The Seahawks are at a strange crossroads

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The #LetRussCook project worked incredibly well for the Seahawks, until it didn’t. And now that the Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer — who not long ago was getting fringe media hype for a head-coaching job — coach Pete Carroll is determined to retreat to a run-heavy offense.

Michael-Shawn Dugar of TheAthletic.com takes a closer look at the dynamics of the situation, where Carroll continues to be the unquestioned leader of the team, held accountable only by his children who work on the coaching staff. His son, Brennan, is leaving to become offensive coordinator at Arizona.

“I’m [going to] really miss Brennan not being part of our club because he and Nate have been really big factors because they’ll tell me stuff other guys won’t tell me,” Pete Carroll said recently. “They have always been really instrumental, and moving forward, I’m going to miss something there.”

As noted by Dugar, Carroll and G.M. John Schneider have “tough, necessary conversations.” Carroll also said that former quarterbacks coach Carl “Tater” Smith previously served a role of candor for Carroll.

“I would say I always need more help,” Carroll said, via Sugar. “I need to be coached up just like everybody else. Over the years I have lost a couple guys. Tater would tell me anything. He was awesome. I demanded it of him because he knew the truth and he needed to speak to me. I have lost a few guys like that. It is something I’m looking at.”

Carroll needs to be looking at that, or he could eventually be looking for a new quarterback. Although Russell Wilson‘s numbers slumped as the season unfolded, it had less to do with Wilson and more to do with an offense that failed to stay ahead of defenses, once defenses had sufficient film to crack the code on Schottenheimer’s #LetRussCook attack.

So instead of hiring an offensive wizard who can and will devise strategies for getting the most out of Wilson and DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and others who fuel the passing game, Carroll will revert to a focal point of running the ball and playing defense while paying Wilson $35 million per year and not letting him fully earn it.

By losing at home in the wild card round this year, the Seahawks have regressed. Wilson has only so many additional opportunities to add to his one-championship legacy. How many more will he devote to a team that can’t quite figure out how to use him?

Seahawks fans won’t want to hear that. They will, sooner or later. And presumably no later than the next round of renegotiations with Wilson, who will want a market-value deal, again, as the three years left on his current contract trickle away. If the Seahawks aren’t maximizing the return on their investment, why would they keep paying him so much money?

17 responses to “The Seahawks are at a strange crossroads

  1. It’s nearly impossible to find people willing to speak their truth in my completely unrelated experience. Good luck, Pete… I’m looking for such folks likewise.

  2. I wish I could have sympathy, but this is the Seahawks we’re talking about, their fans deserve every bit of this train wreck

  3. Speak the truth? Sorry, most managers and executives these days are thin skinned know-it-alls who will cut you loose if you don’t fall in line, much less if you speak truth. They will say they want people to do that, but the vast majority cannot actually handle it if you do.

  4. They won 12 games. Before Carroll got there, they were largely irrelevant. Even Mike Holmgren didn’t live up to the hype when he got there as they had only a handful of good years under him. You need to stop these speculation pieces on the best franchises. It’s really, really hard to win a Super bowl. I know Belichik has people warped, but even he had great teams that came up short a lot of times.

  5. This article is so right on. Metcalf aside their drafting has not been good for several years since the legion of boom days. Wilson’s career is being wasted. Remember Carroll’s speciality is D and he’s not found some to run the offense and get the best out of talents such as Lockett, Metcalf and Wilson.

  6. First off, if Pete wants to run so much he has to invest in an offensive line(we’ve been saying this for years now and he’s never done anything about it)one that will open holes for our running backs and certainly one that will protect our QB. This way we could run the play action without a problem. I guarantee you if we have an O-line next year we will make a deep run if not make the Super Bowl next year. I believe our defense will improve big time next year. So come on Pete and John get those bodies up front to make all us fans happy this year, and also the players. Go Hawks.

