Brandon Marshall: Disappointed, Yet Relieved

I’ll admit that I was disappointed when I learned the Miami Dolphins had acquired Brandon Marshall this morning. As an eager Seahawks fan, I had anticipated the Seahawks would pull the trigger on a deal before another team upped the ante.

Now that the Brandon Marshall sweepstakes has ended, Seahawks fans can go one of two ways: become disgruntled and criticize the new front office before one game has been played, or take things into perspective and understand that the Seahawks aren’t one game-breaking wide receiver away from a Super Bowl championship.

Brandon Marshall would’ve been fun to watch. As an elite receiver, he would’ve made players like T.J. Houshmandzadeh and John Carlson better by attracting so much attention. Matt Hasselbeck would’ve been given a target he’s never had – a big, physical receiver with excellent ball skills.

But remember, Seattle’s offensive line is still questionable at best. Without a serviceable group of blockers, it doesn’t matter how many talented receivers are on the field. As it stands now, I would be surprised to see Hasselbeck make it through half of the regular season with the beating he’ll inevitably receive in the pocket.

Maybe acquiring Brandon Marshall wasn’t the best option for the Seattle Seahawks.

I was a proponent for acquiring Deion Branch a few years ago. Of course, the price may have been too high, but why not give up a late first-round pick – everyone knew Seattle would return to the playoffs – to add another playmaker to an already capable offensive unit?

Seattle is not a playoff-caliber football team. The offensive stars are getting older, and the team lacks a true playmaker on either side of the ball. This football team needs to rebuild.

The best way to rebuild is through the draft. And giving up two relatively high draft choices to acquire a luxury player is probably not the way to go. The Seattle Seahawks need to focus on rebuilding the trenches, the core of any team’s success, before they even think about adding a flashy skill-position player.

Stockpiling draft picks and rebuilding from the inside out is the way to go. If Brandon Marshall could’ve been acquired for a second-round pick and maybe an additional late-round selection, then you pull the trigger. But two second-round picks in consecutive years is too much for a team trying to rebuild its entire roster. The Miami Dolphins are a lot closer to winning than the Seattle Seahawks.

As fans, it is hard to focus on anything other than next season. In Seattle, however, we just need to be patient. John Schneider and Pete Carroll obviously have a plan, and it’ll take at least a few years to see results.

I know losing out on Brandon Marshall is disappointing, but moving on without him may be the best option for the Seattle Seahawks.

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  • Andrew Auger

    Good write up, I agree, we need to go T and DE with the first two picks.

    Damian Williams at No. 60 also makes a lot of sense as well now.

  • mike

    There that other team that you guys never thought would get him. GO Dolphins. Dont be suprised if we get a stud safety next. Dolphins to the super bowl!

  • Hawkstrap

    No Brandon Marshall, but Carrol brought in Reggie Williams and Mike Williams (former USC bust). Both were once 1st round picks and both were out of the league last year (drugs/weight issues) but at least they didn’t cost a draft pick. We may not be doing much in free agency, but nobody circles the scrap heap like the Seattle Seahawks.

    I hear Carlos Rogers is available and could use the money.

  • Andrew Auger


    Hawkstrap just pretty much said how I feel and couldn’t have said it any better!

  • Shaun Dolence

    Hawkstrap – I’m going to assume you meant Charles Rogers, the former Michigan State wide receiver.

    Let’s be realistic: Mike Williams and Reggie Williams are entirely separate from Brandon Marshall. Both receivers were brought in for tryouts and the team remains uncommitted to either; they weren’t brought in to ease the pain of “losing out” on Marshall. Honestly, I’d be surprised if either one of them makes the final roster of 53.

    If this were already a competitive football team, I would be more disappointed. But the Seahawks are inevitably going to get worse before they improve. We are NOT one big-time wide receiver away from competing. Parting with two second-round picks would be foolish for a team looking to rebuild.

    I’m not sure why Carroll and Schneider are taking so much heat for not overspending during a rather weak free agency period or making moves to acquire short-term answers.

    This team needs long-term answers and the goal is to win a Super Bowl. The only way to go is to completely rebuild through the draft. Sure, free agents need to be added, but not aging veterans (unless they’re a short-term stopgap) or at the expense of high-value draft picks.

  • Andrew Auger

    Thats all I am saying Shaun, we don’t really disagree then.

    I am not criticizing their lack of overspending, I am criticizing the non existent spending/upgrades.

  • vlee

    Hi Shaun,

    I agree with all your points. The Seahawks are at least 2 more good drafts beyond the current draft to return to respectability. They have to build through the draft and unload all the dead weights salary to get a very low cap number in the next 2-3 years.

    Once they have a solid team in 2-3 years, then they can load up with good FA that are not on the downside of their career.

    Slash and burn the team and rebuild from the ground up.

    Which means build the OL and DL first then outwards.

    This whole Brandon Marshall is a waste of time and no way should they give up 2 second round picks in consecutive years.

    The Seahawks are not even close to contending on a consistent basis.

    I think the Whitehurst pick was sound as everyone knows Hasselback will get hurt 6-8 games into the season because of very poor OL play.

    I was reading that during todays practice, Ray Willis was the LT and Gibson?? was the Left Guard as the first OL.

    If that doesn’t get Hasselback killed by the 6-8th game, I dont know what will? Whitehurst was a good pickup as the Seahawks don’t need “starry eyes” rookie QB from this years draft running for his life behind the OL. Whitehurst at least been kicking around the NFL for 4 years and I think he will be much better then most people think. I’ve seen some pre-season of him and he is not bad, he has much more potential then Seneca Wallace or Teal.

    just my opinion

  • Shaun Dolence

    vlee – Thanks for the comment.

    Free agents are a necessary means to success in the National Football League, but not if they’re restricted and mortgage the future of your football team. Especially if you’re not close to being competitive and trying to rebuild.

    If Brandon Marshall were a premier, elite left tackle or Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback, then maybe the price tag is worth it. But top-notch wide receivers are a luxury, and without a strong offensive line they’re not going to be very useful.

    There is no way the Seahawks could give up second-round draft picks in consecutive years to acquire a skill position player like Marshall. Imagine trying to rebuild a football team without second- or third-round picks in 2010 or 2011. That would make things quite difficult.

    As far as Charlie Whitehurst is concerned, I agree with your analysis.

  • Ed

    I agree with most of what you are saying. However, I’d actually be surprised if at least one of the Williamses didn’t make the roster. I don’t think they are going to be a mainstay in Seattle, but they are the bigger receivers that Carroll likes, and they can be “the answer” for a season or two while rebuilding at other positions.

    In fact, I think that hiring big wide outs has the advantage of completing more crucial short passes in the middle, as well as surplus blocking for a running game that I think is going to get an upgrade in this draft (and not from C.J. Spiller).

    I think that a lot of people are giving the Seahawks management a hard time for not making moves, and I admit there are a few moves I would have liked to see them make (Chester Pitts for one). However, all things considered, I’d rather them look to the draft first. There is still a lot of off season to make deals after the draft occurs.