I have chided Brandon a little for his Ryan Mallett...objectification. I would have called it obsession, but it isn't. And Ryan Mallett isn't even the real object. A viable long term quarterback for the Seahawks is the object, and until that is position is filled with a player that raises the level of the players who surround him, the objectification will continue.
The calls for Charlie Whitehurst had 5 percent to do with visible potential and 95% to do with fans objectifying the position of quarterback for the Seahawks. Admit it, you have done it. Have you ever said "Dude, the Hawks gotta take a quarterback in the first round one of these years!" No name, no face, just a round. You... objectifier! You don't know what you want, but you know what you don't. You have been watching what you don't want for 3 years running, as an aging system quarterback struggles to be much more than a junkballer.
The truth is, most seasons it has not been difficult to come up with a list of eight to ten quarterbacks I would rather have start than Matt Hasselbeck. And recently it has been pretty easy to come up with 20. So, seeing the front office not address the position draft after draft with somebody more than the occasional David Greene or Mike Teel is frustrating. Maybe even slowly infuriating. Aim your punches between the studs, drywall is easier to fix than bones. And nix the Sunday Ticket again this year. I'm not wasting 400 large watching this offense lurch its way to 8 punts a game, hoping Leon pulls our ass out of the fire one more time...
Brandon and I want the same thing, but not the same way. I hate saying this, but Carson Palmer is a better option than Ryan Mallett, even with the repaired wheel and a chicken wing for an arm. Does it sound like I am down on Palmer? I am. But he is an improvement over Matt, and he gives us the time to develop the next quarterback we select. If we ever do select one again. Lets see, studs are 16 inches apart, right?
Palmer might have shades of being a has-been, or a once-was, but that is a damn sight better than a never-will-be, which is exactly what I think Mallet is. I have a variety of problems with Mallett's game. Some are my own prejudices about the position, what I want and like to watch. Some are things I don't think he will overcome. His arm is impressive, but his head is not. Some of it is I think he is part on-field diva, kind of like Jimmy Clausen, if his feet were re-barred into the ground. A whining, complaining un-leader who specializes in panic.
You notice I didn't bring up drugs? Not my department. I said all along that if the rumors were true we would find out on draft day(s). It sounds harsh, doesn't it? Welcome to the NFL, idiot. Your weaknesses cost you millions. Start growing up, son.
I feel very differently about Mallett's future than Brandon. My fear of Bill's devilish ways aside, I see Mallett going the same way Greene and Teel did, out of the NFL without sniffing a regular season field. If he does see the field, Captain Panic will reinforce the notion that 6'7" is slow waiting to happen. Belicheck had picks to burn this year, and burn them he did. Pick 74 will bust as big as a mid 3rd rounder can.
This off season will be a waste with out trading for Palmer. It quite possibly will be a waste even if we do. I yelled and screamed and jumped around, giddy with the rest of you when Beastquake cost us 4 spots in the draft, but the real 2011 handicap was the 13 spots lost with Seattle's defense having an unlikely strong appearance in the season finale. If Blaine Gabbert really was first on this front office's wish list, as has been reported, it might be one of the costliest victories in league history. The selection of James Carpenter has been widely panned, but the simple fact is that there was not much left in a weak draft by the time Seattle picked. Entitled cornerback with a taste for codeine syrup or right tackle with 4 positions in his arsenal? At the 25th spot of the first round, the first round grades were GONE. Pick 57 rolls around, and guess what? All the second round grades are GONE. Hello, Detroit, we have a deal for you.
So, our front office went with plan C. Get a couple of starters who will help an offense chew clock, hope a DT falls your way. That didn't happen, so Seattle went with plan D. Throw numerous bodies at the secondary and hope one or two of them stick, take a couple fliers, and hit the phones to Cincy, Philly, and Denver to see what you have to spend from next years draft to put a body behind center, then do your best to struggle to 7 or 8 wins in a season when your fans will be pining for an unattainable bit of Luck by week 10.