Obviously not. However, some of the haters and losers on “Tweeter” (Editor’s note: Twitter) have rallied to his conman charm and are busy guzzling down his snake oil.
Let me be clear, I was once a believer. I never liked his flashy USC teams, but when he talked about his vision for the Seahawks, I was hooked. We were gonna run the football.
Finally, a coach understood. You have to run to win.
In the 2009 season, teams passed the ball 56% of the time. That is a pass on nearly every single play! 8 years later, in 2017, teams passed the ball 57% of the time. Literally every play is a pass now. You just can’t win that way.
However, my elation that Pete Carroll was going to commit to the run game soon turned to ash in my mouth. The 2010 Seahawks passed the ball over 60% of the time. I had trouble getting through my 18th Coors Light by the 3rd quarter without feeling nauseated watching that offense. Jeremy Bates – more like Norman Bates tbh – killed that offense and I was glad when he was given the boot.
Bevell was a bit better, throwing the ball just 55% of the time in his first year. My patience wore thin but was restored with the 2012 draft. The Seahawks selected QB Russell Wilson in the 3rd round. Now, as a QB, Wilson left a lot to be desired. Specifically, he was too short. There would be no way for him to see over offensive lineman. Instead, I was excited about the prospect of using him at RB. 5’11” and 215 is the perfect size for RB. When I won the High School All-State 1A Most Improved Player Award, I was a 5’11” and 215 lb RB. I averaged nearly two yards per carry.
Instead, Pete Carroll did the unthinkable and had Russell Wilson actually pass the ball. Now, to be fair, they did run the ball 55% of the time that 2012 season. However, that includes an abnormal number of deceitful runs like the read-option or a scramble.
Just an aside, but a real QB needs to look and sound the part while standing tall in the pocket and taking sacks like a real man. The best QBs have names that sound like the headliners at a country music festival. Brooks McGraw is a 1st round name, damn the stats.
A real rushing offense is lining up with at least 2 in-line tight ends in the I-formation and running through the A gap. Just like Bear Bryant would have wanted. Anything else is just a little too fancy for my blood.
Maybe Pete Carroll has the special sauce and can win games without really committing to the run game. I don’t know much, but I went to every game at State when I was in college (or at least tailgated) and watch my Ol’ Ma Matter (Editor’s note: alma mater) every Saturday. Let’s look to his record as a coach. 7 losses. 5 losses (And a tie. Football ain’t a court of law, there are no ties here). 6 losses. 4 losses. 3 losses. 5 losses. 9 losses. 9 losses. Now, he made the playoffs with 9 losses, 5 losses (and a tie!), 5 losses, 6 losses, 4 losses, and 3 losses.
That doesn’t fly in the En-See-Aye-Aye.
Anything more than two losses and you ain’t getting a BCS championship bowl. I know the College Football Champion used to be chosen fairly because six people would pile into a room with a computer and bang we got an undisputed champion with no jibber-jabber afterwards. The newfangled playoff system is just a gross perversion of the purity of the BCS system.
Clearly, Pete Carroll has been able to remain in power only because the rest of the league is trying to make the “forward pass” into a thing. I doubt it lasts. The rules of the game may have been tweaked over the years, but if a strategy was good enough for Walter Camp, then it’s good enough for me.