Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

28 May 2010

LenDale White Done in Seattle

Well, that was fast. Apparently, LenDale White was a really bad fit in Seattle, and the team is going to be cutting him. Not sure yet whether this has to do with running style or personality. The news isn't official yet, but it's pretty close to official -- as in, the team actually posted a "Seattle Seahawks announced they have released LenDale White" press release on their website, and then pulled it down.

EDIT: Actually, now it is official, and quotes from the team ("LenDale White was not ready to be a Seattle Seahawk") make it clear the issue was clearly personality, not scheme fit.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 28 May 2010

29 comments, Last at 04 Jun 2010, 4:14pm by zlionsfan

Comments

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by tuluse :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 5:16pm

Wow, that was fast.

Why don't they understand that giving White carries = winning? It's such a simple formula.

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by tuluse :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 5:16pm

double post

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by jimbohead :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 5:35pm

Weird. So, what do you do when you're a RB that gets cut from the Seahawks? I mean, at this point, is there anywhere for him to go?

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by jds (not verified) :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 5:42pm

UFL

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by Bobman :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 5:53pm

An all you can eat buffet with happy hour tequila shots?

or was that the REASON they cut him...?

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by from winnipeg (not verified) :: Sat, 05/29/2010 - 5:11pm

Canada. Take the Onterrio Smith/Ricky Williams route

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by Dean :: Wed, 06/02/2010 - 9:53am

Washington?

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by Nathan :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 5:56pm

He must have really looked like shit in OTAs.

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by Temo :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 6:01pm

Wait, so did his "personality" get way worse since he left USC? He was Pete Carroll's kid, after all-- and Carroll of all people didn't know him well enough and had to cut him in the span of a few weeks?

No, I'm pretty sure he just showed up to workouts fatter than ever, and that "slimming down to 220" business was all lies. I doubt it's a personality thing, unless "personality" involves tequila and Taco Bell.

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by Marko :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 6:11pm

That is shocking, considering that Pete Carroll obviously knew him quite well from their time together at USC. I wonder what the story behind the story is.

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by Boesy (not verified) :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 6:17pm

PFT reports White to be suspended for 4 games for violating league drug policy. (Though there was more to the release than that)

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by Nathan :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 6:23pm

Do they test for Slim Fast?

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by geekosphere101 (not verified) :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 6:46pm

I heard the sound of thousands of fast food restaurant owners in Seattle cry out... then were suddenly silenced.

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by Mr Shush :: Sat, 05/29/2010 - 9:45am

That's no moon!

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by buzzorhowl (not verified) :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 7:23pm

The best season I remember him having was the season in which he was fat. Maybe he was a nicer guy when he was drinking lots of tequila instead of worrying about his weight.

Also, I'm wondering if he will end up playing for my Redskins before all is said and done. After all, we were Shaun Alexander's last stop.

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by Shattenjager :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:52pm

I actually wonder if his weight loss has made him even less effective. He wasn't exactly a multi-dimensional back.

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by buzzorhowl (not verified) :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:56pm

Yeah, agreed. He shoulda stayed fat.

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by Nathan :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:56pm

i was curious too then i looked up his stats and saw he's only averaged 4 ypc once... maybe it was all line and he was never very good at all? or did all those 1 yd TDs he stole from CJ two years ago drop his avg?

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by Shattenjager :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:58pm

That's why I said "even less" effective. I think he was always below-average, but it seemed that his one "skill" really was being so big that smaller players couldn't tackle him.

And the original poster could be right, too. It could be that it turns out when LenDale isn't drinking he's no fun.

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by Nathan :: Sat, 05/29/2010 - 12:02am

yeah he never really blew me away either it's just kind of amazing how fast it went from "smash and dash" to "dash and cut".

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by The Ninjalectual :: Sun, 05/30/2010 - 4:21am

He had a decent 8.7% DVOA in 2008, but that was sandwiched between his 1,000+ yard 2007 campaign at -6.5% DVOA, and then his essentially average 2009 (-.3% DVOA).

"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.

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by BWV 1129 (not verified) :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 9:42pm

I guess this means Carroll and White won't be "entertaining" the other players with a fake suicide prank.

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by Nathan :: Fri, 05/28/2010 - 11:54pm

pft is reporting that he was cut cause he was out of shape... safe to assume he violated the substance abuse policy, not PEDs?

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by tuluse :: Sat, 05/29/2010 - 12:41am

If you're trying to cut weight, diuretics would be a way, and those are against league policy as a masking agent.

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by Independent George :: Sat, 05/29/2010 - 9:47pm

Yes - and if only he used them, he wouldn't have missed making weight!

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by Sophandros :: Sun, 05/30/2010 - 9:37am

If that were the case, then I'm sure that he would have stayed on the team. If he's on non-performance enhancing drugs, then the team may not want that for various reasons.

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by AlanSP :: Sun, 05/30/2010 - 3:06pm

Weird. At least Seattle didn't really give up a whole lot to get him.

Maybe he can commiserate with Taylor Mays about the lack of love from Pete Carroll.

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by masocc (not verified) :: Mon, 05/31/2010 - 3:26pm

Local Q13 news reported last night that:

1) He may or may not have missed a 9am meeting the day before he was cut.

2) He WAS seen drinking in downtown Seattle the night before the meeting (his drink of choice was unknown)

3) He WAS seen drinking TEQUILA the week before.

So much for his master diet plan.

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by zlionsfan :: Fri, 06/04/2010 - 4:14pm

Actually, I found drinking tequila to be a pretty good diet plan. I frequently had an empty stomach the next morning.