At risk of dealing with a serious, important issue I pose the following question: In drafting Frank Clark is the Seahawk front office impersonating scumbags or are thy indeed scumbags? Per the holy grail of word stuff, The Urban Dictionary, a scumbag is A person of poor judgement and no class. Probably giving the Hawks too much credit, I think the front office doesn’t care. If he could play lock down one on one D I think the Hawks would sign Jack The Ripper in a heartbeat.
Frank Clark is a football player. A very good one. He apparently clocked a woman, his girlfriend in a hotel room. The alleged victim was bruised and found on the floor at the end of the event. Witnesses including the victim claimed she was hit, choked and generally mistreated. Police were called, reports were made, charges filed and plea accepted. When the smoke cleared Clark plead to something south of jay walking and was allowed to return to the Cub Scout pack that is big time football. Well, he DID have to pay a $250 fine. Just for reference,I had to pay $124 for being nailed by one of those stop light cameras in downtown Renton. Good thing I didn’t punch out the camera and choke it!
Calling the Seahawk front office scumbags is probably insulting to scumbags. But as bad (and stupid, see definition of scumbag above) as the Clark move was, the Hawks quickly made another move equally nauseating. The second move has largely been ignored, overwhelmed by the stench of drafting Clark.
Within a day or so of stepping in the Clark pile, the Hawks announced they had signed free agent long snapper Nate Boyer. This was such a sweet story there was an immediate run on Clearasil for pimple break outs and Kleenex for tear mopping.
Nate Boyer is a 34 year old Army vet who served in combat as a Green Beret. Reports also say he was deployed as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, One or the other or both I guess. After serving he walked on at Texas as a 195 pound long snapper. He had NEVER played any organized football but coach Mack Brown knew a PR rush when he saw one and allowed the then 5’11” Boyer to give it a go. He worked hard and in a sort of Rudy light way ended up seeing a little playing time after a few seasons. Feeling good? Sure, we are, everyone loves these stories.
So the Seahawks decide to sign this guy. Did the Hawks talk to this guy, work him out, ever show any interest in him? No, no and no. The Hawks back ground check into Boyer was roughly equal to the effort they put into investigating the Clark “incident”. How did the Hawks explain this obvious half-inch deep PR move?
“You fall in love, through the process, with guys,” Hawks GM Schneider told reporters . “Through a good friend of mine I’ve become very aware of who this guy is at his core, and everything that he represents. … he represents a lot of really, really cool things that quite frankly I think would be really good for a lot of us to be around.” Wow, was he talking about draftees/signees in general or just this guy?
The Hawks, like most NFL teams have a long snapper, Clint Gresham. He has been with Seattle for five seasons. He probably plays a little special teams and backs up a few spots. I am sure he is enamored with this feel good move by his bosses. Our country is full of hundreds, even thousands of vets who have played football. Some with talent, would love the opportunity Boyer is getting.
This kind of opportunity can present itself every time an NFL team does something as idiotic as the Hawks just did. You other long snappers, just go find another scumbag team out there. They aren’t hard to find.