A list of my top 5 Seattle Seahawks roster moves this season based solely on my opinion of the way they have effected the team this season as well as the impact they will have in the future.
1) Pete Carroll hiring Tom Cable
When Pete came to Seattle he first hired Alex Gibbs the “Godfather” of the zone blocking scheme to be the offensive line coach. Unfortunately he retired before the Seahawks first game and Art Valero took over and coached the offensive line for the 2010 season.
This season Carroll Brought in former Oakland Raiders Head Coach Tom Cable to coach the line.
Most people may have been more familiar with him punching an assistant in the face and breaking his jaw during a team meeting but long before that he was he was an outstanding offensive line coach.
As a former offensive lineman he is a gritty man who definitely looks the part.
Jim L. Mora “Jr.” once said he wanted “Dirt Bags” on the offensive line, Coach Cable demands it.
He has been able to install his zone blocking scheme and has been able to get a patchwork offensive line to play at a respectable level.
After an off season to work with his guys he should have them playing at an extremely high level next season.
2) Signing Undrafted Free Agent Doug Baldwin
Going into the 2011 NFL Draft Doug Baldwin was considered too short and too small to be the big play wide receiver he was in college at the next level. He did show talent that had NFL scouts and coaches excited to see what he could do especially when they didn’t need to use a draft pick to give him a chance.
After the draft Doug Baldwin was left with many options. He was one of the most coveted undrafted free agents available. He chose to come to Seattle and has been nothing short of miraculous since.
Entering week 16 he ranks 38th in the NFL in receiving yards. The only two rookie ranked higher are 4th overall pick AJ Green and 6th overall pick Julio Jones who the Atlanta Falcons traded away 5 draft picks (including 2 first round pick) to draft.
3) Drafting Richard Sherman and signing Brandon Browner
Who would have thought that the best rookie pass defender in the NFL draft would be drafted in the 5th round?
Honestly I don’t think Even Pete Carroll and John Schneider expected him to be near as good as he has become. Richard only has 3 interceptions this year but is ranked 12th in the league with 14 pass defenses in only 8 starts and is quickly becoming a shut down corner.
On the other side of the field Brandon Browning is dominating receivers with his physical style of play. Brandon ranks 4th in the league in interception (1 off the lead) and leads the league in pass defenses.
He does get penalized a lot because he uses his hands too much when he doesn’t need to but as he learns to trust himself these will drop and Seattle will have a dominant secondary (yes, even more dominant then it does now).
4) Signing Zach Miller
A lot of people will look at his numbers this season and think that the Seahawks made a huge mistake signing this guy.
That could not be further from accurate. He has been a force as a blocker and unfortunately that is what Seattle has needed to do to protect the quarterback and the running back as the offensive line has been learning.
Next year we should see his receiving numbers increase as Bevell is able to call plays where the tight end can run routes more then he stays in to block.
5) Trading Aaron Curry
I hate to beat a dead horse here but getting rid of former 4th overall pick Aaron Curry was important in a couple ways.
First he had become a bit of a malcontent. I don’t know how much so in the locker room but he was definitely causing problems in the cyber nation. I’m not saying he was a bad guy (the opposite is true) but he left Seattle in a pretty classless way especially on twitter.
With Curry gone rookie linebacker KJ Wright has been able to emerge. He is a much more consistent and reliable player as a rookie then Aaron ever has been.