TwistedHusky wrote:Here is the problem Pitt.
Is there ANY realistically possible trade we could have done last year that would have made a difference? Even in hindsight? (not but not knowing our CB or our FS would be terrible)
Not sure there was. No move would have won us the game against the Rams, because the reason was lost to the Rams was not a roster issue. It was because we came in unprepared and we tried to force Wilson to play a type of football we hadn't really played for almost a half year.
It might have been because we kept Wilson in the pocket against withering pressure by the Rams, and he predictably struggled. And it could have been because we were still trying to throw long when we couldn't protect him.
It wasn't because Adams wasn't good enough. Or didn't contribute.
You trade for a guy like Adams because they are worth taking the risk in order to go deeper in the playoffs. We had that chance and even were set up for that success. But Carroll is the NFL version of Doc Rivers and all that entails.
Guys like Maulbert and Maelstrom get angry because complaints about Carroll keep popping up in thread after thread. But if you have a root problem, then trying to figure out what is wrong with the leaves, fruit, flowers, bark, etc....usually stems from that.
We are picked third in our division for a reason. Even though we have the better QB. Even though nobody even knows what is going on with the 49ers QB. Because they have the better coaches. Adams will not fix that.
He was, however, our best shot. Our best shot was to win the division, get the home stadium, and leverage Wilson to make a deep run. We got the division and home games, and some of those wins to get us there were directly the result of adding guys like Adams and Dunlap.
The other question is, if you don't get Adams, do you really think those 1sts we lost would even matter? What is our record with turning 1sts into players that contribute immediately or even as valuable starters?
Honestly, I would have to go back and look at the FA's available, but I know a safety wasnt the answer to the issues. Team needed pass rush, Dline, and Oline (of course) and they surely could have gotten a stud at one of those positions with what they spent on Adams. Honestly, Mcdougald was fine at safety and I highly doubt the Adams addition helped much if any more than if Mcdougald would have stayed (yes I realize he got hurt last season, but he may not have playing in Seattle).
I agree with you about Carroll being the root problem and with some not accepting that, there is going to be disagreements.
As for Adams being the best shot for Seattle moving forward, I still dont know why you think that. There were a few DE's like Dupree, Griffen, Judon, Ogbah, or Vernon that would have been the smarter move IMO. Lets be honest, it took getting Dunlap before the defense could even get out of their own way.
As for the 1sts, no I have zero confidence the FO would have picked anybody worth anything with them. I just wish they would have used them on a different position.