In one day, I've gone from excited and optimistic, to extremely disappointed, and back to optimistic.
I was excited when Jim Mora was relieved of his duties as head coach, as many you know of my criticism of his coaching abilities. Then, when I heard of his "all over but the crime" replacement, Pete Carroll, I was disappointed.
I knew of his past coaching stints with the Jets and Patriots among others, and I wasn't pleased. I also thought about his style, and how it would work outside the college game. I mean, his spirit and attitude are one of USC college attendee; he's a 21-year-old in a 58-year-old's body.
I hit rock bottom when I heard this quote on SportsCenter earlier this afternoon: “Quarterback that can take him to the SB right away in Hasselbeck.”
(Shudder) Let's just disregard that and file it under the "ESPN is just assuming things because they have no idea what goes on in the Pacific Northwest" file.
Since then, I've come around to this conclusion. I believe Pete Carroll can succeed IF he takes on just the head coach hat and a semi-Holmgren position where he orchestrates his big picture.
If he wants to be GM and head coach, he will fail, and he will bring the Seahawks down with him.
This is how I see it happening. Carroll comes in as the coach and Team President. He then hires a GM who is superb at evaluating talent, especially in the college game. I do not want our three top 40 picks becoming a USC lovefest.
This way of doing things has worked in the NFL recently, particularly with the Eagles organization. If it wasn't for Andy Reid's inability to win the big game (or any game) he's supposed to win, especially in the playoffs, Philadelphia would have multiple Super Bowl rings.
Because Reid is only relaying his big picture to his GM, not getting his hands dirty as far as management, he's able to stay sane enough to be able to be an effective and successful coach.
Bill Belichick does the same thing, as did Holmgren in our glory days.
Also, unlike his previous stints, Carroll will get the respect of an NFL Head Coach. Because of his monster success at USC, he can act as young and foolish as he wants, and still command respect from his players.
People now know that he can get the job done. I highly doubt that he becomes Mora 2.0.
Another reason to like this move is Carroll's 3-4 defense. This is a great move seeing how our strength is in our linebackers, not our D-Line.
This defense will work if we can obtain a true two gap protector (Not Colin Cole, he's a no gap protector, kind of like a blocking sled the opposing lineman use in practice). That opportunity will come up in the draft in Dan Williams, nose tackle out of Tennessee.
Williams is an absolute head stomper on the field, while being humble enough off it to give his all for an atrocious football team. He and Mebane are two damn good top gap protectors who'll free our linebackers to penetrate and collect sacks and TFL's.
That's the other thing about this move. If Carroll, Todd Leiweke, and the new GM play their cards right, they'll might be able to convince top free agents to buy into the fact that this club is turning the corner. Getting Carroll over some no-name former offensive assistant somewhere can do that for you.
If this move pans out, Seattle may be able to capture a weak division crown as early as next year.
Just please, Pete, realize Hasselbeck is done and is not our QB of the future.