Better bargain shopper
When Pete Carroll first took over Seattle, the Legion of Boom was born through the draft. The majority of them are late picks outside of Earl Thomas. Russell Wilson was drafted, Bobby Wagner was drafted. One of their better bargain deals was for HB Marshawn Lynch, who played a crucial role on their Super Bowl-winning team.
Los Angeles has tried to make bargain deals. They have tried to acquire great talent at a lesser cost. But, it hasn’t panned out for them. They try to make a run this year, but the way they strategize prevents them from building a powerhouse. Although they draft really well according to Colin, they still find a way to reach every offseason as provided in the previous slide. This year for example, they traded for Von Miller, Sony Michel and signed Odell Beckham Jr. after he cleared waivers. At the end of the year, will they be able to afford Miller and Beckham Jr.?
When Seattle makes a bargain deal, they do it in such a way that allows them to keep those guys on their roster for years. Just look at the last couple of years. Most notably, the Quandre Diggs trade. Someone who is well respected and even considered the top free safety in the NFL was traded for a 5th round pick. Last year Seattle was able to acquire Pro Bowl pass rusher Carlos Dunlap for a 7th round pick. This past offseason, they traded for OL Gabe Jackson for a 5th round pick.
The list goes on and on. The debate for bargain shopper isn’t even close. It’s Seattle by a landslide. They have done quite a good job of it over the last decade and it’s been a large reason for their success. Say what you want about this organization and although this may be the end for Pete Carroll, over the last decade, they have one of the best winning percentages in the league. Won the division five times, won the conference two times, won one Super bowl. Way more than the Rams can show for the moves they’ve made.
Let’s not for a second act like the Los Angels Rams are light years ahead of the Seattle Seahawks. If they were, they would have found their way back to the Super Bowl. If they were, they would have found their way out of the divisional round. If they were, they wouldn’t continually mortgage their future offseason after offseason. Please, stop being a prisoner of the moment because in less than a month, more likely than not, the Los Angeles Rams will find themselves on the couch thinking about the next major move to make.
It’s a rinse and repeat style for them. More desperate than anything as they continually go ALL IN on offseason trades with Super Bowl hopes and still have nothing to show for it.