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Carroll’s “uncommon” vision

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 23, 2010 at 10:31 am with 12 Comments »
November 23, 2010 10:31 am
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll (AP file photo).

Losses are never good in a bottom line business like the NFL. But even though the Seahawks lost convincingly at New Orleans on Sunday they still left the Big Easy feeling confident that this team is starting to play their best football at the right time – down the final stretch of the season.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck expressed those sentiments during his post-game comments.

Hasselbeck said he’s excited that the offense is beginning to click, after weeks of sputtering during the early stages of the season as Seattle attempted to find its identity on that side of the ball.

The return of Russell Okung certainly helped stabilize the offensive line up front in terms of pass protection. Seattle still can’t effectively run the ball up front, which is one of the main reasons for their struggles inside the red zone, but Hasselbeck is playing with the most confidence I’ve seen since the 2007 season. And he’s showing that if given time, a good game plan and trust from his coaches to deliver the ball to the right spot, he can still be an effective signal caller in the league.

With six games left in the season and Hasselbeck in the final season of his contract. I think Seattle needs to seriously consider extending the 35-year-old quarterback a two-or-three-year deal to hang around while they continue their search for a quarterback of the future, even with the murky future of the 2011 season still undecided.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll understands that despite two fumbles, eight penalties for 79 yards and a defense that did not play up to their usual performance, that they still competed with one of the best teams in the league.

“When you look at it, we only have a couple road games left on the season,” Carroll said. “So we do have a big opportunity here to go home and rally for a big finish. We need everybody involved. We need the crowd. We need our players and every factor working positively for us. Every game is going to be a dogfight. You can look at it any way you want – they’re all going to be ridiculously challenging for us, and it starts up next week.

“We walk out of here really disappointed because we wanted to get this done today. But I really like our team. I like the way they’re fighting. I like the way their mindset is, and we’ve just got to work to play better, and not give guys easy stuff.”

You can call Carroll’s rah-rah attitude and positive approach fake or contrived, but there’s one thing you can argue with – the results. Each week Carroll uses a fresh and different way to motivate his players, and so far it’s worked. No one in their wildest dreams imagined this team to be where they are at right now at the beginning of the season, sitting atop the NFC West – except for Carroll.

He has gotten his players to “buy-in” into his philosophy, starting at the top with players like Hasselbeck, Lawyer Milloy and Lofa Tatupu, and those veteran players set the tone for the rest of the team.

“I love Pete as a coach,” Hasselbeck said. “He’s just awesome – our meetings our great. There’s just such purpose in what he talks about. He’s not just up there talking to talk. If he’s got nothing to say, he’ll hand the mic over to someone else, or we’ll watch highlights – football or basketball or whatever. If he’s got something to say it matters, and he really has a vision that he unpacks week to week as we go.

“I think that matters. Even though we didn’t win today (Sunday), we grew in some way, shape or form here in this game. And even last night, what he taught, or what he unveiled as the vision for this team and where we’re going to go, it was important. And sometimes you learn more when you lose. You still want to win.

“I think the X’s and O’s, we are communicating well. You still want to win, but we’re growing. But probably more importantly, just the vision for the team that he’s set out, I think everyone for the most, I think guys are getting it.”

And what’s that vision?

“Just being uncommon,” Hasselbeck said. “Being uncommon with how things are done in the NFL. Things are done a certain way, and that’s fine, but we want to be uncommon.”

“There’s definitely positives there,” added Forsett about where his team sits. “We’re moving in the right direction. We’ve just got to put it all together. When we play smart football – without penalties and turnovers and things like that – we win games. And when we don’t do those things, we don’t end up on top.”

Milloy understands that his team still has not reached its full potential yet.

“Our challenge as a team is how can we get all three phases working at the same time?” Milloy said. “We really haven’t done that yet this year. And that’s the one positive going into the end of the year, still being at the top of our division and having four out of the last six games at home. If we can figure that out before the season’s end, then we’ll be a very dangerous team. Until that, then we’ll just be .500.”

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  1. When they hired Carroll, I predicted we’d be singing Christmas Carrolls this year. “On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a buffet with cheesy chief heads on a giant platter…La, la, la, la, la”

  2. “I love Pete as a coach,” Hasselbeck said. “He’s just awesome – our meetings our great. There’s just such purpose in what he talks about. He’s not just up there talking to talk…”

    (“… he has everything that Coach Mora lacked. Oops, did I just say that out loud?!”)

  3. CaliSeahawker says:

    Mora: Hasselbeck, the grass is always greener!
    Uh. . .What?

  4. It’s like TRs/Mora’s football machine (Seahawks) was handed to PC & JS, and they’ve got it working (better), but they’ve also got their football machine slowly transforming itself into a winning football machine. Patience, grasshoppers.

    KC OL coach Bill Muir’s 1st year didn’t go so well – 30th in run-blocking last season.
    KC’s OL is now one of the best in the league. Absent last Sunday’s game stats, they’ve given up only 15 sacks (compared to SEA’s 25), and they’re 4th in run-blocking (compared to SEA’s 28th ranking).
    LT: Branden Albert (6-5/316) (hip) injured last Sun.
    LG: Brian Waters (6-3/320) (groin) injured but played last Sun
    C: Rudy Niswanger (6-5/301) was inactive wk 7 (KC got Wiegmann as backup)
    RG: Ryan Lilja (6-2/290) (foot) injured but played last Sun – also has a hand injury.
    RT: Barry Richardson (6-6/319) took over the starting spot from Ryan O’Callaghan

  5. Kansas City is slowly building a very solid team. No surprise. Scott Pioli.

  6. I’m offended:

    “No one in their wildest dreams imagined this team to be where they are at right now at the beginning of the season, sitting atop the NFC West – except for Carroll.”


  7. Dukeshire says:

    BTW everyone, let the above picture be your guide for “Wear Khakis Forever Monday” after victories; shirt (long-sleeved ideally) tucked into khakis. No belt. Perfect…

  8. “I love Pete as a coach,” Hasselbeck said. “He’s just awesome – our meetings our great.”

    “… our meetings our great.”

    Are the author of this story and the editors of this paper illiterate?

    How about “… our meetings ARE great.”


  9. I’m sure you’ve never made a mistake on your job, right? I may be a professional in my walk of life but I can guarantee you that I’ve made some mistakes on the job too. No accountant has ever made an error? No lawyer has ever made an error? No McDonalds worker has ever screwed up an order? No President has ever made a mistake? We all know what was meants on this FREE blog.

  10. “meants” as being funny! lol

  11. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    As far as re-signing Matt Hasselbeck, I wonder what they’re waiting for? I mean we don’t have another option at quarterback; and even if we draft a QB it’s going to take a year, or two, before he’s NFL ready. I know a team like the Cardinals, or the Dolphins would love to have Matt as their QB right about now. Why risk losing him, or wasting a franchise tag on him? Why not do like the Redskins did and re-sign him now.

  12. irrationalexuberance says:


    The NFL is the now and forward looking, this notion of we dont have better isnt true since there are hundreds of options out there, the next Tom Brady and Peyton Manning is out there but if they never get there shot you would never know. You retain you Vet QB that can throw for a lot of yardage but very little TDs and you clog up a spot for up and coming talent.

    The offense is as only good as its QB, Hass has shown even at his best (here and now) he cant bring the team back to a win. Let him go and let the Seahawks move on. If he was rated top 10 I would be making the argument or even top 15 in the league. Dont see many top 10 teams with mediocre QBs, the Ravens and Jets are examples of how there QB stepped up and now they are dominating. All other teams have really good QBs

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