Pete Carroll sees no reason for lower expectations for Seahawks this season

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The betting odds and most media predictions suggest that the Seahawks are in for a rough year in 2022. Pete Carroll doesn’t see it that way.

Despite last year’s 7-10 record (Carroll’s worst since he went 6-10 coaching the Jets in 1994, his first season as a head coach) and the offseason departure of quarterback Russell Wilson, Carroll doesn’t think the expectations are lower in Seattle.

I don’t feel like that at all,” Carroll said, via ESPN. “I don’t feel like any part of any of that is what’s true other than the fact that that’s what people think. I’m not in that business now. I’m in the business of helping these guys get ready to play with all of the work that we do and all of the mentality and the culture and the environment that we’re in. We’ve been averaging 10 wins a year for the last 20-something years [including his time coaching USC]. You think I could think anything different than that? I don’t. I don’t see any reason my expectations should change at all.”

Carroll isn’t interested in hearing all the reasons that most people think his team will finish last in the NFC West.

“I don’t care what anybody says,” Carroll said. “People have been saying stuff about teams for years. They don’t know. They’re just guessing at this point, and then we go and prove it and we see where we are … Win a big game in the opener or struggle and not win a big game in the opener, you’ve got to come back and get going again and back on track regardless.”

The good news for Carroll is, he’s getting an early opportunity to prove the doubters wrong: In Week One the Seahawks play Wilson and the Broncos, and if Seattle wins that game, it will quickly shift the narrative on the 2022 Seahawks.

36 responses to “Pete Carroll sees no reason for lower expectations for Seahawks this season

  1. Carroll and Belichick are both under.500 without Brady or Wilson as their starter. They’re both great coaches but you need a franchise QB to be successful in this league. Carroll was dumb enough to trade a franchise QB.

  2. Last year, with Wilson hurt, there was not too much difference between the Passer Rating of Wilson and Geno Smith. With either QB the offense took a big step back from 28.7 ppg ro 23.2 ppg.
    But the Seahawks have depended on Russell Wilson since he came to the league in 2012. Carroll had a losing record in his first two years without Wilson. In the 10 years since the Seahawks have 8 playoff appearances including two NFC titles and a SB win.
    To think that you can replace a player like Wilson with a good backup like Smith is insane.

  3. Funny, I’m not in the NFL & I can clearly see two, #3 & #54. Not buying what you’re selling Pete!

  4. Pete has a lifetime losing record in the NFL when Russell Wilson is not his QB. He was actually never that good of a coach, and furthermore it’s been clear over the last couple of seasons that the game has passed him by. This will be ugly.

  5. While Russ brought an amazing skill-set to the team, the last few years he killed the defense by his combination of 3-and-out drives or explosive TDs. I think we are going to see a more boring, clock-grinding offense that will keep the defense fresher. I am guessing there will be a lot of close scores and the Seahawks may come out on the negative side of too many of those. Geno is a great clubhouse guy but I just don’t see him marching the team downt the field on a game-winning drive.

  6. Well this just means Carroll is either blind or developing dementia. Snark aside, he likely won’t be the coach there for much longer because 71 is a little old for a team that’s entering rebuild mode.
    All careers must end, and it would be best for him if he walked away sooner than later, when he would be inevitably pushed out.

  7. Let’s see, there’s only been 3 coaches in the history of football to win a college national championship and an NFL Super Bowl and Pete is one of them and he’s a bad coach?

  8. Hey, if the Hawks’ record this year is over.500, Pete should get all the accolades he deserves.

  9. ilbcertain says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:16 am
    Let’s see, there’s only been 3 coaches in the history of football to win a college national championship and an NFL Super Bowl and Pete is one of them and he’s a bad coach?

    Pete’s not a bad coach but the plan this year is not to win games, just to look like they’re trying while setting themselves up for a high draft position. Seriously – they have 2 QB’s that wouldn’t get a sniff for QB1 on any other team.

  10. If you’re pointing to Russ and Bobby being gone as the reason the Seahawks will struggle this year, you’re likely wrong. As mentioned in a comment above, Russell killed the Seahawks defense last year with senseless 3 and outs. They were dead last in the NFL in time of possession last year. And the 2 biggest reasons for that are Russell making foolish decisions and Wagner not being able to make plays at the LOS anymore. Sure, his total tackle numbers looked great, but he only had 3 TFL’s and most of his tackles were made 7+yards downfield. There might be some growing pains with Geno and Barton, but quite frankly, Russell and Bobby aren’t close to the players they used to be and were big reasons the Seahawks underperformed last year.

