How the math works for the Seahawks
I know, 12s, I know. I can’t just assume the Seahawks would have rolled up 24 points in each of those games. Even if they’d only managed 17 points, their previous low with a healthy DangeRuss, they’d have beaten New Orleans and been in great position to bring home wins over Green Bay and Washington as well. It’s obvious, at least to me, that Seattle could easily have been 6-5 at this point, if not even better.
Now, 6-5 isn’t nearly good enough. After a 12-4 season, at the least, we could expect the Hawks to be 8-3 right now. That isn’t going to happen, clearly. Even if Russ gets his mojo back, as he did in the old school two-minute drive to close out the last contest, at best the Hawks might win four of their last six games. I don’t know about you, but a lot of teams would fire a coach for going 7-10 after making the playoffs. In fact, a lot of teams have done just that. Well, not 7-10, but you know what I mean.
Pete Carroll wouldn’t even be the first Seahawks coach to be escorted off the premises after one bad season. Long-term 12s know the name of Mike Holmgren well. Seattle made the playoffs five straight years under Holmgren. They dropped to 4-12 in 2008, and Mike packed his bags. His coaching career was over. The NFL is littered with the corpses of coaching careers that were snuffed out by one bad season.