As soon as Seattle scored big by snatching Pro Bowl TE Zach Miller from the Oakland Raiders people like me immediately began speculating on the future of incumbent TE John Carlson.
With mutual interest in defensive end Osi Umenyiora and the fact the New York Giants need a starting TE, several rumors started popping up about a possible Umenyiora to Seattle for John Carlson/draft choice.
Probably seeing this coming all the way from New York, Pete Carroll has immediately dispelled the notion that the team plans on parting ways in any capacity with Carlson.
When asked if the two can co-exist together in the Seahawks offense:
“Absolutely,” Carroll said, adding, “Anybody who thinks otherwise doesn’t get it. I think those guys will play together in tandem. They’ll be on opposite sides. We’ll be moving them around for matchups and all kinds of stuff. I think it’s a great asset for us now. We’ve always liked to play with two tight ends in a number of different packages, and this just gives us tremendous flexibility at a really high level, so I’m really hoping this is going to be difficult for our opponents because of the matchups we’ll be able to create.”
If there is one thing I have learned from watching Pete Carroll over the last season; don’t take his word at face value about anything until somethings official. He may not be telling you a lie, but he’s certainly not giving you the truth when talking about personnel decisions. After the lockout began Pete Carroll declared Matt Hasselbeck their “No. 1 priority” and he wound up with the Tennessee Titans.
Just breaking down that recent comment, he said that Miller and Carlson “can” co-exist in the same offense, not that they’re “going” to. He said “I think” instead of “they will”.
Keep that in mind.
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