  11. Whats he gonna say? They were about the same team with Wilson all year he was hurt off and on. I see them being about the same with Smith or Lock.

  12. One or two people do not a team make. Losing Wilson was a blow but he is not the team and without the team he could not succeed or fail. It’s the coach that is supposed to make the best with what he has. Tank on purpose? Even if we all want to believe that, Carroll can’t even give the illusion Seattle doesn’t want to win so they can draft to replace someone. Won’t ever happen. Carroll is speaking like he should even if it is just as a talking head saying what you would expect. Wilson gone and others aging – now it’s his turn to perform and not just lean on natural talent on the field as he could before.

    Like Smith said – In Week One the Seahawks play Wilson and the Broncos, and if Seattle wins that game, it will quickly shift the narrative on the 2022 Seahawks.” We’ll quickly see how well Pete steps up to the plate.

  13. Yes, the Seahakws will look dramatically different than in years past. But, Pete and John have put together a solid decade of competitive teams with what most around here have been calling “scrubs” for the entire time. This years offensive line is young and inexperienced? Who here would say the Seahawks had good OL play the last decade? The real problem that I see for my team this year is Running Back. The Seahawks for the last decade have lived and died by the success of the RB position. Lynch and Carson were dominant when healthy. None of the current guys can do that. So, I tend to agree that without improved RB play, this year’s Seahawks will have a tough time.

  14. Com’on Pete. Its only because no one presented you with the reasons why you will lose
    1. geno smith
    2. drew lock
    3. no defense
    4. no running backs
    5. no rain
    6. 12th man is in jail

  15. Come on. Pete isnt going to come out and say they are taking a step back. They clearly need better QB play to compete and didnt like the last draft QB prospects or the FA QB upgrades (stop gaps which only undermine landing a franchise QB prospect) They will be in a better draft position come next draft which should have better QB prospects.

  16. For any who think the Seahawks are tanking for a high draft pick to get a QB, think again. Just look at what they did in the 2012 draft. They needed a QB (even though they did have Matt Flynn on an 8 million dollar deal). After Andrew Luck, RG3, and Ryan Tannehill went in round 1, The Seahawks selected Bruce Irvin over the likes of Brandon Weedon, Brock Osweiler, Russell Wilson, Nick Foles, Kirk Cousins, Ryan Lindley, and the rest. Heck, they pick Irvin before they picked Bobby Wagner and Russ came after Irvin and Wagner. The Seahawks, simply put, do not draft the way anyone ever predicts. And, considering the other teams that are likely to finish last in the league this year, the Seahawks would likely need to lose every single game in order to get first overall pick. And even if they get a top 10 draft pick, they are more likely to trade out of the first round altogether as opposed to trading up for a number 1 or 2.

  17. Seattle QB play will be a comedy of errors with a surprise performance mixed in on a couple of odd weeks. Serious Seahawk fan knows this to be true. This is a 5 win team.

  18. When it comes to QBs you either have a guy, or you are looking for a guy. Seahawks had a guy – now they are looking for a guy. Needless to say, when you are in the latter category, you are in a world of hurt. This team will be lucky to win more than three or four games.

  19. How can someone who has Geno Smith on his roster in any capacity say something like this with a straight face?

  20. I love that the expectations are low. This is going to be a much improved team from last year. Ball possession and a much improved offensive line will pay dividends. Seahawks will be better than most expect.

  21. In 2011, Seattle won 7 games with Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie effing Whitehurst as QB. David Hawthorne was their MLB. No Russ, no Bobby. Now, Geno is definitely a step up from Jackson, and Brooks is WAY better than Hawthorne ever hoped to be. So to say Seattle is only going to win 5 games because of the loss of Russ and Bobby doesn’t make a lot of sense. They won more games with worse talent.
    It took Pete and John 3 years to transform the team from the dumpster fire they inherited, thanks to a lame-duck Holmgren, an incompetent Mora, and the horrible management of Tim Ruskell, into a Super Bowl winning team. And they never finished with fewer than 7 wins.
    I get the skepticism, and if you want to bet the under on 5 wins, someone has to. But I don’t see fewer than 7 wins.

  22. But the Seahawks have depended on Russell Wilson since he came to the league in 2012. Carroll had a losing record in his first two years without Wilson. In the 10 years since the Seahawks have 8 playoff appearances including two NFC titles and a SB win.
    To think that you can replace a player like Wilson with a good backup like Smith is insane.
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    Sorry but this is an ignorant statement.

    Carroll took over an old team that was 4-12 under Holmgren and 5-11 under Mora the previous two years.

    They had to basically replace everyone via the draft.

    You think it was only Wilson that caused the change?

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