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Morning links: Carroll among highest paid coaches in sports

Post by Eric Williams on May 19, 2011 at 8:23 am with 31 Comments »
May 19, 2011 8:23 am

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen continues to show his commitment to bringing a Super Bowl to Pacific Northwest when it comes to plunking down cash for quality coaches.

According to this report by, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is the fourth-highest paid coach in Sports, making $7 million this year. Here’s the top 10.

1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots: $7.5 million
2. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins: $7 million
3. Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics: $7 million
4. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks: $7 million
5. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs: $6 million
6. Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears: $6 million
7. Mike D’Antoni, New York Knicks: $6 million
8. Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals: $5.75 million
9. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants: $5.25 million
10. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers: $5 million

Tony Softli of ESPN 101 in St. Louis reviews the quarterback situations in the NFC West. Softli notes that Seattle is trying to establish a ball control offense by drafting two offensive linemen along with the addition of Tom Cable. He also believes Charlie Whitehurst is not the answer at quarterback, and that the team is quietly shopping for an option in free agency.

Clare Farnworth of catches up with former Seattle linebacker Chad Brown.

Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid says the team has not finalized a deal to trade quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post commends players like Drew Brees for holding offseason workouts, but admits they pale in comparison to the work players should be getting during minicamps.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports believes the players can rebound from Monday’s ruling for the owners.

Morning links
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  1. chuck_easton says:

    Mike Silver is decidedly pro-player and has even made comments to the effect that he can’t understand how any fan would be supporting the owners.

    I take his comments with a large grain of salt. The 8th Circuit Court has sent a strong indication as to how they intend to rule in this matter.

    That being said, nothing is definite until it’s written down in black and white.

    Sure one of the two Judges in the majority could suddenly change his mind between now and the end of June. Aliens could land tomorrow. I could win the lottery. It’s not over til it’s over.

    My biggest concern is by writing such an article Silver is setting up a situation where there is no incentive for the players to negotiate. They are being told by their leaders and they are being told by some in the media that they can still win.

    The owners have made two proposals. Sure they may not be acceptable. But where is the counter-proposal from the players. “That’s not good enough” isn’t a counter proposal.

  2. hawkdawg says:


    That was my reaction exactly. Silver was stretching, and obviously so. The Doty point has some validity. The rest could have been written by a players’ PR firm.

  3. Chuck,

    I really appreciate your analysis on the lockout!

  4. The owners have made two proposals. Sure they may not be acceptable. But where is the counter-proposal from the players. “That’s not good enough” isn’t a counter proposal.

    I totally agree – how can you expect to accomplish anything with out actually negotiating??

    Ultimately the players will loose – they are not as united (seemingly) as the owners (Irsay not included) They will come crying and take just about anything they can get soon.

    If I were representing the players I would be actively finding middle ground so that when they players that didn’t manage money come crying they will have at least something decent to end on instead of getting totally screwed and then argue and fight for the next 5 years and do it all over again

  5. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Chad Brown is a stud. Seriously, my favorite Seahawk. ” I wish I could have found a way to get more of those done when I was playing for the Seahawks.”

    What a class act. I connected to him on Facebook, told him how much he was appreciated, and he graciously thanked me and said “I wish I coul dhave found a way to get more wins in Seattle.” He never blamed anyone else, just took responsibility like a true leader. Awesome dude.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    “The owners have made two proposals. Sure they may not be acceptable. But where is the counter-proposal from the players. “That’s not good enough” isn’t a counter proposal.”

    Chuck – That is a terrific point. At some point, the players have to stop playing the victim card, as it were, and accept their share of the responsibility in getting a deal done.

    SeahawkFan12 – Thanks for sharing, that’s really cool. I was so excited when they signed him from Pitts. He absolutely was a stud.

  7. SideWalk_Hawk says:


    Totatlly agree. Big fan fo show.

  8. Since there’s no (good) football news, maybe now is the time to catch-up with guys like Chad Brown, Curt Warner, Joe Nash, etc. Maybe a live chat? Interview about their memories as a Seahawk? Something.

  9. This goes way beyond the obvious player-owner flap. It even goes beyond total FA, imo. What you may want to consider is the constraints of ownwership, markets and so on. Thats got to be the reasoning behind the anti-trust bias this smells of.

    The NFL will determine which owners get to own, which cities get a team, which networks get to pay them how much they want, etc.. This is an institutional fight wrapped in a jersey.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    BobbyK – Curt Warner or Kenny Easley… A live chat with either one would be an honor.

