12s can always be thankful Seahawks are not as cheap as Washington Commanders

At least we know Seattle would never do this.
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Each NFL team has their own way of doing business, of course. That way either works out long-term or it fails. 12s are fortunate because the Seattle Seahawks' way of doing business since 2010 has mostly worked. That includes not being overly aggressive in free agency, not taking interior offensive linemen very high in the draft, and making shrewd trades. But one of the more underrated things the franchise does is treat players as if they are human beings, which they are, instead of cattle.

The Washington Commanders, though, seem to be the opposite. They don't appear to care about their players or NFL draft prospects as people but would rather save a dime or two where they can. If that means hosting four 2024 NFL quarterback prospects at the time, so be it.

The reason I point this out is that while a team can host up to 30 players before an NFL draft, part of the visit should be to interview the player and do a medical examination but one would hope the team sells the organization in a way where the player wants to be with the team. If Seattle were to bring in four guards at once on visits to see how the players interact with the other guards around, that would not leave much time for the team to get to know any specific player.

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That would be a bit like saying, "Well, when we met them with the other three guys, they seemed fine. Of course, we did not truly know the person and player we were getting. It was a bit like going to a party with people we did not know and talking to so many people at once that we could not really tell them about except for how they interacted with each other."

The Commanders are going to take a quarterback with the second pick in the 2024 draft. They are likely interested in Jayden Daniels of LSU, Drake Maye of North Carolina, J.J. McCarthy of Michigan, and Michael Penix, Jr. of Washington. We know this because Washington decided to take a visit with each player only the team hosted those visits all at once. That doesn't really scream to the player they are interested in him, but rather more the position he plays.

There was also probably a good reason for bringing in four quarterbacks at once: It is less expensive. Instead of having staff around for each player, the staff has to only be there for all four together. That saves work hours and that is just smart business. (Yes, that was me being sarcastic.) Heck, maybe Washington even put all the quarterbacks in the same hotel suite. That would save money as well.

But the "cheap" part of the headline of this article does not just refer to any potential money saved. The second meaning is how little currency Washington sees in respecting the humanity of the players involved.

Players have often talked about how well they were treated by the Seahawks since general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll took over in 2010. Good organizations know that a player is likely to do better - just as almost every employee at any job would feel - if they felt the team cared about them beyond just playing football. Even when the Seahawks were not winning at a playoff-worthy level, 12s could be proud of how their favorite team treated its players.

Both the Seahawks and the Commanders were interested in hiring Dan Quinn as their head coach this offseason. Seattle chose Mike Macdonald and Quinn was hired by Washington. Based on how the Commanders are already being run under Quinn, Seattle appeared to miss the proverbial bullet of having a team being badly managed. Seattle clearly made the better choice with Macdonald.

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