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Seahawks coordinators have a minor Saturday distraction

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The Seahawks have arrived in Atlanta for Sunday’s divisional-round showdown against the Falcons.  And with one day to go to finalize preparations for the game, Pete Carroll’s primary two coordinators have other plans.

Today’s the day on which offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will interview with the Bears, and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley (pictured) will sit for the Eagles, via Albert Breer of NFL Network.

The rules allow it, but only with the express permission of the team.  Since the Seahawks played in the bye week, their assistant coaches and the assistants from all other bye-week winners can be interviewed the week before the divisional-round game, if the interviewers come to them.

Carroll and the Seahawks didn’t have to grant permission; it’s another example of the fine line between thinking of the team and giving guys a chance to better themselves.

Surely, if Carroll thought it would be an unacceptable distraction, he wouldn’t have allowed it.  And the interviews likely won’t stretch deep into the day and/or night, Chip Kelly-style.  Still, at a time when the 12th man is hoping not to lose either coordinator, the thought of both of them taking time out from their game preparations to chase another job probably only adds to the sense of unease about the inevitable changes that come to a successful team once the playoff run has ended.

The 12th man surely hopes that’s still three weeks and a day away.

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26 Responses to “Seahawks coordinators have a minor Saturday distraction”
  1. vicktator says: Jan 12, 2013 9:44 AM

    The NFL should change the rule that no new coaches can be hired until after the super bowl. The current rules are unfair to candidates that are still playing.

  2. ripster65 says: Jan 12, 2013 9:45 AM

    Nice to see where their focus is.

  3. kws001 says: Jan 12, 2013 9:45 AM

    I like Pete Carroll’s altruistic approach to this issue. He wants to develop his coaches so that they have these opportunities. He (defense) and Tom Cable (offense) can handle the walk-throughs and technology allows for them to keep in contact with Bevell and Bradley if they see something that needs to be tweeked. This is totally overblown…

  4. istateyourname says: Jan 12, 2013 9:47 AM

    The only 12th man that matters is named Benjamin…

  5. 25cuts says: Jan 12, 2013 9:52 AM

    Eagles, you better take a good look at Bradley. You wanted a younger leader of men. He’s your guy, now hire him before u do something stupid and hire jay gruden.

  6. jutts says: Jan 12, 2013 9:58 AM

    That’s how it works. Nobody wants to hire loosers.

  7. fuglyflorio says: Jan 12, 2013 10:06 AM

    That 12th man stuff is just garbage. The stadium is built to funnel the noise to the field. It’s cheating, and why the NFL doesn’t clean this embarrassment up is amazing to everyone not in Seattle.

  8. bert1913 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:15 AM

    Pete Carroll has always said that he wants his assistant coaches to advance themselves, and that he would do everything in his power to help them. This is how Pete will continue to get the top assistants to come work for him.

  9. ee00ee says: Jan 12, 2013 10:20 AM

    personally I don’t think they should open up the interview/hiring season for any personnel until the day after the Super Bowl.

  10. eatitfanboy says: Jan 12, 2013 10:21 AM

    Actually, the fan base that should feel the most uncomfortable today is the Bears.

    I mean, Darrel Bevell?

  11. dennisatunity says: Jan 12, 2013 10:30 AM

    Best of luck to both of them. They have won the right to compete for coaching positions and to improve themselves. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. We would miss them terribly but at the same time, good for them.

  12. rfoster75 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:34 AM

    stick a fork in em. They are done. Team has been overachieving and sprinkle in some luck. This is a distraction that they don’ t need. last week they were getting fried by the Redskins while RG3 was still feeling the benefits of pain killers on his knee, before he reinjured it. Matt Ryan’s KNee is fine.

  13. eshine76 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:35 AM

    What’s the big deal? The game plan is done, assignments and schemes have been reviewed. If those coaches don’t have everything nailed down prior to Saturday, they probably shouldn’t be getting a promotion.

  14. MTLighthouse69 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:39 AM

    What makes it difficult is that it just isn’t about hiring a new HC in most cases. It also comes down to filling out the rest of the coaching staff. The desired candidates for those other positions can get snapped up pretty quickly, long before the end of the season.