  11. chuck_easton says:

    I would love to hear from Walter Jones (but he avoids the spotlight) because he will be one of if not THE next HOF’er going into Canton as a Seahawk, or Tez Kennedy because he should already be in Canton as a Seahawk.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    The Raiders are such a dysfunctional franchise, they’re a parody of themselves. (Sorry Eric, they’re a total mess.)

  13. Walt’s twitter:

    Could Eric ask Shawn Springs to write something about his memories of his career here, of his dad’s career and life, and maybe something about what it’s like to be an NFL player after their playing career is over?

    How about a transcript of Eric’s conversation with Lofa, asking how his scopes went (on both knees) towards the end of January? Is he training this offseason?

    Or how about talking with BMW and finding out how his off-season conditioning is going?

    How about asking Carl Smith what he’s been up to since coming to the Seahawks, if he helped Cable and Bevell create the new playbook and what QB qualities would be most valuable for their offense.

  14. John L. Williams. Ron Mattes. Paul Skansi. Jeff Bryant. Darryl Turner. I’d be happy to hear from any of those guys.

    I’d probably get butterfly knots if I had a chat with Easley!

    Even Owen Gill, Doug Thomas, Kelly Stouffer or Andy Heck:) Anything other than all of this management/labor crap that we’re being tortured with!

  15. “Mud Bone” for chatter. Krieg came off the bench and led us to our first playoffs. I hated Patera’s BS and Zorn trying to make something happen. Krieg to the rescue. Him, Knox and Warner.. plus o’line co. Those were the dazzz. Kick arse D and an offense. Can imagine that team in the recent cream puff division. Once went 12-4 but ended as a wild card. Guess thats better than 10-6 and out.

    Walter Jones opinion on the new kid would be worth a listen. Like to hear his take on the XL BS and never landing a ring.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    BobbyK – Oh yeah, I wouldn’t push any Seahawks (former or current) away. I could make a list a mile long of guys I’d love to chat with. But Warner or Easley, I’d be like a little kid again. Especially Easley. There has always been something about him that really awed me. Almost frightened me. And with no disrespect to any of the great Seahawks (primarily Jones and Largent and Tez) I’ve never seen anyone dominate or intimidate opponents the way he did. He’s one of those players that I turn into an old man with younger Seahawk fans and say, “You should have seen…”. He was one of the best safeties of all-time, and that’s not hyperbole.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    excile – My father hated Zorn. He felt Krieg should have been the starter again as soon as his thumb was healthy, over Zorn. He also thought Patera was a fool. You two would have gotten along well. Lol.

    Those teams in this division would completely dominate. It would be ridiculous. Growing up with the ‘Hawks in the AFC West in those days, and how intense those rivalries were… that was serious. I’m still bitter that they were realigned to the NFC West. The “rivalries” today just feel flat to me, by comparison. Only the Rams come close and that’s because of those games in ’03 and ’04. I hate the Broncos, Chiefs and especially the Raiders (the Chargers were always al-so-rans) to this day more than the ‘Hawks current division.

  18. Kenny Easley is, by far, my favorite Seahawk of all time (Largent, Walt, Warner, etc. are all FAR, FAR behind him!!!). I tell stories to whoever will listen that he, in his prime, put Ronnie Lott to shame. And in no way is that a disrespect to Lott (who was a good/great CB and then S…wow!!!), whom I believe is one of the top 10 defensive players that I have ever seen in my life (Bruce Smith, LT, Reggie White, Ray Lewis, etc.). His prime was simply too short (due to other circumstances). I love that guy!!!

  19. SideWalk_Hawk says:

    I grew up in Denver and bled orange and blue as a kid. My dad was a Seahawk fan and hated everything Broncos and Nuggets, but not me. I coudn’t stand the Seahawks. My first NFL football game was the hawks vs. the Broncos in Mile high. I remember Largent caught like a 90 yard touch down from Krieg.

  20. Soggybuc says:

    Easley is number one choice for sure but i’d take any Hawk from that 84 team. paging Dr. Dan.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    SideWalk_Hawk – You’re father was a good man! lol. The old Mile High, that was such a tough place to play for opposing teams. That’s another part of the old AFC West that was so difficult, every team aside from San Diego had a dominant home field advantage. Arrowhead… christ, those fans are RIGHT on top of the field. I do miss those days. Good times…

  22. Dukeshire says:

    *Your* ….

  23. Speaking of first games –

    Mine was with my Grandfather – an almost original ticket holder.

    I was to a Chicago Bears game – With Walter Payton! (which was cool in itself)

    anyway at half time the score was 24-3 (or 17-3 – I was young) Hawks and we had like -3 of offense. We had 3 Ints – 2 for TD’s it was a great game!!

