I have couple of announcements I must make:
1) The 2013-14 NFL season is over. The Hawks won the Super Bowl, had a really big parade and the season is over. It ended weeks ago. Fans and the local media need to check the calendar and get on with things.
2) The Hawks clearly need to improve the offensive production if this next season is to deliver near the success of the last one.
The running game is probably OK. Although Lynch had a growing portion of his runs gain short yardage (2 yds or less) by season's end, nobody really expects much anymore from the running game these days. How many RBs are even drafted in the first round anymore?
The OL should be OK but always needs improvement, new blood, at least quality depth. They seemed to do a better job protecting the QB but then Seattle didn't take a lot of chances or even pass that much last season. King Russell (not yet in the Hall of Fame) was asked to do little that he couldn't handle. Coach Carroll, that great defense and a money FG kicker turned the offensive game plan into a mistake avoidance exercise. And it worked. But don't count on it working again.
At least two or three times this coming season the Hawks will need the offense to really help win games. Not just avoid mistakes, hand the ball to Lynch, punt and let the D do the heavy lifting. The Hawks, like every other NFL team will ask their QB to pick things up, to drop back, find receivers and complete passes when the opponents know what's coming. And to be better at that EVERYONE understands more depth and more QUALITY is needed at WR. Guys who dictate D schemes, guys who can get open, guys who threaten deep.
I understand the no-mistake Hawks front office spent draft picks and MILLIONS last year on a receiver who missed 95% of the season and who commands many millions more this season. I understand that is a well the Hawks want to avoid revisiting. But a SEVENTH round draft pick for a QB who was about to be released? I am sure he is viewed as a better back up QB than current Hawks backups. Right? That is the only reason to go get Pryor.
Please do NOT expect me to believe this move has anything to do with Pryor becoming a wide receiver. The Hawks can get better candidates from undrafted rookies and they know it. If Pryor is NOT the backup QB next year then the value of a 7th round pick is equal to a Mario Mendoza rookie card. It will be mildly interesting to see how this plays out. But the local media as objective as Sea Gals, need to get a grip.
There is no reason to view this move as clever, smart, innovative or anything other than mysterious.