Pete Carroll lacks the killer instinct needed
As the saying goes, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Against the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks must have felt like stars of the Twilight Zone. The Master of Suspense, Sir Alfred Hitchcock himself could not have crafted a suspenseful thriller such as the one that saw Aaron Rodgers and the Pack fall to rookie QB Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Pete Carroll is a master of the bizarre, but even he has to be standing in awe of the storm brewing around his team.
Coach Carroll seems to lack the killer instinct needed to return the Seahawks to the level of success they enjoyed when Mike Holmgren was at the helm. It’s not his fault, after all he is a man who’s days in Seattle could be numbered if he fails to show a major return on the investment Paul Allen made when he enticed Carroll back to the NFL. There is much to be said for job security, just ask Bill Belichick if he would have attempted some of those fourth down “tries” he is known for if his tenure in New England was not as solid as it is. Three weeks into the 2012 season on thing is clear, Pete Carroll is not trying to win games so much as he is just trying not to lose.
Twice in three weeks the Seahawks have had to pin their hopes on the passing ability of their third round draft pick while Matt Flynn sat on the side lines. Coach Carroll has set up a system designed to keep the game manageable, mundane, and predictable. First down run, second down run, third down pass, fourth down punt; Tom Cable must be wishing he could punch someone out as he did in his Oakland days. Wilson has had some flashes of brilliance but no where near what he is going to need to lead Seattle into the playoffs.
Matt Flynn had to have felt just a little bit stung by Monday’s game. This game was to be his out from the shadow game, student vs. mentor a la Hasselbeck vs. Favre but instead the headlines read rookie vs. MVP. Seattle is determined to be successful despite itself and it seems as if fans are tuning in each week as much for the plot twists as they are for the game. The Seattle Defense is on e of the best pass rushing D’s in the NFL this season but they cant seem to stop the run. Nine sacks on the reigning league MVP, eight of them in the first half did little to stop the Packers second half surge. Every member of the special teams squad including both the kicker and the punter are finding success early in the season,
The Seahawks have all the ingredients to be a championship caliber team, but until they figure out how to blend it all together they will continue to watch the Super Bowl from home. Seattle fans will have to continue enduring nail biting down to the wire wins and loses until Coach Carroll (1) gives Wilson the time necessary to grow and mature into a player befitting an athlete of his capability and potential and (2) finds the confidence to let who ever is under center the ability to win the game before the final down. As the saying goes Coach Carroll you’ve got to take a chance sometime, might as well be now.