—a good glance during what Seattle’s offense is able of when a QB isn’t forced to hasten for his life on each play. The Seahawks arrange 19th in pass protection. Right tackle Germain Ifedi ranks 50th among all tackles, according to Pro Football Focus, while left tackle Rees Odhiambo ranks 73rd out of 74 subordinate tackles. Wilson has been pressured on 42.6 percent of his dropbacks, a second-highest rate in a league. (In fact, a usually actor with a aloft vigour rate is Watson, who hadn’t had Brown restraint for him until final week opposite a Seahawks.)
Brown is Wilson’s new reserve blanket. He authorised usually one pouch in 428 pass plays final season, one of 4 tackles in a joining who gave adult a sole pouch on over 350 plays, according to Pro Football Focus. His three-plus-month holdout competence lift concerns over his earthy fitness, though Seattle usually had a best scouting outing imaginable. The Seahawks substantially favourite what they saw: Brown authorised no hits and usually dual pressures on 37 dropbacks opposite Seattle’s glorious defensive line, giving a Seahawks firsthand believe of what he can move to a team. Brown won’t make a Seahawks’ line into a top-10 unit, though his participation turns left tackle—perhaps Seattle’s biggest debility on offense—into a strength. Seattle, that is 5-2, paid a high cost for a 32-year-old descent lineman, though a 2019 second-round collect isn’t expected to minister within a Legion of Boom’s pretension window. Seattle is Super Bowl or bust. And they’re never boring.