jqubed wrote:I sort of have the same feeling for Pete Carroll. It's a tough call, because I've been rooting for Russell Wilson for a long time, but Carroll just seems slimey. Part of that probably stems from his days at USC (although I should probably thank him for killing USC's program), but I feel like his reaction to the blown call in the 2012 Seattle-Green Bay game on Monday Night Football exemplified everything I don't like about him.
I dunno. I mean, it's not as bad as how some of the players have celebrated wins in the past. I know coaches are supposed to exemplefy how the players should react in those situations and keep their heads in the game, but I'll be honest. I was celebrating right along with him, even though I had to acknowledge it was a bad call. Luck just happened to be on their side that year with how crappy those fill-in refs were x.x
Also, gotta at least give credit in the team he had built. How many coaches passed up Russell Wilson because he didn't have the right build, how many folks said he'd never make qb because he was too short? Yet Carroll and company scooped him up, and now Wilson's the role model for countless little kids who were told they'd never play football for this or that reason. Not to mention Sherman. Guy definitely has been going Mohammed Ali all over the NFL, with a big mouth and bigger plays, despite being picked so far down the line. The entire defense that has been crafted over the past few years is the absolute perfect BOOM power to back up an epic qb, and the game this season against the Packers showed ~everyone~ playing a part so the entire weight of the game didn't rely on just one person.
The only two real problems are 1) Every time we have a win at home now, it's almost guaranteed we'll have a lose at an away game. Thankfully this isn't 100%, but something really needs to be done to keep the players' head in the game. As already pointed out, the west coast can be very unforgiving with losses. It's not enough to win at home. We gave up a game to the Chargers, and though the 49ers lost, they're still going to be out for our blood. We have to blow every other team out of the water no matter where we go. 2) How long will this last? Carroll was able to build such a strong team because he bided his time, looking for potential talent and players who just needed to get their foot in the door to show the world what they were made of instead of picking out a whole bunch of well-established (and expensive) veterans. This allowed him to splurge on specific players like Tate, but as soon as contracts are up though, especially Wilson's, Carroll will have to start anew. There might be another dry, agonizing period as things cycle through. This will be lessoned thanks to the very simple and straight-forward plays Carroll and company have been using, but by how much?
Blech, sorry for the rambles >.< I guess that's my rant for the week on foozeball.