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Easley was the greatest safety to ever play the game . Just ask Ronnie Lott.
    He didn’t just tackle others, he was like a Lion punishing from the moment he caught them and then driving and twisting them into the ground as they lay helpless and often times injured.

  25. JRocket says:

    I’ve posted this before, it’s great to re-visit:

    I think Easley changed the position of safety, and I wish too that he had more years on the field.

    I thought Chad Brown was a great LB for Seattle, I was unaware of how high his production was. I hope Clare keeps getting in touch with these former greats, a chat with any of them would be great.

  26. Dukeshire says:

    xcman – I was there! The Bears in ’82 was my second game. My dad had season tickets but used them mostly for business, and someone bailed at the last minute. Hooray for me! ‘Hawks won and I remember Mike Jackson slapping the end of the bench in anger and knocking the whole thing over. And Yeah, seeing Walter Payton was cool. Seeing the ‘Hawks totally shut him down was even better. lol. Oh man… Nothing like being a football fan (or any sport) when you’re a kid. So pure.

  27. CHawkFanIn9erLand says:

    I was three years during the first seahawks season. I don’t remember much about it except that my dad made sure I wore a Seahawks shirt everywhere. My earliest memory is walking through our living room while a game was playing and looking up at the tv to see an opponent (nearly) break for a long run. I saw “Superman” fly completely horizontal from off the edge of the tv screen and completely obliterate the ball carrier. It stopped me in my tracks.

    “Dad! Who is that?!?!?”

    “That’s Kenny Easley son, and he’s proof that God is a Seahawks Fan”

    It didn’t take me long to get the Kenny Easley “Enforcer” poster up in my room. I felt like I could kick a** just because I had that poster on my wall.


  28. Great stuff!

    So, “pure,” indeed!

    Even if the ‘Hawks win a Super Bowl in the near future, I don’t know if it can match my Easley fetish from those mid 80s… simply b/c I was a kid and had no care in the world about anything real… now we all have (people my age) life stuff to think about (house payments, cars, kids, wife, health, etc.)… but the innocence of youth can’t ever be replaced, IMO.

    1. Kenny Easley
    2. Steve Largent
    3. Curt Warner
    4. Matt Hasselbeck
    5. Walter Jones
    6. Jacob Green
    7. Dave Krieg
    8. Joe Nash (Green would be higher, but Nash sent me an autographed photo when I was a kid)
    9. Jacob Green
    10. Tez (for his greatness, should be higher, but guys like Nash get my innocence of youth vote).

    If I re-do this top 10 list tomorrow… it will be different (not drastically, but, still, different)…

    I LOVE the ‘Hawks and yet I now HATE the NFL. May the commish and the NFLPA* reps both fall off the edge of a steep cliff w/o anything to help them survive a steep fall… sounds terrible, I know… but to hell with rich assholes (whichever side you agree with)…

    In other news I, sadly, now care more about… I bid $667 of my $1,000 available fantasy dollars on Eric Hosmer… and he appears to be the real deal!!! It’s a keeper league, too!!! …than I do about jerk-offs whining about jerk-offs in the court system…

  29. bayareahawkfan says:

    This is only marginally related, but I used to work at the Bellevue Blockbuster in the mid to late 90’s, and during that time, I actually met a number of Seattle team players/coaches: Mike Pritchard (nice guy), Chad Brown (he blamed renting the Jennifer Anniston vehicle “Picture Perfect” on his wife – very nice guy), I even set up Holmgren (who was as unassuming as you could possibly imagine) and Neuheusiel (jerk) with accounts when they came to Seattle. Detlef Schrempf and Nate Macmillan used to come in fairly regularly.

    But by far the guys who were the most down to earth and relaxed were Manu Tuiasasopo and Cortez Kennedy.

    ‘Tez was a monster on field, but if I didn’t know better, I’d never have guessed it from talking to him about David Fincher (he really enjoyed “The Game” as I recall), or from the way he treated any of us who rang up his rental (far different from a lot of the Bellevue folks who were regulars there).

    Anyway, I always swore I’d never wear the jersey of a player younger than me, but once I got over that, I bought Hasselbeck and Thomas jerseys. But the only other jersey I own is number 96.

    Rooting for him to make the HoF finally – he deserves it.

  30. Dukeshire says:

    Tez does deserve it. And I’m certain if he played in a more high profile market, he’d be in by now.

    Cool stories. Just makes me like the guys I already liked, even more.

  31. If Tez were a Stealer and played in ’78… he’d be a 1st ballot HOFer and in the top 10 defensive players of all time list…

    Instead, he wore zubbas and played on crappy teams in Canada.

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