It’s loopy how rapidly NFL head coaches neglect how a lot an excellent quarterback issues after having one on their employees for an prolonged time period. They get this notion of their head that it was solely their teaching that made these guys nice, and the entire sudden you get Invoice Belichick signing Cam Newton.
The newest instance of that is Pete Carroll, who has been saying the Seahawks didn’t have to draft a QB — or purchase a serviceable one. They obtained Drew Lock in return for Russell Wilson going to Denver, and the Seattle coach informed Sports activities Radio KJR that he thinks he bought a participant who would’ve been the primary quarterback off the board within the 2022 NFL Draft.
“I believe he’d have been the primary man picked, of quarterbacks anyway. He’d have been the primary man on this draft. I don’t have any hesitation saying that.”
Uhh, OK. Lock went with the forty second choose within the 2019 draft and it is a down 12 months for QBs, so he is likely to be proper that nobody can be higher than his extraordinarily common, if that, quarterback. The difficulty, although, isn’t whether or not Malik Willis or Kenny Pickett can be a subpar professional, it’s that we all know Lock is. Whether or not the twelfth Man is/was mad about Wilson leaping ship doesn’t matter as a result of everyone seems to be pissed in regards to the scenario below middle.
Making issues worse was Carroll placing his pom pom in his mouth throughout the identical section, saying fellow Hawks’ QB Geno Smith is as gifted as Lock.
“The primary have a look at Drew, he’s actually athletic, he’s actually a assured athlete, you possibly can see he’s bought lots of physique management, he’s bought fast toes, he’s bought a fast arm, he’s bought numerous methods he can launch the soccer as his physique’s in numerous positions,” Carroll stated. “He’s bought an actual knack there. He’s bought a robust arm, he can throw the ball a mile down the sphere. He compares to Geno, and Geno Smith has an excellent arm. He has a world-class arm, and all that. To match up with that, that’s saying lots.”
The argument that Lock would’ve headlined this 12 months’s QB draft class was a greater option to hearth up the fanbase than saying, “Hey, he’s simply nearly as good as Geno Smith, aka the man you watched suck final 12 months when he stuffed in for Russell.”
If Carroll needs to get spicy and choose a quarterback on his roster because the theoretical first QB taken in 2022, nominate Smith, who went three picks greater in 2013 than the place Lock went in 2019. Is he auditioning for a future head teaching job or a spot on First Take?
By most accounts, the Seahawks had a good-to-great draft. They introduced in Charles Cross, who was within the dialogue for finest sort out within the draft — and that’s not some random propaganda that spilled out of the facet of my mouth. Kenneth Walker III is a perfect again for Carroll’s run-heavy method (and present quarterback scenario).
The coach and entrance workplace refuse to name this a rebuild. And till Tyler Lockett isn’t on the crew, and so they balk at giving DK Metcalf the large contract he’ll be in search of subsequent offseason, it’ll be true. Proper now, Seattle feels just like the franchise that Lock simply got here from, however the model that’s nonetheless in search of a quarterback. Nevertheless, at the least the Broncos tried to deal with the problem.
I perceive Carroll approaching his scenario with a glass half full mentality. He’s an optimistic individual by nature, and nothing good goes to return from dumping on the already fractured confidence of his assortment of misfit QBs. However, truthfully, this isn’t even an argument with a shiny facet. Both you have got a quarterback otherwise you don’t.
We don’t know if Willis or Pickett would be the man for the Titans and Steelers, however at the least there’s an opportunity they’re.
It’s OK, although, Seattle followers. Give Carroll like 5 halves price of watching annoyed receivers and an much more stagnant than standard offense, and he’ll notice in a short time how laborious it’s to win with out a nice quarterback, and the tanking will ensue.