Seahawks coach Pete Carroll trying to re-invent the wheel again
I like Pete Carroll. He is the best coach in Seahawks history and by far the most successful. He knew what he wanted to do when he came to Seattle in 2010 and how he thought the team should be re-made to make it into a championship contender. You may not remember, but he was right then. The Seahawks won the Super Bowl for the 2013 season.
But when Carroll and general manager John Schneider arrived in Seattle, they had an aging quarterback (Matt Hasselbeck) who they started for a season and then went into rebuild mode. In 2011, Hasselbeck left and Seattle started Tavaris Jackson at QB.
Jackson was really just a career-long backup who got his chance to start finally and he did just OK. Then in 2012, Seattle chose its quarterback of the future in the draft, Russell Wilson.
Fast-forward to 2022. Geno Smith, likely the most Jackson-type quarterback to ever grace the Seahawks sidelines other than Jackson himself, is going to be the starting quarterback. Smith, like Jackson before him, is not the long-term answer to who Seattle should start at quarterback.
It’s clear Carroll is trying to do the same thing he did in 2011 and get the team in much better position to win in a couple of years. The difference is that the NFC West is a lot better now and into the future than it was in 2011. Seattle has a steeper climb to make in two years and Carroll may no longer be the coach in 2024.