Being a Seahawks fan is frustrating sometimes... Sometimes all the time... and it's all the time frustrating in the first round.
In general, I try to understand the process behind decisions. In Project Management, so long as the good process behind a decision, I'm pretty forgiving of mistakes that happen in execution. Process is what matters, because process is what can be controlled.
And man, I am struggling to wrap my head around the the Jordyn Brooks pick and the process that drove the decision.
And it's not even that I hate the player. He's a fine player. But it makes understanding what they are doing more difficult.
It's pretty clear that, in their minds and by their board, they went BPA. They have not done that for a long time and it kind of goes in the face what John Schneider has done in the past. I believe JS when he says that in his press conference yesterday because it was evident that they have no plan for where they are playing him. The answer was pretty much "We'll bring him in and see where he fits."
Collier had a plan right away and didn't work out. And this idea of picking BPA seems like an over correction from last year.
That being said, it is clear that Seattle is prioritizing team speed over all else at the moment. Going up against SF, Arizona and LA six times a year is making them commit heavily to team speed. It makes sense. Brooks and Barton are both very fast LBs. Barton is better in coverage and Brooks is better against the run, but both are fast guys. John also talked about having played in the Big 12 as being an advantage for Brooks which speaks to the proliferation of the spread into the NFL. So I think Seattle is taking inputs from the college game and slowly incorporating that into their defense.
You also have the reality that KJ and Bobby are getting older and if they start to lose a step, Seattle will need Brooks and Barton on the roster. It's not a 2020 pick, it's a 2021 and on pick.
It's also clear to me that Norton has heavy fingerprints on the roster construction and that bugs me. Norton needs extremely good LB play in his system and Pete and John are trying to give him quality guys at the position. But that doesn't necessarily make me feel better because I don't think Norton is a quality DC in this league.
The last thing that it teaches me is that, I don't think Pete and John have a grand roster construction plan at the moment. I think they are recognizing where the roster is aging and planning for that, but not in terms of a vision for what they want this team to look like. Taking a step back and hearing John and Pete talk about throwing Brooks in and seeing where he'll fit, tells me they are identifying guys that are talented by their definition, bringing them in and are going to let things play out in Training Camp and through the year. It's almost like the Seahawks organization switched to Agile, which in a nutshell is a work flow process where you operate in short sprints of work. In other words, it feels like there is no grand plan of roster construction, but rather a focus on maximizing FA, stopping, surveying the roster. Then do the same thing with the draft. And when Training Camp comes around, let competition run it's course. It's probably less extreme than I'm making it sound, but it really does feel that way. Why else would we sign so many OL? Why not address their biggest need in FA? Why invest your biggest draft capital into a position that you have solidified starters at? It very much feels like, identify talent, bring it in, and we'll sort it out later. On the good side, it feels very Belichickian, but I do wonder if Pete's coaching staff has the chops to actually make that work.
Not saying any of this is true, but these are some thoughts I've had since last night... When again, I feel like Seattle passed on better talent to select a player I didn't expect.