  7. The argument that they’re not using Russell Wilson the right way doesn’t hold water anymore. Russell’s not mobile like he used to be and he’s not a pocket passer. He panics and freezes when he’s in the pocket and takes way too many unnecessary sacks. Playcalling can help, but the bigger problem is that Russ is broken and if you take away his broken play deep balls, he’s just not good. Hopefully the new O-coordinator can retrain his brain.

  8. Even Mike Holmgren didn’t live up to the hype when he got there as they had only a handful of good years under him.
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    Seahawks, pre-Holmgren – 5 Playoff trips, 3 wins, 0 Super Bowls (23 seasons)
    Seahawks, under Holmgren – 6 Playoff trips, 4 wins, 1 Super Bowl (10 seasons)

    Seattle had missed the Playoffs 11 years in a row before they hired Holmgren.

    His run was not as good as Carrolls, but Holmgren was the one that overhauled a REALLY bad culture.

  9. aarons444 says:
    January 14, 2021 at 11:12 am
    Even Mike Holmgren didn’t live up to the hype when he got there as they had only a handful of good years under him.
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    Seahawks, pre-Holmgren – 5 Playoff trips, 3 wins, 0 Super Bowls (23 seasons)
    Seahawks, under Holmgren – 6 Playoff trips, 4 wins, 1 Super Bowl (10 seasons)

    Seattle had missed the Playoffs 11 years in a row before they hired Holmgren.

    His run was not as good as Carrolls, but Holmgren was the one that overhauled a REALLY bad culture.

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    I actually rooted for Holmgren Seahawks as they were a class organization. Now not so much.
    They were ripped off by refs in the Super Bowl against steelers. In my mind they won.

  10. The ghost of Carroll’s mentor — Bud Grant — continues to haunt the Seahawks. Chuck Knox and Mike Holmgren understood that its neither run first nor pass first, but it is BLOCK FIRST. That’s just one reason the Raiders beat the Vikings in the Super Bowl.

    The other ghost haunting the Seahawks is that of USC’s storied history with FIVE Heisman Trophy running backs. Pete Carroll is so obsessed by his UNICORN RB — the next coming of Earl Campbell — that he can’t figure out how to use good talent who succeeds under other programs, including: Spencer Ware, Justin Forsett, and Alex Collins with fresh legs and good health who played very well in week 17, but got no carries against the Rams. For a forgive-reform based team psychology [Josh Gordon & Mychal Kendricks] the Seahawks totally blew the opportunity to get Kareen Hunt, because he wasn’t Earl Campbell. Now look at the Browns.

    We all need to accept that as long as Pete Carroll continues down the path of defensive wins and “Waiting For Godot” ahem Earl Campbell / Marshawn Lynch — another Super Bowl appearance is unlikely.

    Pete Carroll talks the talk about football starting out on the line, in the trenches, but he is too enamoured by shiny stars to actually walk the walk and build an offensive line that is formitable, deep, and healthy. Seahawks are perennially one of the five most injured teams in the league, and Carroll sticks with the same system of training and conditioning, blind to the pattern which is now sabotaging every season.

    Legion of Boom was once in an era phenomenon. If Carroll was serious about winning by defense — every game an offensive touchdown shutout — then he ought to bring back Sherman and Thomas, both of whom recently had high performance rating on PFF. Kam Chancellor is replaced by rotation of Prez Jamal Adams and Marquise Blair — the new Chancellor.

  11. This team has no identity anymore. Offense looks disarrayed. Defense is looks like deer looking at headlights. And if Paul was still alive, Pete would of been gone. Pete has done a magnificent job having his team barely into the playoffs so he can have at the end. Even if we get in there is more sense of doubt then optimism.. This team need a new outlook by changing the leader. Heavy Running offense isn’t the answer

  12. Petey is not getting any younger. He is gambling on his QB giving him another ring before he retires. He does not think he has time to clear the roster and rebuild it again. Good luck. Paying someone 35 million bucks does not make him the best QB in the league.

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