    So, even though those HC candidates that are still in the playoffs can interview for HC positions now, it still puts them at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to other teams hiring them as new HC’s.

  15. kev86 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:48 AM

    Everyone seems to be picking falcons and packers do advance. Might want to go the opposite if you are talking to Vegas.

  16. minikrs1 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:00 AM

    The picture isn’t Gus Bradley , that is Todd Wash the defensive line coach. C’mon man!!!

  17. xplicitpits says: Jan 12, 2013 11:05 AM

    Coaches are sought after! Re draft & all Seattle’s first 3 picks go in the top 12! Youngest team in the NFL! Youngest offense in the NFL! Broke records that have been lasting 50+ years! 1 Division Title, 2 Playoff Wins, in just 3 years of a complete rebuild! #1 Scoring Defense! Toughest Opponents Winning Percentage in the NFL .534! Only team to go undefeated at home 8-0! ROY Candidate! DROY Candidate!

    Yeah, I think that would attract a lot of #HATERS! Grow up & have some class! Seattle’s done nothing to you! They just hired the right people! Ill also remind you, they haven’t won the Super Bowl yet!

  18. praetorian12 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:31 AM

    eshine76 says:
    Jan 12, 2013 10:35 AM
    What’s the big deal? The game plan is done, assignments and schemes have been reviewed. If those coaches don’t have everything nailed down prior to Saturday, they probably shouldn’t be getting a promotion.
    ————————————————

    Exactly. What, do you think the Seahawks are installing a game plan on Saturday afternoon? The coaches have done their work, now it’s the players’ obligation to be sure they’ve learned it, and implemented it.

  19. vegagreenleaf says: Jan 12, 2013 11:34 AM

    Building a stadium conducive to noise is cheating now? Guess I’d better buy the new version of the rule book. Mine seems to be outdated now that an Internet troll has enlightened us 12th men…

  20. pacificnw7722 says: Jan 12, 2013 12:01 PM

    Darrell Bevell has coordinator blood in him not HC. When we had T-Jack he was below average it’s really QB Russell Wilson that makes him look good.

    On the other hand Gus would be REALLY GOOD head coach, but I hope he stays!

    GO HAWKS!!

  21. Pacific NW Mark says: Jan 12, 2013 1:10 PM

    fuglyflorio says: Jan 12, 2013 10:06 AM

    That 12th man stuff is just garbage. The stadium is built to funnel the noise to the field. It’s cheating, and why the NFL doesn’t clean this embarrassment up is amazing to everyone not in Seattle.
    ___________________________

    Seattle fans were just as loud in the Kingdome, Einstein.

  22. dolphins4 says: Jan 12, 2013 1:25 PM

    I hope the Hawks keep Bradley.

  23. benihanagt says: Jan 12, 2013 1:35 PM

    That pic isn’t Bradley or Bevell….. Maybe run your Seahawks pictures by Curtis Crabtree before you run them.

  24. phillyphever says: Jan 12, 2013 1:51 PM

    Lurie and Roseman, whatever you do wait as long as you can until Seattle’s done (whenever it is) and hire Gus Bradley. He’s the defensive leader this team has needed since Jim died.

  25. stampnhawk says: Jan 12, 2013 2:30 PM

    Good luck to those guys.

    Bevell should get credit for being able to adapt so quickly from the QB situation last year, to planning for Flynn, then having to change in the pre-season and 4-5 weeks in, for the change to Wilson.

    Bradley got the horses this year he didn’t have the previous years (and under Mora).

    So while you’d like to keep the guys, and you wish them all the best, its comforting to know that the biggest reason the Seahawks are where they are in the past 3 years, is because of the personnel Schnieder and Carroll have worked to bring in.

    The positivity that Carroll brings to the roster, coaches, and organization, so that the next OC and DC will be that much further ahead when they start.

  26. belgaron says: Jan 12, 2013 11:48 PM

    It speaks to the confidence that they feel they have a great chance to move forward to the NFC championship game and beyond, they don’t want to make those guys keep waiting.

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