Give Pete Carroll credit. His Seahawks have seemingly maxed out their potential thus far at 5-5 and his players are definitely buying what he’s selling.
“I love Pete as a coach,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said after last week’s loss via the Tacoma News Tribune. “He’s just awesome – our meetings our great. There’s just such purpose in what he talks about. He’s not just up there talking to talk. If he’s got something to say it matters, and he really has a vision that he unpacks week to week as we go.”
So what is that vision, you ask?
“Just being uncommon,” Hasselbeck said. “Being uncommon with how things are done in the NFL. Things are done a certain way, and that’s fine, but we want to be uncommon.”
Seattle’s hodge-podge roster of young players, castoffs, and free agents is certainly uncommon. So is hearing so much optimism after being soundly beaten on the road.
The post-game stories from Seattle’s loss found Hasselbeck and Carroll saying how they were finally on the same page. They looked at the improved passing game and players talked about putting things together as a team.
All of this positivity came after a four-game stretch in which the Seahawks lost three games and were outscored 126-65.
If everyone remains pumped and jacked after that, Carroll really has changed the culture on the team.