Harrison’s remarks, including “trying to facilitate a trade. I was hell-bent on getting out of there”, serve to highlight the fortune that some teams have simply by possessing a positive reputation around the league.
Teams like the Seattle Seahawks.
Harrison even admitted to not answering the phone for a few hours back in 2018 because he was trying to find out how to not actually be traded to Detroit.
Meanwhile, last season the Seahawks were able to acquire standout safety Quandre Diggs for a fifth-round pick. Diggs significantly improved Seattle’s woeful defense, and at the time it was often wondered how a team’s defensive captain could be poached for such a cheap price.
It’s all part of the culture of bad teams losing out in a big way to the culture of healthy teams.
The cycle is one with which many employees are unfortunately familiar. A company, department, or manager gains a sour reputation for their past dealings. Employees are tempted to behave less favorably because they’re not really all that committed anymore, as the threat of moving on starts to lose its power. Eventually, it can get to a point where leaders are willing to make financially or logistically poor decisions, because of the bad relational equity in these situations.
It’s apparently what happened with the DeAndre Hopkins trade, if rumors are to be believed.
Meanwhile, John Schneider gets to sit on his throne, ruling the north, almost waiting for players to come to him.
Sure - Seattle had a strange turn in the departures of Doug Baldwin, Richard Sherman, and Earl Thomas, but you’d be hard pressed to find a majority of people who agree with their take on the Seahawks culture.
By and large, it’s a Bruce Irvin longing to return to Seattle.
IM SO HAPPY TO BE GOING HOME!!!! 12’s I love you!— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) March 18, 2020
It’s a Marshawn Lynch who came out of a second and a half retirement to score one-yard postseason touchdowns. It’s a Quandre Diggs on the discount. It’s four games of a Josh Gordon after the New England Patriots gave up on him. It’s a (SORE SUBJECT WARNING) Jadeveon Clowney choosing Seattle over Houston or Miami last year.
Seems like all one has to do these days is not be utterly dysfunctional to at least be in position to contend. Good players are leaving broken organizations every single year, and it’s a blessing to have a chance to pick up the pieces every year.