Why some former Hawks are no longer in Seattle

The "turk" visited 23 players yesterday as the Hawks cut their roster from 76 to the mandatory 53. Some were surprises, some weren't. Seahawks.NET's Scott Eklund takes a look at some of the cuts and gives his analysis of why he thinks the players who were released are no longer Seahawks.

Aside from contract ramifications (.NET's Hawkstorian is a better person to ask in that regard), here are my reasons why some players were cut and why the Seahawks roster looks a lot different than many of us thought it would.

Running backs Kerry Carter and Marquis Weeks were cut on Saturday for a couple reasons. 1) Carter has been nicked up all preseason – but so has Maurice Morris – and when he did play he wasn't as explosive as the team had hoped he would be; 2) Weeks showed well during the first preseason game and had some abilities as a return man, but when Josh Scobey was picked up on August 23rd the writing was seemingly on the wall.

Scobey is an excellent return man and Morris, if he can remain healthy, is much more explosive out of the backfield. He is a receiving threat and if he gets to the hole quickly he has the burst to be a home-run threat, something that Carter was never going to be. Offensive coordinator Gil Haskell mentioned in several interviews that Morris had really shown his receiving abilities and the team was designing ways to get him on the field in third down situations.

Tony Jackson, this year's sixth round draft choice, was in a battle from the first preseason game in New Orleans. Leonard Weaver, who like Jackson played tight end in college, was able to show good blocking technique, excellent hands and the ability to make things happen when he ball was in his hands. Weaver comes from a small college and really seemed to want the backup job to Mack Strong much more than anyone else.

At wideout, Taco Wallace, Jerome Pathon and Bobby Shaw were not surprises. Wallace and Shaw never seemed to be given a shot to make the squad. Both are talented, but Shaw may have lost the speed needed to play in this league and Wallace has never been able to put it all together.

Pathon is a different story. Pathon came to the mini-camps out of shape, had a bad attitude about how he was being used in the offense and didn't show the veteran leadership I believe the coaching staff hoped he would bring. The only problem I have with the Pathon cut is that the team decided to keep Jerheme Urban, a player who had one or two good moments to go with about ten bad ones this preseason.

Urban dropped so many passes and seemed to lack the consistency needed. Following the Dallas preseason game, I thought Pathon had a good shot at sticking and that Urban was gone. Pathon runs very good routes, has sure hands and can read defenses. In the end, it appears that attitude won out over abilities. We'll see how it works out.

Even though he wasn't a casualty of the 53 man cut, Rashard Moore not playing for the Hawks this season does not surprise me. He needs a good full year of no contact on his injured shoulder and a good surgeon to take care of the problem in order for him to reach his vast potential. He would have made an incredible trifecta with Marcus Tubbs and Chuck Darby. If Moore is still having problems when camp begins next year, watch out folks, he probably won't be donning an NFL uniform for the rest of his life.

The cut of Tracy White surprised me a lot. He has good speed and it seemed like that is the way the coaching staff was headed with their linebackers. It appears that his penchant for not holding strong at the point of attack probably is the biggest reason he is no longer a Seahawk. White had the tendency of running around blocks rather than taking them on, shedding them and then making the play. Running around a blocker is the worst thing a linebacker can do.

In the secondary the only cut that raised piqued my interest was the release of B.J. Tucker. Tucker had an excellent season in Europe this past spring and really seemed to have the quickness needed to be a good slot corner. His problems stem from being very short – his profile says he's 5'10", but he is closer to 5'8" – and the fact that he isn't very strong or fast. He could be dominated by some of the bigger wideouts in the league and with the third receivers in the NFC West being an explosive bunch – the St. Louis Rams WR Kevin Curtis and the Arizona Cardinals WR Bryant Johnson are two of the fastest in the league – Tucker would have had problems matching up.

Terreal Bierria's dismissal appeared to be just a matter of time. More and more in this league safeties are being asked to cover receivers. Seahawks fans all remember how badly Bierria was burned by Shaun McDonald in the week four meltdown in 2004 that resulted in a Hawks loss to the Rams at Qwest Field. All over the league corners are being moved to safety spots to try and combat this problem and Marquand Manuel and John Howell both are more adept in coverage than Bierria is.

All in all, the Hawks seem to have put together a team that fits their system better than before. Did they make some mistakes? It's hard to say until they have played some games that actually count. But like most teams, the Hawks could look back on some of their cuts with regret.

The 2005 season is upon us people. Let the games begin!!!

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