It’s been said that building a team is like painting by numbers. If that’s true then the Pete Carroll and John Schneider kit looks like it was designed by Jackson Pollack with the paints mixed by a drunken monkey.
The pairing of Carroll and Schneider has led to a “throw it against the wall and see what sticks” type of philosophy. It’s a philosophy that makes me nervous. I’m not a fan of holding on to the status quo, but the current management has me almost yearning for a return of Mike Holmgren.
It’s been a necessary pruning though as the Seahawks have suffered from terrible personnel moves since reaching the Super Bowl in 2005. After trading away former first rounder Kelly Jennings to Cincinnati, the Tim Ruskell era is finally crumbling to a close and not a moment too soon.
Ruskell’s drafts have left the Seahawks with very little in the way of starters, depth, continuity, the future, basically anything. It does my heart good, though, to know he found a job in Chicago though because I would hate not to share the desolation.
In 2010, the Seahawks started strong but ended up near the bottom of the ladder in the offensive and defensive statistics. Special teams ended up third, thanks to Leon Washington’s returns and Olindo Mare’s booming kickoffs.
It hasn’t been all bad. When we last left the NFL, the Seahawks had taken first place in the NFC Western Conference with a 7-9 record. Despite a chorus of whining whiners, Seattle earned the right to host the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.
Thanks to a 4 touchdown game from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and an earthquake inspiring 67 yard run from The Beast, Marshawn Lynch, they upset the former champs and sent the 12th Man home in a drunken delusion that Seattle really was a better team than the record indicated.
With the lockout looming, I was in the camp to resign Hasselbeck. I’m not one of the Hasselbeck apologists, I know he has his problems and his best years are behind him, but in this situation, I couldn’t think of a better quarterback fit for the Seahawks. He knows the team, the plays, and he’s a well respected leader of the team.