Pete Carroll has been praised time and time again for his strategy to build a winning franchise. Since he has taken over, the roster looks nothing like it was two or three years ago.
Nobody expects Pete Carroll to build a Super Bowl-winning team in just a couple years, but losing 14 of your first 23 games isn't very promising.
Now, a 9-14 record isn't jaw-droppingly horrible. What makes it bad is they had every opportunity in the world to win more of those games.
I'm mostly going to be focusing on these last two games.
Carroll made more than just a few questionable calls Sunday against the Bengals.
One of the less noticeable decisions was starting Charlie Whitehurst over Tarvaris Jackson. While Whitehurst might be more of a fan favorite, Tarvaris Jackson has shown that he can run the Seattle offense better than him.
Because of this decision, Seattle's offense got off to a shaky start, falling behind early 17-3 before halftime before Jackson truly regained the reins of the offense.
Perhaps the biggest screw-up Carroll made was calling a timeout with 14 seconds to go with the clock already stopped, then going for it. All while knowing full well that if he didn't make it, he risked the chance of walking into the locker room with nothing.
From the Seahawks' standpoint, you simply can't afford to go into the locker room with nothing on that drive. It's a morale killer.
Carroll needs to make a decision fast, not waste a timeout when the clock is already stopped. It's easy to say that decision didn't affect the remainder of the game, but that's not true.
Had the Seahawks gone into the locker room with a 17-6 lead, it would've changed their entire game plan going into the second half.
Instead of battling the clock for the remainder of the game, they could've stayed with their original game plan, because they were only down 11, not two touchdowns.
You have to take care of the little things. As a head coach, that is inexcusable.
Then you look back at the game against the Cleveland Browns, the Seahawks had no reason to lose that game.
When your defense only allows six points all game, there is no reason why your offense can't put up a measly touchdown.
Don't even get me started on the week 4 Falcons-Seahawks game. Really Pete? You expect your inexperienced kicker to nail a 61 yd field goal for the win?
The chances of converting a 4th and 8 far outweigh the possibilities of converting a 61-yd field goal.
Some might say that Carroll doesn't have the talent to win close games. Guess what, this is the team Carroll himself put together.
When he signed with Seattle, he knew that this was his team. He would be the one calling the shots when it comes to players. If somebody else else made the roster, you have an excuse, but he made this team.
He was the one who signed Charlie Whitehurst. He was the one who decided to have a pair of 6-foot-4 corners. He signed the coaches.
So far, his decisions are not paying off. But I am willing to give him more time, as is the rest of Seattle.
But I would be lying if I said I still have 100 percent faith in Pete Carroll.
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