In my story today, Pete Carroll took over the Seattle Seahawks job in January 2010, and in three seasons has turned things around for owner Paul Allen.
With general manager John Schneider leading the personnel department, Carroll has made shrewd and unconventional decisions through the draft, trade and free agency to revamp his team’s roster.
And even though he has the Seahawks in the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, he would have liked to accomplished things a little sooner.
“I wish so much that we had got it done last year,” Carroll said. “We didn’t capture it quickly enough. It just didn’t come around like we wanted it to. But we’ll take it. We’ll take it where we are.
“It’s been three terrific years for us in retooling the program and the roster and the staff and getting everything right. We really feel the momentum in the youth and the hopefulness for the future is there.”
John McGrath of The News Tribune points out that the Seahawks and Redskins have a lot of similarities between the two teams as they prepare to face off on Sunday.
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated writes that although Seattle’s defense does not have a lot of big names on it, the Seahawks might have the best defense left in the playoffs.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated provides a nice breakdown using All-22 film, showing how Seattle’s defense is built to stop Robert Griffin III.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times provides some hits and misses for the Seahawks throughout the draft during Carroll’s tenure.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com notes that Michael Irvin of The NFL Network flew to Seattle to interview cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Browner for an interview that will air on Sunday previewing the Seahawks-Redskins game.
Steve Kelley of The Seattle Times writes that Jeremy Lane proved he belong, playing solid in three starts with Brandon Browner not available.
Tim Booth of The Associated Press says Seattle’s will try to change its poor history on the road when the Seahawks travel’s to Washington on Sunday.
Mike Freeman of CBS Sports notes that NFL owners firing general managers or coaches are using Russell Wilson as a reason for the dismissals – how other teams found young quarterbacks who can plays, and theirs did not.
Tracee Hamilton of The Washington Post writes that Washington went young to make the Redskins into a playoff team.