The Seahawks are back to building a bully.
Whether it's drafting players, bringing in UDFAs, developing talent, or re-signing veterans - Seattle is searching for bullies. This psychological pursuit is central to their roster building philosophy as a whole. In the Seahawks' infamous Super Bowl 48 run, Seattle rallied around one focus: intimidation. Seattle wants teams to fear them. Fearful to face Seattle, regardless of venue. Fearful to run the ball on them. Fearful to air it out. Fearful to even matchup with them. And Seattle has been coached and conditioned to feed off that fear.
Seattle wants to intimidate teams, knock them around, and beat them down. Back in January, John Schneider said this on Brock and Salk:
"I remember when we got here, we talked about being a team that could go play anybody anywhere," Schneider said. "... At the time, the ‘Niners in our division and (Pittsburgh and Baltimore) were clearly the most physical teams in the league. That's where we want to be, we want to be the bully. We don't want to get knocked around. We want to be bringing it all the time."
Seattle wants players that will run through a wall for their brothers. These are the types of players with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. For a lack of a better term, Seattle wants pissed off players. This pursuit of this specific type of psychological mindset in a player is mostly reflected in their UDFA process. Seattle will bring in players who went undrafted and are still angry about it. Their goal is to make these players feel valued and wanted. UDFAs feel as if their talent was overlooked - and as a result, they have this unrelenting internal drive to prove the world wrong. Their only desire is an opportunity to prove their worth to a team. Those are the types of players Seattle looks for and capitalizes on. As of recently, Seattle has lost several players who mostly embody the bully they want to build. Most notably, Marshawn Lynch.
Now, with an infusion of youthful talent on the roster, Seattle is looking to some of their original veteran bullies to bridge the gap to the next generation of bullies. Thus, Seattle decided to bring some of those veterans back - most notably Chris Clemons and Brandon Browner. Both players played pivotal roles in developing Seattle into the team they are today. And in case you haven't seen it before, Brandon Browner is a straight bully.
Welcome back BB!!!! #LOB pic.twitter.com/tZJjDzZ2bB— Evan (@EvanonFG) April 17, 2016
Brandon Browner embodies the type of player Seattle is trying to find and develop: physical, aggressive, pissed off, chip on the shoulder, overlooked, and has something to prove. Seattle's recent roster moves reflect their intent to once again: build a bully.