The Seattle Seahawks can’t seem to understand the root of their problems.
They can’t expect better results by sticking to the old regime.
Pete Carroll’s schemes looked outdated, and he’s not connecting with his players anymore.
Me trying to make sense of why we still haven’t heard how Pete Carroll’s meeting with Jody Allen went pic.twitter.com/NBdO4Ey6z9
— Parker (@ParkerLewes) January 14, 2022
As a result, the team missed the playoffs for the second time in 10 years, which is already a steep fall from their glory days.
But instead of making changes, the Seahawks are sticking with Carroll.
While he did bring glory to the franchise, he’s also responsible for their recent demise.
Too Much Power Tainted Carroll’s Legacy
As Executive Vice President of Football Operations, he’s done more harm than good.
The Seahawks have a General Manager in John Schneider, but he still reports to Carroll for roster decisions.
Therefore, the team’s lousy drafting and free-agent decisions fall under Carroll.
Both men joined the Seahawks in 2010 and had initial success selecting the right players.
Yes, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider met Thursday with owner Jody Allen but a well-placed source said it was usual end of season review, a look ahead and no job security talk.
All systems are go with Carroll, Schneider and QB Russell Wilson, source said.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 16, 2022
However, they failed to pick Pro Bowl-level players during the 2013, 2014, and 2016 drafts.
They had some nice picks during those years, but Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf are the only ones left.
In the 2019 draft, the Seahawks selected defensive end L. J. Collier when Maxx Crosby was still available.
After a long tenure in Seattle with Pete Carroll, Ken Norton Jr.'s been relieved of his duties in Seattle, per the team.
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) January 18, 2022
The jury is still out on their choices from the 2020 and 2021 drafts.
Unfortunately, initial returns do not paint a bright picture.
Their offensive line is still in disarray, even if it’s the foremost concern they must address.
Likewise, their signature defensive tenacity is also in decline.
Carroll’s Days In Seattle Must Be Over
No one can deny his contributions in elevating the team’s legacy.
He led a collection of talent that played in two Super Bowls and won one.
They remained competitive under Carroll’s guidance, but the Seahawks eventually fell from the peak.
The team hasn’t returned to an NFC Championship Game since 2015, and they’ve won the NFC West twice.
Carroll’s preference for running the ball hurt their chances last season.
Pete Carroll fired Ken Norton Jr. He should have fired himself
— Lowell Cohn (@LowellCohn) January 19, 2022
The Seahawks managed only three wins in their first eight games, but three of their losses were by three points.
Their status didn’t improve after their bye week, and they finished the season at 7-10.
Division rivals San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals were the only teams with winning records they defeated in the second half of 2021.
By the end of the regular season, the Seahawks ranked 23rd in passing yards per game at 201.9.
Their defense turned sour, ranking 28th in total yards allowed per game (379.1) and 31st in passing yards (265.5).
Pete Carroll logging onto twitter dot com everyday this week pic.twitter.com/32zvk6ojRf
— Andre (@SeahawkBanners) January 11, 2022
Change must happen with the Seahawks to become competitive again.
It may lead to further misery temporarily, but they need to step back to move forward.
Therefore, they are better off letting Carroll go.
He’s done much damage to the team, and having him around won’t turn their fortunes for the better.
They must act fast or become the whipping boys of the NFC West.