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Are We Underestimating The Impact O'brien Schofield May Have?


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Replay of the Superbowl is on and I see him beating the OT opposite from him on a regular basis. Nice first step and a sick spin move. He sat behind some nice talent in Seattle but the way he looks in this game I kinda wonder if he could be our starting RDE.

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the guy is a speed rusher ... like ian rapport said ... He thinks Schofield will be one of those signings no one is paying attention to but at the end of year he will end up with 6-7 sacks and everybody look back at it as a very good signing

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I wasn't expecting much, to the point where I didn't even bother watching his games last year. A few people (KOG being a big one) got me a bit optimistic. Wasn't that interested though, thought it'd be better to look at prospects in the draft. Spoke with a couple Seahawks fans who really, really like the guy, one today in fact who thinks he could shine if he gets the chance to start. Watching the SB replay to focus on Quinn's defense and figured I'd key in on Schofield, and I totally agree with OP...dude looks like he could be dangerous. Cautious optimism is slowly turning into excitement.

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Certainly it is when people expect someone to play at a level they've never demonstrated.

Maybe because he's never had more than 4.5 sacks in a season?

You can look at my earlier posts; I was saying he was probably just good depth and I wasn't sure he was even better than Maponga (who I admittedly like quite a bit). But I changed my mind. Please, just watch this guy play. I dare you to not be even a little impressed. He could be a steal.

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You can look at my earlier posts; I was saying he was probably just good depth and I wasn't sure he was even better than Maponga (who I admittedly like quite a bit). But I changed my mind. Please, just watch this guy play. I dare you to not be even a little impressed. He could be a steal.

Could be...but if so impressive, why did Seattle let him get away?

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You can look at my earlier posts; I was saying he was probably just good depth and I wasn't sure he was even better than Maponga (who I admittedly like quite a bit). But I changed my mind. Please, just watch this guy play. I dare you to not be even a little impressed. He could be a steal.

It's not really a matter of is it possible. There are definitely players who have been late bloomers. I hope he throws up 8 sacks. It'd be a big steal, for sure. Having said that, the question was, are we underestimating him. Based on the sales job that has gone on around here versus everything we know about him, it's hard for me to say he is anything but overestimated by most of the people who like him.

Personally, I neither like nor dislike him. I simply doubt the amount to which he will be relevant.

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you could ask that about every good player to ever change teams. How did they get Bennett?

Bennett came to Seattle from Tampa Bay, a team that has been in doldrums for some time. Seattle supposedly has top tier scouts/GM/Head Coach with eye for talent. We got Schofield for a song...hard to comprehend Seattle letting him leave if he's got significant upside.

With all that being said, I do think he can be part of the solution here.

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Bennett came to Seattle from Tampa Bay, a team that has been in doldrums for some time. Seattle supposedly has top tier scouts/GM/Head Coach with eye for talent. We got Schofield for a song...hard to comprehend Seattle letting him leave if he's got significant upside.

With all that being said, I do think he can be part of the solution here.

Seattle also has to pony up and pay Wilson and Sherman and many others. They dont have the pleasure of keeping everyone that they want to. Im not saying the dude is going to the probowl. Just that he seems like he may be more than a backup player like i had originally thought. Watch his tape from the superbowl. You cant come away unimpressed

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Bennett came to Seattle from Tampa Bay, a team that has been in doldrums for some time. Seattle supposedly has top tier scouts/GM/Head Coach with eye for talent. We got Schofield for a song...hard to comprehend Seattle letting him leave if he's got significant upside.

With all that being said, I do think he can be part of the solution here.

The other consideration is that Quinn coached him in Seattle and knows better than anyone remaining what he has in the player. And it's quite possible he wanted to follow Quinn instead of staying in Seattle.

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Seattle also has to pony up and pay Wilson and Sherman and many others. They dont have the pleasure of keeping everyone that they want to. Im not saying the dude is going to the probowl. Just that he seems like he may be more than a backup player like i had originally thought. Watch his tape from the superbowl. You cant come away unimpressed

I understand all of that, that's my point. Did you see what he signed with us for? Seattle is going to have to let some of their overpriced aging guys leave, and replace with cheaper talent like Schofield. Only reason to let him leave is because they don't see him as that kind of replacement guy.

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The other consideration is that Quinn coached him in Seattle and knows better than anyone remaining what he has in the player. And it's quite possible he wanted to follow Quinn instead of staying in Seattle.

That makes more sense, plus he has a better chance of starting here in Atlanta than in seattle.

I think if he can stay healthy, he can make an impact.

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I understand all of that, that's my point. Did you see what he signed with us for? Seattle is going to have to let some of their overpriced aging guys leave, and replace with cheaper talent like Schofield. Only reason to let him leave is because they don't see him as that kind of replacement guy.

we have no idea if they "let him leave" or not. He has a say so as well. If he chose to move on there isnt much they can do about it

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we have no idea if they "let him leave" or not. He has a say so as well. If he chose to move on there isnt much they can do about it

This is true, as I said earlier, he may have seen himself having a better chance to start here than staying put. But that again goes to my point about seattle not thinking he would ever be a starter there.

But all things being equal, one would think he would prefer staying with a still young team that has been to two straight super bowls, not leave that for a team in rebuilding mode.

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I really believe Schofield, Durant, and Reed will all greatly improve our defense. We will have no real superstars, but I like it. Add the rookies to what we have now plus Quinns scheme change and our defense jumps big.

Agreed. Gotta get this draft right (with luck) on at least the first 3 picks........

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