Quick News And Amateur Editorial Hour

Just a few brief hits concerning some changes to the roster. Also a little bit of replacement-level commentary from me.

O'Neil at the Times with the moves

WR Mike Hass is placed on the IR and OG Trevor Canfield is signed from Arizona's practice squad placed onto Seattle's 53-man roster. Also added to the Seahawks practice squad is WR Patrick Carter, who takes the place of CB Trae Williams (who was signed by Pittsburgh).

Real quick, I want to touch on why Mike Hass was brought onto the active roster to begin with and how it could have been handled better. Prior to last Sunday's game, Hass was signed from the practice squad as insurance because Ben Obomanu suffered an injury against the Buccaneers and would be inactive against the Packers. Now, that's fine. The team probably needed more than T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch, and Deon Butler active. To clear room for Hass, DE Derek Walker was released. 

Yesterday, Walker was claimed by the San Francisco 49ers. 

You might recall that prior to the game in Green Bay, we had two players on the active roster who had injuries they were dealing with: Aaron Curry and Nate Burleson. Of those two, it was possible Curry could play again this season and highly doubtful that Burleson would have taken the field again (and already Burleson has been ruled out for the season finale). Let's stop and think about this for a moment. Despite the fact that we had two players on the active roster who could have easily been placed onto the injured reserve list with virtually no consequences, the organization instead chose to expose Derek Walker to waivers in order to make room for Mike Hass. 

That is terrible personnel management. I don't know if it was Mora and the coaching staff pushing to keep Curry and Burleson off the IR or if it was interim GM Ruston Webster acting on his own, but it reflects poorly on whoever was involved. This late into the season, there is little or no excuse for not placing one or both players on the IR to spare Walker from waivers.

Walker may never develop into anything useful, but that's not why this move is so troubling. The entire process that led to this unfortunate result was poor. If we were applying the Russo and Schoemaker Success Matrix to this decision, the outcome falls squarely into the "poetic justice" box. The Seahawks just lost a young and cheap player to a division rival in a situation that was entirely avoidable.

Frustrated? You should be. 

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