Michael Bennett's departure from Seattle this offseason initially came as a shock, but the ensuing drama involving Richard Sherman and his release from the team helped shed some light on the reasons behind the pair's exit.
Sherman revealed last month that the veterans in the Seahawks' locker room had grown tired of coach Pete Carroll's philosophy that is 'built more for college'.
The former All Pro cornerback also divulged that they'd heard all Carroll's stories and speeches over and over again, and that he believed his release as well as Bennett's trading were as a result of their former coach's need to have fresh ears to hear his message.
"Four years, guys rotate in, rotate out, and so we had kind of heard all his stories, we had kind of heard every story, every funny anecdote that he had. And honestly because he just recycles them. And they're cool stories, they're great for team chemistry and building, et cetera, et cetera. But we had literally heard them all. We could recite them before he even started to say them." Sherman said.
The fact that the 'Hawks let Sherman go for nothing, and received very little in return for a player of Bennett's calibre, does add some weight to these claims and the latest revelations from Bennett himself only strengthen that position.
According to ESPN's Brady Henderson Bennett told Sports Illustrated's Greg Bishop that "he'd read books during team meetings last year because he'd already heard whatever Pete Carroll was saying,".
The idea that Bennett would do something so blatantly disrespectful unfortunately doesn't seem farfetched whatsoever, and behaviour like that would give the Seahawks more than enough reason to want to get him out of their locker room at the earliest opportunity.
Bennett's outspoken, increasingly political, actions over the past year or so have seen him get into trouble on numerous occasions and it's likely Carroll and GM John Schneider were simply sick of his non-stop antics becoming a distraction to the team.
There are now just eight players remaining on the roster from Seattle's Super Bowl XLVIII win over the Broncos, which further strengthens the argument that Carroll likes having a revolving door of fresh faces in the building to impart his seemingly repetitive messages on.
In fact, the former USC head coach didn't even dispute that notion when asked about at the league's annual meeting, saying:
“I think we’re in a very exciting time for us,’’ Carroll said. “We’ve watched our guys come through. John and I, we’ve watched this coming, so we’re not surprised by the cycle that we’re in. The best way I can tell you is that it feels like a graduating class has come through, like we have every year in college—guys come and go. It’s no different here in the league. This one may be a little bit more obvious of a graduating class because the guys kind of came through about the same timeframe.’’
Whether Doug Peterson and the Eagles provide Bennett with meeting material that's interesting enough to retain his attention remains to be seen, but Philly's already-elite D-Line certainly improved better with the versatile, yet polarising former Seahawk's addition.
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