Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle sent out this tweet: “It’s easier to say after the fact and after a Super Bowl, but four years in, Carroll is the best coach in franchise history.”
The best start of any season will cause a lot of “best-ever” discussions concerning the Seahawks. And this is certainly a fair one.
Brock was in the press room when he considered sending that tweet, and cast about for opinions before he hit the “send” button. The discussion followed a predictable examination of contenders. That Chuck Knox could get his first team in ’83 to the AFC championship game was a stunning achievement. And the team’s eventual decline was surely influenced by the Behring ownership. He helped energize this area’s NFL fans and put together a .559 winning percentage.
Mike Holmgren took the Seahawks to their only Super Bowl, and six playoff appearances in 10 seasons with a .538 winning percentage. His arrival from Green Bay made some of the same statements of instant legitimacy as did Chuck Knox’s years before.
Carroll has the Seahawks with their first back-to-back double-digit win seasons. His .586 record is the highest in franchise history. Fan engagement is at an all-time high. And while every team has to deal with recycling and a finite “window,” there seems to be reasons to feel that this could be built to last, or at least reasonably regenerate.
As the discussion continued, it was clear that Carroll’s success is obviously influenced by a luxury some of his predecessors did not always enjoy – a fully collaborative and symbiotic relationship with his general manager. The acquisition of talent by John Schneider and the application of their skills by Carroll has made the Seahawks not only the most talented roster in the NFL, but also one of the youngest.
It’s hard to separate Carroll and Schneider when handing out bouquets. But there should be many to go around by the time the season is over.
–The Seahawks edged the Broncos in the AP NFL power rankings. They moved in front of Denver even though the Broncos defeated previously unbeaten Kansas City. The Broncos have the Patriots up next and must play Kansas City again on the road.
– I thought Dave Wyman at 710 ESPN Seattle had an excellent look at some of the less obvious elements of Percy Harvin’s first appearance as a Seahawk. He pointed to six plays he either made or influenced that accounted for more than 200 yards.
– The Bleacher Report makes a case for Pete Carroll as NFL Coach of the Year. Kansas City’s Andy Reid is an obvious front-runner, but there’s time left, too.