Boy do they ever! Seahawks fans want to RUN THE BUM OUT OF TOWN like he’s a Chinaman living in Tacoma in 1885.
I’ve got friends (or, really, just one friend) who want him fired today (or at the end of the season at the latest). I’m listening to these guys on the radio who went from projecting a 10-win team after that victory in New York, to absolutely crushing him at every move.
Is there some reason why I have to be the voice of reason here? The guy has coached in 24 regular season games with this team! You KNEW this was going to be a rebuilding project when we signed him! This was a team that combined for 9 wins in two seasons before he got here; then he somehow took them to the playoffs and guided them to one of the most memorable victories in Seahawks history!
The bullshit I’M getting sick of the most? About how we’re being compared to the 49ers. Look at San Francisco! Look at what THEY’RE doing with a college head coach and a miserable quarterback! THEY’RE 7-1 right now, which obviously means they’re better than us! That’s it! And I hate to break it to you, but they’ve been rebuilding that team for WAY longer than we have! They haven’t had a winning record since 2002! For the record, that’s back when they had Jeff Garcia and Terrell Owens. They’ve gone through HOW many regime changes since then? Like a million? Is that what you want, Seahawks fans? A new head coach every two fucking years?
The 49ers are good now because they’ve been drafting higher than us for damn-near a decade. That’s it. It happens. It’s not because Jim Harbaugh came in there with the secret to success with Alex Smith. They’ve got a stacked team (especially on defense) because they’ve had high draft choices and they (for the most part) haven’t fucked them up. And besides, Alex Smith isn’t THAT bad. If you have a stout running game and give him some weapons, he can be an okay game manager. He’s certainly no Charlie Whitehurst.
Which brings me to the next huge knock against Pete Carroll: WE HATE FOOTBALL JESUS! Not only is he the worst quarterback since Dan McGwire, but we gave up multiple draft picks to get him!
To which, I say, so what? How many bonehead picks did Mike Holmgren give us in his first few seasons? I know I generally tend to take Holmgren’s side as a GM, as he built the bulk of that Super Bowl team (and NOT Tim Ruskell), but that’s neither here nor there because there were some whoppers on Holmgren’s draft board as well. Lamar King anyone? Jerramy Stevens anyone? No GM is going to be perfect.
And for the record, I’ll give Pete (and John Schneider, I guess) even MORE of a pass on that Whitehurst trade because: look at how many starters (or potential starters) he drafted in the later rounds these last two drafts! How about the bulk of what’s going to be our starting secondary next season (when we get Walter Thurmond back)?
Also, let us not forget the most important move Pete Carroll made since he got here: moving Red Bryant to defensive end and featuring him as a catalyst in our defense being one of the very best against the run when he’s in the game. Obviously there was a dearth of talent at pass-rushing when he got here; so Carroll did what he could with what he had. And I’ve got to say, it’s worked out pretty damn well so far for a young defense that’s going to gel together as a top-flight unit in the coming seasons.
There are too many people here who hate Pete Carroll because he’s Pete Carroll, and I think that’s just stupid. This team isn’t losing games because he’s supposedly a “rah rah” guy. This team isn’t losing games because he’s not a huge hard-ass like Mike Holmgren. This team is losing games because the TALENT isn’t there. Most of THAT you can blame on Tim Ruskell making chicken shit out of his chicken salad draft picks when we were winning all those divisions. You can also blame the fact that Matt Hasselbeck got old and Mike Holmgren never bothered to develop any young quarterbacks behind him (even though he’s supposed to be this huge QB guru). How many times did we squander late-round draft picks on go-nowhere QBs when Mike was here? How many of those guys are playing football in any capacity right now? Is it safe to say Mike Holmgren struck gold with Brett Favre and then hit some kind of minor lottery with Matt Hasselbeck? How come he couldn’t do anything with any other QB in his tenure (either here or in Green Bay)? Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about THAT?
Pete Carroll inherited a no-win situation. Then, he promptly took that team to the playoffs last year. Are Seattle fans retarded? Did that somehow raise your hopes coming into this season? The Seahawks won 7 games and practically BACKED into the playoffs! They were NOT a good team last year! And yet, all of these people who were praising Pete Carroll and praising the direction of this team are now on his ass like brown on shit because he STILL has a terrible team. It’s YEAR TWO! We’re one of the youngest teams in the NFL! Tarvaris Jackson is here for one more season at the most and Charlie Whitehurst’s going to be sitting on the bench for his final 8 games in a Seahawks uniform!
Let us all CALM the fuck DOWN! The Seahawks are GOING to draft a quarterback in next year’s Draft; it’s a foregone conclusion. Yes, this year the ‘Hawks are going to stink. They also stunk in 2008 and 2009, but we can’t keep firing coaches every time the Seahawks win 5 games or less!
And just because the 49ers are 7-1 doesn’t mean they’re all that great. Over half of their wins are against pretty mediocre teams. They’re CERTAINLY not going very far in the playoffs this year, you can count on that! All it means is that the 49ers are taking advantage of a shitty division, like they should’ve done last season if Mike Singletary wasn’t a complete moron.
Meanwhile, I thoroughly enjoy the direction Pete Carroll is taking this team. I like the youth-infused team. I like that all of these promising athletes are going to grow up together so one day they can be an elite force in the NFL. And I LOVE that’s he’s unconventional on gameday! You know who was the very definition of Conventional? Tyrone Willingham! That guy is going to punt on 4th and inches from the opponent’s 40 yard line EVERY SINGLE TIME! I like a coach with some balls! A guy who’d rather have the touchdown instead of the field goal. The win instead of overtime. I LIKE that he puts pressure on the other team with his decisions! Have some of those decisions backfired? Of course they have; but eventually (when we get more TALENT on this team), those moves are going to start working and he’ll look like a genius.
In spite of all that, the pressure is on. Not just from the fans and media who seemingly have been biased against him from the start. Pete Carroll needs to hit and hit big on the next quarterback he brings in here. That’s why Andrew Luck would’ve been so thrilling; it would’ve put US in the driver’s seat for NFL glory in a few years. Failing that, we’re going to have to find someone who comes damn close.
Or else all of this discontent that’s building right now will boil over into outright hostility at the end of next season. And we’ll be in an unfavorable position once again: a constant cycle of regime change. Like the Mariners, and the Sonics before them.
You know, for a city that’s perceived to be a walk in the park compared to New York, Philly, Chicago, and Boston, they don’t seem to compare to the quick hatchet jobs Seattle coaches and managers face. Every two years, the fans and the media turn on guys before they’ve had a chance to put their plans to work!