Thursday, April 29, 2010
How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch
By Mike Sando
Deuce Lutui, Cardinals guard. Lutui played well enough in 2009 to earn consideration for a long-term contract, but like most players, he's not valuable enough to leverage his team into action. Staying away from the offseason program would have been enough to lower Lutui's stock on its own. Recent moves by the Cardinals have only dropped that stock further. Line coach Russ Grimm has a long list of starting-caliber guards to consider after Arizona signed Rex Hadnot and nine-time Pro Bowler Alan Faneca in free agency. Arizona has enough depth for Grimm to consider using longtime left guard Reggie Wells at right tackle. The only realistic option for Lutui is the same one he's had all along: report in shape, compete hard and show the Cardinals he deserves a long-term deal.
Pete Carroll, Seahawks coach. Carroll cleared an important first hurdle as the Seahawks' coach and highest-ranking personnel authority when he oversaw an ambitious and productive first draft in Seattle. No team knows whether the players it drafts will become stars, but the Seahawks earned rave reviews from their handling of the draft, and those reviews appeared warranted. Seattle landed highly regarded players at positions of great need while also maneuvering to land running backs Leon Washington and LenDale White. Carroll and general manager John Schneider also validated the collaborative spirit CEO Tod Leiweke stressed in hiring them following a tumultuous period in the team's front office. It's still early. Carroll has much to prove. So far, however, so good for Seattle.