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Bye Bye Burleson…Beckoning Brandon

Nate Burleson has inked a 5-year deal with the Detroit Lions, thus ending his homecoming to Seattle. Deion Branch is still on the squad, but this shouldn’t instill a lot of faith in the 12th Man. That leaves T.J. Houshmandzadeh as the only threat at WR. Deion Butler may have potential, but he’s certainly not there yet.

With Burleson leaving, the stakes are higher to get Brandon Marshall. I’m rooting for a trade because the 6th pick in the draft is a hefty price tag. Marshall is in Seattle today to meet with the Hawks. ESPN’s John Clayton doesn’t think an offer sheet will be signed. The best option for Seattle will be the trade route, but their leverage is less than it was 24 hours ago.

My gut feeling is something will get done and Marshall will be a Seahawk by next week.

By the way, less than 2 years ago, Seattle had become a wasteland for talent in professional sports. Outside of Ichiro, Lauren Jackson, and Sue Bird, we had not much left. Since then, Felix Hernandez has become a Cy Young Award candidate and we’ve added the likes of Cliff Lee, Chone Figgins, and Pete Carroll. Now, we may be adding Brandon Marshall.

The times are changing and should be interesting!

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Wide Receivers Showing Passion on the Air

I was fortunate to catch the entire Nate Burleson show on KJR Sportsradio yesterday when Deion Branch, T.J. Houshmandzadeh,and Burleson went off on Hugh Millen and his criticism of the team.  At least they have passion.

Here it here.

It certainly was intriguing radio. Heck, I stayed in my car sitting in the post office parking lot to keep hearing the heated debate.  However, when it’s all said and done, it made the three amigos look a little foolish at times.  A few cases in point…

1 – Housh saying that Hugh Millen has no idea what he’s talking about citing his interception to TD ratio. Really? Dude, the guy played in the NFL for 9 years. That’s credibility enough. Anyone who laces them up on Sundays for any length of time has earned the credibility regardless of how they performed.  Jim Mora and Greg Knapp weren’t NFL standouts, yet they currently stand as head coach and offensive coordinator of an NFL team.

2 – Deion Branch saying that “you are either with us or against us.” Really, Deion? Most of the fans here have been “with” the team longer than you, and will be here longer than you. I personally remember 1976 and guys like Nick Bebout, Mike Curtis, and Ken Geddes. Just because we aren’t throwing love out to a team that has taken the gas pipe bad the last three weeks doesn’t mean we don’t support the team. Just because we love the Hawks doesn’t mean we think you all should be back next year.

3 – In the end, as much as you talk about not calling out your team, you threw Greg Knapp under the bus.  I know you didn’t do it in exactly those words, but the message was clear.

4 – Millen is an analyst for KJR and the local FOX station. He’s paid to be critical. Steve Raible and Warren Moon (both former Hawks) are employed by the team. Don’t expect them to treat you poorly.  If you want accolades, play better.

Bottom line – I actually like all three receivers. I think they and Matt Hasselbeck are misused in this offense. I’d love to see Jim Zorn as the OC next year and go back to a West Coast-style offense that fits the needs of the talents on this team. I’d also like to see the same passion displayed by Burleson, Housh, and DB from all 53 guys this Sunday. I will be in the stands watching!

What do you think?  I would love to have your comments on the blog…