The writing was on the wall, but it’s pretty damn remarkable that it’s developed like this not even halfway through a top five draft choices’ rookie contract.
It continues a noticeable trend of oustings from a crumbled old veteran Ruskell era that saw it’s best days die the year after he arrived. For all of Mike Holmgrens whifs as a General Manager it’s easy for people to forget that the nucleus of the Super Bowl team was much more his creation then Ruskell, who happened to burst onto the scene the year of.
Pete Carroll just doesn’t care about draft status, sure his nucleus is built with rising stars like first rounders Russell Okung, and Earl Thomas, running back Marshawn Lynch. But he has let go of former high draft choices Kelly Jennings, Lawrence Jackson, Lofa Tatupu, Kentwan Balmer, Josh Wilson, Darryl Tapp, and is now about to pounce on any sanely good deal for the highest of them all.
Aaron Curry was lauded as the safest pick in the 2009 draft, I remember even being content he slid past Kansas City and fell in our lap; considering we had just dealt Julian Peterson for Cory Redding (wow, we did that?).
You have to imagine that Petey is pulling his hair out figuratively at the thought of having the chance at selecting his boy Clay Matthews, who would have been considered a major reach at No. 4, instead of Curry. Shattering all convention like is his usual method, he would’ve defied logic like he has with a guy like the dominant Chris Clemons. If he didn’t feel like taking a swing for Matthews, he could’ve always “reached” for Brian Cushing, the twice-voted (for PED doubt clarity) NFL defensive rookie of the year, someone he was also very familiar with. While you have Nick Saban blurting “James Carpenters a first round draft choice?” we probably have Pete thinking “Aaron Curry>>>Matthews/Cushing? WTF?”.
It’s really hard to fault Ruskell on selecting Curry, I mean everybody, and I repeat everybody, analysts, Kipers, were calling him the safest choice in the draft, had him listed as their No. 1 player in some cases, and said Seattle struck gold with the selection.
It’s still ironic that Carroll is left with a situation that in reality is probably going to net him something around a fourth round draft selection while having to see his homeboys from USC dominating at their position. It’s even worse that Curry has been noticeably outplayed by fourth rounder KJ Wright and the former undrafted David Hawthorne and that he has been benched. The benching probably didn’t help his trade stock either.
At least Hawk fans can take solace in the fact that Pete Carroll is cold blooded, and that he is not going to hold onto to someone for more time then he should because of draft status; especially when he had no business in drafting that player. It is a reality of the league that Hall of Fame caliber players go undrafted while you have Jamarcus Russell’s and Ryan Leaf’s out there who flop miserably being among the top 2 selected overall.