As far as Idzik and the Seahawks not making a big splash while he was there, They signed Matt Flynn to an outrageous contract. They signed Sydney Rice to a huge deal.
Yep. And they signed a lot more than that.
It was just an incorrect point in my part. I didn't do any research just thought about current contributors and honestly just forgot about rice and Flynn since neither one has contributed a thing in so long. Just sloppy by not thinking of non current starters. Thanks for correction
NP. GFY with your polite response. Now I feel badly for being such a snot. Oh well. I'll get over it...and probably will do it again soon.
FYI, since '07 when Idzik started there (and I may be missing some):
Deon Grant 6 years $30M
Patrick Kerney 6 years $40M
Sidney Rice 5 years $41M
TJ Houshmandzadeh 5 years $40M
Zach Miller 5 years $34M
Matt Flynn 3 years $26M
Marshawn Lynch 4 years $31M (after trading for him mid-season)
Leroy Hill 6 years $38M (he was an untagged UFA when they re-signed him)
Brian Russell 5 years $14M
Michael Bennett 1 year $5M
Chris Baker 2 years $5M (yes, our Chris Baker, after the Pats also threw him away)
Mike Williams 3 years $11M
Julius Jones 4 years $12M
Cliff Avril 2 years $13M
Alan Branch 2 years $8M
TJ Duckett 5 years $14M
Robert Gallery 3 years $15M
There is no history of them taking the slow, steady way of building only through the draft and signing only "value" free agents. Idzik did that in '13 because our situation called for that approach (or seemed to).
Here's how the Seahawks found RBs in the Idzik era: keep signing FAs (see above: Jones, Duckett, Edgerrin James), and trading mid-level draft picks, for veterans (sound familiar?). Do that until one sticks:
Traded 5th rounder for 3rd down RB Alvin Pearman
Traded 5th rounder for KR Leon Washington (they hardly used him at RB) then signed him for 4 years $13M
Traded 4th rounder for RB Lendale White (never had 1 carry for Seattle) then signed him for 2 years $8M
Traded 4th and 5th rounders for RB Marshawn Lynch (they certainly got this one right) right before the trade deadline in '10.
And in addition, they also took RBs in the 4th round (2012) and 2nd round (2013) in the past 2 drafts.
Power running game and strong defense and an efficient QB who only attempts 400 passes/season. Jets fans could teach Carroll and the Seattle FO a thing or two about how to get to the SB in today's pass-only game.