Friday, November 2, 2012
710ESPN Seattle audio: Where West stands
By Mike Sando
The headline sounded provocative amid trading-deadline cries for the Seattle Seahawks to move aggressively at wide receiver.
"Mike Sando says the Seahawks are fine at wide receiver," it reads.
That is pretty much what I said during my weekly conversation Thursday with Bob Stelton, Dave Grosby and Dave Wyman on 710ESPN Seattle.
The thinking goes like this: Sidney Rice and Golden Tate are the receivers most important to this offense. Both are healthy. Both are contributing. Trading away a draft choice for a player deemed expendable elsewhere wouldn't necessarily change much.
I'm not saying the Seahawks are fine at receiver in a broader sense. They need to upgrade the depth, for sure. Some of the prospects they hoped to develop haven't worked out (Kris Durham and Ricardo Lockette come to mind). But this isn't a three- and four-receiver offense by design. In the short term, Seattle could make better use of a second receiving tight end to pair with Zach Miller.
That is particularly true if Doug Baldwin is healthy enough to contribute from the slot. He practiced fully Thursday after suffering a high-ankle sprain two weeks ago.
Note: We discussed every NFC West team in this conversation.