I know Mack Strong was one of the most popular Seahawks, in part because of his longevity and in part because of his class and grace. And this is in no way meant to dump on the guy after having his career sadly ended in the fashion it was, but if you look at the situation unemotionally, maybe forcing Leonard Weaver into the lineup is a good thing. Mack, after all, was 36-years-old and had a lot of wear and tear on his body. Boling and I have had several discussions about just how sore he is going to be when he reaches 50 just because his career has been spent slamming his body into linemen or linebackers. Not really glorious, and the punishment had exacted a toll.
The glass-half-full view, however, is that this puts Weaver in a situation where he can hopefully flourish. He remains the best pass-catching back, and having him in there on a regular basis doesn't necessarily give away what the play is going to be the way it would if he comes in for a specialized situation. If Shaun Alexander is struggling, perhaps Strong's injury allows Weaver to get more carries and get a jump-start on his career, or at least allow the coaches to analyze if he has a solid future at the position rather than have to wait until next season and not be sure. The concern, of course, is that Weaver in pass-blocking situations get tossed aside like he did by AJ Hawk in the preseason and Hasselbeck gets thumped. He has to address that issue, and if he can't, again, at least the coaches know and can make the necessary adjustments. Holmgren was very high on Weaver when training camp began, and he said he is beginning to regain the confidence in him he once had. This obviously is not the best outcome, especially for Mack Strong, but maybe there are some brights spots to make out of a poor circumstance. We'll see.